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Revelstoke Bear Aware is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with a variety of tasks.


The Gleaning Project.

Our gleaning team takes care of the fruit harvest in Revelstoke for those that are not able. Fruit is a major bear attractant so by making sure out communities fruit trees stay gleaned, we make sure the bears aren’t drawn to the area for easy pickings.


Volunteer with the Gleaning Project team.

Our coordinator, our tree scouts, and home-owners decide together the best time to schedule a harvest party. Volunteers arrive to pick the fruit at a pre-arranged time. Harvested fruit is shared between homeowners, volunteers, and community agencies such as the Community Connections Food Bank and Food Recovery Program.

The Gleaning Project helps to reduce bear attractants by gathering fruits and vegetables from our community. Residents with excess fruit can contact Revelstoke Bear Aware to arrange volunteers to harvest fruit. The volunteers receive some of the fruit and the remaining fruit is donated to fresh to Community Connections Food Bank or is preserved by the North Columbia Environmental Society’s Canning Project before donation to the Food Bank.


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Bear Aware provides introductions between those who have a fruit tree but cannot manage it, and those who want to look after and harvest a fruit tree. If you are interested in adopting a tree or have one you cannot manage, please contact us.


The Gleaning Project works!

In 2017, Community Connections Food Bank was pleased to receive 1800 pounds of cherries, plums and apples from The Gleaning Project. Community Connections Food Bank also saw an increase in the amount of fruit that was being donated, outside of The Gleaning Project.

You too can donate your surplus fruit. Take your fruit to these locations but phone first to arrange a drop-off time:

Community Connections – 1-250-837-2920

Use your own social media account or Revelstoke Fruit Share Facebook community. to let others know that you have picked fruit to give away. If your fruit is in poor condition, take it to the landfill or bag it for collection on your garbage day. Community Connections also takes non-edible fruit for donation to local pig farmers.

Garbage tagging.

Garbage is the number one bear attractant in Revelstoke. The main reason why bears are drawn to areas populated by humans in Revelstoke, is a man-made problem. The good news is that it’s one we can really do something about.


The Garbage tagging project.!

The City of Revelstoke’s Garbage Collection Bylaw #2006 restricts garbage being placed on the curb outside the hours of 6:00 a.m. and midnight on the day of collection.

To conduct garbage tagging, the Revelstoke Bear Aware Coordinator and volunteers go out the night before garbage day and tag garbage cans that have been placed on the curb. A bright yellow sticker is placed on the can that states “Garbage Attracts Bears” and “Store containers inside until collection day.” Garbage tagging is a successful tool to remind residents about storing garbage properly to avoid attracting bears into our community.

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We appreciate our volunteers

Bear Aware volunteers work hard, and are much appreciated! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, even for a day, please contact us.

Every effort makes a big difference in our community

Whether you volunteer, become a member or make a financial donation, your efforts are appreciated and make a big difference locally. Thank you.

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Say hello to our Fruit Gleaning Project.

Need some help with your harvest? Our fruit gleaning team will take care of it.

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