Clayoquot Campus

The Clayoquot Campus in Tofino BC is the first satellite campus of the Pacific IPCA Innovation Centre.

Initiative level: National & Regional Impact

Project Summary

The Clayoquot Campus, formerly known as the Tofino Botanical Gardens, is dedicated to supporting Indigenous-led conservation initiatives in Canada and beyond. Its programs aim to provide guidance on the establishment, governance, and management of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs). As the first land-based campus of the Pacific IPCA Innovation Centre, the campus provides educational experiences that specifically highlight Nuu-chah-nulth teachings and worldviews on how to care for communities and ecosystems. Programs include language revitalization, carving apprenticeships, hosting of field schools, and cultural tours.

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National & Regional Impact

Clayoquot Campus

IISAAK Olam's Role

The Clayoquot Campus is owned by the IPCA Innovation Program, a project of MakeWay. The IISAAK OLAM Foundation played a critical role in fundraising for MakeWay to purchase the 10-acre site, and utilizes the space to host IPCA Productive Retreats and other educational events.



Where it's at now

Home of the Naa'WayaSum Gardens, the Clayoquot Campus welcomes visitors to spend time in the gardens and along the trails, reconnecting with nature and appreciating the beauty and restorative energy of this coastal rainforest.



Get involved

Learn about Indigenous-led conservation at the Clayoquot Campus!