City of Surrey - Friends of the Forest

Surrey Youth Stewardship Squad (SYSS) (Ages 13-18) - - SYSS Member

SYSS volunteers removing invasives

Surrey Youth Stewardship Squad (SYSS) is for high-school youth ages 13-18.

SYSS is a platform for youth to speak up and take action on environmental issues. We restore and enhance our urban forest, advocate for our environment at community events, and grow a community of young leaders who care for nature.

SYSS events have been cancelled until further notice due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. You can still create a volunteer profile to be informed when events will happen again.

What we do:

  • Remove invasive plants like Himalayan Blackberry and English Ivy
  • Plant native trees and shrubs each spring and fall
  • Attend community events to help teach people about Surrey's urban forest

How you will grow:

  • Join a community of like-minded youth to plan events
  • Gain leadership experience in a supportive team environment
  • Earn volunteer hours and outdoor field experience with hands-on work


  • 13 – 18 years old (in high school)
  • Comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • 1-5 hours for each activity
  • Most SYSS events are drop-in, meaning you don't have to stay the whole time. You can stay for as short or long as you like


  • Various parks and places around Surrey

How to join:

  • If you are new to MyImpactPage: click Fill in an application on the right side of this page
  • If you already have a profile on MyImpactPage: log-in and click Sign Up below
  • You can then sign up for and attend SYSS activities


Questions? Contact

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Monday Evening
  • Tuesday Evening
  • Wednesday Evening
  • Thursday Evening
  • Friday Evening
  • Saturday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Sunday - Morning, Afternoon