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Lower Mainland, Coast & Vancouver Island Events

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Nanaimo: Invasive Plant Work Party & BBQ hosted by Bill's Place

Date:  Friday, May 5  
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Piper's Lagoon, 3600 Place Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 5T7
Overview: We love our community and the parks that we are lucky enough to have access to. Nanaimo has many parks and sometimes there aren’t enough people to manage proper maintenance. Through the City of Nanaimo’s Adopt-a-Park program, Bill’s Place has “adopted” Piper’s Lagoon to ensure the park is clean and work towards being invasive-free. With a larger work party, we can tackle a huge portion of the invasive plants and move towards bigger projects, such as planting native species and using Piper’s Lagoon as a teaching park. 
Please join us on Friday May 5th from 10 - 2pm to help with this project! This event is open to the public, so anyone who has a passion for their community, a love for the outdoors, or just an overall desire to learn about invasive plants and lend a hand, are more than welcome to join. The City of Nanaimo will have workers to assist with our goal and give information to our volunteers about invasive plant identification and proper removal. Bill and some staff from Bill’s Place will also be around to briefly speak about how our involvement with this program has had such a positive impact in reducing the stigma around brain injury. Any volunteers and participants will be rewarded with lunch and refreshments courtesy of Save On Foods. Let’s all come together in support of Bill’s Place and the Adopt-a-Park program! We hope to see you there! https://www.facebook.com/events/279529139159791/

Ucluelet - Invasive Species Session

Date:  Sat, May 6  
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Ucluelet Community Centre
Overview: Join CWFS and the Coastal Invasive Species Committee to learn and discuss the social, environmental and economic impacts of invasive species.

Surrey: Invasive Plant Removal at Kwomais Park

Date:  Sat, May 6  
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Kwomais Point Park; 1367 - 128 St 
Overview: Help remove invasive plants and make room for the native plants that belong in the park. We’ll bring the tools and snacks - you bring the enthusiasm! Pre-registration appreciated; e-mail oceanparkvillage@gmail.com. Hosted by:  Ocean Park Community Association and City of Surrey - Urban Forestry

Port Moody, Naturally Seminar

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody, British Columbia V3H 5C3
Overview: Port Moody Naturally is a Double Feature this Spring! Join us at the Inlet Theatre for two exciting topics: 

  • Resilient garden in a Changing Climate: Expert gardener Dr. Linda Gilkeson will explain how to design resilient food and ornamental gardens, choose suitable varieties, how to help your plants survive 'weird weather'.
  • Spell of the Eagle: Bird expert Dr. Rob Butler will take you into the intimate lives of the clever crow, patient heron, and cooperative surf scoter all under the spell of the eagle. 

Save the date, and don’t miss these exciting talks – no registration required for this free seminar. For more information click here.

Surrey: Centre Creek Work Party with the NCC

Date: Friday, May 12
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Centre Creek, Surrey
Overview: May is BC Invasive Species Month! NCC Stewardship staff is looking to recruit a group of motivated individuals for a habitat cleanup day at Centre Creek, removing invasives and urban debris. Many hands make light work! 
About Centre Creek: located in the north end of the City of Surrey, this small conservation area protects a portion of Centre Creek and other small tributaries, which meander through the dense Coastal Western Hemlock forest and out into the Lower Fraser River. Together with the neighbouring protected areas, including the Surrey Bend Regional Park, the Centre Creek property plays an important role in the larger wetland ecosystem complex, which provides rearing habitat for Pacific salmon, trout, and other native fish species.
What you will be doing: Garbage and invasive species tend to be a common problem for conservation areas situated in urban and residential areas. Join us for a productive afternoon work party, where we'll be bustin' up blackberry, removing garbage and debris that have been dumped in the area, as well as install some NCC signage. These are tasks that will require teamwork and enthusiasm!
Why you will love it: Contribute to stewardship efforts happening right in your backyard! This is a new conservation area for NCC and these will be our first steps in restoring the habitat here. Keeping this area free of invasive species and debris will provide space for native plants and wildlife.
Preregistration required. Click here to register. Questions? Contact Melanie Kuzyk: bc@conservationvolunteers.ca

Powell River: Invasive Plant Work Party

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Venue: Palm Beach Regional Park
Overview: Join in and help defend our parks from invasive English Ivy. Please pre-register, wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves. Tools, training and a snack provided
Register by emailing: info@coastalisc.com

City of Richmond: Public Works Open House

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Venue: City Operations Yard, 5599 Lynas Lane
Overview: National Public Works Week, Richmond welcomes you to its operations yard behind-the-scenes experiences. Meet the environment team at their booth where they will be handing out 1200 native plant plugs in the spirit of Invasive Species Action Month. Stick your hands into wet cement, play in the giant sandbox and enjoy lots of other fun activities at this popular and award-winning free family event. Plenty to do for all ages. Gardeners can grab some free topsoil, while future Bob the Builders can get up close and personal with dump trucks, graders, excavators, and other real-life, real-size heavy equipment. Kids can win free prizes, purchase lunch from the food court, or go for a hay ride tour of the Works Yard.


Surrey: Nature Work Party at Bose Forest Park

Date: Sat, May 13
Time: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm 
Location: Bose Forest Park; 62 Ave and 164 St 
Overview: Get your hands dirty removing invasive plants to prepare three local parks for fall tree planting events. Bring friends and family - everyone is welcome to volunteer. No experience needed; tools, training and light refreshments provided. Dress for the weather and wear close-toed shoes. Hosted by: City of Surrey - Urban Forestry - See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/22495.aspx#sthash.RmFdwtuI.dpuf

Victoria: Friends of Ecological Reserves Invasive Species Lecture

Date: May 17, 2017
7:30 - 8:00 pm - AGM
8:00 - 9:15 pm - Lecture by Sue Staniforth, ISCBC
Venue: University of Victoria, Room A102, David Turpin Building
Overview: British Columbia is home to more species of plants and animals than any other province. BC’s ecological reserves are areas selected to preserve special natural ecosystems, plant and animal species, and often serve to protect rare and endangered plants and animals in their natural habitat.
Join the Friends of Ecological Reserves on May 17 for an informative talk on invasive species and learn how they compete directly with native species, reduce or alter habitat for native organisms, lead to erosion and water siltation, increase fire hazards and can have significant impacts on human health.


Surrey: Youth Work Party at Hazelnut Meadows Park

Date: May 19, 2017
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Venue: meet at Glencarin Entrance of Burnaby Lake Park
Overview: Ages 13 - 18. Drop in, get your hands dirty and meet other youth as we remove invasive plants and clean up litter in the park. No experience needed! We’ll provide tools, training, and snacks (but please bring your own water bottle). Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather! Hosted by the Surrey Youth Stewardship Squad. Questions? E‑mail sejal.lal@surrey.ca.

Surrey: Nature Work Party at Clayton Park

Date: Sat, May 20
Time: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm 
Location: Clayton Park (18513 70 Avenue)
Overview: Get your hands dirty removing invasive plants to prepare three local parks for fall tree planting events. Bring friends and family - everyone is welcome to volunteer. No experience needed; tools, training and light refreshments provided. Dress for the weather and wear close-toed shoes. Hosted by: City of Surrey - Urban Forestry - See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/22495.aspx#sthash.RmFdwtuI.dpuf

Agassiz: Invasive Species Work Party

Date: May 24 (and June 13)
Time: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm (same schedule for both days)
Location: Earthwise Society, Agassiz 6031 Golf Road, Agassiz
Overview: Join the crew to remove some invasives! Pre-register by contacting Corinne at education@earthwisesociety.bc.ca
Bring your lunch and water and we will have lunch together at around 12:00 pm.

Delta: Community Invasive Plant Removal - Himalayan Balsam

Date: Saturday May 27
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Location: Along Cougar Creek. Meet at Westview Drive cul-de-sac, 200 m south of 72 Avenue. The pull will occur in riparian area on the east side of Westview Drive. parking is available on Westview Drive. 
Overview: Invasive species can pose significant hazards to our environment, infrastructure, economy and health. To help raise public awareness of invasive species and to provide residents with an opportunity to help ecological restoration, Delta is hosting two invasive plant removal events this spring and summer. Come out and join us in these hands-on learning activities! Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) is rapidly taking over the streambanks of Cougar Creek.  While it produces pretty flowers in late summer, the plant dies back in the winter, leaving the streambanks prone to erosion.  Himalayan balsam is best removed May to June, before the plant develops seedpods; otherwise, the seedpods will explode when touched, spreading the seeds. For volunteers wary of removing ivy or blackberry, Himalayan balsam removal offers respite!  Unlike many invasive plants, Himalayan Balsam is very easy to pull; no thorns, no dangerous sap, and very shallow roots make this plant ideal to remove for most age groups. Gloves and juice boxes will be provided. Note: the area is quite muddy, even in summer, so wear appropriate footwear.  Mosquito repellent is recommended.
Read more at: http://www.delta.ca/your-government/news-events/event-calendar/2017/05/24/home-calendar/community-invasive-plant-removal---himalayan-balsam 

Surrey: Nature Work Party at Surrey Nature Centre 

Date: Sat, May 27
Time: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm 
Location: Surrey Nature Centre (14225 Green Timbers Way)
Overview: Get your hands dirty removing invasive plants to prepare three local parks for fall tree planting events. Bring friends and family - everyone is welcome to volunteer. No experience needed; tools, training and light refreshments provided. Dress for the weather and wear close-toed shoes. Hosted by: City of Surrey - Urban Forestry - See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/22495.aspx#sthash.RmFdwtuI.dpuf

Vancouver: Stanley Park Invasive Species Action Month Celebration & Removal Event

Date: May 28, 2017
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Venue: Third Beach Picnic Area, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Overview: Join this free, family-friendly event. Please pre-register if you are participating in the invasive species removal activities. All tools, safety equipment and tools will be provided. Speeches and cake take place at 1:30 pm.

Pre-register: (604) 718-6547 or email stewardship@stanleyparkecology.ca

Metro Vancouver: Burnaby Lake Park Weedbusters

Date: May 28, 2017
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Venue: Hazelnut Meadows Park, 14069 68 Ave, Surrey
Overview: Be a Champion for Native Plants! Join the Burnaby Lake Park Association in tackling and removing invasive species: non-native plants that have become established and replaced native species around Burnaby Lake. We’ll provide gloves, tools, and snacks. Dress for the weather and be prepared to work off-trail in the woods. Join us! Ages 8+