Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge
The annual Earth Day Celebration in Maple Ridge kicks off at 10am on Saturday April 22, 2017 at Memorial Peace Park. This year’s theme, “Back to Nature,” highlights the natural beauty all around us – one of the best things about living in Maple Ridge!
Earth Day favourites from past years will be back, including a special Earth Day Haney Farmers Market, winners of the Earth Day Poetry & Photo contests, the Cycle Recycle Free Bike Draw, lots of kids’ crafts, electric vehicles courtesy of VEVA, roving entertainers & flash mobs, an expanded Food Truck festival on 224th Street, and, of course, the popular Family Freecycle, where gently used books, toys, & clothes will be available for free to the public at the Leisure Centre’s preschool at the Earth Day event.
As always, the arts are a huge part of Earth Day. Live entertainment includes music stages, surprise flash mobs, a welcoming ceremony parade, and roving performers. Make some crafts, get your face painted, help create the Earth Day Nature Mandala, or check out artists from the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Art Studio Tour. Don’t miss this year’s Kids ‘n’ Nature PlayZone located in the grassy area south of the Farmer’s Market for some hands-on nature exploration – you may even meet Tinkerbell!
See you on April 22!
About the theme…
The 2017 theme for Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge is “Back to Nature” – one of the main ideas behind this theme is that if residents (and their kids!) get away from screens and spend more time in nature, they will learn to love it and fight to save it. This year, we partnered with outdoor & environmental groups to organize lots of lead-up outdoor activities throughout March & April to get people outside. Activities include canoe tours, trail clearing, salmon fry release, nature printing & photography, family hikes, and more! Check out the video compilation above 🙂
We loved getting people outdoors to explore local parks, appreciate our community’s natural assets, and (re)discover the healing aspects of nature. The main Earth Day event, which attracts over 3000 people, will be held THIS Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10am – 2pm at Memorial Peace Park.
Our Vision: To celebrate and embrace the Earth’s past, present, and future by engaging people in Nature & the Outdoors, Family & Community, and Green Innovation & Technology through business, info, arts, activities, and entertainment.
Our Mission: The Mission of the Celebrate Earth Day Organizing Committee is to celebrate and promote environmental groups, interactive programs, initiatives, issues, and ideas in the communities of Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows-Katzie First Nation through an annual participatory event on or around April 22.
“ENERGY!” was our theme for Celebrate Earth Day 2016 and there was lots of it on site, including various Human Recharging Stations 🙂 Amber Light Photography was there to capture some great event photos!
Check out Metro Vancouver’s video on Earth Day 2016:
Celebrate Earth Day 2015 made a splash with our “Water, Water Everywhere” focus on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Check out photos of the event by Amber Light Photography and our April, 2015 Newsletter highlighting the event.