Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge

Save the Date! Join Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 21, 2018 as we encourage everyone to
“DIY: Make it, Grow it, Fix it, Share it!”

This eco-inspired, all ages event includes the Family Freecycle, the Cycle Recycle Free Bike Draw, arts & entertainment, interactive booths, flash mobs, a special Haney Farmers Market, electric vehicles, a Food Truck Festival and more.  This year, we encourage everyone to “DIY: Make it, Grow it, Fix it, Share it!”

Bring broken items to be fixed at the Repair Cafe at the Greg Moore Youth Centre and get hands on at TINKERbell Station to make and share your original creations! Also, check out our DIY workshops and lead-up events scheduled throughout March & April.  For details, visit the “Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge” Facebook Page. See you on April 21!”

Interested in the theme? Check out Maker Faires, Repair Cafes, and Tool Libraries to learn more!

Earth Day 2018 Poetry & Photo Contests Now Open!!

Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge invites citizens of all ages to submit their photos and poetry starting January 8, 2018 to showcase this year’s Earth Day theme of “DIY: Make it, Grow it, Fix it, Share it!”

Enter now for your chance to win fabulous prizes and be featured in the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows NEWS! Select poetry & photo contest winners will also be invited to share their work at the Celebrate Earth Day event on Saturday April 21 at Memorial Peace Park.

The POETRY contest will award first, second, and third place in each category: child (up to age 10), youth (ages 11-16) and adult (ages 17+). Send your entries to earthdaypoet@gmail.com
Contest deadline is March 9, 2018. See full 2018 Earth Day Poetry Contest Rules.

The PHOTO contest will award a top winner in each themed category:

  1. Make it
  2. Grow it
  3. Fix it
  4. Share it

as well as a Grand Prize Winner. Send entries in jpg format (minimum 1MB) to earthdaycontests@gmail.com Entry deadline is March 9, 2018. After March 9, entries will be posted to an “Earth Day 2018 Photos” Album on the Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge Facebook page and voting will be open to the public until Friday, April 6, 2018. Visit & vote for your favourite photos!!

PLUS!!! Win a Screening of “The Lorax” for You and Your Classmates!!

This year, School District 42 and Ridge Meadows Recycling Society are encouraging students in Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows to participate in the Earth Day 2018 Poetry & Photo Contests, and the class with the most contest entries will win a screening of the movie “The Lorax” in their classroom – popcorn & drinks provided!!

See contest details above. Classes can submit both poetry & photos. Student entries should note which school and class (include teacher’s name) they are from. Good luck!!

Come “Like” the Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge Facebook page and follow us on Twitter (@mrearthday) for updates.

 

Celebrate Earth Day Lead-Up Events!

See an event you like? Mark your calendar for these awesome Earth Day lead-up events designed to help you “DIY: Make it, Grow it, Fix it, Share it!”

March 3 (Saturday): Birdhouse Building with Alouette River Management Society
11am – 1pm at Rivers Heritage Centre, 24959 Alouette Road, Allco Park, Maple Ridge
Join ARMS for a Habitat building workshop!  Drop in anytime between 11am and 1pm to learn about tools and building, and using the materials provided, build a birdhouse to take home and put in your own backyard! Before you go, take a walk around beautiful Allco Park and learn more about the native bird species who may call your new birdhouse “Home.”

Click for more information or contact Sophie Smith at 604-467-6401 or sophie@alouetteriver.org 

 

March 4 (Sunday): Canning 101 Workshop #1
2:00-4:00pm, Maple Ridge
Learn a new skill, have some fun and eat something tasty! Preserving food with home canning is a great way to enjoy the fresh flavours of local, seasonal food all year long. Are you interested in canning? This is a fun way to share family recipes, save money, and preserve garden produce and seasonal foods! In this hands-on workshop, we will talk about the financial and health benefits of canning. For only $5* (pay at the door), our experienced host will assist you in creating a delicious jar of salsa to take home. PLEASE NOTE: this workshop involves high temperatures and sharp knives. Adults only. *Fee covers costs of ingredients and jars. Limited # of participants. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-home-canning-tickets-43258685894

 

March 5 (Monday): Local Voices at Maple Ridge Library
8:00 pm: Maple Ridge Library, 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge
Local Voices is an ongoing, “TED Talk”-like series that celebrates the City of Maple Ridge, past and present, through the voices of our citizens. Presentations combine talks, readings and performances with community dialogue. Presented by the Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission, the Maple Ridge Historical Society, the Maple Ridge Family History Group, Golden Ears Writers and the Maple Ridge Public Library.  http://mapleridgemuseum.org/local-voices/

 

March 10 (Saturday): Hammond Forever House Tours
10am, 12pm, & 2pm: Hammond Forever House, Historic Port Hammond, Maple Ridge
“The greenest home is the one already standing.” Most people agree that preserving heritage houses is a good thing. Most people also agree that most heritage homes are NOT energy efficient. Learn one family’s story as they DIY their way through massive house renos – the renovation and retrofit of a 1923 Craftsman-style heritage home as it gets upgraded with green, energy-saving innovations. Maximum 12 participants per tour. Click to register.
Hammond Forever House Blog: www.hammondfh.ca 

 

March 11 (Sunday): Thrift Store Fashion Challenge – Ridge Meadows Hospice Society
9:30-11:30am: Ridge Meadows Hospice Thrift Store, #3 – 12011 224th Street, Maple Ridge
Unleash your creative side and join in this fun and free event! Using items gathered from the Thrift Store, you and your team must create an outfit within the time limit! Watch out for the mystery grab bag items and be sure to listen to your stylist’s advice!
Contact Lara Lee at thrift@ridgemeadowshospice.org for details or visit http://ridgemeadowshospicesociety.com/fashion-challenge/

 

March 13 (Tuesday): Build & Create – Make Something Great! At Maple Ridge Library
3:30pm – 5:00 pm: Maple Ridge Library, 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge
Listen to the book, Rosie Revere, Engineer, then join Dan the Recycling Man to build amazing things using common recycled items, Makey Makeys, and KEVA Planks. The only limit is your imagination! For kids in grades 1-7. Registration required – phone 604-467-7417. https://fvrl.bibliocommons.com/events/search/local_start=2018-03-10%20TO%202018-03-13/event/5a31b6ed7dcc5a330005ff1e

 

March 17 (Saturday): Nature Day at Amsterdam Greenhouses
10 am – 4 pm: Amsterdam Garden Centre, 19100

 

Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows
Fun for the whole family! 20th Annual Nature Day Event includes FREE seminars & presentations, interactive & informative displays, prize draws, and more! Come see “Raptor Force” Birds of Prey, learn about Bee Friendly Plants & Mason Bees, and kids can participate in a Nature Quiz & plant their own Strawberry Hanging Basket to take home! (please register for workshop in advance, cost is $10.50 per child). http://www.amsterdamgreenhouses.com/index.php/seminars

 

March 24 (Saturday): Launch of Maple Ridge Repair Cafes
10 am – 2:00 pm: Maple Ridge Seniors Activity Centre, 12150 – 224th Street, Maple Ridge
Repair Cafes are pop-up events where residents can bring their broken items (appliances, jewelry, clothing, small toys or furniture, etc.) and there are tools, materials, and volunteer “fixers” available to help with repairing them. Kids can visit Tinkerbell Corner to learn how things work & create their own masterpieces from the different parts. For details, visit the “Maple Ridge Repair Cafe” Facebook Page or www.mrrepaircafe.ca

 

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March 25 (Sunday): Canning 101 Workshop #2
2:00 – 4:00pm, Maple Ridge
Learn a new skill, have some fun and eat something tasty! Preserving food with home canning is a great way to enjoy the fresh flavours of local, seasonal food all year long. Are you interested in canning? This is a fun way to share family recipes, save money, and preserve garden produce and seasonal foods! In this hands-on workshop, we will talk about the financial and health benefits of canning. For only $5* (pay at the door), our experienced host will assist you in creating a delicious jar of salsa to take home. PLEASE NOTE: this workshop involves high temperatures and sharp knives. Adults only. *Fee covers costs of ingredients and jars. Limited # of participants. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-home-canning-tickets-43258813275?aff=erelpanelorg

 

March 31 (Saturday): Plarn Making 101 & Reusable Tote Bag Crochet Workshop
12-4pm –  at Geek Crossing, #105 – 20285 Stewart Crescent, Maple Ridge (Maple Meadows Industrial Park)
FREE Workshops! Plarn is short for “plastic yarn.” Plarn is made by cutting plastic grocery bags into strips, which are then strung together into a single long strand. You can use plarn instead of regular yarn to crochet or knit sturdy, reusable tote bags, purses, doormats, and more! Bring your own plastic bags or take from our supplies for the first workshop. Make a tote bag in the second workshop, beginning crochet/knitting skills required.  Plarn Making 101 – 12pm to 2 pm Plarn Tote Bag – 2pm to 4pm https://www.facebook.com/events/548956902148378/ 

 

April 7 (Saturday): Seedy Saturday at the Intergenerational Garden
11am -2pm: Intergenerational Garden, 22517 – 121 Avenue, Maple Ridge
Second annual Seedy Saturday located at the Intergenerational Garden on the corner of Edge Street and 121st Ave. Our event will have a seed exchange table, a book exchange area and a by donation planting table. Rain or shine. Please contact Heather Jonatschick garden coordinator for more information at gardencoord@gmail.com Plus!! Like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram.

 

April 8 (Sunday): Sixth Annual Thornhill Plant Swap
10 am – 12:30 pm at Thornhill Hall Parking Lot – 26007 – 98th Avenue, Maple Ridge
Now that spring has finally arrived, gather up your extra perennials, bulbs, garden tools and garden books and join us for a plant swap!  If you don’t have any plants to exchange, bring some cookies or some other garden items. Remember to bring a mug and share a cup of coffee and some treats with your friends, neighbours, and fellow gardeners. Rain or shine, no sales, no early birds. For more information, call Joan at 604-462-8778.

 

April 9 (Monday): Local Voices at Maple Ridge Library
8:00 pm: Maple Ridge Library, 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge
Local Voices is an ongoing, “TED Talk”-like series that celebrates the City of Maple Ridge, past and present, through the voices of our citizens. Presentations combine talks, readings and performances with community dialogue. Presented by the Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission, the Maple Ridge Historical Society, the Maple Ridge Family History Group, Golden Ears Writers and the Maple Ridge Public Library.  http://mapleridgemuseum.org/local-voices/

 

April 14 (Saturday): Plarn Making 101 & Reusable Tote Bag Crochet Workshop
12-4pm –  at Geek Crossing, #105 – 20285 Stewart Crescent, Maple Ridge (Maple Meadows Industrial Park)
FREE Workshops! Plarn is short for “plastic yarn.” Plarn is made by cutting plastic grocery bags into strips, which are then strung together into a single long strand. You can use plarn instead of regular yarn to crochet or knit sturdy, reusable tote bags, purses, doormats, and more! Bring your own plastic bags or take from our supplies for the first workshop. Make a tote bag in the second workshop, beginning crochet/knitting skills required.  Plarn Making 101 – 12pm to 2 pm Plarn Tote Bag – 2pm to 4pm https://www.facebook.com/events/548956902148378/ 

 

 

April 15 (Sunday): Stilt-Making Workshop
Fern Crescent Artist Residency – 23740 Fern Crescent, Maple Ridge
Join Maple Ridge Artist-in-Residence Robi Smith to make your own pair of stilts and learn to walk tall! More details coming soon!

 

 

April 20 (Friday): Freecycle Donation Drop-off
4:00 – 7:00 pm: Tents in front of the ACT Arts Centre, 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
Time to declutter! The Freecycle Team will have tents and boxes set up in front of the ACT for people to donate their gently used books, toys and clothes for the Earth Day Family Freecycle. All items will be available for free at the Greg Moore Youth Centre the next day at Celebrate Earth Day. Come find something NEW to YOU!

 
April 21 (Saturday): Earth Day Celebration 10 am – 2:00 pm: Memorial Peace Park This eco-inspired, all ages event includes the Family Freecycle, arts & entertainment, interactive booths, flash mobs, a special Haney Farmers Market, electric vehicles, a Food Truck Festival and more. For details, visit the “Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge” Facebook Page or www.mrearthday.ca

 

Registration Forms now available!!

 

VOLUNTEER!

Want to volunteer for our event? Lots of opportunities available, let us know if you’re interested in getting involved in the planning process or just want to help out on the day. Lunch provided!

Visit our Earth Day Volunteer Page to learn more or download the ED2018 – Volunteer Registration Kit 

 

PERFORM!

SFU Cheerleader Flash Mob at Earth Day 2012 (Amber Light Photography)Interested in performing at Earth Day? Fill out the form and let our Entertainment Coordinator know!

Download the ED2018 – Performer Registration Form 

 

ON-SITE REGISTRATION!

Sign up now to register your company, organization, or group’s interactive booth, display, or activity at Earth Day 2018!

Download the ED2018 – Participant Registration Form or fill in the form below:

ED2018 Participant Registration

    The registration fee is $10. Please make cheques payable to Ridge Meadows Recycling Society. Registration forms & payment must be submitted by March 31, 2018. Interac payments can be emailed to Leanne Koehn at leanne@rmrecycling.org Security Question: Event? Answer: EarthDay2018 For more information, contact Ola at 778-242-1803
 

Previous Celebrate Earth Day Festivals:

2017: “Back to Nature”

Celebrate Earth Day’s 2017’s theme, “Back to Nature,” highlighted the natural beauty all around us – one of the best things about living in Maple Ridge! Event photos of Earth Day 2017 by Amber Light Photography are posted on the Celebrate Earth Day Facebook Page. Also check out this great video of our event from Christina Waschko!

 
 Earth Day favourites from past years were 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 were available for free to the public at the Leisure Centre’s preschool at the Earth Day event.

As always, the arts were a huge part of Earth Day. Live entertainment included music stages, surprise flash mobs, a welcoming ceremony parade, and roving performers. Attendees made some crafts, got their face painted, helped create the Earth Day Nature Mandala, and checked out artists from the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Art Studio Tour. A new element this year was the Kids ‘n’ Nature PlayZone located in the grassy area south of the Farmer’s Market for some hands-on nature exploration – Tinkerbell was even on site for some dancing and storytime!

 

 

 

 

About the theme…

The 2017 theme for Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge was “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 below 🙂

 

 

2016: “ENERGY!”

ED2016 Poster

“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:

Kat & Tony at ED2016 - from MetroVan video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 – “Water, Water Everywhere”

earthday poster2 2015Celebrate 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.


 

2014 – “Food for Thought”

 

Earth Day 2014 posterCelebrate Earth Day 2014 celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Haney Farmers Market and “Food For Thought” on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  There are some great photos of the event on Amber Light Photography’s Facebook Page and we highlighted it in our April, 2014 Newsletter

 

 

 

Earthday banner 2014

 

2013 – “Earth Arts”

Celebrate Earth Day 2013 Partnered with the ARTS and took place on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Check out photos of the event by Amber Light Photography and our April, 2013 Newsletter with lots more info 🙂

 

 

2012 – “Celebrating 40 Years of Recycling”

2012 Earth Day PromotionCelebrate Earth Day 2012 took place on Saturday, April 21, 2012  and celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Ridge Meadows Recycling!

A huge THANK YOU!! to Amber Light Photography for capturing some stunning photos of the event! We looked forward to the big party in our RMRS Spring, 2012 Newsletter

 

 

 

Pre-2012…

Earth Day has been celebrated in Maple Ridge since it started in 1970! Here are some photos & posters from earlier Earth Days. Thank you to all individuals and organizations that have helped us celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge!

Earth Day 2009 at Memorial Peace Park
CEED Centre Opening – Earth Day 1990

 

EarthDay Logo 1 - 2013Our 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.