Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge
About the theme…
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 are partnering 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!
We are looking forward to 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 on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10am – 2pm at Memorial Peace Park.
2017 Earth Day Event, Volunteer, & Performer Registration forms
now available!! (See form links below)
Earth Day 2017 Poetry & Photo Contests NOW OPEN!!
Entry deadline is March 8.
Download a pdf copy of the ED2017 Photo & Poetry Contest Poster
“Back to Nature” Lead-up Events!
See an event you like? Mark your calendar and click the links to register for these awesome Earth Day lead-up events designed to help you explore the outdoors and get “Back to Nature!”
March 4: Seedy Saturday at the Intergenerational Garden
11am -2pm: Intergenerational Garden #22517 121 ave. Maple Ridge The Intergenerational Garden welcomes everyone to join us for its first annual Seed exchange in celebration of spring and the new growing season. The event will be focused around seed swapping and a gardening book exchange table. Rain or shine. RSVP via https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/maple-ridge-seedy-saturday-tickets-31768747178
March 5: Nature Sketching with Maple Ridge Artist-in-Residence Robi Smith
2pm – 4pm: Meet at the Artist in Residence Studio, 23740 Fern Crescent, Maple Ridge All ages, maximum 12 participants, bring your own sketchbook and drawing materials. Rain or shine (rain plan is to sketch indoors). RSVP required via https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/naturesketching-with-maple-ridge-artist-in-residence-robi-smith-tickets-31551272706
March 12: Spirea Trail – Stroll, Play & Discover
10 am – 12 pm: Meet the Worms & Wee Ones Group at the interpretive sign at the edge of the Spirea Trail parking lot in Golden Ears Provincial Park for a short introduction before we set out on the trail. We will walk Spirea Trail at a toddler/preschooler pace. The event is geared towards families with children under the age of 6. Older siblings and other family members are welcome, and encouraged, to join us! No pets allowed. The trail is about 500 m, flat, and is accessible by stroller. Caregivers are responsible for their children’s safety and behaviour at all times. Be aware that the boardwalks cross over marshy areas and a small pond. Dress for the weather. The boardwalks can become slippery so proper footwear is advised. Bring a snack and a water bottle. **NOTE: this activity is now FULL. To join future outings, please visit the Worms & Wee Ones Facebook Page.
March 18: Nature Day at Amsterdam Greenhouse
10am – 4 pm: 19100 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows All ages, all welcome to drop by and enjoy interactive and informative displays from 20 local organizations connecting our community to nature. Free seminars on raptors, bears, organic pest control and mason bees. Activities for kids include a Nature Day clue hunt. Food truck on site.
More details at www.amsterdamgreenhouses.com
10am – 12:30 pm: Meet at the top end of Gold Creek Parking Lot, Golden Ears Park The event proceeds, rain or shine, but is cancelled if snow is lingering. We will be clearing encroaching brush from the first half kilometre of the East Canyon Trail. The event is open to adults and families with children as young as 13. Pets are not allowed. We will begin with brief safety reminders as we sign-up and savor our served-on-site hot chocolate. Wear work clothes suitable for any seasonal weather possibility, plus: work gloves, hat, hiking or work-suitable boots, small pack, spare jacket, rain gear, snack, and water. Tools are provided. Maximum 20 participants, RSVP required via https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/trail-clearing-withridge-meadows-outdoor-club-tickets-31549846440 http://www.rmoutdoorclub.ca
March 26: Katzie Slough Canoe Tour with Watershed Watch Salmon Society
10am – 1pm: meet at 17640 Kennedy Road, by the Kennedy Pump Station, Pitt Meadows. Join Watershed Watch Salmon Society and Ridge Meadows Recycling Society on a canoe tour of the Katzie Slough to celebrate local waterways! Learn about the Slough’s history, ecology, and the challenges that make it emblematic of many small streams in the lower mainland. Cost: $20 to rent a canoe. Free with your own canoe/kayak. Please dress for the weather. Canoes, life jackets and refreshments provided. This is a kid-friendly event. Mandatory RSVP required. Please contact email@example.com to register and confirm your attendance.
11 – 12:30 pm: Meet in parking lot at ALLCO Park. This forest tour will focus on identifying different tree and plant species both native and invasive, as well as learn the importance of wildlife trees to the local animals in this area. Park features include picnic facilities, equestrian and walking trails, scenic natural areas, open green space, park benches, river access and wildlife viewing. Family-friendly, rain or shine. Wear clothes suitable for weather conditions. Bring a lunch to enjoy in ALLCO park at the many picnic tables provided. RSVP via https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/allco-park-forest-walk-and-tour-tickets31765184522
April 8: Nature Photography in Kanaka Creek Riverfront Park with Amber Light Photography
1:00 – 2:30pm: meet on the trail next to the parking lot of Kanaka Creek Riverfront Park. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and nature as Karen Learmonth from Amber Light Photography guides you along the winding trails along Kanaka Creek and the Fraser River giving tips on capturing both detailed images and sweeping landscapes with your camera. Dress for the weather – warm clothes and an umbrella if necessary, event is on rain or shine. Bring your own camera (phone cameras are welcome!), water bottle, and imagination. All ages are welcome, but children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP details coming soon…
April 9: Watershed Centre Tour, Fry Release & Cliff Falls Walk with KEEPS
10:30am – 12:30pm: Meet at Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Center (Bell-Irving Hatchery), 11450 256th Street, Maple Ridge Be one of the first to see the new educational facility as well as the newly created wetlands. Followed by a release of chum salmon fry and a walk to Cliff Falls and return. The walk has a few moderate hills and is not suitable for strollers. www.keeps.org
RSVP via https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/watershed-centre-tour-fry-release-cliff-falls-walk-withkeeps-tickets-31550834395
1pm – 3:00pm: Meet at East Canyon Trail Parking Lot, Golden Ears Park Open to adults and families with children 10+, no pets, maximum 20 participants, RSVP required. We will begin with a brief orientation as we sign-up and savor our served-on-site hot chocolate. Everyone must be able to maintain a steady walking pace for a total of 6 km along the smooth, gently rolling trail. Wear clothing suitable for any seasonal weather possibility, plus: hat, hiking boots or trail shoes, small back pack, gloves, spare jacket, rain gear, snack, and water. http://www.rmoutdoorclub.ca RSVP via https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/family-hike-to-lower-falls-with-ridge-meadowsoutdoor-club-tickets-31550304811
April 22: 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
If you would like to register a BOOTH OR ACTIVITY at Earth Day,
download & fill in the 2017 Earth Day Event Registration Form
If you would like to VOLUNTEER for Earth Day 2017,
download & fill in the 2017 Earth Day Volunteer Registration Form
If you would like to PERFORM at Earth Day 2017,
download & fill in the 2017 Earth Day Performer Registration Form
*More information on each of these included on registration form
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.