Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge

Earth Day Poetry & Photo Contest Deadlines EXTENDED to March 31!

More information on the Poetry & Photo Contest PageSave the Date! Celebrate Earth Day 2019 will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Contact us to get involved in the planning or join us on the day! Our next planning meeting is Thursday, March 21, at 6:00pm at the Maple Ridge Library. Please feel free to join us & share your ideas!!

Earth Day 2019: “Invest in Your Community: Focus on Mental, Social, & Economic Health”

“Someone will take care of it.” What if that someone is YOU? Join the thousands of Maple Ridge citizens who volunteer for their community, making a world of difference in so many ways. Creating a sharing economy and working on solutions to community issues such as poverty, food insecurity, and addiction builds connections and can inspire the sense of purpose sometimes needed to pull us out of our own apathy and isolation. Building a healthy community starts with YOU – giving time to your community and taking time for yourself. Join us at Memorial Peace Park in the heart of Maple Ridge on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10am – 2pm. More info at www.mrearthday.ca or on our Facebook Page.


Earth Day Photo & Poetry Contests DEADLINE EXTENDED!!!

The Earth Day Poetry & Photo Contests are open NOW until Sunday, March 31, 2019. Submit your poem or photos on this year’s Healthy Community, Healthy Self theme for your chance to win great prizes and be featured in the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows NEWS. Select winners will be invited to share their work at Earth Day on April 13. For more information, go to the Earth Day Poetry & Photo Contest page.


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We are looking for anyone who enjoys getting involved in their community! We welcome new planning committee members, activity coordinators, people who want to help out at lead-up events…and folks who want to join our fest-crew and help at the Earth Day festival itself. Lots of opportunities available! Lunch & awesome event t-shirt provided!

Visit our Earth Day Volunteer Page to learn more and register online. You can also download the ED 2019 – Volunteer Registration Form. Questions about volunteering can be emailed to edvolunteers@rmrecycling.org



Performances at Earth Day don’t have to be on stage! In addition to two stages, we have had many roving performers, flash mobs, and more! Performers interested in auditioning for the Earth Day event can download the ED2019 – Performer Registration Form. Questions about performing at the event can be emailed to Pam Burns, Entertainment Coordinator, at pjburns07@hotmail.com (or stop by and visit her at the Kanaka Open Mic, every Wednesday from 5-8pm at Kanaka Creek Coffee – #101 – 24155 102nd Avenue, Maple Ridge).



Local green businesses or community organizations who would like to have a presence at Celebrate Earth Day on April 13 are encouraged to create an interactive booth or activity and join in the “Healthy Community, Healthy Self: Invest in Your Community” theme.

Sign up now to register your company, organization, or group’s interactive booth, display, or activity at Earth Day 2019! Download the ED2019 – Participant Registration Form or fill out the form below:

ED2019 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, 2019. Interac payments can be emailed to Alison Thompson at alison@rmrecycling.org Security Question: Event? Answer: EarthDay2019 For more information, contact Alison at 604-677-0460

About the 2019-2020 Earth Day Theme: “Healthy Community, Healthy Self”

What is a healthy community?  Why are some doctors prescribing nature visits & art activities to increase wellness? How can volunteering and helping others also improve your personal health? How does infrastructure & environment affect physical health? How do we stay human in an ever-advancing technological world? Earth Day 2019 & 2020 explore these and other questions as we focus on the theme “Healthy Community, Healthy Self” – a theme too big to limit to one year!



Previous Celebrate Earth Day Festivals:

2018: “DIY: Make it, Grow it, Fix it, Share it!”


Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 21, 2018 encouraged everyone to “DIY: Make it, Grow it, Fix it, Share it!”

This eco-inspired, all ages event included 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!”

Broken items were brought to be fixed at the Repair Cafe at the Greg Moore Youth Centre and kids got hands on at TINKERbell Station to make and share their original creations! For more photos, visit the “Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge” Facebook Page.




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





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.