Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge
Save 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, January 10, at 1:00pm at the Maple Ridge Library. Please feel free to join us & share your ideas!!
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!
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 NOW OPEN!!!
The Earth Day Poetry & Photo Contests are open NOW until Friday, March 8, 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, or just want to help out at the Earth Day festival itself! Individuals interested in volunteering can download the ED2019 – Volunteer Registration Form or visit our Earth Day Volunteer Page to learn more. Lots of opportunities are 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! Questions about volunteering can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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:
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 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!
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 🙂
“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!
2015 – “Water, Water Everywhere”
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.
2014 – “Food for Thought”
Celebrate 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
2013 – “Earth Arts”
Celebrate Earth Day 2013 Partnered with the ARTS and took place on Saturday, April 20, 2013.
2012 – “Celebrating 40 Years of Recycling”
Celebrate Earth Day 2012 took place on Saturday, April 21, 2012 and celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Ridge Meadows Recycling!
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!
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.