Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge

Hello Maple Ridge (and welcome, neighbours)!!!

Looking for something outdoors to safely do with the kids?

Interested in exploring hidden gems in your community?

Earth Day 2021 is all about “EMERGE”-ing! Print out our list of challenges to explore your community and learn more about all the awesomeness Maple Ridge has to offer. These locations and more are highlighted in our custom google map.

Find something that challenges YOU to emerge in your community!


Download the Earth Day 2021 COMMUNITY CHALLENGE LIST!


Click on the box in the upper right hand corner to expand the map and explore Outdoor & Indoor Activities, Local History, Arts & Culture, & Community Highlights…check out the links and address and have fun exploring IRL!!

Got a suggestion for an awesome activity or cool place to visit in Maple Ridge? Email your suggestion – including a description, the street address, and a link to more information (if applicable) to leanne@rmrecycling.org Categories include Arts & Culture, Outdoor Activities, Local History, and Community.
Do a few, do a LOT!!

YOU choose which challenges to take on – we provide the list, you pick & choose which ones inspire you! Finished those? Choose a few more! Locations and lots more can be found on the Activity Map.

Win prizes!

We encourage everyone to share photos of themselves doing the challenges on social media! Let others know some cool places to get out & live local. Share a photo of an Earth Day challenge you did online (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram) with the hashtag #emergemr and you will be entered in a draw to win some fabulous prizes! You can also check out the Celebrate Earth Day Facebook Page, Twitter Account, or Instagram Account

LAST prize draw is on Friday, December 17, 2021. Note: One prize per resident

Check out the News article at https://www.mapleridgenews.com/community/keeping-earth-day-spirit-alive-in-maple-ridge/


Did we miss something?

Got a suggestion for an awesome activity or cool place in Maple Ridge to add to the map? Email your suggestion, the street address, and a photo to leanne@rmrecycling.org – challenge categories include Arts & Culture, Outdoor Activities, Local History, and Community. Examples include favourite hikes, special dishes at favourite restaurants (with a description of why you love it), activities like watching the sunset at Haney Wharf, or just hidden gems in your neighbourhood you’d like to share with others.

Stay safe…

Remember to follow all public health orders while exploring your community! Stay 2 meters from others, wear a mask, and wash or sanitize your hands frequently.



Congratulations to all participants and winners of the Earth Day Photo Contest and THANK YOU for sharing your beautiful photos on the theme of “EMERGE”!

First Place – Charlene Fiehn
2nd/3rd place (tie) – Rachael Fiehn
2nd/3rd place (tie) – Joe Fiehn
Photo by Bob Russell
Photo by Chloe Granholm
Photo by Isabel Gibson
Photo by Isabel Gibson
Photo by Isabel Gibson
Photo by Isabel Gibson
Photo by Jane Wylie
Photo by Julie Cornell
Photo by Maya Galeas-Allen
Photo by Olivia Burrage


The Poetry Contest E-X-P-A-N-D-E-D this year! In addition to poems, we accepted “flash fiction” and video entries! Congratulations to all winners and participants and THANK YOU for sharing your creativity!!

Winners are:
Child category: Joe Fiehn (1st & 3rd) and Abby Phillips (2nd)
Youth category: Samantha Sqalajko (1st), Halle Grof (2nd), & Rachael Fiehn (3rd)
Adult category: Olivia Burrage (1st), Susan Bliss (2nd), & Charlene Fiehn (3rd)

Also this year – Natali Leduc, Artist-in-Residence for the City of Maple Ridge, is compiling a book of all the entries to share with everyone who participated in the contest. The book will be part of The Little Library of What?, one of her community projects as artist-in-residence. This will be mailed out to all participants.


Freecycle is back! As we are still unable to gather in large groups Freecycle is taking place on-line. A Facebook page (Freecycle 2021) has been created for people in Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows to list items they are wanting to give away for free.
Please visit Freecycle 2021 to join.

Previous Celebrate Earth Day Festivals:

2020: “Healthy Community, Healthy Self: Get Active”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to cancel our 2020 Earth Day event, but were so happy to continue the Celebrate Earth Day Poetry & Photo Contests – congratulations to all the winners!




Activities enjoyed at (pre-Covid) Celebrate Earth Day events:

Family Freecycle

In preparation for the Family Freecycle, donations of gently used books, toys, and clothing are collected for two weeks ahead of the event, including at a drop-off event the night before Earth Day, from 4-7pm, in front of the ACT Arts Centre. All items collected are sorted into sizes and categories, set out on tables in the Leisure Centre, and given away at the Earth Day event. We live in an abundant society – most people have too much “stuff” and are more than happy to give it away. Declutter your home then come to find something NEW to YOU!


Haney Farmers Market

The Earth Day event is the debut market of the season. With over 20 vendors at the Celebrate Earth Day Event there is something for everyone! The Haney Farmers Market encourages a healthy community by providing the public with direct access to food producers. The Market serves to stimulate and support the local economy, to provide opportunities to inform and entertain and to support and strongly encourage environmental sustainability.  www.haneyfarmersmarket.org

Electric Vehicle Display & Demonstrations

Learn more about why the future is electric. Members of the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association are more than happy to tell you about the different kinds of electric vehicles and you may even be able to go for a ride in an electric car!! If you are thinking of buying an electric vehicle, come and ask them all your questions! www.veva.ca


Food Truck Festival

Come hungry! Hunger Management has rounded up a buffet of food trucks to satisfy your sweet, savoury, and any other hunger needs!


Repair Café

Got broken stuff? Bring it to the Repair Cafe and learn how to fix it – for FREE! Experienced Fixers will be on hand to assist with the repair or offer advice on all your sewing, electrical, carpentry, jewellery, or bike repair needs. Glue, tape, tools, sewing machines and more are available to use. Want to just come check us out? No problem! Come have a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy the magic of repair. www.mrrepaircafe.ca


TINKERbell Station 

TINKERbell Station will be set up at the Repair Cafe for kids to get hands-on with tools, take stuff apart & learn how it works, build original creations, or just tinker! You may even see Tinkerbell herself there to give you a hand!

Cycle Recycle

At the Cycle Recycle, the local HUB Cycling group collects secondhand bikes, fixes them up, and gives them away in a free bike draw at Earth Day. Many of the bikes were destined for the scrap heap at the Recycling Depot and HUB helps get both the bikes and residents back on the road. www.bikehub.ca/mr-pm



Art Studio Tour

The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Art Studio Tour invites you to dive in to hands on art activities. Join our artists to play with clay, decorate a pottery heart, or pick up a brush and add your mark to our community canvas. Take in a display of our artists’ work and learn more about the tour, which takes place over the Mother’s Day weekend in May. www.ArtStudioTour.ca

4-H Llama Kissing Booth

No Llama drama here, just Llama love. Join the 4-H Llama club for a photo op with some of the cutest livestock around. 4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands and Health which aligns with Celebrate Earth Day’s Healthy Self, Healthy Community theme. Participate in the llama kissing booth or buy a plant from their plant sale. Delight in the Llamas roaming the site.


Kids Active Play Zone

Stop by Maple Ridge Parks, Recreation & Culture’s Kids Active Play Zone where children can test their skills by hopping, throwing and jumping their way through an obstacle course. With a focus on getting outside and connecting with nature the Kids Active Play Zone with have many valuable resources available. Learn more about the Live 5210 message- 5 fruits and veggies, no more than 2 hours of screen time, a minimum of 1 hour of physical activity and 0 sugary drinks. 24 hour movement Guidelines for different age groups will be available, as well as, information on Participations Community Better Challenge, an initiative to engage our community to become more active and win prizes!

Welcoming Ceremonies:

Don’t miss the Welcoming Ceremonies starting at 10:30am at the ACT Stage (Outdoors) with a welcome from the Katzie First Nation and Kwantlen First Nation. Congratulate winners of the Earth Day Poetry & Photo Contests and hear some impromptu answers to theme-related questions from gathered dignitaries!


Earth Day Volunteers:

Celebrate Earth Day is one of our community’s largest, most popular festivals – and volunteers make it happen! Individuals, families, business teams…anyone can help out! Give us a hand for an hour or stay for the day! Many volunteers choose multiple 2-hour shifts for a variety of jobs, plus a break to enjoy the festival!


Earth Day Entertainment:

ReMax/Library Storytime Tent:

In 2019, we co-hosted the ReMax/Library Storytime Tent with the Maple Ridge Library as well as…

Music Stages – ACT Stage & Market Stage:

There are two Music Stages – one in front of the ACT Arts Centre and one at Market Square at the Haney Farmers Market. Performing at the ACT Stage in 2019 were Kat & Tony, The Low Barrier Chorus, Western Jaguar, and Band for Good. Performing at the Market Stage were Holly & Taylor, Bob Cockroft, Nathanial Manaquil Zaparilla, Earl Jenkins, Leenie Bennett, Caden Knudson, & Julian Burns.

Roving Performers:

Roving Performers will be wandering around the site waiting to entertain YOU!! In 2019 we hosted kite aerialist Tristan Underwood, Poet/Storyteller Tiffany Stone, Dance enthusiast Spandy Andy, and Tinkerbell & Belle. The Tai Chi Flash Mob also popped up for a visit! Finally, some people had to stop to let Llamas cross in front of them – spreading their Llama love throughout the site! (photo by Phil Ransom)


Who doesn’t love to watch the dance of a colourful kite soaring high up in the air? Tristan started kite flying at the early age of four. Competing into his teenage years with unparalled success he then took his skills to the stage, developing and expanding kite flying into an art form. Since then he has traveled the world performing for corporations, in festivals, and in theatrical performances. www.facebook.com/kitezoneworldwide/

Tiffany Stone wonders why nothing rhymes with orange. She is a critically acclaimed children’s poet and home-schooling mother from Maple Ridge, British Columbia. She has published several collections of rhyming verse with Simply Read and Tradewind Books, including Teatime, Rainbow Shoes, Floyd the Flamingo and Baaaad Animals. Tiffany’s new book, Tree Song, published with Annick Press, follows the life cycle of a tree as it grows from seedling to mature tree, and finally gives way to a new sapling. Tiffany is an excellent friend to snakes, as described by her daughter’s beloved pet Banana Python. www.tiffanystone.ca

Spandy Andy is a Canadian-born entertainer who spreads joy across the world with his contagious dance moves. Join in as he delights the crowd with his high-energy dance moves and infectious personality. He brings his unique style of comedy and dance together to make the world a happier place. www.SpandyAndy.com


Out of the Rain comes a collection of carefully crafted characters – each character will make your event truly magical! They sing, act, and are kind and courageous. Out of the Rain will bring smiles in the rain or shine to all of British Columbia. They make memories magical. www.outoftherainevents.com. Photo by Karen Learmonth


2019: “Healthy Community, Healthy Self: Invest in Your Community”

On April 13, 2019, Celebrate Earth Day’s “Healthy Community, Healthy Self” theme encouraged everyone to “Invest in Your Community” and highlighted mental, social, and economic health. Thank you all Planning Committee Members, sponsors, Welcoming Ceremonies speakers, performers, llamas, participants, and volunteers for making it a thoroughly enjoyable day despite the wetness!!

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.


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.