Metro Vancouver Green Culture News

Saturday, July 22, 10 am to 4 pm.
Osprey Festival in Maplewood Flats
at 2645 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver
The event will feature workshops, guided walks, various speakers, live music, children’s entertainment, and food. We are anticipating 500+ birders and naturalists alike to take part in the celebrations, and will also be hosting many first-timers from the local North Vancouver neighbourhoods! This is an opportunity to come inside the Corrigan Nature House for education workshops and speakers and photography displays, wander the area for nature walks, and visit our 3 stations at Otter Point, Osprey Point and the Mudflats.
http://wildbirdtrust.org ; www.facebook.com/events/1932268630347144/

Saturday July 22, 10:30 AM~2:30 PM
Creatures of the Not-So-Deep
Belcarra Regional Park
Meet at Belcarra Picnic Area
Who doesn’t love lying on the beach on a warm sunny day? Creatures of the not-so-deep, that’s who!
Come face to face with sea stars, barnacles, crabs and more.
Catch, observe and release beach creatures from a seine net. Be prepared to get muddy.
Presented by Metro Vancouver, FREE, Drop by anytime

Saturday July 22, 1:00~2:30 PM
Nature Walk: Ravine Trail
Campbell Valley Regional Park

​Learn about the many facets of nature while walking around a pond, through a butterfly garden, over grassy meadows into the shaded forest along the Ravine Trail. Led by naturalist Al Schulze, from the White Rock and Surrey Naturalists Society.
FREE Registration required: 604-432-6359, Barcode 6940, 604-432-6359, programs.info@metrovancouver.org

Saturday July 22, 1:00~4:00 PM
Solar Observing
Campbell Valley Regional Park
Meet at the Campbell Valley Nature House, located at 20285 8th Ave, Langley, via the South Valley park entrance.
​The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will set up solar telescopes to look at the sun.
There will also be a fun Solar System Toss activity for kids to learn about the planets and their order.
FREE, Drop by anytime

July 22~30, 1:00-10:00 pm
The Drum is Calling Festival (Celebrate Canada 150+)
Location: Larwill Park, Playhouse Theatre, Vancouver Public Library Atrium, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Lobby, and QET Plaza
Registration: Required for some events, please open PDF schedule below for information
Address: At the intersection of Cambie and Georgia Streets in downtown Vancouver, BC.
https://goo.gl/maps/vNsnLJMnkFU2
https://canada150plus.ca/drum-is-calling-festival.html

Sunday, July 23, 2:00~2:30 pm
Canada 150+: Thunderbird Dance Performance
Vancouver Library Central Branch
Experience Thunderbird, an Indigenous and non-Indigenous dance collaboration by Aeriosa and Spakwus Slulem Eagle Song Dancers. This unique event presents a mix of traditional Squamish drumming and dancing and contemporary aerial dance. Co-created by Bob S7aplek Baker and Julia Taffe, the free performance takes place in the Promenade, and can be witnessed from vantage points throughout the library.
https://canada150plus.ca/drum-is-calling-festival.html

Saturday, July 29, 10:00 AM~12:00 PM
Curious by Nature: Nature at the Seashore
Boundary Bay Regional Park
Meet at Centennial Beach, look for regional parks flag
​Want to know more about nature in regional parks? Drop by a pop-up display to chat with a park interpreter.
​All ages, Free, Drop by anytime

Saturday, July 29, 2:00~4:00 PM
Curious by Nature: Fraser River Fish
Derby Reach Regional Park
Meet at Edgewater Bar, 6 km west of Fort Langley
​Want to know more about nature in regional parks?
Drop by a pop-up display to chat with a park interpreter.
All ages, Free, Drop by anytime

July 29, 10:00 AM.
Caribbean Days Parade in North Vancouver
Parade usually runs 1.5 hours, activities whole day long
The Parade begins at Lonsdale and 13th then heads down Lonsdale to Esplanade, then turns West to arrive at Waterfront Park and terminate at Forbes & Esplanade.
www.caribbeandays.ca/
www.caribbeandays.ca/events/parade-participants

July 29~30, 10 am – 5 pm
BC Fuchsia and Begonia Society – Annual Show & Competition
Location: Floral Hall & Cedar Room, VanDusen Garden
Join the BC Fuchsia & Begonia Society for their Annual Show & Competition.
Admission to the show: $3

August 4~13
Harmony Art Festival in West Vancouver
Art market & free concerts whole afternoon
http://harmonyarts.ca/

Saturday, August 5
Birding at Grant Narrows
On this half day birding field trip in Pitt Meadows we will bird the Pitt River Dyke from Catbird Slough north to Grant Narrows. Then we will walk a short distance along the Grant Narrows Nature Dyke. Expected species are Gray Catbird, Bullock’s Oriole, Eastern Kingbird & possibly American Redstart, who knows what else may turn up. Meet leader Larry Cowan in the Grant Narrows parking area at 0830 am. 604-307-0931

August 5~6, 11:30am – 7:00om
Powell Street Festival
Canada’s largest celebration of Japanese Canadian arts & culture held in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood. All events are free!
Oppenheimer Park (400 Block, Powell Street)
Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street)
Vancouver Japanese Language School (475 Alexander St)
Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue)
*FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS*
Live Music ☼ Japanese Food ☼ Sumo Wrestling ☼ Literary Events ☼ Dance ☼ Film ☼ Martial Arts ☼ Craft Vendors ☼ Omikoshi ☼ Theatre ☼ Taiko Drumming ☼ Walking Tours ☼ Anime ☼ IIkebana Demos ☼ Children’s Activities
www.facebook.com/powellstfest/

August 6, 12~3 pm
Pride parade Vancouver
www.vancouverpride.ca/events/pride-parade/
http://www.vancouverpride.ca/content/event/37th-annual-vancouver-pride-parade

August 6 (Sunday)
Mt. Strachan Geology Hike.
Leader: David Cook. Difficulty rating C5.
Distance 7 km. Duration 5 to 6 hrs. Elv. gain 500 m.
This will be a slow hike up the Collins Ski
Run to the South Peak of Mt. Strachan (1442 m) with many stops on the way to view the geology of the area. We will make a short side-trip to look at an area of sub-alpine pasture
returning to forest after an ancient lightning fire.
The ski run has a loose pebbly surface: hiking boots with ankle support and hiking poles recommended. Full day hike: dress for changing mountain weather; bring lunch and adequate water.
Meet at 11:00 a.m. at Black Mtn. Lodge.
Registration advised in case of cancellation due to unfavourable weather: Contact
David at cookeco2@yahoo.com or 604-924-0147 to register.
Nature Vancouver link: www.naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

August 13, 11:00am~4:00pm
Raptor Festival at Terra Nova Rural Park
See fabulous birds of prey that make Richmond their home.
Falconry displays at 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm.
All ages welcome. Admission by donation.
http://www.richmond.ca/parks/about/programs/programs-events.htm

August 19, 10 am~4 pm
Sale of Orchids and Companion Plants
Location: Floral Hall, VanDusen Garden
Presented by the Vancouver Orchid Society
Free admission

Sunday, August 20
Blue Gentian Lake Loop – Cypress Provincial Park (difficulty rating B4)
Leader: Lyn Grants. Leisurely 4 hr, 3.2 km hike with frequent botany stops. 180 m. gain.  Return via West Lake.  Good hiking boots and poles recommended for some stony sections down & up. Dress for changing mountain weather; bring lunch & adequate water. Carpool from Park&Ride on roof of Park Royal North at 9:00 a.m. or meet at Hollyburn Nordic Area BC Parks Kiosk at 9:30 a.m.  Contact Lyn at lmgrants@gmail.com or 604-980-9050.

AUGUST 20 (Sunday)
Blue Gentian Lake Loop.
Leader: Lyn Grants.
Leisurely 4 hr, 3.2 km hike with frequent botany stops. Difficulty rating B4; 180 m. gain. Return via West Lake.
Good hiking boots and poles recommended for some stony sections down & up. Dress for changing mountain weather; bring lunch & adequate water.
Carpool from Park & Ride on roof of Park Royal North at 9:00 a.m. or meet at Hollyburn Nordic Area BC Parks Kiosk at 9:30 a.m.
Contact Lyn at lmgrants@gmail.com or 604-980-9050.
Nature Vancouver link: www.naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

August 26, 11:00am~4:00pm
Ponies in the Park
Small children can ride through the woods on ponies.
The event will be held at the Richmond Nature Park.
Ages 4-12 years old. Cash only ($10/ride).
http://www.richmond.ca/parks/parks/naturepark/events.htm

August 26 (Saturday)
Black Mtn. Baden-Powell Trail to Eagle Bluff.
Leader: Anne Leathem.
Difficulty rating: Strenuous C5: 8.6 km; 5-6 hrs; 490 m gain.
Hike up steep B-P Trail to Cabin Lake, over Black Mtn., then SW past several small lakes, descending gradually to Eagle Bluff.
Views of Georgia Strait and Mt. Baker.
Good hiking boots with ankle support and hiking poles recommended. Dress for changing mountain weather. Bring lunch & adequate water.
Carpool from Park&Ride on roof of Park Royal North (west end of roof) at 9 a.m. or meet at 9:30 a.m. at Black Mtn. Lodge.
Contact anneATleathem.ca or 604-988-9390.
Nature Vancouver link: www.naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

Saturday, September 2
Birding Port Coquitlam’s Pitt River Dyke
Join Larry Cowan for a half-day birding field trip along Port Coquitlam’s Pitt River Dyke north from the east end of Nicola Place back to the parking lot at DeBoville Slough. On last year’s fourth September field trip for this route we added another 8 species to this growing list bringing the total to 68. This route covers excellent dyke-side habitats. Come out and help us add to the total. Meet in the main parking area at Cedar & Victoria Drives (DeBoville Slough) in Port Coquitlam at 0900. We will then carpool to our starting point on Sherling Place. 604-370-0931

September 2, 1~5 pm;
September 3, 12~3:30 pm
Vancouver Dahlia Society Annual Show
Location: Floral Hall & Cedar Room, VanDusen Garden
Admission by donation

September 8 (Friday)
Hollyburn Mountain Trail (to Peak).
Leader: Kitty Castle.
Difficulty rating C5; 5 hrs; 8 km return; 430 m elevation gain.
Hike will include stop at newly restored Hollyburn Lodge. Boots with good ankle support essential; hiking poles recommended.
Dress for changing mountain weather. Bring lunch and plenty of water.
Meet at Hollyburn Nordic Area BC Parks Kiosk at 10 a.m.
Contact Kitty at 604-980-9464 or kcas4139@gmail.com  for further information.
Nature Vancouver link: www.naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

September 9~10, 12~4 pm
Early Chrysanthemum Sale
Location: Floral Hall, VanDusen Garden
Presented by the Point Grey Chrysanthemum Association
Free admission

Country Celebration
September 16~17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
CAMPBELL VALLEY REGIONAL PARK,
Look for event signs at 200th St and 8th Ave, Langley
Once called the Celebration of Nature, this award-winning event highlights the park’s natural wonders, its heritage and local community. Celebrate conservation and sustainable living while enjoying live performances and interactive nature displays. Look for event signs at 200th St and 8th Ave Info: 604-530-4983
Presented by Metro Vancouver FREE in 2017 to mark 50 years of regional parks! Drop by anytime ALL AGES

Heritage Apple Day
September 30 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
DERBY REACH REGIONAL PARK,
Meet at Heritage Area on Allard Cres, north of 96th Ave, Langley
Try your hand at old-fashioned chores and enjoy fiddlers, artists and historians. Sample a variety of apples. Meet at Heritage Area on Allard Cres, north of 96th Ave, 4 km west of Fort Langley
Presented by Derby Reach/Brae Island Parks Association FREE Drop by anytime ALL AGES

Flashlight Mysteries
October 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sat, Oct 14, 6 – 9 pm SURREY BEND REGIONAL PARK
Be wily like a coyote and wise as an owl to solve the nocturnal mystery on a lantern-lit trail walk. Park at Pacific Academy in Surrey (10238 – 10300 168 St) and take free shuttle bus to day use area. Buses start at 5:30 pm. Last bus leaves park at 9:30 pm. Limited parking available at day use area.
All ages FREE, drop by anytime Programs.Info@metrovancouver.org 604-432-6359
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