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Environment Extravaganza in Surrey
Ongoing to June 11, 2017
We’ve got over 100 free programs and events happening throughout Surrey. There’s something for everyone! – See more at:

Vancouver International Children’s Festival
May 29 – June 4
The 40th annual Vancouver International Children’s Festival is May 29 to June 4 on Granville Island! Enjoy spectacular performances from around the globe for kids and families of all ages. Treat the family to acrobatics, puppetry, theatre, dance, music, and lots of arts activities. Come see your favourite performers like Fred Penner and Charlotte Diamond perform live in concert. Get your tickets today at!

Music of the Whole World: Hands On!
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
Vancouver Central Branch at 350 West Georgia St.
The beat of the drum is primal and universal, yet fascinatingly varied throughout cultures. Enjoy a showcase of percussion sounds and rhythms from around the world during a sneak preview of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s Global Soundscapes Festival. Featuring Jonathan Bernard, Hamin Honari and Navid Goldrick.
In partnership with the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra.

Thursday, June 1, 7:00pm
Garden City and Paulik Parks
Walk and explore the beauty of the lake while admiring over 100 trees and plants from around the Pacifi c Rim and the ever changing gardens at Paulik Neighbourhood Park.
Meeting spot: Garden City Park parking lot, one block east of Garden City Road on Granville Avenue.

Friday, June 2
Langley Field Naturalists Walk
Skagit Valley Provincial Park
Join Al and Jude Grass as they take us to the Skagit Valley. Birds and wildflowers should be at their best including the beautiful pink Rhododendron which should be in bloom. This is a full day trip, so please bring lunch, snacks, water, (sunscreen and bug repellent) and a variety of clothing and footwear for the weather. Meet at 8:45 at the junction of the Hope Flood Road and Silver Skagit Road (take exit #168 from Highway 1 East).
Note: please make sure you have enough gas as it is 130 km round trip to Ross Lake and back to the highway.
Please phone: 604-538-8774 for info or to let us know to expect you.

Saturday, June 3, 10:00am
Britannia Shipyards/Doors Open
Explore the historic Britannia Shipyards and walk along the Fraser River to London Heritage Farm as part of Richmond’s Doors Open event.
Meeting spot: Britannia Shipyards, 5180 Westwater Drive.

Lazuli Bunting Walk
June 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Search for migratory birds including spectacular Lazuli Buntings on a 2-hour guided birding walk. Bring binoculars if possible.
Meet in front of community gardens, end of Colony Farm Rd, Coquitlam
Info: 604-520-6442
Presented by Colony Farm Park Association

International Trails Day: Wings over Water
June 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
What do wings and water have in common? Drop by for some family fun with interactive games, displays and bird watching scopes.
Meet at Harris Landing, at Harris Rd & Fraser Way, Pitt Meadows
Info: 604-530-4983
Presented by Metro Vancouver
FREE, Drop by anytime, All Ages

Doors Open Richmond 2017
June 3 @ 10:00 am – June 4 @ 4:00 pm
Discover your City at Doors Open Richmond 2017 on June 3 & 4, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This FREE event includes 42 sites around Richmond, such as museums, national historic sites, art galleries, places of worship, art studios, local businesses and much more. Take this opportunity to explore and get to know the behind the scenes of the city and enjoy the exhibits, presentations and activities that are being offered for one weekend only. For more information, please pick up a copy of our map brochure at your nearest Richmond facility or please visit and like us on Facebook at We are also active on Instagram and Twitter @DoorsOpenRmd #DoorsOpenRichmond

June 3 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
McBride Annex Spring Fair
Saturday, June 3rd from 11am – 3pm
Located at McBride Annex Elementary
4750 St. Catherines Street (32nd and St. Catherines)
The annual McBride Annex School Spring Fair is coming up soon. It is an exciting event with games, delicious food, face painting, music and a silent auction featuring donations from Vancouver Opera, Bard on the Beach, Jump Gymnastics, Granville Island Toy Company and more…
Admission is free. The event will take place rain or shine. Tickets for food, games and the silent auction are available for purchase at the Fair.

Adults Are So Last Year
A free art event for kids and their adults
June 3 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
at Western Front, 303 E. 8th Ave, Vancouver
one of Canada’s leading centres for contemporary art and new music. The day will include artist-led activities and workshops for all ages. Sculpture-building with artists Colleen Brown and Dawn Cerny, mini-film production with Cindy Mochizuki, music workshops with performer Alanna Ho and a performance by Gamelan Bike Bike. Plus, we’ll be serving up grilled D-Original bratwurst and scoops of Earnest Ice Cream! Full schedule available at

Saturday, June 10, 10:00am
Shell Road Trail
Dog-friendly walk
Stroll along this rural trail lined with tall trees and shrubs for a unique walking experience in an urban city centre.
Meeting spot: Parking lot at the east end of Francis Road and No. 4 Road (parking is limited).

Saturday, June 10
Langley Field Naturalists Walk
Campbell Valley Regional Park
Join Bob Puls to walk the trails through this popular park with it’s great variety of trees and shrubs and enjoy the songs and sights of the birds that have arrived for their short breeding season. Walking distance is approximately 5km so please wear appropriate footwear.
Bring a packed lunch to eat at a suitable spot at the end of the walk. Meet at 9:00 am at 16th Avenue parking lot.
Please phone: 604-856-5734 for info or to let us know to expect you.

Environment Week: Wild about Burnaby Lake
June 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Want some wild fun without leaving the city? Join a weed pull, tour the lake by voyageur canoe and learn how you can bring more nature to Burnaby!
Registration required for canoe and walking tours: 604-432-6359
Meet at Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion, 6871 Roberts St
Presented by Metro Vancouver with Burnaby Lake Park Association and City of Burnaby
FREE, Drop by anytime, All Ages

Saturday, June 10
Iona Spring Birding
This the 6th and last of the 2017 series to identify as many species around the Iona ponds as possible. See the Purple Martin colony and Yellow-headed Blackbirds colony area. Meet leader Colin Clark at 9:00 am at Iona Regional Park, in the parking lot near the washrooms. Duration about 3 hours.

Wednesday, June 14, 9:00am – noon
Delta Nature Casual Birding Walk
Boundary Bay Regional Park
Join Tom Bearss and his informal birdwatchers for a 2 1/2 hour amble
Enjoy the abundance of resident and migratory species, including shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and smaller birds. Bring binoculars if you have them. Bring your lunch to end the outing together at the park picnic shelter.
Meet: Cammidge House in Boundary Bay Regional Park, Delta,
Info: 604 940 9296 or Hosts: Delta Nature: No charge

Thursday, June 15, 7:00pm
Railway Greenway Trail
Take in this multi-use cycling and walking trail that connects several neighbourhoods to the Fraser River Middle Arm and South Dyke/Steveston waterfronts.
Meeting spot: Parking lot at the south end of Railway Avenue and Westwater Drive.

Bedford Channel Paddle
July 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate Canada’s Parks Day with a paddle. Try your skills in a kayak or be part of a group in a 12-seat voyageur canoe. All equipment provided.
Meet at 10 am in day-use parking lot by park entrance
Presented by Derby Reach/Brae Island Parks Association
FREE, Drop by anytime, All Ages

Friday, June 23
Geology of Caulfeild Park and the coastline of Burrard Inlet
Meeting Location: Will be revealed on registration. Meeting time: 10:00 am. Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Terrain: Rocky coastal bluffs. Elevation Gain: Insignificant. Event description: The world-famous geology visible in the ice-smoothed rocks along the shoreline of Caulfeild Park will be explained. These rocks clearly illustrate how 400 million-year-old meta-volcanic rocks underwent a process called granitization.
Geologists consider this site of great value in illustrating some of the processes that took place during the formation of granitic rocks that now make up most of the North Shore mountains. This value has now been recognized by the recent designation of the Park as a Heritage Place. I am seeking support for an additional designation as a geoheritage site for this area. We will also observe the geology and land forms around the Outer Harbour of Burrard Inlet that are visible from Caulfeild Park.
Registration: Because of a need to limit the size of the group and because the event may be rescheduled due to weather, registration is required. Contact David at 604-924-0147 or  to register and receive details as to the meeting location.
Organized by Nature Vancouver refer to

Saturday, June 24
Birding at Grant Narrows
Enjoy a half-day birding at Grant Narrows along the Pitt River Dyke from Grant Narrows to Catbird Slough. The grass may be long and in morning usually wet, appropriate footwear is advised. Expected species are American Redstart, Bullock’s Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, Gray Catbird, & Band-tailed Pigeon. We have been successful locating American Redstart on our previous June field trips to this location. When birding in the Polder in June expect the unexpected. Meet the leader at 08:15 in the Grant Narrows’ parking lot. We will then car pool to our starting point at Catbird Slough. Larry Cowan 604 307 0931
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Saturday, June 24
Langley Field Naturalists Walk
Irene Pearce Trail
Join Anthea Farr to walk the trails in this rural park that was turned into a park after pressure was exerted by the Council of Ratepayers and LFN. It is part of the Municipal Nature Park with the Little Campbell River flowing through it and has stands of mature Douglas Fir. Meet at 9:00 am the parking lot on 224th at 5th Avenue.
Please phone: 604-576-7731 for info or to let us know to expect you.

Wednesday June 28
Langley Field Naturalists Walk
George C.  Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Delta
Join Al Grass to walk the trails in this well known nature reserve. Expect to see lots of birds in the middle of the breeding season and a great variety of trees and shrubs. Please dress for the weather and wear proper foot ware.  There is a small admission fee.  Bring lunch, snacks, and refreshments.  Meet at 9:00am at the Reifel Sanctuary.  Please phone 604 538 8774 to let us know to expect you.

Saturday, July 8
2nd Annual “Summer Afternoon in the Garden”
All members & their families are invited to attend our 2nd Annual “Summer Afternoon at the VanDusen Garden”. Meet in the Cedar Room starting at 1:00pm, enjoy some eats and visit with others. All attendees can enter the gardens and enjoy a stroll or help younger members of your family find the answers for a scavenger hunt. All members will enjoy free entry to the garden. Please bring a savoury or sweet food item to share (6-10 pieces is a good rule of thumb). Hot and cold non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. RSVP to Helen at or phone: 604-787-4883.

Sunday, July 16
Rocky Mountain Backpacking trip
There will be a 4-5 night backpacking hike during the week of 16-23 July 2017 – a second trip, either before/after or concurrent, is possible. Completion of a recent overnight hike is a prerequisite, and team participants will be chosen by the leader(s). Each hiker is to be sulf-sufficient for food, supplies and equipment, though some sharing of equipment is possible and carpooling will be arranged. Currently we’ve made backcountry reservations but contact Bill Kinkaid if you’re interested.
Organized by Nature Vancouver refer to

Saturday, June 24, 10:00am
Iona Jetty
Enjoy a stroll on the jetty with panoramic views of Mount Baker to the east, the Coast Mountains to the north, Pacifi c Spirit Regional Park in the foreground and the Vancouver Island Mountains to the west.
Meeting spot: Jetty entrance, north on Templeton Street, which becomes Ferguson Road, and continues
to the jetty entrance.

Thursday, June 29, 7:00pm
Thompson Community Centre–Terra Nova
Explore both the north end of the Railway Greenway trail and the Fraser River along the Terra Nova Dyke
Trail with its panoramic view of the airport. This walk is a treat for airplane and nature enthusiasts.
Meeting spot: North entrance of the Thompson Community Centre, 5151 Granville Avenue.

Summer Backpacking trip

There will be a 4-5 night backpacking hike during the week of 16-23 July 2017 – a second trip, either before/after or concurrent, may be added if there is sufficient interest. The destination is yet to be decided, but possibilities include hikes in the Chilcotin, Cariboo or Rocky Mountains. Completion of a recent overnight hike is a prerequisite, and team participants will be chosen by the leader(s). Each hiker is to be sulf-sufficient for food, supplies and equipment, though some sharing of equipment is possible and carpooling will be arranged. A meeting will be held in January to discuss this and other potential trips. Contact Bill Kinkaid if interested.
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Creatures of the Not-So-Deep
July 22 @ 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
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. Meet at Belcarra Picnic Area
Presented by Metro Vancouver FREE Drop by anytime ALL AGES

Meteor Shower Watch
August 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
ALDERGROVE REGIONAL PARK, Meet at Aldergrove Bowl entrance on Lefeuvre Rd, Abbotsford
Join astronomers with telescopes as they search the night sky for the Perseids meteor shower. Enjoy lantern-lit trails, games, crafts, storytelling and other entertainment. Camp overnight to extend your star gazing experience. Campers must arrive between 5 and 8 pm. Meet at Aldergrove Bowl entrance on Lefeuvre Rd, Abbotsford
Presented by Metro Vancouver with Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
FREE in 2017 to mark 50 years of regional parks! Drop by anytime ALL AGES

Country Celebration
September 16~17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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
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
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 604-432-6359

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