Metro Vancouver Green Culture News

September 21, at 7:00 pm
Sea Level Rise in Deep History – First Nations Coastal Flood Stories
Asia Pacific Hall, Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University, 580 West Hastings, Vancouver
Featuring Squamish Chief Ian Campbell and Haida elder Captain Gold who will share stories from their nation’s history followed by discussion. Click here to read their bio-sketches. This talk is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. To reserve your spot, visit: https://firstnationscoastalfloodstories.eventbrite.ca
Sea Level Rise: http://ow.ly/JCed30eR5Dk ; http://ow.ly/gjdh30eR5NH

Thursday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Travels in the North: Muskeg and Tundra
Terry McIntosh
at the Unitarian Centre, 949 49th Ave W (49th at Oak), Vancouver
Tea and cookies will be served from 7 to 7:30 pm, when the talk will begin.
Terry will talk about and show photos of his recent trip to the muskeg in Ontario and also of trips to the far north of Yukon along the Beaufort Sea. Lots of plants and some animal pictures. Terry McIntosh is a research Associate in the Botany Department, UBC and specializes in rare plant surveys in BC and elsewhere. He teaches a plant field course at UBCO in Kelowna each summer.  http://naturevancouver.ca/events/botany_programs

Beaty Nocturnal: Life In Colour Opening
September 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver
Come by for a night at the museum and celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition, Life In Colour. This art exhibition has wall-sized murals for you to colour in with art by Angela Gooliaff. Admission is by donation between 5:00-8:30 pm. Light snacks and a cash bar will be available in addition to many family-friendly activities

Hapa-palooza Festival 2017
September 22~24, various time & locations, Free
A vibrant fusion of music, dance, literary, artistic and film performances, Hapa-palooza places prominence on celebrating and stimulating awareness of mixed-heritage and cultural hybrid identity. Hapa-palooza is the first mixed roots festival in Canada, and is currently one of the largest festivals celebrating mixed heritage in the world.
– September 22nd: Hip Hapa Hooray Gala (CBC Studio 700), we kick off celebrations with hapa-tizers and drinks to honour members of the Hapa community;
– September 23rd: Hapa Family Day in the Park (Granville Island Picnic Pavilion), free, family-friendly community afternoon of music, dancing, balloon art, and face painting which welcomes all heritages and ages;
– September 24th: Hapa-palooza Festival at WORD Vancouver (VPL Central Branch), a free literary event open to all, celebrating unique voices coming together!
Details at www.hapapalooza.com

Friday, September 22, 6~7:30 pm
The Great Blessing Of Still Creek
We invite you to join us on a three-part journey to celebrate the Fall Equinox., join Father Kaleeg Hainsworth in the blessing of Still Creek according to the ancient rituals of the Eastern Orthodox Great Blessing of Water. Meet at the wooden bridge between the community centre and the west parking lot (off Renfrew Street). Everyone is welcome! You can learn more about the Great Blessing of Water here: https://vimeo.com/21816016
CANDLE-LIT PROCESSION
At 6:20pm, a candle-lit procession will be led by a choir to journey up to the Labyrinth. Please be mindful of any fire bans and plan your lighting accordingly.
FALL EQUINOX LABYRINTH WALK
From 6:30~7:30pm, Jesse Bentley will be performing acoustic tunes while attendees walk the labyrinth at their leisure. Join us to sip tea and enjoying an evening together to celebrate the fall equinox. Please contact us at mail@stillmoon.org  with any questions.

Learn to Fish: Pink Salmon
Saturday September 23, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Matsqui Trail Regional Park
​Learn the basics of freshwater fishing and try fishing on the Fraser River.  Rapala rods provided.  Bring a tidal fishing license with salmon tag (available online).
Adult Free, $5 donation supports Learn to Fish program, Registration required. visit.fraservalley@gofishbc.com
Presented with Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, 604-432-6359

Surrey Youth Fest
Saturday September 23, 1~11:00 PM
Guildford Recreation Centre, 15105 105 Ave., Surrey
​Surrey Youth Fest is the City of Surrey’s largest free youth celebration of the year. Featuring 25+ youth performers, 40+ interactive exhibits, swimming and water demos, all-wheels skate jam, air brush tattooing and carnival games. http://www.surrey.ca/youth/393.aspx

Stars in Focus
Saturday September 23, 8~10:00 PM
Boundary Bay Regional Park
Meet at Cammidge House
​Discover the stars and constellations in the autumn night sky.  Weather permitting, stargaze with telescopes.
​All ages, Free, Drop by anytime, Presented by Boundary Bay Park Associaton

World Rivers Day at Still Creek
September 24, 9 am onwards
At E 29th Ave & Atlin St, Vancouver by 29 Ave Station of Expo Line
Still Moon Arts Society and Evergreen will kick-off the morning at 9:00 am with a few words from Mark Angelo, who founded World Rivers Day. We will then follow with a speaker series on urban ecology topics including urban birds and foreshore estuary restoration. After the speakers, join fellow volunteers as we plant native trees and ferns in the riparian area, and learn to identify benthic invertebrates living within the stream. Stick around for snacks and refreshments starting at noon, while listening to a musical performance. Once you’ve finished snacking, come to the Still Moon tent for arts and crafts. Environmental Youth Alliance will be hosting a plant giveaway throughout the event. https://www.facebook.com/events/336791690080340/

Ridge Meadows Rivers Day
Sunday, September 24, 11 am- 3 pm
At 24959 Alouette Road, MAPLE RIDGE
This year BC Rivers Day will be held on Sunday, September 24 at the Allco Fish Hatchery and Rivers Heritage Centre from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. It is a day celebrated across BC, and since 2005, across the world by people and organizations raising public awareness of rivers and the many benefits they provide to all. Our event promises to be filled with fun and interactive displays, music, entertaining children’s activities and a children’s trout fishing pond. Admisson is free to entrants, with some activities requiring nominal purchase. The local community is invited to visit various environmentally-themed exhibitor booths, watch live music, enjoy lunch, and go on a forest and riverside walks. This event provides a wonderful opportunity for the public to learn about the Alouette Watershed and its importance to the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows communities.

Guided Walk in Cougar Canyon
Sunday, September 24, 2 pm- 4 pm
Westview Drive Rain Garden, on Westview Drive in North Delta, 1 block south of 72 Avenue. , Surrey
Cougar Creek Streamkeepers (North Delta / Surrey BC) will host a guided walk in Cougar Canyon on World Rivers Day. Cougar Canyon is the longest canyon in Delta, carved out of the glacial escarpment of North Delta-Surrey, by the active salmon spawning habitat of Cougar Creek. The walk will start at the low end of the canyon, near the remains of the old Burns Bog peat processing plant on Westview Drive. The canyon is unique as a relatively undisturbed natural environment, populated with old growth conifers, and a wide range of other native flora. The walking path is not maintained, so be prepared for mud, slippery slopes and climbing over large fallen trees.

Langley BC Rivers Day Festival
Sunday, September 24, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm
at Derek Doubleday Arboretum, 21200 Fraser Hwy, Langley
In 2016, over 1,300 people came out to celebrate BC Rivers Day. There were over 30 interactive displays and activity booths including salmon displays, bird house building, wildlife shows, climbing wall, gold panning and so much more! The event featured performances by Tony Prophet and the Genuine Jug Band. The organizers work hard to ensure that BC Rivers Day is as entertaining and educational as possible, strongly encouraging participants to conduct engaging activities and offer fun, informative activities and booths that focus on environmental issues. Featuring a live musical performance by Bobs and Lolo, FREE organic hotdog BBQ, interactive displays and activity booths including costume parade, electric cars, wildlife displays, birdhouse building, gold panning and so much more! Tons of family fun- don’t miss it! Ride your bike and receive valet parking! Free admission, no registration required.

Creek to Creek Festival
Sunday, September 24, 12 pm- 4 pm
at Heywood Park and Mosquito Creek Park (North Vancouver), North Vancouver
Join the City, Evergreen and community groups for a free creek to creek community walk or bike in celebration of Rivers Day. With six interactive stations along the route, there’s something for everyone! Two family fun zones, including giant games like connect four, jenga and checkers, as well as a big parachute and badminton. Tour the salmon hatchery and ride the zipline. Pull invasive plants. Pick up a 50th anniversary Metro Vancouver Parks commemorative passport. Learn about the creek, fish and bears habitats. Find the event online here: http://www.cnv.org/parks-recreation-and-culture/signature-events/rivers-day

World Rivers Day in Lions Park 2300
Sunday, September 24, 11:00 am- 2:00 pm
at Lions Park 2300 Lions Way , Port Coquitlam
Come have fun with your local Streamkeepers and do a craft with the kids play a fun environmental game ,find out what wonderful animals and wildlife live in our local watershed and what we can all do to make sure that it will be their forever home .

Sunday September 24, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Kanaka Creek Regional Park
Meet at riverfront south of Lougheed Highway & River Road, Maple Ridge
​Celebrate World Rivers Day with canoe tours, children’s activities and stewardship displays.
​All ages, Free, Drop by anytime, Allow 1.5 hours to complete.
Presented by Kanaka Education & Environmental Partnership Society, 604-432-6359, programs.info@metrovancouver.org

Open House! 108 Year Anniversary of Mackin House
September 24, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mackin House, 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam, Free
All Aboard! Coquitlam Heritage will be offering tours of the Fraser Mills Train Station and of Mackin House during this family friendly event! Join us for crafts, tours, free snacks, and more! See our quilt project that features drawings from children and members of the community on what Canada means to them! Plus enter a draw for an exclusive afternoon of tea and scones in our Parlour! FREE Event, No Registration Required

Study and Go Abroad Fair
September 24, 1:00 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouer, Free
Visit the Study and Go Abroad Fair at Vancouver Convention Centre on 24th September to meet with top-ranking universities from around the world to start planning your next step in education. Learn about undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and certificate programs, alongside gap year and travel options, such as working abroad, volunteering, internships and language travel. Expo is open from 1-5pm, with our first seminar beginning at 12pm. Admission is free.
Register online to be entered into a prize draw for an Air Canada flight to a place of your choice. http://www.studyandgoabroad.com

Thursday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m.
Nature Vancouver General Evening Programs (Topic to be announced)
at the Unitarian Centre, 949 49th Ave W (49th at Oak), Vancouver
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/evening_programs

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

Soil, Manure & Compost Sale
September 30, 10 am~ 3 pm
Location: West end of VanDusen parking lot off 37th Ave, Vancouver
Come by for our annual fundraiser. Products: Red Label Top Soil from high-grade organics; Brown Label Manure an essential organic mix to stimulate and multiply the natural organisms in your soil. Compost from Harvest Power Price: $5 per bag (approx. 20L/20lbs); Pre-orders can be made here http://heavyethics.com/VanDusen/

Water’s edge day
September 30, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
At Vanier Park in front of Maritime Museum, 1000 Chestnut St, Vancouver
Celebrate the beauty and complexity of Vancouver’s waterfront. There will be activities on the water and on land. Join us for information and activities on sea level rise. Presented by Georgia Straight Alliance. Join us for information and activities on sea level rise. http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/waters-edge-day.aspx

Richmond Harvest Fest
Saturday September 30, 11:00 AM~7:00 PM
Garden City Lands, Garden City Rd at Lansdowne Rd
​Join us for the first annual Richmond Harvest Fest at Garden City Lands, an amazing 136.5 acre park in the heart of Richmond. Richmond Harvest Fest offers visitors a unique opportunity to connect with local farmers and learn about where our food comes from. This event is full of fun activities for the whole family including interactive agricultural displays, a straw bale slide, arts and crafts, wagon rides and more. ​Live music featuring local talent, roving entertainers and an array of Richmond artisans and vendors make this event the perfect way to spend an autumn day. Parking will be available at Lansdowne Centre with shuttles running regularly.
This event is for All Ages. Disability access is available.

Heritage Apple Day
Saturday September 30, 11:00 AM~ 2:00 PM
Derby Reach Regional Park
Meet at Heritage Area on Allard Cres, north of 96th Ave, 4 km west of Fort Langley
Try your hand at old-fashioned chores and enjoy fiddlers, artists and historians. Sample a variety of apples. ​Presented by Derby Reach/Brae Island Parks Association,
FREE, Drop by anytime, ALL AGES

The Fishy Finale
Saturday September 30, 1:00~4:00 PM
Glen Valley Regional Park
Meet at Two Bit Bar, 9117 272 St, Langley
​Witness the wonder of the pink salmon migration up the mighty Fraser River. Learn about the fish life cycle and the animals that hunt for salmon. Try your hand at casting or tying flies. ​Presented with Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC & Langley Environmental Partners Society
All ages, Free, Drop by anytime, Please bring a valid Tidal Waters Fishing Licence if you would like to fish online application http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/licence-permis/application-eng.html

National Tree Day Planting Party
September 30, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Surrey Nature Centre in Green Timber Park, 14225 Green Timbers Way
Celebrate National Tree Day by helping to plant 500 new trees and shrubs in a community park! Enjoy live music, nature activities and a free BBQ lunch for planters (while supplies last). For more information, visit: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/13730.aspx

Family Day at Place des Arts
October 1, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam, Free
Celebrate Culture Days at Place des Arts with our first Family Day of the season. Start with a tour of the three exhibitions, including Illuminated Compulsion by the industrial artist Ross Hayduk, Infoe-diction by the mixed-media artist Barbara Pearson and the Inspiration 45 community exhibition for Place des Arts’ 45th Anniversary. Then get creative with five exhibition-related workshops! Admission is free; register online at www.brownpapertickets.com

Maillardville Walking Tour
October 1, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mackin House, 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam, Free
On Sunday, we’ll be offering a tour of historic Maillardville. Learn why the French-Canadian pioneers settled in this area and how this neighbourhood got its name. Tour group leaves Heritage Square at 2pm.

Minnekhada Lodge
Sunday October 1, 1:00~4:00 PM
Minnekhada Regional Park
Parking and access to the lodge may be limited. Please use the Quarry Road Entrance.
Visit this 1930s country estate with spectacular views of the Pitt River. Look for remnants of the past in the rustic yet refined rooms, then stroll through the charming garden.

Fossil Show
Sun, October 1, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Learn about BC’s fascinating prehistoric past with real fossils displayed by the Vancouver Paleontological Society. Make fossil casts and fossil rubbings too! All ages welcome. Admission by donation. http://www.richmond.ca/parks/parks/naturepark/events.htm
Registration Call Centre at 604-276-4300 or Online: www.richmond.ca/register

Mid Autumn Moon Cake and Chinese Dance Demonstration
October 4, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Mackin House, 1116 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Join us at Mackin House as Jessica Yue preforms a traditional Chinese dance and teaches you the dance as well. She’ll also be showing you how to make a moon cake! All ages welcome for this family friendly event all in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Registration required as space will be limited. By Donation.
http://www.coquitlamheritage.ca/eventslist/2017/10/4/mid-autumn-moon-cake-and-chinese-dance-demonstration

October 5, 6:30 pm,
Sea Level Rise and the International Response – Policy Action
SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W Hastings Room 1900
Featuring Special Envoy on Water for the Kingdom of the Netherlands Henk Ovink and Flood Consultant Tamsin Lyle (Ebbwater Consulting) and Lawyer, Deborah Carlson (West Coast Environmental Law) who will explore policy options from international to local levels followed by discussion.  Register:  https://slr_international_response.eventbrite.ca Sea Level Rise: http://ow.ly/JCed30eR5Dk ; http://ow.ly/gjdh30eR5NH

Nature Vancouver Birders’ Nights
October 5, at 7:30 p.m.
in the Parish Hall of St. Mary’s (Kerrisdale) Anglican Church, 2490 West 37th Avenue (at Larch Street), Vancouver
The evening programs of the Birding Section are held on the first Thursday of each month.
The programs start with introductions and items of general interest.
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/birding_programs

Cranberry Sale
Sat, October 7, 10:00am~ 3:00pm
Stock up on fresh cranberries at the Richmond Nature Park Society’s annual cranberry sale. Proceeds support educational and public programs in the park.
http://www.richmond.ca/parks/parks/naturepark/events.htm  Registration Call Centre at 604-276-4300 or Online: www.richmond.ca/register

Celebrate the Moon Festival through Dance
Saturday, October 7, 2:30~3:30 pm
Vancouver Central Branch
Celebrate the Mid-autumn Festival, also called the Moon Festival, with graceful movements and joyful rhythm. The Cindy Yang Dance Academy of Canada will take you on an exciting journey that explores the uniqueness of China’s many ethnic minorities through dance. In partnership with the Cindy Yang Dance Academy of Canada.

Wonderful Wetlands Tour
Saturday October 7, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Glen Valley Regional Park
​Enjoy a guided walk through West Creek Wetlands – an ecological reserve normally off limits to the public and home to an incredible variety of plants and wildlife.
​Ages 14+, Free, Presented with Langley Environmental Partners Society
Registration required. Barcode 7061, https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/MetroVancouver/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp

Saturday, October 7
Jericho Park Birding
This is a half day Field Trip to cover the ponds and foreshore.Winter arrivals. Meet at the West entrance to the Park, NW Marine Drive and Discovery Street, at 9:00 am. Limited free parking. Public Transit. Washrooms. Leader: Adrian, cell 778 838 2006. http://naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

Sunday, October 8
Birding at Colony Farm RP
Colony Farm Regional Park will be the location of this half-day birding field trip. There should be a good variety of late migrants and returning over-wintering species. Notables over the years on this outing were Northern Mockingbird & Short-eared Owl. Meet your leader Larry Cowan at the parking area at the south end of Colony Farm Rd. adjacent to the Community Gardens at 0900. 604-307-0931 http://naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

Bowen Island Applefest
Sunday October 8, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Crippen Regional Park
Meet at Davies Orchard, a 100 m walk from ferry terminal.
​Join this community celebration of all things apple.  Taste crunchy heritage apples, buy a homemade pie and tour the museum
​All ages, Free, Drop by anytime, Presented by Bowen Heritage

View Corridors: The Other Mountains of Vancouver
Wednesday, October 11, 6:30~8:00 pm
Vancouver Central Branch
Artist/urbanist/teacher Bill Pechet reflects on other mountains (seen and unseen) that tell a different story, and how our mountains influence how we make, market and mythologize our city. In partnership with School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture UBC

October 12 to 15
Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo
at UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
The 4th annual Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo brings you four days of arts, cosplay, comics, anime, films and games plus a grand Halloween parade of your favorite superheroes and super naturals! *Performing arts: October 12, 7~9:00pm and October 13, 12~7:00pm; Exhibition and performances: October 14, 12~7:00pm and October 15, 11:00am to 7:00pm
*Parade: Sunday October 15, 11:00am, Parade starts at on Howe Street (Drake to Smithe), Smithe St (Howe to Granville) and Granville St (Smithe to Davie) in downtown Vancouver. Star Wars figure saying hello from parade

Thursday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m.
Integrating Parasite Ecology and Marine Biology
Dr. Colin MacLeod
at the Unitarian Centre, 949 49th Ave W (49th at Oak), Vancouver
The effects of parasites in the marine environment are substantial, sometimes dramatic, but frequently overlooked by marine biologists. Parasitic infection can alter the behaviour, reproduction and survival of host organisms, and these effects subsequently alter the biological interactions between the infected and uninfected conspecifics, and between infected individuals and their predators and/or prey. As a thought experiment, if we assume that the significant, negative effects of climate change found in many marine species will also apply to marine parasites (not a great leap), and place our assumption in the context of parasite ecology, we begin to appreciate the scale at which these negative effects could alter marine ecosystems. In this presentation, Dr. MacLeod will provide an overview of the current (limited) integration of parasitology and marine biology, highlight key results from his own research, and discuss this neglected field of marine science in the context of biodiversity, community structure and ecosystem stability.  Dr. MacLeod is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia, working on the combined effect of ocean acidification and parastic infection on marine invertebrates. http://www.naturevancouver.ca/events/marine_biology_programs

Saturday, October 14
Half-day Birding Field Trip at Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Join John Chandler for a half-day birding trip to Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. We will be looking for late migrants and returning Snow Geese. Remember to bring money for the small admission fee and dress for chilly and/or wet weather. You may want to bring your lunch and a hot drink to enjoy in the warming hut after your walk. Meet John at the Reifel gift shop at 0900. Contact John at 604-839-8777. http://naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

Surrey’s free Guided Nature Walk
Saturday, October 14
10~11:00 am (ages 5+) and 2~3:30 pm (ages 10+)
Location:  various parks in Surrey
This fall, drop into one of Surrey’s free Guided Nature Walks to discover a park near you. We’ve got fun walks for kids, adults and everybody in between! Explore the forest and tasting orchard at Godwin Farm Biodiversity Preserve, search for signs of wildlife at Bear Creek Park, enjoy the sight of colourful leaves and more – there’s so much to do outdoors this season! http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/20580.aspx
Contact: Surrey Nature Centre; nvironment@surrey.ca ; 604-502-6065

Fraser River Geology Walk
Saturday October 14, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Derby Reach Regional Park
​Learn about the Ice Age glaciation on the south coast, the geologic history of the Fraser River, and the peatlands in Derby Reach Regional Park. Hear about a disastrous landslide in Haney in 1880 that produced a tsunami on the Fraser River! With John Clague, professor of Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University, author of Vancouver, City on the Edge, and an expert on earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and floods. Presented by Derby Reach/Brae Island Parks Association
FREE, Registration required: outreach@drbipa.org ALL AGES

Flashlight Mysteries
Saturday October 14, 6:00~9:00 PM
Surrey Bend Regional Park
Park at Pacific Academy in Surrey at 10238-10300 168 St and take free shuttle bus to day use area. Buses start at 5:30 pm and will transport participants to Surrey Bend Regional Park until 8 pm. The last bus leaves Surrey Bend at 9:30 pm. Limited parking at the day use area. Be wily like a coyote or wise as an owl to solve a nocturnal mystery on lantern lit-trails.  Activities, performers and storytelling will reveal local night animals. Bring a flashlight and allow 1.5 hours to complete. All ages, FREE

Curious by Nature: Super Salmon
Sunday October 15, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Kanaka Creek Regional Park
Meet at fish fence, 240 Street, north of Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
​Want to know more about nature in regional parks? Drop by these pop-up displays to chat with a park interpreter.  Witness the heroic journey of salmon returning to their home to spawn. ​All ages. Free, Drop by anytime.

October 19, at 7:00 pm
Sea Level Rise and Forced Migration – The Challenges for Climate Refugees
Room 1900, Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University, 515 West Hastings, Vancouver
Featuring Dr. Saleemul Huq, Director, Centre for Climate Change and Development, London, U.K. (via video conference); James Horncastle, Lecturer, Hellenic Studies, Simon Fraser University and Anna Zhuo, Co-founder, Climate Migrants and Refugees Project, Vancouver.  Register: https://slr_climate_refugees.eventbrite.ca Sea Level Rise: http://ow.ly/JCed30eR5Dk ; http://ow.ly/gjdh30eR5NH

Thursday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Gardens Aflame: Garry Oak Meadows of BC’s South Coast
Maleea Acker
at the Unitarian Centre, 949 49th Ave W (49th at Oak), Vancouver
Tea and cookies will be served from 7 to 7:30 pm, when the talk will begin.
Garry oak meadows are some of the most threatened ecosystems in BC, and also some of the most ecologically diverse, says Acker. The best part of writing about these meadows has been the commitment I’ve seen to restoration and species protection by so many volunteers and scientists. My talk will highlight a few of their stories and the ongoing efforts to protect remaining meadows, as well as steps landowners can take to naturescape their own properties. http://naturevancouver.ca/events/botany_programs

Coho Commotion
Saturday October 21, 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Meet at Capilano Fish Hatchery, end of Capilano Park Rd, North Vancouver
​Experience a truly amazing race that follows the journey of salmon from hatching grounds to ocean.  Watch salmon leaping, get up close and personal with real specimens and hear about their extraordinary lives.  Please leave pets at home. All ages. Free

Return of the Salmon
Sunday October 22, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Kanaka Creek Regional Park
Meet at fish fence on 240 Street, north of Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
​Witness the heroic journey of salmon returning home to spawn in Kanaka Creek.  Engage with displays, games and hatchery volunteers. All ages. Free

2017 Mushroom Show
October 22, 11 am – 4 pm
VanDusen Garden Floral Hall & Cedar Room
Presented by the Vancouver Mycological Society
Admission $3/person. Contact Mendel Skulski for information at vms@mendelskulski.com or 778-883-5754

Story City: An Evening of Vancouver Stories
Tuesday, October 24, 7:00~8:30 pm
Vancouver Central Branch
Connect with your city and neighbours through the power of stories, reflecting on their journeys to the city and what Vancouver means to them. Meet some of our storytellers, share in their experiences and memories, and hear their unique perspectives on the history of Vancouver and the unceded lands on which the city was built at this special launch event.

View Corridors: When Towers Cease to Be Towers
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm)
Vancouver Central Branch
Recalling the tower’s historical functions to memorialize, defend, transmit—Professor of Architecture Leslie Van Duzer considers the implications of our appropriation of the tower type for dwelling. In partnership with School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture UBC

Thursday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Nature Vancouver General Evening Programs (Topic to be announced)
at the Unitarian Centre, 949 49th Ave W (49th at Oak), Vancouver
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/evening_programs

Halloween in the Forest
Saturday October 28, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Surrey Nature Centre at Green Timbers
14225 Green Timbers Way
​Come in costume for some Halloween fun. Learn facts about owls, bats, spiders and raccoons, enjoy Halloween treats and meet our Forest Fairy. Costume prize draw too!
​This indoor/outdoor event is perfect for families with small children. Ages 13 and under require parent participation. Event takes place rain or shine! All ages. Free

Curious by Nature: Super Salmon
Saturday October 28, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Burnaby Lake Regional Park
Meet at Cariboo Dam
​Want to know more about nature in regional parks? Drop by these pop-up displays to chat with a park interpreter.  Witness the heroic journey of salmon returning to their home to spawn. All ages. Free

Earthwise Society Hundred-Mile Banquet
Sunday, October 29 at 6pm
The Bottleneck Restaurant, 870 Granville Street, Vancouver
Savour a locally-sourced 5-course gourmet meal created by Chef Derek Bothwell with drink pairings. You will be amazed by the tastes of the region! A silent auction will also be held with a range of high-quality local products showcasing local businesses and craftspeople. All profits made from the Hundred-Mile Banquet are invested back into the community. Tickets can be bought online here, by calling 604-946-9828 or by emailing info@earthwisesociety.bc.ca . Attendees will receive a charitable tax receipt back for a part of the ticket price.

Nature Vancouver Birders’ Nights
November 2, at 7:30 p.m.
in the Parish Hall of St. Mary’s (Kerrisdale) Anglican Church, 2490 West 37th Avenue (at Larch Street), Vancouver
The evening programs of the Birding Section are held on the first Thursday of each month.
The programs start with introductions and items of general interest.
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/birding_programs

Saturday, November 4
Birding at DeBoville Slough & Minnekhada RP
Join leader Larry Cowan for this half-day birding field trip to DeBoville Slough/Minnekhada RP. The area is home to many over wintering species with waterfowl in the sloughs, ponds and river and the chance of raptors over the fields. Meet in the parking lot adjacent to the washroom facilities at Cedar & Victoria Drs. in NE Coquitlam at 0900. We will position an appropriate number of vehicles in the parking area off Quarry Road in Minnekhada RP for our return trip. 604-307-0931 http://naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

Minnekhada Lodge
Sunday November 5, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Minnekhada Regional Park
Parking and access to the lodge may be limited. Please use the Quarry Road Entrance.
Visit this 1930s country estate with spectacular views of the Pitt River. Look for remnants of the past in the rustic yet refined rooms, then stroll through the charming garden.

View Corridors: Time Tunnel
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm)
Vancouver Central Branch
Photographer Greg Girard revisits and re-photographs locations pictured in his book Under Vancouver 1972-1982, and reflects on photographing the city in the 70s/early 80s and today. In partnership with School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture UBC

November 8, at 7:00 pm,
Sea Level Rise – The Big Picture.
SFU Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W. Hastings, Vcr
Featuring John Englander, Oceanographer, Consultant and Leading Expert on Sea Level Rise, Florida, USA and Gil Kelley, Chief Planner and General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, City of Vancouver.  Register: https://slr_big_picture.eventbrite.ca Sea Level Rise: http://ow.ly/JCed30eR5Dk ; http://ow.ly/gjdh30eR5NH

Thursday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m.
Acoustic Communication in Belugas: A Sound-centered Species in Today’s Noisy World
Dr. Valeria Vergara
at the Unitarian Centre, 949 49th Ave W (49th at Oak), Vancouver
Dr. Valeria Vergara has been eavesdropping on whales for years! From the Vancouver Aquarium to Hudson Bay, from the Canadian Arctic to the St. Lawrence Estuary, researcher Valeria Vergara has listened to the communication sounds made by belugas in diverse environments. She is primarily interested in the communicative and perceptual abilities of marine mammals, and the conservation implications of such capacities. She directs and coordinates field studies on beluga whales through the Marine Mammal Research Program at the Vancouver Aquarium. http://www.naturevancouver.ca/events/marine_biology_programs

The Canadian Jewish Experience:
Celebrating the Rich History of Jewish Life in Canada
Thursday, November 16, 6:00~8:00 pm
Vancouver Central Branch
Jewish Canadians have played important roles in all facets of life in Canada, dating back to the mid-1700s, their accomplishments reflecting the challenges and successes experienced by Canada during the past 150 years. The exhibit highlights Canadian’s continued efforts to build a country that respects cultural and religious diversity, national unity, fairness and progress.

Thursday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Flower Power: applications of forensic botany
Rolf Mathewes
at the Unitarian Centre, 949 49th Ave W (49th at Oak), Vancouver
Tea and cookies will be served from 7 to 7:30 pm, when the talk will begin.
This illustrated talk will provide a bit of history of how Rolf became involved in forensics, and then introduce forensic botany as a discipline, as well as some basic principles of how plants have been used to help solve crimes.  Rolf’s focus is to illustrate some real forensic examples, including some local cases on which he has worked.  After about 40 minutes of powerpoint slides, the presentation will conclude with a DVD of  three 5-minute news items from Global TV which ran on 3 consecutive nights, focussing on a high profile local case, and how botany was used to help convict a murderer. http://naturevancouver.ca/events/botany_programs

Hyde Creek Salmon Festival
November 19, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
3636 Coast Meridian Road, Port Coquitlam, FREE
Join the 5,000 plus visitors from around the Lower Mainland who come out to celebrate and witness the return of thousands of Salmon, back to their birthplace to lay and fertilize their eggs. Spawning time is the end of these Coho & Chum salmon’s lifespan and the beginning of the next generation. This FREE family event provides visitors of all ages the opportunity to observe salmon up close and learn about their life cycle through educational displays, salmon dissections and and in-stream demonstrations. Come out for a day of exploring, experiencing and learning about the salmon and wildlife in a fish-bearing watershed.
visit their website at www.hydecreek.org

Thursday, November 23, at 7:30 p.m.
Nature Vancouver General Evening Programs (Topic to be announced)
at the Unitarian Centre, 949 49th Ave W (49th at Oak), Vancouver
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/evening_programs

Vancouver Education & Career Fairs
November 30, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre – East, 999 Canada Way, Free
“Empowering people at all stages of life to make their dreams into reality through meaningful connections. For 21 years, ECF has been inspiring residents of B.C. communities by connecting them to real study and work opportunities, at home or abroad. We bring together representatives from universities, colleges, career training institutions, industry associations and employers with their wealth of knowledge and resources in order to make that happen. ECF is B. C’s #1 experiential career-focused fair in Canada with a robust program including Interactive Galleries, a Job Skills Workshop and the Learning Lounge with engaging presentations throughout the day.
**FREE ADMISSION all day!” www.educationcareerfairs.com

Saturday, December 2
Dipper Quest 2017
This half-day outing is our annual quest to find American Dippers in the Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge area. We have been successful since 2006 finding our quarry. After locating a Dipper or two we will spend the balance of the morning birding the Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge area in search of raptors, waterfowl, other winter migrants. Meet at 0900 in the McDonald’s parking lot on the SW corner of Lougheed Hwy & Harris Rd. in Pitt meadows for car pooling. Your leader will be Larry Cowan 604-307-0931 http://naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

Christmas Open House
Sunday December 3, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Burnaby Lake Regional Park
Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue
​Drop in to the Nature House to enjoy crafts and complimentary refreshments or to join a guided nature walk. All ages. Free

Christmas Carol Sing-along at Minnekhada Lodge
Sunday December 3, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Minnekhada Regional Park
Parking and access to the lodge may be limited. Please use the Quarry Road Entrance.
Visit this 1930s country estate with spectacular views of the Pitt River. Look for remnants of the past in the rustic yet refined rooms, then stroll through the charming garden. All ages. Free

Winter Warriors
Sunday December 3, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Kanaka Creek Regional Park
​Stroll through the forest and discover how birds, beasts and plants combat the winter blues.
​Ages 8+ Free, Registration required.  Barcode 7063 https://onlineca.activecommunities.com/MetroVancouver/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp

Santa Comes to Cammidge
Sunday December 3, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Boundary Bay Regional Park
Meet at Cammidge House
​Visit with Santa on his annual visit to Cammidge House.  Surprises for children, refreshments for all. All ages. Free

Nature Vancouver Birders’ Nights
December 7, at 7:30 p.m.
in the Parish Hall of St. Mary’s (Kerrisdale) Anglican Church, 2490 West 37th Avenue (at Larch Street), Vancouver
The evening programs of the Birding Section are held on the first Thursday of each month.
The programs start with introductions and items of general interest.
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/birding_programs

First Day Campfire
Monday January 1, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Meet at the park centre on 16th Avenue, 400 m west of Blanca Street
​Start off the New Year by a cozy campfire amidst towering evergreens.  Sing along to familiar songs and listen to stories about west coast plants and animals.  Bundle up and bring a mug for a taste of hot chocolate. All ages. Free

Nature Vancouver Birders’ Nights
January 4, at 7:30 p.m.
in the Parish Hall of St. Mary’s (Kerrisdale) Anglican Church, 2490 West 37th Avenue (at Larch Street), Vancouver
The evening programs of the Birding Section are held on the first Thursday of each month.
The programs start with introductions and items of general interest.
http://naturevancouver.ca/events/birding_programs

For the Love of Nature
Monday February 12, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Burnay Lake Regional Park
Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House
​Celebrate nature with family and loved ones this Family Day weekend.  Enjoy arts and crafts activities that expand your ability to observe and appreciate nature. All ages. Free

For the Love of Nature
Monday February 12, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Campbell Valley Regional Park
Meet at the Campbell Valley Nature House
​Celebrate nature with family and loved ones this Family Day weekend.  Enjoy arts and crafts activities that expand your ability to observe and appreciate nature. All ages. Free

Family Day Campfire
Monday February 12, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
Meet at park entrance on 16 Avenue, 400 m west of Blanca Street
​Drop by a cozy campfire and learn about nearby nature through story and song.  Bring a mug for a taste of hot chocolate. All ages. Free

Derby Tales Round the Campfire
Saturday February 17, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Derby Reach Regional Park
Meet across road from Heritage Area on Allard Crescent, north of 96 Avenue and 4 km west of Fort Langley.
​Gather round a crackling campfire to bake bannock and listen to tales of nature and life in the wilderness.  Bring a mug for hot chocolate. All ages. Free
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www.metrovancouver.org/events/calendar/

Sea Level Rise in Vancouver
Beaches, bike paths & beauty: this is Vancouver!
Let’s work together to protect our coast into the future.
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Sea Level Rise in Vancouver
Vancouverites love the water.
Watch the video & add your pledge to protect our shorelines.
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