This event is on rain or shine
Why we're removing Policeman's Helmet:
Policeman’s helmet is an annual, introduced from Asia, and is sometimes sold as an ornamental. It thrives in moist areas. Each plant produces up to 800 seeds which readily germinate in moist soils along stream banks which are viable for 18 months or more and can even germinate under water. It outcompetes with native plants for available light, moisture and nutrients. Our goal is to conserve and protect biodiversity.
We are meeting at the parking lot on Royal Oak near Deer Lake Parkway.CLICK ON the FOLLOWING MAPS
Close up of meeting spot
Far away map of meeting spot
Detailed map of Deer Lake (the meeting spot is at "P" in the blue circle)
Interactive map of meeting spot (the meeting parking lot is just south of the arrow on the interactive map)
Getting yourself there
Consider carpooling. There are often Lower Mainland Green Team volunteers willing to provide a ride! If you need a ride log into your meetup account, click on "join us" on this page and leave a message briefly describing where you can offer or need a ride from. You can also leave a message at the bottom of this page in the box where it says "post a comment". Don't forget to chip in for gas if you get a ride ($5 for every hour of drive is about right)
Take transit. To find out the best route go to:http://www.translink.bc.ca type in the location you are starting from, the destination and the date and time you will be begin the trip.
Ride your bicycle. There are bicycle maps here: http://vancouver.ca/engsvcs/transport/cycling/bikeways/maps.htm
- Meet at 9.50 am (please don't be late)
- Walk to site. Note: if you are late follow green arrows.
- Invasive plant removal (Policeman's Helmet and Purple loosestrife) from 10 am - 1 pm (with breaks and refreshments). We'll be using gloves mainly and no tools.
- Have a picnic lunch at 1pm (please bring a packed lunch) if it rains we will forgo this bit.
- Walk around the Deer Lake after lunch
What to bring
- Your rain jacket in case it is raining. Our events in the rain have still been great fun!
- Gardening gloves if you have them (otherwise they'll be provided for you)
- Ideal footwear: waterproof hiking boots, sturdy outdoor shoes, rubber boots. No open toe shoes, heels or fashionable shoes/boots.
- Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty
- a lunch if you're sticking around after volunteering
- Water (to bring with you to the work site)
What will be provided for you
- Gloves, tools and equipment. If you have your own gardening gloves, feel free to bring them.
- Snacks for the break
- Instruction - The host will give you the run down about the work we will be doing (you don't need to have experience to participate). There will be a safety talk and an orientation of the site.
- A volunteer letter emailed to you after the event to confirm your hours if you need it
About Deer Lake
Deer Lake has trails wandering through forest, meadow and marsh areas. There is lots of wildlife, especially a wide variety of birds (i.e. owls)
City of Burnaby