What we're about

We’re an enthusiastic hands-on group active throughout Metro Vancouver who get together to remove invasive plants and replant native vegetation in our Regional Parks. Have fun, help the environment, make new friends, get some fresh air and exercise in the great outdoors. Discover all our volunteer opportunities at Regional Parks Volunteer Opportunities (https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/46f4140f-db5f-42be-ac8a-b0e65c38c382/1).

We have a lot of parklands and we need help with it. With 22 regional parks, two ecological conservancy areas, three regional reserves and five greenways, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks provide vital habitat for countless plant and wildlife species. All told we manage and protect a whopping 13,614 hectares of awe-inspiring parklands; nearly 12 million people visit them each year. Help us maintain these natural habitats for current and future generations to enjoy.

Everyone is welcome. No experience necessary.

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Upcoming events (4+)

EcoBlitz - Native Species Hedgerow Planting at Delta Heritage Airpark

Delta Heritage Airpark

Come join us at the Delta Heritage Airpark on the shore of Boundary Bay to help install native plants as part of a hedgerow establishment project! The hedgerow is designed to provide wildlife habitat for seasonal and resident songbirds.

We’ll supply gloves and all the tools required (although if you have your own gloves please feel free to bring your own). Please bring water, a snack, and dress for the weather and to get dirty (boots are strongly recommended).

All common surfaces and tools will be cleaned before the event. Hand sanitizer will be available on site. Please bring your own mask if you want to wear one. Full names and contact information must be provided at the start of the event in case contact tracing is required. If this information is not provided, then the individual will not be allowed to participate.

Please complete a Personal Health Check before attending the session. The full self-assessment tool is available online at: https://bc.thrive.health/.

Do not attend if you are:
• Exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 10 days such as fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscle aches or headache;
• Under the direction of the provincial health officer to self-isolate;
• Arrived from outside of Canada in the last 14 days;
• In close contact with someone who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

If you have any questions please contact [masked]

Invasive Plant Removal (English Ivy) @ Minnekhada Park

Minnekhada Regional Park

Event Details:

The event starts at the public parking lot on Quarry Rd (https://goo.gl/maps/i44DscVjUCSL9ot7A) at 10am Sunday Oct
3, 2021. Arrive 10-15 mins early to find parking and sign in. We will gather near the interpretive sign!

Note that the invasive English Ivy to be removed is located off trail and sturdy shoes are required for the short hike in. This event is 16+.

If you are going to be late, please call or text[masked]. If you are late and we do not hear from you, the group will leave as scheduled assuming you are unable to attend.

**The event will not go forward with fewer than 4 volunteers due to presence of bears and wildlife in the area.**

Approx. Schedule:
· 10:00am – Meet at private gate off Quarry Road
· 10:05am – Tools, Safety, and Invasive Plant Information
· 10:05am – Hike into work site
· 10:30am – Pulling Invasive Plants
· 11:30am – Water/Snack Break
· 12:00am – Pulling Invasive Plants
· 12:30pm – Clean up and Hike back
· 1:00am – Head back to Quarry Road parking lot

What to bring:
· Water bottle with LOTS of water
· Snacks
· Sturdy shoes to work in such as hiking shoes (ankle support recommended)
· Clothing you do not mind getting dirty
· Long pants and sleeves, there might be thorns
· Dress for the weather so bring rain gear or sunscreen and a hat

Optional:
· Binoculars and small camera for views and wildlife
· Favorite gardening gloves and clippers
· Bear Spray

What we supply:
· Gloves and Tools (sanitized between uses, no sharing)
· Light snack (larabar or similar)

Covid 19 Protocols:

· Any common surfaces/equipment such as tables, clipboards, and pens will be disinfected at the start and end of each event
· Hand sanitizer will be available on site
· Participants are required to bring their own masks and wear it during the activity.
· All volunteers must sign in at the start of each stewardship event.
· Full names and contact information must be provided in case contact tracing is required (e.g. email and/or phone number). If this information is not provided, then the individual will not be allowed to participate in the volunteer event
· Please complete a Personal Health Check before attending the session. The full self-assessment tool is available online at: https://bc.thrive.health/

Do not attend the session if you are:

· Exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 10 days such as fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscle aches or headache;
· Under the direction of the provincial health officer to self-isolate;
· Arrived from outside of Canada in the last 14 days;
· In close contact with someone who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

Email [masked] with any questions

EcoBlitz - Aldergrove Tree Planting

Aldergrove Regional Park

Help enhance the biodiversity at Aldergrove Regional Park by planting cedar, spruce, and Douglas fir trees. We'll be reclaiming an old hay field and returning it back into a forest ecosystem.

It's a perfect activity for young families and large groups as the trees are small and easy to plant. Come join in the fun!

Metro Vancouver will provide work gloves and shovels. Make to sure bring water and snacks, and pack out any garbage. The event will run rain or shine, so please dress appropriately for the weather. Sturdy footwear is required.

EcoBlitz – Campbell Valley Wetland Planting

Campbell Valley Regional Park - South Carvolth parking lot

Come join the Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) wetland crew in a planting project at Campbell Valley Regional Park. You'll be planting native vegetation in a bioswale that will provide valuable habitat for a diversity of plants and animals. Everyone is welcome!

All the necessary tools (i.e. gloves, shovels, etc.) will be provided. Simply come prepared to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. The event will run rain or shine, so please dress appropriately for the activity and weather. Rubber boots are recommended as site conditions may be muddy. It is after all a wetland!

Meet at the South Carvolth parking lot (982 – 200th Street, Langley). The planting site is ~100 m east of the parking lot.

Past events (654)

Invasive Plant Removal (English Ivy) @ Minnekhada Park

Minnekhada Regional Park

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