What we're about

Looking for a constructive way to improve the health of our environment? Want to support your own health and be part of a community?

We bring together people to help parks, governmental agencies, charities, non-profits, societies, educational institutions, land trusts, and stewardship groups tackle environmental issues that need co-operation and teamwork to get done. NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY! All ages, abilities and experience levels are welcome and accommodated. INSTRUCTION, GLOVES, TOOLS AND REFRESHMENTS ARE PROVIDED. The Lower Mainland Green Team is a program of the charity Green Teams of Canada.

Activities include:

  • Removing invasive plants that are outcompeting and overtaking our native plants and trees
  • Planting native plants and trees
  • Picking up litter in natural spaces
  • Nature interpretive walks
  • And anything that gets people together in nature to make a difference!

What you will get out of participating:

  • Learn first-hand about the environmental issues faced in local parks
  • Make a positive impact by conserving, restoring and enhancing green spaces
  • Spend time in nature and enjoy the mental and physical health benefits of doing so
  • Meet new people and be part of a community
  • Learn to be a leader and work as a team
  • Build stewardship and habitat restoration skills
  • Get exercise outdoors
  • Feel happier, healthier and more connected to nature
  • Explore places in the Lower Mainland you may have never been to before
  • Learn about all the amazing work being done by different groups and organizations in the Lower Mainland to take care of the environment
  • Gain volunteer hours (a letter to confirm your hours will be emailed to you upon request)
  • Have fun!

PLEASE REGISTER AS A GREEN TEAM VOLUNTEER HERE before participating in your first activity! (you will only need to fill out this form once)

Contact
Want to reach the organizer? Email Ashton at ashton@greenteamscanada.ca!

DON'T SEE ANY EVENTS POSTED? Hang tight! We are working hard to organize more opportunities for you!
We mostly run activities March-June and September-November, but are working to provide other opportunities year round!

Follow us on social media to stay up to date with our Green Team!
Facebook: @LowerMainlandGreenTeam
Instagram: @lowermainlandgreenteam
Twitter: @LMGreenteam

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History
Our founder, Lyda Salatian, ran the Lower Mainland Green Team's first activity ran on March 8, 2011 at Campbell Valley Regional Park in Langley. The Lower Mainland Green Team quickly grew and its success led to the founding of our national charity, Green Teams of Canada, on October 28, 2013 with the goal to launch Green Teams across the country. Soon after our Greater Victoria Green Team was born on August 1, 2014 and we look forward to launching a new Green Team in a brand new place by 2025.

Read more about our history HERE!

2011-2017 activity summaries (including before and after photos) can be found HERE!
2018-Present activity summaries (including before and after photos) can be found HERE!
See photos from each of our activities by clicking on Photos

Our mission
To connect, build and empower diverse communities through hands-on activities that promote health, well-being and environmental stewardship

DONATE to our charity, Green Teams of Canada
If you love the work we do and want to support us through a donation please click HERE. The money goes to organizing and running LMGT activities, volunteer management, native plants and trees, snacks, tools and communication materials.

AWARDS WON

  • 2014 YWCA Environmental Sustainability Award
  • 2013 National Hometown Heroes award from Earth Day Canada. To see the award click --> HERE to learn more about the award click --> HERE
  • 2013 Frank Sanford Award for Community Service from the Vancouver Natural History Society. To see the award click --> HERE. To learn more about this award please click--> HERE
  • 2012 - Jane Goodall Institute has given the LMGT a certificate of recognition. To check it please click --> HERE

Media
The Lower Mainland Green Team has been featured in the media 50+ times.
You can read the media coverage that our Lower Mainland and Greater Victoria Green Teams have received since 2011 HERE!

Want to learn more about us? click on the below links!
Metro Vancouver Park June 2014 piece about the LMGT --> HERE
A LMGT volunteer who is filmmaker from NSHG Films created this awesome Video --> HERE
CBC Radio Early Edition Jan 4 2014 interview --> HERE
Global News interview July 31 2013 --> HERE
David Suzuki talks about the Lower Mainland Green Team--> HERE
A 5 minute slide show about the LMGT --> HERE

Funders, Community Investment Partners and Donors like YOU!
Without financial support, the Lower Mainland Green Team would not be able to make a positive impact on communities or the environment. Thank you to everyone who financially supports us! If you love the work we do and want to support us through a donation, please click HERE.

Partners and Collaborators
We believe much more can get done working together. Below are some groups we have worked with over the years:
Metro Vancouver Parks
BC Parks
Vancouver Park Board
City of Burnaby
City of Coquitlam
City of North Vancouver
District of North Vancouver
District of West Vancouver
City of Surrey
City of Richmond
Corporation of Delta
City of White Rock
City of Port Moody
Lighthouse Park Preservation Society
Caulfeild Park Conservation Society
Alouette River Management Society
Fraser Basin Council
Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society
Burns Bog Conservation Society
Cougar Creek Streamkeepers
Minnekhada Park Association
Burnaby Lake Park Association
Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society
Friends of Semiahmoo Bay/Birds on the Bay
Catching the Spirit Youth Society
North Shore Wetland Partners Society
False Creek Watershed Society
Earthwise Society
Edible Garden Project
Fresh Roots Society
The Sharing Farm Society
Rivers Institute at BCIT
Jericho Stewardship Group
Pacific Spirit Park Society
Evergreen
Everett Crowley Park Committee
Coastal Painted Turtle Project
Friends of Hunter Park
Langley Environmental Partners Society
Ceed Centre Society
Balance Ecological
North Surrey Organic Garden Society
Stoney Creek Environment Committee
North Shore Mountain Biking Association
Better Environmentally Sound Transportation
White Rock and Surrey Naturalists

Generous Businesses
There are many generous businesses who have helped build the Lower Mainland Green Team. They contribute refreshments and products to volunteers to reward their hard work taking care of the environment! To learn more about them click HERE

Photos/Video
We may take photos and/or videos at the events. These may be posted here on meetup and/or other sites like youtube. The photos may also be used for communication materials. If you prefer to not be on camera make this clear to whoever is pointing a camera your way and/or duck out! Also please note, photos may be taken of you with products businesses have donated to LMGT volunteers and posted on their facebook pages.

RSVP'ing and not showing up
There are two rules:
1. Because equipment, tools and refreshments are brought to each event based on the number of people coming, if you have RSVP'd 3 times that you are going to 3 events and without notice have not shown up, you will be removed from the Lower Mainland Green Team. To "un-rsvp" go to where you had originally clicked on "join us" on the event page and click on "change RSVP". Please do this by the day before the event.
2. If you sign up for an event with a restricted number of participants, the spaces become filled and there is a waiting list and you do not show up (and have no good reason) you will be removed. You must UN-RSVP at least 2 days before an event (to give other members a chance to take your vacated spot and participate)

Other volunteer opportunities
Please check out the following page for more environmental volunteer opportunities --> HERE

Upcoming events (2)

Remove Invasive Plants & Build Community at Ruth Johnson Park, White Rock!

We will be removing invasive English ivy, English holly and English laurel from Ruth Johnson Park in White Rock! We will be both restoring local habitat while also having fun and connecting with each other in nature. We will be working RAIN OR SHINE.

All ages, abilities & experience levels are welcome, bring your family & friends! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Gloves, tools, instruction & refreshments provided!

Is this your first activity with the Lower Mainland Green Team? PLEASE REGISTER AS A GREEN TEAM VOLUNTEER AHEAD OF TIME HERE: http://goo.gl/WRx6jr. THIS IS REQUIRED! You do not need to fill this out again if you have filled it out for a previous activity.

MEETING INSTRUCTIONS
• We will meet at the entrance to Ruth Johnson Park by the Peace Arch Curling Club (south end of the parking lot). EXACT LOCATION HERE: http://bit.ly/3se24G2 Look for our signs and call/text Ashton at[masked] if you can't find us!

GETTING THERE/PARKING
• This activity is accessible by public transit, which is a great way to save on costs and is better for the environment. Use Google Maps or download the Transit app (green icon) on your phone to find the best route for you!
• For FREE parking for the duration of this activity please email ashton@greenteamscanada with your license plate ahead of time or tell Ashton your license plate number upon arrival. Do not pay for parking! Ask Ashton for a parking pass to display on your dash when you arrive.

WASHROOMS
• There are public washrooms located nearby in the Centre of Active Living/Peace Arch Curling Club, exact location HERE: https://bit.ly/3NKgt84. There are also washrooms located near the Centennial Baseball Field HERE: https://bit.ly/3tugiWy

FLOW OF THE ACTIVITY
• Meet at 9:45am (please be on time)
• Sign in on your phone or our tablet
• Receive instruction and demo on how to remove invasive plants
• Remove invasive plants
• Take a break (yummy refreshments time!) around 11:30am
• Volunteer until 1pm
• Take home a reward from one of our in-kind sponsors
• Sign out on your phone or our tablet

WHAT TO BRING
• Refillable water bottle
• Rain jacket in case it rains
• Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty
• Long sleeves and long pants to protect you from thorny plants & ticks
• Sturdy, comfortable closed toe shoes/boots or rain boots
• Wear a hat to keep sun/rain out of your face
• Your own gardening gloves, tools, safety glasses (we have lots, don't worry if you don't have any!)

WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU
• Gloves, tools, safety glasses if you don't have your own
• An educational instruction on what to do (no experience necessary!)
• Refreshments
• A small thank you gift at the end, donated by a business

WHAT HAPPENS AFTERWARDS
• A follow-up survey will be sent (filling this out helps us improve our program and secure funding to run more activities!)
• A volunteer letter emailed on request
• Photos taken will be uploaded here: http://goo.gl/hctXBv
• A summary of the activity uploaded here: http://bit.ly/3uigmrb

PARTNER FOR THIS ACTIVITY
This activity is being made possible thanks to funding provided by TD Friends of the Environment and direction from the City of White Rock!

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING
• Learn about local environmental issues and how to address them
• Meet new people & be part of a community
• Improve your mental & physical health by being in nature
• Get exercise & fresh air in a beautiful green space
• Revitalize a local green space & increase biodiversity
• Learn how to identify invasive plants & how to remove them
• Get volunteer hours
• Have FUN!

QUESTIONS?
Email [masked]

Remove Invasive Blackberry, Litter & Build Community at West Beach, White Rock!

We will be removing invasive Himalayan blackberry and picking up litter at West Beach in White Rock! We will be both restoring local habitat while also having fun and connecting with each other in nature. We will be working RAIN OR SHINE.

All ages, abilities & experience levels are welcome, bring your family & friends! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Gloves, tools, instruction & refreshments provided!

Is this your first activity with the Lower Mainland Green Team? PLEASE REGISTER AS A GREEN TEAM VOLUNTEER AHEAD OF TIME HERE: http://goo.gl/WRx6jr. THIS IS REQUIRED! You do not need to fill this out again if you have filled it out for a previous activity.

MEETING INSTRUCTIONS
We will meet by the West Beach boat launch (beside Bayview Park) at Bay St and Marine Drive. EXACT LOCATION HERE: https://bit.ly/3tvObnb. Call/text Ashton at[masked] if you can't find us!

GETTING THERE/PARKING
• This activity is accessible by public transit, which is a great way to save on costs and is better for the environment. Use Google Maps or download the Transit app (green icon) on your phone to find the best route for you!
• For FREE parking for the duration of this activity please email ashton@greenteamscanada with your license plate ahead of time or tell Ashton your license plate number upon arrival. Do not pay for parking! Ask Ashton for a parking pass to display on your dash when you arrive.

WASHROOMS
There are public washrooms located nearby (~5min walk), exact location HERE: https://bit.ly/395XfdG

FLOW OF THE ACTIVITY
• Meet at 9:45am (please be on time)
• Sign in on your phone or our tablet
• Receive instruction and demo on how to remove invasive plants
• Remove invasive plants and remove litter
• Take a break (yummy refreshments time!) around 11:30am
• Volunteer until 1pm
• Take home a reward from one of our in-kind sponsors
• Sign out on your phone or our tablet

WHAT TO BRING
• Refillable water bottle
• Hat and sunscreen to protect you from the sun
• Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty
• Long sleeves and long pants to protect you from thorny plants & ticks
• Sturdy, comfortable closed toe shoes/boots or rain boots
• Rain jacket in case it rains
• Your own gardening gloves, tools, safety glasses (we have lots, don't worry if you don't have any!)

WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU
• Gloves, tools, safety glasses if you don't have your own
• An educational instruction on what to do (no experience necessary!)
• Refreshments
• A small thank you gift at the end, donated by a business

WHAT HAPPENS AFTERWARDS
• A follow-up survey will be sent (filling this out helps us improve our program and secure funding to run more activities!)
• A volunteer letter emailed on request
• Photos taken will be uploaded here: http://goo.gl/hctXBv
• A summary of the activity uploaded here: http://bit.ly/3uigmrb

PARTNER FOR THIS ACTIVITY
This activity is being made possible thanks to financial support and direction from our Community Investment Partner, the City of White Rock. Thank you Justin, Spencer and Jim!

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING
• Learn about local environmental issues and how to address them
• Meet new people & be part of a community
• Improve your mental & physical health by being in nature
• Get exercise & fresh air in a beautiful green space
• Revitalize a local green space & increase biodiversity
• Learn how to identify invasive plants & how to remove them
• Get volunteer hours
• Have FUN!

QUESTIONS?
Email [masked]

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