• Make New Friends & Remove Invasive Blackberry @ Reg Franklin Park, Maple Ridge!

    THIS ACTIVITY WAS PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 5TH BUT IS NOW MOVED TO MARCH 25TH, 2023. We look forward to seeing everyone at this location in the spring!

    We will be removing invasive Himalayan blackberry from Reg Franklin Park in Maple Ridge with the Alouette River Management Society! 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.

    We will meet at the south entrance to Reg Franklin Park at the north end of Edge St, EXACT LOCATION HERE: http://bit.ly/2ZGrZtH. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you type in "Reg Franklin Park" into Google Maps and click directions, it will direct you to a residential complex east of the park and will be tricky to park or find us. Instead, type in "Queen Anne Apartments" or "Eric Langton Elementary School" in Maple Ridge to be directed to the correct park entrance located at the end of Edge St. Look for our signage and call/text Ashton at[masked] if you can't find us!

    • This activity is accessible by public transit (less than 10min walk from R3 stop at Haney Place, Maple Ridge!), 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!
    • There is free street parking along Edge St HERE: https://bit.ly/3pSuvdI

    There are NO public washrooms at this park, so we will be using washrooms located in a local business a 5-10 min walk from where we are working. Exact local business to be determined.

    • 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 blackberry
    • Remove lots of invasive blackberry and build community
    • Take a break (yummy refreshments time!) around 11:30am
    • Volunteer until 1pm (if you can't come for the whole time, no problem! Just let us know when you have to leave)
    • Take home a reward from a sustainable business
    • Sign out on your phone or our tablet

    • Refillable water bottle
    • 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 and hat in case it rains
    • Your own gardening gloves, tools, safety glasses (we have lots, don't worry if you don't have any!)

    • Gloves, tools, safety glasses if you don't have your own
    • An educational instruction on what to do (no experience necessary!)
    • Yummy refreshments
    • A small thank you gift at the end, donated by a sustainable business

    • 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: https://bit.ly/LMGT-in-action

    This activity is being made possible thanks to partnership with the Alouette River Management Society (ARMS). If you don't already know about ARMS, get to know this awesome local nonprofit and how you can get more involved at their website: https://alouetteriver.org

    • 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!

    This activity is taking place on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓em speaking peoples who have lived on and stewarded these lands since time immemorial, and continue to do so today. We are humbled to run our program on these lands.

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