Burnaby Environment Week is an annual week-long program of environmentally-themed community activities held in early June. Activities are coordinated by City staff and intended to be informative, enjoyable and encourage community participation. Burnaby Environment Week’s schedule typically occurs at the same time as Environment Canada’s Canadian Environment Week.
2013 Environment Week ~ Sunday, June 2 to Saturday, June 8
To recognize Burnaby’s legacy of environmental protection and the urban ecosystems that are woven throughout the city, this year’s theme is ‘Nature in the City’. The natural environment, and its underlying ecosystems, is often thought of as separate from our communities where we live and work. In contrast, the concept of environmental sustainability suggests our communities are part of the environment and connected to the ecosystem services it provides, such as forests and wetland that filter pollutants from the water, trees that clean the air and insects that pollinate food crops.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Detailed event and registration information is listed below. All events and activities are offered free to the public. The Environment Week 2013 poster can be viewed here. It provides a brief summary of most Environment Week events.
SATURDAY, JUNE 8
Saturday, June 8, 9am to 2pm. City of Burnaby, City Hall (4949 Canada Way), in the outer courtyard.
This is a free public event with environmental displays, live blue grass music by 5 on a String, prize draws, face painting and many other activities for kids and 200 free veggie burgers fresh from the BBQ. Specific activities include:
- Help create a plan for a greener future!
The City of Burnaby wants to hear about your priorities and ideas to protect and enhance the environment in Burnaby. Learn about what the City does now, place landmarks on our giant Green Map of the City, enter to win prizes, and take part in other fun events for kids, youth and adults.
- Shop for farm fresh food at the regularly scheduled Burnaby Farmers’ Market, which will take place at City Hall at the same time as the Environmental Festival. Come by and attend both events.
- Go on bicycle tours led by the Burnaby Committee of HUB. Departure times and routes to be determined, but expect to ride on marked urban trails and bike routes. All ages welcome. For more information, email Burnaby@bikehub.ca.
- Visit a Great Blue Heron colony on a tour led by Rob Butler, an award winning and internationally recognized ornithologist. Less than a 3 minute walk from the Environment Festival site, festival attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the Great Blue Herons that are nesting nearby. All ages are welcome. Tour departure times to be announced. For more information, call 604-294-7530.
Getting there: In the spirit of Environment Week, consider using public transit, cycling or walking, or any combination of, to attend one or more events. Burnaby City Hall is located at 4949 Canada Way, near Deer Lake Park and across from Burnaby Central Secondary School.
- By bus: Burnaby City Hall is well served by regular buses from Metrotown and Brentwood town centres and Holdom and Sperling stations on the Millennium Skytrain line. Visit Translink to plan your trip.
- By bicycle: Burnaby City Hall is well served by signed bikeways and urban trails, with connections via the Central Valley Greenway to activities at Still Creek Recycling Depot and Jim Lorimer Park. Check out the Burnaby Bike Map for more information.
- Secure bicycle parking: as part of the Environmental Festival, a free ‘coat check style’ bicycle valet service will be offered by BEST. Upon arrival, just drop off your bike and go and enjoy the festivities and the Farmer’s Market.
AND DON'T MISS...
SUNDAY, JUNE 2
Field tour of Deer Lake Park with local naturalist, George Clulow
Sunday, June 2, bright and early, 7:30am to 9:30am, departing from the outer courtyard at Burnaby City Hall, 4949 Canada Way.
Kick of Environment Week with a tour of Deer Lake Park led by George Clulow, locally renowned birder and naturalist. Please RSVP in advance: 604-294-7530.
TUESDAY, JUNE 4
Guided canoe trips on Deer Lake
Tuesday, June 4, 5:30 to 6:30pm (Barcode 301477) and 6:45 to 7:45pm (Barcode 301478), Deer Lake Park.
Preregistration required. Trips are for ages 10 years and older; children aged 10 to 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and waivers must be signed by all participants (parent must sign for those under 19 years old.) To register, contact any Burnaby Recreation Centre, and provide barcode noted above. For more information, please contact 604-294-7224.
THURSDAY, JUNE 6
‘Burnaby’s Beautiful Byrne Creek’, a free public presentation
Thursday, June 6, 7:00pm. Tommy Douglas Library, 7311 Kingsway.
Celebrating this year’s theme, Nature in the City, the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society is pleased to present an entertaining and educational talk about Byrne Creek watershed. Come and enjoy gorgeous photos, posters and maps and fun stories about this urban oasis.
FRIDAY, JUNE 7
Documentary Film Screening, ‘Biophilic Design: the Architecture of Life’
Friday, June 7, 6:30pm. Bob Prittie Public Library, Metrotown, 6100 Willingdon Avenue.
The Green Ideas Network is hosting a free public viewing of the documentary film ‘Biophilic Design: the Architecture of Life’, which explores the idea that people have a profound need for nature in the places they live and work and that our buildings, neighbourhoods and cities could be designed much more effectively in a way that integrates nature and reconnects us with the natural world. In this engaging film, come and see examples of “buildings that connect people and nature - hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children’s test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people know more of their neighbours and families thrive” (biophilicdesign.net).
SATURDAY, JUNE 8
Open House – Still Creek Recycling Depot
Saturday, June 8, 10am to 2pm, 4800 Still Creek Avenue.
Learn more about Burnaby’s Recycling Depot, plans for the City’s new Recycling Centre and municipal waste reduction programs. Live entertainment and refreshments will be available.
Uncover Your Creeks: Citizen Science
Meet at Jim Lorimer Park, one block south of the Gilmore Skytrain station, Saturday, June 8, 10am to noon.
Brought to you by Evergreen, you can become a citizen scientist along with your fellow community members! Learn about local ecology, planting native plants and monitoring water quality in nearby Still Creek. RSVP to Sharon Johal at email@example.com.
Eagle Creek, community stewardship event
Saturday, June 8, noon to 3pm. Greystone Shopping Plaza, 1601 Burnwood Drive.
Join us for a creek clean-up, storm drain marking (weather permitting) and learn about the ecology of Eagle Creek. All members of the public are welcome. This event is sponsored by the Eagle Creek Streamkeepers Society, residents of Greystone Village and Geography Student Union at Simon Fraser University.
Visit a new display of public art called ‘Mapping Where We Live’
Beginning Saturday, June 8, at the Edmonds Skytrain / Bus Loop station.
Mapping Where We Live is a project led by the Stream of Dreams Mural Society with Byrne Creek Secondary School students who have created community maps and artwork that show the connection between their neighbourhood and the Byrne Creek watershed. The artwork will be on display in the bus shelter area for 1–2 years.
Burnaby Garage Sale Day Event
Saturday, June 8, 9am to 1pm, community-wide.
Enjoy exploring private garage sales throughout the City or register and host your own! A list of participating locations will be available on the City’s website and in local newspapers.
Car Trunk Sale – Environment Week Edition
Saturday, June 8, 9am to 2pm. Bill Copeland Sports Centre.
Call 604-297-4521 to register as a seller. Admission is free for buyers. More information.
Saturday, June 8, 9am to 12:30pm. Willingdon Community Centre, 1491 Carleton Avenue, just off of Gilmore Avenue and Douglas Road.
The Environment Week edition of the Kidstuff Swapmeet encourages waste reduction and reuse of children’s clothes, toys and other items. For more information, call 604-297-4526 or view this page.
OTHER ENVIRONMENT WEEK EVENTS / ACTIVITIES
Themed Displays, Environment Week, Burnaby Public Libraries
Burnaby’s public libraries will be coordinating displays for this year’s Environment Week theme: Nature in the City.
Bike to Work Week, May 27 to June 2
This annual event takes place across Metro Vancouver and is organized by HUB (formerly the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition). Burnaby residents are encouraged to take part and win prizes! To register, visit www.biketoworkmetrovan.ca.
Commuter Challenge, June 2 to 9
Hosted by Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, (BEST), Burnaby residents are encouraged try an alternative mode of transportation for travelling to work at least once during this week, such as public transit, bicycle, car-pooling, or e-commuting. Register as an individual or your workplace. More information at www.commuterchallengebc.ca.