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Environment Week

Environment Week imageBurnaby Environment Week is an annual week-long program of environmentally-themed community activities held in early June to coincide with Canadian Environment Week. City staff and our community partners aim to deliver activities that are family oriented, informative and encourage community participation.

2015 Environment Week ~ Saturday, May 30 to Saturday, June 6

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

A complete schedule of events and activities is presented below.

Have any questions? Just contact the City of Burnaby Planning Department at 604-294-7400 or planning@burnaby.ca.

THE MAIN EVENT ~ ENVIRONMENT FESTIVAL!

SATURDAY, MAY 30

9:00 AM-2:00 PM, Burnaby City Hall, in the outer courtyard, 4949 Canada Way

This is a free public event with environmental displays, live blue grass music by 5 on a String, prize draws, face painting, tours of the nearby Great Blue Heron colony, and many other activities for kids. The weekly Burnaby Farmers Market is nearby in the north parking lot. Plan to attend both events! Prize draws at the Environment Festival will include Farmers Market dollars that can be spent the same day!

logoNEW THIS YEAR! ElectroRecycle—BC’s small appliance and power tool recycling program—will host a free drop off site at Environment Festival as part of a city-wide collection drive to raise awareness that small appliances and power tools can be recycled and not discarded. Bring an acceptable item for recycling and receive an automatic entry into the festival prize draws.


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. Check out the Burnaby Bike Map for more information.

AND DON'T MISS THESE EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK

FarmersMarket

SATURDAY, MAY 30

Burnaby Farmers' Market

9:00 AM-2:00 PM, Burnaby City Hall, 4949 Canada Way
The Farmers Market happens at the same time and place as Environment Festival.
Plan to visit both events!

imageOpen House - Burnaby Eco-Centre / Recycling Depot

10:00 AM-2:00 PM, 4855 Still Creek Drive
Learn about what we accept, where materials go, and help close the loop on Food Scraps Recycling by picking up a bag of free compost. Limit of 2 bags of compost per residential property (proof of Burnaby residency required). Limited supplies available, first come, first served.

Burnaby Garage Sale Day Event

9:00 AM-1:00 PM, community-wide
Enjoy exploring private garage sales throughout the City or register and host your own!
A list of participating locations will be available at www.burnaby.ca/garagesale and in local newspapers.

Stream Stewardship and Creek Clean-up, Greystone Village Shopping Plaza

10:00 AM-2:00 PM, meet at the breezeway at the corner of Burnwood and Greystone Drive
Join the residents and businesses of Greystone Village and the Eagle Creek Streamkeepers for a fun filled community event. Meet at the breezeway at the Greystone Village Shopping Plaza at the corner of Burnwood and Greystone Drive. Participants will learn about stream stewardship, storm drain marking (weather permitting) and the ecology of Eagle Creek, one of Burnaby’s most ecologically significant streams.

Forest Grove Garden Workshop, brought to you by Sprouting Chefs

1:30-3:00 PM, Forest Grove Elementary School, Community Garden, 8525 Forest Grove Drive
Registration for this event is required. Please contact the Burnaby Planning Department at 604-294-7420 or planning@burnaby.ca to register for the Forest Grove Garden Workshop.

logoBarb McMahon, founder of Sprouting Chefs leads this workshop, which takes place at Forest Grove Elementary School’s edible garden. This garden was established as the School District’s first edible garden in 2011. Participants will learn what grows best in the surrounding area of Burnaby by touring the garden, how to create a raised bed in your back yard for ‘lasagna gardening’ – a form of organic, no till gardening, and the Top 10 vegetables that kids love to grow and eat.

Mandarin Language Nature Tour, Deer Lake Park

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3:00-5:00 PM, departing from the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue
Mr. Joseph Lin of the Green Club will lead a public nature tour, in the Mandarin language, of Deer Lake Park discussing the watershed, flora, fauna, and how to protect the environment. Mr. Lin is the founding President of the Lower Mainland based Green Club. This event is hosted by the Tzu Chi Foundation of Burnaby. Meet inside the Shadbolt Centre by Encores Café. Tour will depart at 3:00 PM sharp.

Mandarin Language Nature Tour


SUNDAY, MAY 31

Forests, Wetlands and Snakeheads – Oh My!

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Barcode 358444, Central Park
Registration is required. This tour is part of the series of nature walks offered by the City of Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services. The tour will be led by Pamela Zevit, Program Coordinator for the South Coast Conservation Program. Participants will tour the park and learn about the ecology of Central Park and local wildlife. To register, contact any Burnaby Recreation Centre, or visit www.Burnaby.ca/webreg and provide the barcode noted above.

2nd Annual Historical Walking Tour of Upper Still Creek Watershed

12:30-2:30 PM, departing from Swangard Stadium
Registration for this tour is required. Please contact the Burnaby Planning Department at 604-294-7420 or by email at planning@burnaby.ca to register.

Meet at Swangard Stadium in Central Park, at the playground beside the east parking lot accessed off of Kingsway. There is pay parking at this location or free parking near Patterson SkyTrain station, an 8 minute walk away.

Bring weather appropriate clothing and footwear and water if you get thirsty. Part of the tour will follow a path next to the stream, which may be muddy, depending on recent weather.

logoJoin the Still Moon Arts Society and the City of Burnaby on a historic tour of Upper Still Creek watershed by Skytrain and walking. The tour will begin at Swangard Stadium in Central Park, which are the historical headwaters of Still Creek watershed. After a short Skytrain ride (the cost of transit will be covered for participants.), participants will tour historic Collingwood neighbourhood and Renfrew Ravine on foot, ending at a recently enhanced area of Still Creek near Grandview Highway. Tour participants will learn about the historical and ecological context of Upper Still Creek watershed. A key narrative will be the health of the watershed and the recent return of salmon to spawn in Still Creek.

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Weed Busters at Burnaby Lake, Burnaby Lake Park Association

1:00-4:00 PM. Meet in the Avalon Avenue parking lot off of Cariboo Road at east end of lake
Help the Burnaby Lake Park Association remove invasive species—non-native plants that have established and replaced native species. Learn why these species are harmful to the park. Be prepared to work off trails in the woods so wear sturdy footwear and old or gardening clothes, preferably long sleeves and long pants. We work in all types of weather so come prepared. We provide tools and refreshments. If you want more information, e-mail info@burnabylakepark.ca or visit www.burnabylakepark.ca.


MONDAY, JUNE 1

Wildlife Photography Workshop with Connor Stefanison

6:30 PM to just after sunset (9:30 PM), meet at Piper Spit boardwalk, Burnaby Lake Regional Park (end of Piper Avenue, off Winston Street)

What to bring: camera, long and short lenses (or whatever you have), flash (optional), tripod (optional), bird seed (optional), appropriate clothing for the weather

This workshop offers tips and advice for aspiring nature and wildlife photographers of all interest and experience levels. Participants learn the basics of creating pleasing wildlife images by focusing on aspects such as composition, lighting, lens selection, and creative techniques.

Connor Stefanison is a Burnaby based wildlife photographer of considerable renown. He is a recent recipient of an international award given to aspiring youth wildlife photographers between the ages of 22 to 26 years in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. The awarded images were part of a world-touring exhibition that included Victoria's Royal BC Museum.


TUESDAY, JUNE 2

SORRY, FULL - Guided Canoe Trips on Deer Lake

Session 1: 6:00-7:00 PM, Barcode 367994. Session 2: 7:15-8:15 PM, Barcode 367995. Meet at Deer Lake Park, parking lot off of Sperling Avenue
Registration opens May 4. Pre-registration 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, or visit www.Burnaby.ca/webreg and provide the barcode noted above.

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Weed Busters at Burnaby Lake, Burnaby Lake Park Association

6:30-8:30 PM, meet in the Avalon Avenue parking lot off of Cariboo Road at east end of lake
Help the Burnaby Lake Park Association remove invasive species—non-native plants that have established and replaced native species. Learn why these species are harmful to the park. Be prepared to work off trails in the woods so wear sturdy footwear and old or gardening clothes, preferably long sleeves and long pants. We work in all types of weather so come prepared. We provide tools and refreshments. If you want more information, e-mail info@burnabylakepark.ca or visit www.burnabylakepark.ca.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3

National Clean Air Day

Clean Air Day aims to raise awareness and encourage action on air pollution and climate change. Clean Air Day will be promoted as part of the Commuter Challenge, including an information display at City Hall.

Gather & Grow in the SFU Learning Garden

11:00 AM-1:00 PM, at Simon Fraser University, between the SFU Theatre and Academic Quadrangle
Interested in urban gardening? Join Sustainable SFU and Shifting Growth Garden Society at the SFU Learning Garden for some food, music and child friendly educational activities. Learn about urban gardening and exciting community initiatives underway.

Eco-Sculpture Planting Activity

11:30-1:30 PM, Burnaby City Hall, 4949 Canada Way
City of Burnaby Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services will host an Eco-Sculpture planting activity at City Hall in the outer courtyard.


photoTHURSDAY, JUNE 4

Beautiful Byrne Creek

7:00 PM, Tommy Douglas Library, 7311 Kingsway
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 5

Tour Covanta Burnaby’s Energy from Waste Facility

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12:00-1:15 PM, 5150 Riverbend Drive
Registration for this tour is required. Please contact the Burnaby Planning Department at 604-294-7420 or by email at planning@burnaby.ca to register.

Participate in a guided tour of Metro Vancouver’s waste to energy facility. Limited number of tour spots available. 

Burnaby Environmental Documentary Film Screening

Tommy Douglas Library, 7311 Kingsway, doors open at 6:15 PM, film at 6:30 PM

BROKE – Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion – is pleased to present the documentary film ‘White Water Black Gold’.  The film is an investigative point-of view documentary that follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world’s thirstiest oil industry: the Tarsands.

The filmmaker, David Lavalle, will be in attendance to discuss the film, his next project and to show its trailer.

White Water Black Gold has received the following awards:  Best Canadian Film at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, Winner of the Platinum Award at the Oregon Film Awards, and Winner of the John Muir Award at the Yosemite Film Festival.


SATURDAY, JUNE 6

Car Trunk Sale – Environment Week Edition

9:00 AM-1:00 PM, Bill Copeland Sports Centre, 3676 Kensington Avenue
Shop for bargains and treasures! Free admission.


SATURDAY, JUNE 13

Uncover Your Creeks: Citizen Science, Evergreen BC

9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Jim Lorimer Park, near Gilmore SkyTrain Station
Evergreen delivers the Uncover Your Creeks Program, which encourages Burnaby residents to participate in stream stewardship and the growing movement of ‘citizen scientists’ who are monitoring their streams and watersheds across North America. Learn about ecology and receive hands on training for managing invasive plants, planting native plants and monitoring water quality in Chub Creek. Gloves, tools and refreshments provided.


OTHER ENVIRONMENT WEEK EVENTS / ACTIVITIES

Bike to Work Week, May 25-31

This annual event takes place across Metro Vancouver and is organized by HUB: Your Cycling Connection. Burnaby residents are encouraged to take part and win prizes! Registration details » 

Commuter Challenge, May 31-June 6

Hosted by Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST), Burnaby residents are encouraged to 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 at www.commuterchallengebc.ca.