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Environment Week

Burnaby 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.

2016 Environment Week ~ Saturday, May 28 to Sunday, June 12

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

A complete schedule of events and activities is presented below, or view the event poster.

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

THE MAIN EVENT ~ ENVIRONMENT FESTIVAL!

SATURDAY, MAY 28

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

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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!

The City is excited to welcome the BC Recycles Summer Ambassador Tour to Burnaby Environment Festival as they begin their journey across British Columbia. Come and learn how easy it is to recycle most household products.

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And to demonstrate just how easy recycling is, 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 ½ hourly festival prize draws. 

Parking: If arriving at City Hall by car, keep in mind that the parking lot may be crowded. Please consider parking across the street at Burnaby Central High School and walking the short distance across Deer Lake Parkway to the festival and Farmers Market. 


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

SATURDAY, MAY 28

The Invasive Side of Deer Lake Park

10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Meet at the West Building at City Hall, Barcode: 405389
Registration is required. To celebrate the first ever Invasive Species Month in BC, Burnaby is hosting a free invasive species nature walk around Deer Lake. Join the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver and Burnaby Staff as we walk around learn about the Invasive Side of Deer Lake Park. We will discuss invasive species, ID invasive plants and wildlife in our Parks, and find out what you can do to ‘Stop the Spread’.

To register, contact any Burnaby Recreation Centre, or visit www.burnaby.ca/webreg and provide the barcode noted above. Participants must be able to walk 4km. This event is rain or shine; please dress appropriately. Bring water and snacks.

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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. Vendors selling local foods and produce, food trucks – what more can you ask for! Plan to visit both events!

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 papers.


SUNDAY, MAY 29

Birding by Ear Workshop

9:00-11:00 AM, Barcode (395185), Burnaby Lake Pavilion, 6871 Roberts Street
Registration is required. If you are a burgeoning birder interested in learning to identify birds by ear, then this interactive workshop is for you. Biologist Robyn Worcester will provide an indoor introduction to the art and science of bird song at Burnaby Lake Pavilion. After you are supplied with the skills and resources you’ll need, we’ll head for a walk outside to listen for birds. To register, contact any Burnaby Recreation Centre, or visit www.Burnaby.ca/webreg and provide the barcode noted above.

3rd Annual Historical Walking Tour of Upper Still Creek Watershed (new tour route this year)

10:00 AM-12:00 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. Up to May 1, the tour route is subject to change. Check back for the latest updates.

Meet at Swangard Stadium in Central Park, at the playground beside the east parking lot accessed off of Kingsway. There is free parking near Patterson SkyTrain station, an 8 minute walk away. Parking may be limited at Swangard Stadium because of a major festival underway that weekend.

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.

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Join the Still Moon Arts Society and the City of Burnaby on a tour of Upper Still Creek watershed by walking and transit. The tour is planned to begin at Swangard Stadium in Central Park, which are the historical headwaters of Still Creek watershed. After a short bus ride westbound on Kingsway (the cost of transit will be covered for participants), we will leave the bus to visit a new development (Skyway Towers) and public art installation that recognizes the historic presence of a major tributary of Still Creek that is now beneath the ground. We will then follow the historic path of this tributary northward a short distance to the 29th Avenue SkyTrain Station and the start of Renfrew Ravine.

The ravine is where this tributary met the main stem of Still Creek, which presently exists as an open stream in the bottom of the ravine. We will tour the ravine and community art installations, ending at Renfrew Community Centre. Participants are then free to use transit or walking to get back to their starting destinations. 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.

Mandarin Language Nature Tour, Central Park

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2:00-4:00 PM, Meet at Burnaby Central Park, Kingsway entrance washrooms (3815 Kingsway)
Mr. Joseph Lin of the Green Club will lead a public nature tour, in the Mandarin language, of Central Park discussing the flora, fauna, and how to protect the environment. Mr. Lin is the founding President of the Lower Mainland based Green Club.

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MONDAY, MAY 30

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 portfolio award given to wildlife photographers between the ages of 18 to 25 years in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. The awarded images are part of a world-touring exhibition that includes Victoria's Royal BC Museum. 


THURSDAY, JUNE 2

Guided Canoe Trips on Deer Lake

Session 1: 6:00-7:00 PM, Barcode 403960. Session 2 (Sorry, FULL) : 7:15-8:15 PM, Barcode 403961. Meet at Deer Lake Park, parking lot off of Sperling Avenue
Registration opens May 1.  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.


FRIDAY, JUNE 3

Burnaby Environmental Documentary Film Screening

Cameron Recreation Centre, 9523 Cameron Street, doors open at 6:45 PM, film starts at 7:00 PM.

BROKE – Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion – is pleased to present the following documentary film for public viewing: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (Full Documentary, 2015, 40 minutes). This will be the first of two screenings of this film by BROKE.


SUNDAY, JUNE 5

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Burnaby Lake Park Association, Weedbusters Event

1:00-4:00 PM, meet at the Avalon parking lot, Burnaby Lake Regional Park (9100 Avalon Avenue, off of Cariboo Road)
Join the Burnaby Lake Park Association (BLPA) at their Weedbusters events and help them remove invasive plants from Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Like the BLPA on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to keep up to date with their activities @BurnabyLakePark. Any questions: contact the BLPA by email: info@BurnabyLakePark.ca  


TUESDAY, JUNE 7

SORRY, FULL - Guided Canoe Trips on Deer Lake

Session 1: 6:00-7:00 PM, Barcode 403962. Session 2: 7:15-8:15 PM, Barcode 403963. Meet at Deer Lake Park, parking lot off of Sperling Avenue
Registration opens May 1 at 7am.  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. 


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8

Burnaby Food Matters: Food for Today; Food for the Future

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby.

Two sessions: Registration and Displays (1:15-2:00 PM), Afternoon Session (2:00-5:00 PM), Nourish and Network (5:00-6:00 PM), Evening Session (5:00-8:30 PM). Participants are welcome to register for one or both of the Forum sessions. Registration details.

BURNABY FOOD FIRST invites members of the public to attend the second Burnaby Food Forum. Learn about local programs and projects, be inspired by great ideas for the future of food, learn about how you can make change where you live, work, play, volunteer and learn, discuss why food is important and how it helps us and our communities stay healthy. For more information, please email burnabyfoodfirst@gmail.com.


FRIDAY, JUNE 10

Burnaby Environmental Documentary Film Screening

Bob Prittie Metrotown Library Branch, 6100 Willingdon Avenue, doors open at 6:45 PM, film starts at 7:00 PM.

BROKE – Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion – is pleased to present the following documentary film for public viewing: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (Full Documentary, 2015, 40 minutes). This will be the second of two screenings of this film by BROKE.


SATURDAY, JUNE 11

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.

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Open 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.

Car Trunk Sale – Environment Week Edition

9:00 AM-2:00 PM, Bill Copeland Sports Centre, 3676 Kensington Avenue
Shop for bargains and treasures! Free admission for buyers. 

Used Kidstuff Sales – Environment Week Edition

9:00 AM-1:00 PM, Willingdon Community Centre, 1491 Carleton Avenue
Sell maternity clothes and used items for children under 13. Free admission for buyers. Sellers can call 604-297-4526 for information. Table rentals are $20.  


SUNDAY, JUNE 12

Great Blue Heron Colony Tour

10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Barcode (395186)
Registration is required.  Experience a large Great Blue Heron colony at the height of the season in Deer Lake Park. Join biologist Robyn Worcester to learn more about the triumphs and trials that the heron families face throughout the season through a short indoor presentation at the Burnaby Village Museum followed by a firsthand look at the nesting birds on a tour of the colony. To register, contact any Burnaby Recreation Centre, or visit www.Burnaby.ca/webreg and provide the barcode noted above.

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Burnaby Lake Park Association, Weedbusters Event

1:00-4:00 PM, meet at the Avalon parking lot, Burnaby Lake Regional Park (9100 Avalon Avenue, off of Cariboo Road)
Join the Burnaby Lake Park Association (BLPA) at their Weedbusters events and help them remove invasive plants from Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Like the BLPA on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to keep up to date with their activities @BurnabyLakePark. Any questions: contact the BLPA by email: info@BurnabyLakePark.ca


AND DON’T MISS THESE OPPORTUNITIES TO TRAVEL ‘GREEN’ DURING ENVIRONMENT WEEK

Bike to Work Week (Spring Edition)

May 30 to June 5
Brought to you by HUB: Your Cycling Connection, Bike to Work Week encourages residents and businesses to include bicycling as part of their regular work commute. Register yourself or your team and get set to win some great prizes, including a bike-a-day giveaway and a trip for 2 to Amsterdam on KLM Airlines.

Commuter Challenge

June 5 to 11
The Commuter Challenge, brought to you by BEST - Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, is a fun and friendly competition between individuals and workplaces. Participants take transit, ride share, car share, walk, cycle or work from home. By tracking their commutes online, participants see their total number of CO2 emissions avoided, fuel saved and calories burned. Find out how to register. Log your commutes and be eligible to win some great prizes.