All events are free!
2016 programs will start again soon! We are offering an inspiring line up of nature programs this year and will travel to some locations further off the North Shore, so watch for the 2016 Calendar at www.elderscouncilforparks.org for further details and registration information.
We are pleased to introduce Natalia Pisarek, a Capilano University Recreation Management student who will be planning 3 programs and volunteering with the Elders on archival and other projects as part of her curriculum. She will be the programmer for Mountain Stories Along the Trail, where we will travel through time and meet several historical and contemporary characters along the trail. Participants will interact with storytellers and collect artifacts to weave the story together.
At Golden Ears Provincial Park, we will meet naturalist extraordinaire Al Grass, who will highlight the amazing flora and fauna along the Spirea Trail.
We are partnering with Parkgate Community Centre on 2 trips so we have a bus for easy travel at minimal cost: Rocky Point Park in Port Moody is a lovely area, rich in cultural and natural history. Enjoy a walk along the mudflat boardwalk to bring us close to nature in its finest. Meet Elder’s Director Bill Henwood to learn why Admiralty Point was preserved as a National Park.
Join Friends of Cypress Provincial Park for a close-up look at the wildflowers. This park stewardship group will lead us through an area of breathtaking natural beauty to examine its subalpine flora at Yew Lake where rare wildflowers always amaze us.
We are delighted to have renown local photographer, Mike Wakefield, leading us through local natural wonderlands for a nature photography workshop.
In partnership with Parkgate Library, I am thrilled that Phil Henderson of Strix Environmental Consulting, will present photos and stories from “An Old-School Naturalist: Glenn Roderick Ryder (1938-2013)”. Phil and Wayne Campbell from the Biodiversity Centre for Wildlife Studies celebrated and commemorated this amazing naturalist by writing this book which shares Glenn Ryder’s stories and profound respect for the natural world. Register at 604-929-3727 ext. 8166. Program on Friday Oct. 14th at 11 a.m. Then we will go on a short nature walk along Old Buck Trail to the Heritage Centre.
Focused on the intrinsic connections between art and nature, two programs will inspire us: Bring your drawing pencils and sketch book for an Outdoor Drawing Workshop With Janna Kumi at Dinky Peak in Mount Seymour Provincial Park. For Culture Days, Trevor Carolan will present a 30 minute Documentary Film: “Power Ground-The Life and Breath of the World”. Acclaimed Cascadian writers and ecologists re-think how we can win back the Earth in a time of eco-crisis.
So come enjoy nature with us, socialize and stay inspired!
2015 Programs have started again! For full details please see the below link.
The Elders Council for Parks in BC have launched community intervention to help improve the BC Parks system. The hope is that The Parks Collaborative – Victoria program can bring the community together for financial and technical support to supplement the provincial government’s contributions. They have chosen 10 projects to complete over 2 years in 42 provincial parks around southern Vancouver Island to help create a legacy for future generations.
We are pleased to report that as of January 3th 2013 the Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia became a Canadian registered charity! Donations are welcome to further our objective.
The Elders Council for Parks has partnered up with Global Parks for international volunteering opportunities. Check out the Volunteer section of our website for more details on opportunities!