|Celebrate Earth Day through stewardship at Burnaby Lake.|
I've mentioned in previous posts that I spent my first Earth Day in Belize. There were a lot of firsts, on that trip: first international travel trip outside of Canada and the USA, the first time I ever paddled a sea kayak, my first time in a cave, my first time seeing wild parrots, and a few others.
I'd never even heard of Earth Day before that. It had been around for 21 years at that point but I'd never heard of it.
It's grown even more since then, spreading around the world with events aimed at celebrating it, creating awareness about the earth and conservation, and participating in events that help the earth.
There are numerous national, regional, and local events that take place during the weekend closest to April 22. Ranging from national organizations like the Nature Conservancy, to smaller local groups like the Burns Bog Society and everything in-between plan events that take place over the weekend.
This year, it falls on a Saturday, and locally in Vancouver, there are several events set for both Saturday and Sunday.
Obviously it's possible to go to every event, but it's certainly doable to go to one event each day.
Highlighted here are a couple of local events taking place in B.C.'s Lower Mainland this weekend.
Earth Day Paddle, Richmond, B.C.
This takes place Sunday afternoon, in the Delta Nature Reserve, B.C. (just outside Vancouver). It's going to involve an easy walk through the wetland, and some music performed by special guests. Performers will sing, drum, and dance as we walk through the reserve. You don't need to register in advance, just show up. Details are available at the society's website and Facebook page.
A nature tour through Burns Bog from two years ago.
Those are just a few examples of events going on in and around Vancouver for Earth Day 2017. There are many others, including a parade, other stewardship events, and outdoor photography courses/workshops. If you Google "earth day events in Metro Vancouver" you'll get plenty from which to choose.