Earth Day blows in!

Those who came out for our Stanley Park Earth Day Celebration on April 27 were literally blown away by the number of activities, walks, volunteer opportunities, and cookies… as well as by the high-speed winds that turned a sunny day a little more interesting.

Strong winds hit Stanley Park on Earth Day, taking down branches and forcing the re-location of our planting activities. (Photo: SPES)

Wayne Williams Horne and Anastasia Nahanee led us off with a Coast Salish welcome with powerful songs carried by this wind, and Vancouver Park Board Commissioner Camil Dumont also stepped up with a joyous speech for the occasion.

Wayne Williams Horne and Anastasia Nahanee sing traditional Coast Salish songs to kick off our Earth Day celebration in Stanley Park. (Photo: SPES)

Participants wandered through the tables of various partner presenters – thanks to Nature Kids BC and Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver for sharing their knowledge, and to EartHand Gleaners for again hosting a creative weaving with plants activity. SPUD and Ethical Bean filled out our refreshments table laden with coffee, bananas, and SPES-made Earth cookies, while Stanley Park Brewing, a valuable SPES sponsor, showcased their tasty brews.

Children in the audience took part in various family activities like crafts promoting Bird Week, an interactive music space by Barbara Shaw, and a reading nook with a book on bees by Josiane Vlitos. We thank our event sponsor One Tree Planted and all of our partners, volunteers, and participants for making our celebration happen, and we’re looking forward to an even more fun and festive Earth Day bash next year!

The Day in Numbers:

Participants: Over 140

Cookies served: 300

Plants planted: 1432

Walks delivered: 5

Ecological sites stewarded: 4

Weaving projects woven: 3

Tents set up: 0

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