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28 October 2023 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm PDT

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Learn to make Charcoal pencils from Himalayan Blackberry + Black Locust sourced from local restoration sites and learn about these two invasive plants and their impacts on the ecology of Metro Vancouver. Stick around after the workshop for some nature journalling, all supplies and journalling paper will be provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbooks. This workshop requires the use of knives for carving, ages 16 and up are welcome. 


Joshua Ralph is a community-engaged media and eco-artist residing in so-called “Vancouver”. Over the past year, he has been working throughout Southwest BC, delivering programming on rendering invasive plants sourced from local restoration sites to useable art supplies. Aiming to provide sustainable and accessible art making materials to community and youth. His media artwork focuses on the natural world, highlighting the interwoven relationships between species and environment, with films having competed in Ottawa International Animation Festival and Innsbruck Nature Film Festival. He can often be seen biking around Richmond and looking at birds. 


Accessibility notes: This program is a stationary outdoor workshop. The program location can be accessed by sidewalk. There are public washrooms available at the site. If you have any questions or input about accessibility, please email Anna at publiced@stanleyparkecology.ca     


This program will meet at the Second Beach Picnic Shelter (click here for the exact location on Google Maps). Please arrive 10 minutes early to sign in.   (1) (2) (3) (4)    

Terms and conditions    

(1) Registration required - NO DROP-INS ARE ALLOWED.  Fees for this program are based on a sliding scale – you choose what you pay!       

(2) Weather dependent - Please check your email 12 hours before the program date and time to confirm it has not been cancelled due to inclement weather such as high winds, heavy rain, or extreme heat.        

(3) Program Availability – Program full or you cannot attend this day or time?   Sign up here to be notified when the program runs in the future.        

(4) Cancellation policy – We refund cancellations due to illness to keep everyone healthy, but the number of recent cancellations is impacting our capacity to run these programs. If you must cancel, please let us know if you need a refund or if you are able to help us offer affordable programs for the public by donating your registration fee. (This is one way we can all subsidize programs in this changing economic climate and ensure these programs are available on a sliding scale.)  


We gratefully acknowledge that the land on which we gather and help steward is the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation. Since time immemorial, Coast Salish peoples have lived reciprocally with the land, harvesting and cultivating foods and medicines and practicing ceremony. The abundance of these lands and waters, which enables us to live, work, and play here today, is a result of the past and on-going stewardship and advocacy of the Coast Salish peoples.     

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