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7 December 2023 @ 10:00 am 11:15 am PST

Location: Stanley Park Pavilion

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We know that late summer brings the most abundance of delicious berries for humans and animals alike, but have you ever wondered about berries that grow in the colder winter months? Join SPES Staff Andy Ferguson to learn how to identify colder season berries like snowberries, mountain ash, and holly. Find out how animals forage on these winter food sources and why “yew” should shy away from the colourful red “berries” of the western yew tree! There will be no harvesting permitted during this program.   


Andy is SPES’s Stewardship Coordinator and organizes all of SPES’s restoration activities and stewardship programs in Stanley Park. He studied at the University of British Columbia where he received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Conservation and has worked with a mix of private sector, non-profit, and governmental organizations in environmental restoration efforts throughout the Lower Mainland of BC.


Accessibility notes: This program requires moving at a moderate pace with moderate inclines on some uneven surfaces, including short flights of stairs. We will end in Lost Lagoon, please allow yourself to travel back. If you have any questions or input about accessibility, please email Anna at publiced@stanleyparkecology.ca      


This program will meet at the Stanley Park Dining Pavilion (located between the Stanley Park Rose Garden and the Bus Loop) and end in Lost Lagoon. Please arrive 5 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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