Did you know that the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks host events, year-round, for families? Most of the events are free, some have a nominal charge, all of them are FUN! Check out the events coming up. Please be sure to pay attention to the venues listed, the events don’t all happen at the same place. You can find out more information on any of these programs by visiting the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks website or by calling 604-432-6359.

Burnaby |Coquitlam | Langley | Maple Ridge | North Vancouver | Surrey | Vancouver |

Burnaby:

Piper Spit Bird Count

Whether you’re just getting to know the birds in your backyard or are on the lookout for rarities, grab your binoculars and join a park interpreter to watch the seasonal changes of birds at Burnaby Lake. Registration is required; this event is intended for people aged 15+ years.
When: September 13 | October 11 | November 8, 2022
Time: 9am – 11am
Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park
Directions: Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave, Burnaby
Website: www.metrovancouver.org (Sept 13) | www.metrovancouver.org (October 11) | www.metrovancouver.org (November 8)

Christmas Bird Count for Kids

Use binoculars and a field guide to identify and report findings during this winter bird count. Learn basic birding skills at this delightful Christmas tradition. This free event is for kids aged 8-14 years. Registration is required.
When: December 4, 2022
Time: 9am – 12pm
Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park
Website: www.metrovancouver.org

Holiday Open House

Drop-in to the nature house to enjoy crafts and a complimentary hot drink and join a guided walk. This is an all-ages, drop-in event.
When: December 4, 2022
Time: 11am – 2pm
Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park
Address: 4519 Piper Avenue, Burnaby
Website: www.metrovancouver.org

Delta:

Flashlight Mysteries: The Descent into Decay

​A dark force has interrupted the wheel of life and now decay is spreading. Venture through nature’s realms to solve puzzles and save the day. Will you make it in time or will decay take over the world? Allow 1.5 – 2 hours to complete this escape room-inspired event. Bring a flashlight. Challenges designed for ages 12+. (Please leave pets at home.) This is a FREE, drop-in event.
When: October 15, 2022
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: Deas Island Regional Park
Address: 6090 Deas Island Road, Delta
Websitewww.metrovancouver.org

Langley:

Under the Microscope: Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly

Get an up-close view of the endangered Taylor’s Checkerspot butterfly with microscopes and learn from a biologist about this species and how scientists are restoring its populations. This is a FREE, all-ages, drop-in event.
When: August 28, 2022
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park
Address: 20285 8th Avenue, Langley
Websitewww.metrovancouver.org

Once Upon a Field

Peer into grasslands that once were fields to discover the stories of the furry and feathered animals that live and hunt there. Walk like a coyote through a grass maze to find prey, or swoop into a heritage barn to learn how barn owls live. Enjoy fun activities with community partners, dance to live music and munch at a food truck. This is a FREE, all-ages, drop-in event.
When: September 10, 2022
Time: 11am – 3pm
Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park
Address: 20285 8th Avenue, Langley
Websitewww.metrovancouver.org

Heritage and Apple Day

Enjoy fiddlers and historians, try your hand at an apple-peeling contest and pollinator activities, and sample a variety of apples. This is a FREE, all-ages, drop-in event.
When: October 1, 2022
Time: 11am – 2pm
Where: Derby Reach Regional Park
Address: Meet in Heritage Area, 10716 Allard Crescent, Langley
Websitewww.metrovancouver.org

Maple Ridge:

In Your Wildest Streams

Check out displays and presentations. Tour indoor and outdoor learning spaces including the Bell-Irving Hatchery, ‘Roof to Creek’ stormwater management system and wetlands. Learn basic water monitoring techniques, as well as how to identify certain aquatic macroinvertebrates and their roles as stream health indicators. This is a FREE, all-ages event.
When: September 11, 2022
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park
Address: Meet at 11450 256th Street, Maple Ridge
Websitewww.metrovancouver.org

Kanaka Connections World Rivers Day

Celebrate World Rivers Day with activities and displays about the history and importance of Kanaka Creek. This is a FREE, all-ages event.
When: September 11, 2022
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park
Address: Meet at Fraser Riverfront, 23200 River Road, Maple Ridge
Websitewww.metrovancouver.org

Return of the Salmon

​Cheer on the salmon returning home to spawn in Kanaka Creek. Check out a salmon dissection and chat with fisheries experts from the Bell-Irving Hatchery. This is a FREE, all-ages event.
When: October 23, 2022
Time: 11am – 2pm
Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park
Address: Meet at 11450 256th Street, Maple Ridge
Websitewww.metrovancouver.org

North Vancouver:

Coho Commotion

​Each fall, coho salmon complete an epic journey to return to their birthplace, change colour and other aspects of their physical appearance – all in order to mate and make salmon babies. Get up close and personal with wild salmon and find out wow facts about their extraordinary lives. (Please leave pets at home.) This is a free, all-ages, drop-in event.
When: October 22, 2022
Time: 10:30am – 2pm
Where: Capilano River Regional Park
Address: meet near the Capilano River Hatchery, 4500 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Websitewww.metrovancouver.org

Richmond:

Wings Over Iona

Learn about one of nature’s wonders – the fall migration of shorebirds, songbirds and other avians as they journey from northern breeding grounds to warmer habitats in the south. Take part in a bird walk, watch bird banders work their magic or try other activities to get a glimpse into the life of an avian world traveller. This is a free, all-ages, drop-in event.
When: September 17, 2022
Time: 11am – 2pm
Where: Iona Beach Regional Park
Address: 900 Ferguson Road, Richmond
Websitewww.metrovancouver.org

Surrey:

Creatures the Glow-in-the-Park

See the forest in a whole new light. Set out with a park interpreter to search for owls and insects and delve into their secret world where they glow under UV light. Registration required. This event is for individuals aged 9+ and there is a small cost per person.
When: August 26, 2022
Time: 8pm – 9:30pm
Where: Tynehead Regional Park
Address: Meet at 96th Ave entrance by Tynehead Hatchery, Surrey
Websitewww.metrovancouver.org

Light Up the Night (2-part program)

Join Metro Vancouver Regional Parks for a two-part program: an online workshop to make a lantern and then bring your lantern to the in-park night walk.

Online workshop (Nov 2nd from 7-8pm): Follow along with a park interpreter to make your own lantern at home.

In-park Lantern Walk (Nov 4 from 6-9pm): Celebrate and light up the night with your loved ones on a special 1.5 km lantern-lit trail. Meander through this peaceful salmon rainforest while watching for ‘magical’ animal lanterns. This small intimate experience will give you time to reflect and take in the beauty of nature at night.

This is an all-ages event and there is a $20 per household (max 6 people) fee.
When: Nov 2 and 4, 2022
Time: 7-8pm (Nov 2) | 6-9pm (Nov 4)
Where: Tynehead Regional Park
Address: Meet at 96th Ave entrance by Tynehead Hatchery, Surrey
Websitewww.metrovancouver.org

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