On October 21st we were lucky enough to connect with Earth Ranger Landon, a local member of the youth-focused environmental education group, Earth Rangers. Does the name sound familiar? We hope so! Earth Rangers is a youth-based Canadian non-profit that focuses on environmental education and conservation. Although the organization headquarters are in Ontario, programs and membership are offered nation wide. Earth Ranger Landon was one of the many tree-planters that came out to Campbell Valley Regional Park on a rainy Saturday morning for an EcoBlitz event.
Despite the dreary weather and muddy terrain, Landon arrived with a positive attitude and a penchant to plant. At the young age of 3 and a half, Landon quickly blew us away with his dedication to the environment and his concentration to the task at hand. We are happy to report that Landon planted upwards of 10 trees with the help of his mother.
Landon’s mother, Stefeni, told us that Landon has been working on multiple projects to fulfill his duties as an Earth Ranger. These projects include recycling batteries around his house, making changes to the household lighting system and raising money for the conservation of salamander habitat in Quebec. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with local Earth Rangers and wish Landon the best of luck with his environmental endeavors.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about Earth Rangers click here.
How did we Partner with Earth Rangers?
This partnership was made possible through the generous support of the Schad Foundation, an environmental charity that provides Earth Rangers with funding to cover program development and general operations, but their generosity does not stop there. The Foundation has also provided Pacific Parklands Foundation with grants for EcoBlitz in 2016 and 2017.
The Schad Foundation saw an opportunity to engage local Earth Rangers in EcoBlitz events and we were immediately on board. A community stewardship event like EcoBlitz provided a great forum to engage and connect with West Coast Earth Rangers.
Special thanks go to Amy Cross and the Schad Foundation for supporting EcoBlitz and Roy Teo (Stewardship Technician, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks) for hosting the wetland planting on the 21st. Members of A Rocha Canada and the Langley Leo Club also attended the event, making quick work of all the planting. Thanks to everyone who came out to help increase wetland habitat and improve habitat connectivity in Campbell Valley!
How can you get Involved?
EcoBlitz is an annual two-week stewardship event that happens every fall. During this time members of the public are invited to participate in tree planting events and invasive pulls throughout the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks system. Stay tuned in August 2018 for more details.
Still looking for an opportunity to get your hands dirty? Check out the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Ecological Restoration Team on Meetup. This page will be your one-stop guide for all stewardship opportunities in the regional parks.
Want to Make a Difference in Metro Vancouver Regional Parks?
All of these events require support from the community. On top of volunteer time, funding is needed to purchase plants and enhance operations. A donation to Pacific Parklands Foundation is an investment into the conservation and enhancement of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. The best part is that 100% of your donation is distributed to the park system and we send you a charitable tax receipt. Make a donation here.