Metro Vancouver introduced EcoBlitz in 2014 as an environmental stewardship event with the goal of restoring, enhancing, and protecting Metro Vancouver Regional Parks.
EcoBlitz events focus on stewardship activities that protect park plants, waterways and wildlife from the threat of invasive species and habitat loss.
For example, in past events volunteers created a pollinator meadow for butterflies and bees, and established an ephemeral wetland habitat for blue herons, ducks, and amphibians. How’s that for making a difference?
In two short years, EcoBlitz has grown to include over 1337 participants, seven schools, five park associations, as well as 12 community groups! In fact, 2015 expanded EcoBlitz to ten Regional Parks – a total of 23 events Metro Vancouver-wide!
In past years, simultaneous EcoBlitz events were held at:
- Crippen Regional Park, Bowen Island
- Boundary Bay, Delta
- Iona Beach, Richmond
- Pacific Spirit, Vancouver
- Campbell Valley, Langley
- Burnaby Lake, Burnaby
- Tynehead, Surrey
- Minnekhada, Coquitlam
- Kanaka Creek, Maple Ridge
What happens at an EcoBlitz event?
Well, it’s simple, really. Thousands of EcoBlitz volunteers come together to help plant native trees, shrubs and ground covers. They also remove invasive plants, garbage, and litter from our parks!
Last year alone, 6,578 native trees and shrubs were planted in our Regional Parks! Our goal for EcoBlitz 2016 is 12,000!
How can you get involved with EcoBlitz?
October is fast approaching! With so much ground to cover Metro Vancouver and EcoBlitz still need you – Volunteers – to help restore our gorgeous Regional Parks. Leave your own personal legacy by planting native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers!
You can also get involved through Pacific Parklands Foundation. This year we are supporting our friends at Metro Vancouver with our “Give a Gift That Keeps on Growing” Campaign!
Help protect and preserve our lush Regional Parks by buying trees and shrubs through Pacific Parklands Foundation which will be planted at the event – a gift that keeps on growing! The trees provide birds and other park critters with crucial spots to safely rest in shade and nest!
Here’s how it works:
- $20 – 1 Tree
- $50 – 3 Trees
- $75 – 5 Trees
- $100 – 8 Trees
Just remember, EcoBlitz is not just about planting trees, it’s about making like a tree and leaf-ing our parks better for future generations.
EcoBlitz 2016 is here, Vancouver! Let’s join Metro Vancouver Regional Parks to help our parks flourish!