PPF E-News December 2019

Picture Perfect Parks

Whether you’re inspired by wildlife, stunning landscapes or your dog in a tiny Santa hat (and on a leash!) in our regional parks; we have the perfect contest for you! To celebrate the end of 2019 and a full year of nature adventures, submission is now open for your best picture of our regional parks. The winner will be featured in our March Newsletter and receive 4 Capilano Suspension Bridge Tickets! 

To enter follow this link: , or find the page under our ‘Contact’ dropdown.

Tell us why you love your, photo and our regional parks, and send us your original photo. We are looking forward to seeing the regional parks through your eyes!

Sunrise at Camosun Bog – 2015 Winner

Baby Sandhill Crane in the wildfire smoke at Burnaby Lake – 2015 Second Place Winner

Board on Broadcast

Pacific Parklands got a taste for fame recently when one of our board members, Lindsey Fryett Jerke was featured on Global News Morning BC during their Month of Giving Back segment.

Lindsey did a wonderful job as our spokesperson to bring attention to PPF’s mission and our work with Metro Vancouver.

Click the video below to watch our segment.

All Caught Up in Catching the Spirit

Teens creating their own camp programming, cooking for themselves on camp-stoves, and up to their elbows in nature for a weekend packed with games, stewardship activities and team-building exercises – this is a weekend with Catching the Spirit Youth Society.

Last year almost 250 youth enjoyed free camping on summer weekends in Tynehead, Capilano, Burnaby Lake and Pacific Spirit parks. Pacific Parklands Foundation and Catching the Spirit Youth Society have always had a close partnership together.  We both share the value of educating and empowering youth to become environmental leaders.

In 2020 our relationship will grow closer and stronger as we join forces through a new partnership agreement to create more camping opportunities for youth in our regional parks.

Keep an eye on the CTS website and any updates we post to our social media.


Campers at the Tynehead location, engaging in stewardship activities and enjoying the view

Welcome Janet!

We are excited to officially announce that Janet Antonio has joined us as Executive Director at Pacific Parklands Foundation. With over twenty years working with community groups she is excited to begin working with parks associations’ volunteers and Metro Vancouver staff. As a long-term Burnaby resident, Janet and her family have always enjoyed exploring regional parks together. Keep an eye out for Janet, her goal is to visit all our regional parks in 2020.

“My hope is to continue building on our legacy of Regional Parks for the enrichment of children today and the generations that follow.”

Find Janet’s full bio on our website under the “Board Members” drop down.

Widgeon Marsh Regional Park

An exciting addition to the Metro Vancouver Parks family is the Widgeon Marsh Regional Park Reserve!

Widgeon Marsh is located within Coquitlam and Electoral Area A, a collection of unincorporated areas and communities including First Nation consultative lands. The park includes the largest freshwater marsh in southern BC and is home to many species of wintering waterfowl and is salmon spawning territory.

The Widgeon Marsh Regional Park Management Plan is available on the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks website and through the link below.

Widgeon Marsh is currently classified as a park reserve, but will become a regional park and open to the public once base park development is complete.

We look forward to partnering with Metro Vancouver to help fund conservation, education, and the development of Widgeon Marsh.

It’s safe to say this year’s been a big one for us. We’ve been given some very generous grants and donations from a few notable contributors like TD Friends of the Environment Fund, the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation, the RBC Foundation, the Pacific Salmon Foundation, YVR, the Sitka Foundation, Universal Coach, and the Vancouver Foundation.

A humungous thank you to all our parks partners who make us love what we do, and make it possible for our regional parks to remain green spaces within the Metro Vancouver landscape. Donors like you are the reason our regional parks can continue to grow and flourish.

If you’d like to wrap up 2019 with the perfect present, consider donating to the foundation! You can be part of creating the future you want to see for our regional parks.

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