The west coast is teeming with all sorts of interesting and important creatures, many of which call Stanley Park home. That’s why the Stanley Park Ecology Society, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, and BioBlitz Canada 150, with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, are holding a celebration of national biodiversity in Stanley Park this year on August 12th and 13th. The festival is called BioBlitz, and it’s a great way to celebrate all the amazing biodiversity in our great nation. The best part? All the events are totally free to attend! Just be sure to pre-register.
Stanley Park Ecology Society works to connect people with nature and promote awareness of and respect for the natural world. BioBlitz is a way to bring the public into the park as citizen scientists. For families, BioBlitz is an opportunity for kids to learn about the ecology of the park in a hands-on and fun way.
The two festival days are jam-packed with awesome family-friendly activities. There’s something for everyone! Families with small children can enjoy the environmental festival at Lumberman’s Arch on Saturday, August 12th from 2 pm – 6 pm. At the festival, you and your little ones can discover the creatures living in the treetops of Stanley Park, enjoy live and interactive demonstrations on the Science World Stage, and even meet the divers from the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society as they present underwater treasures.
photo by: Michael Schmidt
Other awesome programming includes interpretive walks, expert-led field surveys, and even a nighttime owl prowl. There are programs for families, kids, and youth too.
All events are FREE but they do require pre-registration, so visit stanleyparkecology.ca for more programming details and to register now!
Download iNaturalist, an awesome app for budding naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts to record their observations, share with others and discuss biodiversity. Make sure you join the Stanley Park BioBlitz project before the event.
Stanley Park BioBlitz
Saturday, August 12th – Sunday, August 13th, Stanley Park, Vancouver, Cost: Free
Presented by Stanley Park Ecology Society