Earth Day is being celebrated in Esquimalt on Wednesday, April 24 with a community clean-up, planting and environmental awareness event at Highrock Park.
Several local schools will be participating with some 600 students pitching in. Activities for the students include invasive species removal, planting, trail building and nature walks.
Hungry goats will be assisting again this year with weeding out of invasive species on steep terrain too difficult to access by students.
Township of Esquimalt staff members will be coordinating the event, which raises awareness about keeping our local parks and urban forests safe and healthy.
A number of exhibitors will be on hand this year providing environmental information such as Greater Victoria Green Team, World Fisheries Trust, Island Health, Esquimalt Community Garden, Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Victoria Natural History Society, Robert Bateman Centre, Parks Canada, a Mycology table, Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, World Wildlife Fund, and our own Parks Department.
|10:00 to 10:15 a.m.||Welcome from Mayor Desjardins and Manager of Parks and Facilities, Rick Daykin|
|10:15 a.m.||Ceremonial tree planting and interpretive signage unveiling|
|10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.||Work stations and activities; exhibitors open|
|12:00 to 12:40 p.m.||Lunch time; exhibitors open|
|12:45 – 1:30 p.m||Work stations and activities; exhibitors open until 2pm|
|2 p.m.||Event ends|
The event runs rain or shine so make sure you come prepared with warm clothes and boots if necessary. Dogs must be on-leash in the park from Tuesday April 23 to Thursday April 25.
Esquimalt's Earth Day celebration is made possible with the support of many local sponsors. A big thank you goes out to Country Grocer, Simply Pure Water Hillside, and Coast Environmental.
For more information, please contact:
Shelann Kowalewsky, Community Development Programmer