Earth Day is being celebrated in Esquimalt on Wednesday, April 25 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, including Capital Regional District Integrated Watershed Management, World Fisheries Trust, Island Health, Parks Canada Species at Risk, and Mr. Organic (Dave Friend).
In addition, new interpretive signage that focusses on local ecosystems will be unveiled at the event.
|9:45 to 9:55 a.m.||Welcome from Mayor Desjardins and Manager of Parks and Facilities, Rick Daykin|
|9:55 a.m.||Ceremonial tree planting and interpretive signage unveiling|
|10 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.||Work stations and activities; exhibitors open|
|12:05 to 12:50 p.m.||Country Grocer BBQ; exhibitors open|
|12:50 – 1:55 p.m||Work stations and activities; exhibitors open|
|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 24 to Thursday April 26.
Esquimalt's Earth Day celebration is made possible with the support of many local sponsors. A big thank you goes out to Country Grocer, Davey Tree, Kimof Nursery, Saanich Native Plants, Simply Pure Water and Ice, and South Island Fern.
For more information, please contact:
Holly Courtright, Community Development Programmer