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Volunteering and Stewardship Opportunities 

Get Involved!
Here are some ways to be part of a community that cares for our system of regional parks, and to make a meaningful contribution.

Ecological Stewardship

Hands-on habitat restoration and wildlife conservation

Belcarra Beachkeepers

Looking to have fun and make a difference this summer? Volunteer as a Belcarra Beachkeeper. Learn new skills and gain practical hands-on experience in scientific data collection, public education and stewardship. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, and available to commit a minimum of 30 hours throughout the summer. Contact beachkeepers@metrovancouver.org or call 604-420-3031.
Burnaby Lake Weedbusters

Be a champion for native plants! Tackle invasive species: non-native plants that have become established and replaced native species. Join the Burnaby Lake Park Association in removing English ivy, policeman’s helmet, and Scotch broom from around Burnaby Lake. Be prepared to work off-trail in the woods. If you are interested in bringing a group to help out or for more information, call 604-520-6442 or email the Burnaby Lake Park Association at info@burnabylakepark.ca
Scheduled work parties:
  • Sunday, July 6, 2014, 1 pm to 4 pm – meet at the Glencarin Trail head entrance
  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm – meet at the Glencarin Trail head entrance
  • Sunday, July 20, 2014, 1 pm to 4 pm – meet at the Glencarin Trail head entrance
  • Sunday, September 14, 2014, 1 pm to 4 pm – meet at the Nature House off Piper Avenue
Check the calendar for more dates.
Metro Vancouver Ecological Restoration Team

Join a group of enthusiastic people who remove invasive plants and replant native species in regional parks. It’s a great way to have fun, meet new people and get fit – all while making our parks even better. Join our Meetup group to learn about upcoming volunteer stewardship projects.
To find out a bit more about the work we do, check out one of our recent stewardship newsletters:
Pacific Spirit Park Society stewardship opportunities

PSPS organizes work parties in the park. If you like spending time outside and putting in some hard work, consider volunteering to help with invasive species removal, bog restoration or planting native plants. For more information, check out the Pacific Spirit Park Society website

Visitor Centre Hosts
Share your passion for and knowledge of local trails, nature, and history. Connect with like-minded people. Interact with park visitors.

BC Mills House Volunteers/Hosts at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

The BC Mills House is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday and holiday Monday from Victoria Day weekend until mid-September. For more information, contact Jennifer Swanston, Community Development Coordinator by email or call 604-224-5739.
Campbell Valley Nature House Hosts

The Nature House is open 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday, Sunday and holiday Monday from Victoria Day weekend until Labour Day weekend. For more information, contact email Jeff Rotin, Community Development Coordinator by email or call 604-530-4983.

Special Events
A wide range of community events and festivals take place in regional parks year- round, and volunteers are needed for a variety of roles.

Metro Vancouver Special Events

If you are enthusiastic, friendly, and outgoing , volunteer opportunities as an information assistant, ticket seller or host are available. You’ll have fun, meet people, and enjoy our scenic regional parks. Contact volunteer.info@metrovancouver.org or 604-432-6200.

Park Associations
Join a group of people with shared interests in the environment, nature, wildlife, recreation, history, culture, and being outdoors. Participate on a board or a committee, or volunteer for special events, habitat restoration work, and nature education activities.

Boundary Bay Park Association

Email Jennifer Swanston, Community Development Coordinator by email or call 604-224-5739.
Burnaby Lake Park Association
Campbell Valley Park Association

Email Jeff Rotin, Community Development Coordinator by email or call 604-530-4983.
Colony Farm Park Association

Email Trina Sakata, Community Development Coordinator by email or call 604-520-6442.
Derby Reach Brae Island Park Association
Kanaka Education and Environmental Partners Society
Minnekhada Park Association
Pacific Spirit Park Society
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Resources

For more information about partnerships and volunteering in Regional Parks, contact the Community Development Team:

Theresa
Coordinator for West Area Boundary Bay, Pacific Spirit and Lynn Headwaters Regional Parks
phone number 604-224-5739
e-mail e-mail

Trina
Community Development Coordinator for Central Area Burnaby Lake, Colony Farm and Minnekhada Regional Parks
phone number 604-520-6442
e-mail e-mail

Theresa
Community Development Coordinator for East Area Brae Island, Campbell Valley, Derby Reach and Kanaka Creek Regional Parks
phone number 604-530-4983
e-mail e-mail

Central Area

Belcarra, Burnaby Lake, Colony Farm, Minnekhada, Surrey Bend, and Tynehead regional parks:

Contact Trina Sakata, Community Development Coordinator
e-mail email
phone number 604-520-6442
East Area

Aldergrove, Brae Island, Campbell Valley, Derby Reach, Glen Valley, Kanaka Creek, and Matsqui Trail regional parks:

Contact Jeff Rotin, Community Development Coordinator
e-mail email
phone number 604-530-4983
West Area

Boundary Bay, Capilano River, Crippen, Deas Island, Iona Beach, Lynn Headwaters, and Pacific Spirit regional parks:

Contact Jennifer Swanston, Community Development Coordinator
e-mail email phone number604-224-5739