Nature Explorers!

On August 17, we hosted our first ever Nature Explorers program! Our guided walk took us through the lush trails of Pacific Spirit Park where we learned to identify over ten different plants and how to prepare for a hike.

What’s here?

What’s here?

Aided by magnifying glasses, wolf ears, owl eyes and wild curiosity we found that once you look closely, a forest looks a lot less like a wall of trees and more like a neighbourhood full of interesting characters!

Here are some of the plants we learned about!

Sword fern - see those notches that look like sword hilts?

Sword fern - see those notches that look like sword hilts?


Cedar, called the Tree of Life by some First Nations cultures for its immense impact. Cedar was used to make longhouses, canoes, totem poles, baskets, clothing, ropes, cooking utensils, medicines…the list goes on.

Cedar, called the Tree of Life by some First Nations cultures for its immense impact. Cedar was used to make longhouses, canoes, totem poles, baskets, clothing, ropes, cooking utensils, medicines…the list goes on.

We also learned about the 10 essentials you want to bring while hiking! While the trails at Pacific Spirit may be inviting when the sun is shining, it’s a different story if you’re out lost in the woods once the sun goes down! See our post here for more info about the 10 essentials:

https://www.ripplecoastbc.org/blog/2019/7/18/adventure-camp-chronicles-day-2-survival

Intimidated by hiking? Start here: https://happiestoutdoors.ca/easy-hikes-in-vancouver/

Cool things you might see in a forest - a tree struck by lightning! Look out for these the next time you’re out in the woods

Cool things you might see in a forest - a tree struck by lightning! Look out for these the next time you’re out in the woods

At the end, we decided to throw a little surprise…a pop quiz! Our participants did amazing of course. Good team work everyone on identifying the plants we just learned!

Ooooo what’s this?

Ooooo what’s this?

We can’t wait to host our next event! Check us out in White Rock for our Protect the Planet, Connect with Nature program at Centennial Park from 10am-12pm!

Team Ripple Coast