Events

Protect the Planet, Connect with Nature At White Rock!

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We were over-whale-med with excitement for this event! With marine animals on our minds, we swam - er, walked - to Centennial Park where we played game after game with some bright young minds.

Getting early to set up. We couldn’t wait!

Getting early to set up. We couldn’t wait!

You know what they say…you learn more when you’re having fun! We take this philosophy seriously so we played more nature games than there are animals in the sea (Well…almost.) We learned about predator prey relationships by blindfolding a “predator” to show the importance of being quiet. We tested our mental muscles by playing an animal match up game, where everyone did really well! We learned all about marine species that thrive along our coast and also other things that don’t belong there…garbage!

Did you know it tastes 450 years for a plastic bottle to disappear? Even then it leaves behind micro plastic, teeny tiny bits of plastic that never really go away. This plastic then gets eaten up by fish, who are then eaten by whales…you get the idea. The process in which toxins are accumulated up the food chain is called bio magnification.

Did you know that Giant Pacific Octopus can change colours to match their environment? How crazy is it that these amazing creatures are our neighbours?

Did you know that Giant Pacific Octopus can change colours to match their environment? How crazy is it that these amazing creatures are our neighbours?

But wait, there’s more! We also learned about nutrients through a game we like to call Nature Soup (different living things need different nutrients in different ways!) And through an ever shrinking circle, we learned about how habitats and resources are getting smaller and smaller for wild animals. We carried this theme with us as we played a game of Echolocation and learned about how boat noises affect whale's’ ability to find food.

Sweet swag from the generous folks at Keen

Sweet swag from the generous folks at Keen

But knowledge is power, as they say. That’s why we are so grateful to be able to throw this event in partnership with the City of White Rock! There is always something you can do to help save the earth, and the easiest thing is to create a Ripple Effect - by telling even one other person something you learned!

We even got some sweet swag from Keen! Thanks Keen!

We can’t wait for our next event.

Until next time,

Team Ripple Coast

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

Fun with the Stanley Park Eco Camps!

On Monday and Thursday, Ripple Coast hit the coast - well, the beach at Stanley Park- in partnership with the Stanley Park Eco Camps . On Monday we spoke about marine animals and on Thursday we talked about plastic pollution, finishing off with a beach clean up. Nice teamwork!

I sea a sea star!

I sea a sea star!

In just an hour we ended up with a heavy garbage bag of trash. It was like a treasure hunt, but for trash. A flash of blue there, a flash of green there - sea glass everywhere. We also found an old toy car and other strange discarded items that had us questioning how they got there.

Did you know it takes 10-20 years for a forgotten wool sock to disintegrate in the ocean?

Plastic bottles take a whopping 450 years. And -do you believe it - 600 years for fishing line!

Clare showing the kids how to do what she loves most - looking for cute critters!

Clare showing the kids how to do what she loves most - looking for cute critters!

We love collaborating with other like minded conservation organizations and working with bright young minds! We can’t wait to host our next event. We have more events coming up in August - stay tuned!

Team Ripple Coast

August Adventures!

August, august - that sunny month before school starts! Looking for something fun to do with your family? Why not sign up for one of our events below?

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Never hiked before but always wanted to take your family outdoors? Join our guided walk and learn all about hiking (such as the 10 essentials) and conservation (bear aware, IDing plants and more). Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/yxjjowed

Protect the Planet, Connect with Nature
Saturday August 24, 10am-12pm
Centennial Park, White Rock


Join us for a family friendly event chockful of games and sensory exploration at Centennial Park, White Rock.
Participants learn all about local marine life, plants, and what conservation issues currently affect them, all while playing interactive games. Email to sign up: info@ripplecoast.org.

Killer Whales of the Coast
Sunday August 25, 2pm
Queens Park Bandshell, New Westminster


Learn all about our treasured killer whales that swim along our coast as well as the conservation issues that currently affect them. With only 73 left (down from 76 earlier this summer), our Southern Resident Killer Whales need us more than ever. The interactive talk will be around 30-45 min with a discussion afterwards. No registration needed.

The Local's Lighthouse Tour

We are currently offering our Lighthouse Park Tour this summer. Limited spots. Email us for availability and to book a tour. All proceeds go to funding Ripple Coast's efforts to educate and conserve our coast.
More info here: https://tinyurl.com/y3hq6kop

Happy August Adventuring,
Team Ripple Coast

Conservation Events in July

Conservation Events in July

Looking to join some conservation efforts or learn about the natural world around us but don’t know where to start? Here are some things you can do in July to get started!

If you aren’t able to attend these events, you can still create a ripple effect by telling your friends and family.

See you there!

Team Ripple Coast