Weekend Programs

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