Scaling the Heights at EarthFest

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EarthFest Nature Festival & Open House, Burnaby’s biggest Earth Day celebration, takes place this weekend at the Wildlife Rescue Association out at Burnaby Lake.

The event on Sunday, April 26, at the Wildlife Rescue centre on 5216 Glencarin Drive, celebrates wildlife, nature and sustainability through a range of family-friendly activities. A climbing wall is the big new attraction this year and other activities include guided walks along Burnaby Lake trails, kid-friendly art & crafts, a scavenger hunt, activity stations hosted by local environmental groups and the chance to meet the wildlife rehabilitators who treat more than 4,500 animals a year.

Guided tours of the wildlife hospital are back by popular demand and staff and volunteers will be taking visitors behind the scenes of the hospital which is the busiest wildlife rehabilitation centre in Canada.

As usual there will be an opportunity for visitors to make and take home a bird or bee box. Over the last few months staff and volunteers have prepared 300 individual kits for the event, including 100 bee boxes made from the trunks of the Christmas trees that were donated back in January.

EarthFest also features entertainment and cultural activities by the Red Fox Healthy Living Society, food and refreshments provided by a Casalinga food cart and raffles to win trips to the best kid-friendly and eco-friendly attractions in Metro Vancouver.

“As well as caring for oiled birds, baby birds and any other animal that needs our help, staff and volunteers at Wildlife Rescue have been extremely busy getting ready for EarthFest,” said Johanna Thompson, Education Coordinator at Wildlife Rescue. “We all love wildlife and nature and we’ve created lots of fun-filled activities to ensure visitors enjoy a memorable Earth Day celebration.”

EarthFest runs from 11am to 3pm on Sunday, April 26 at the Wildlife Rescue Association at 5216 Glencarin Drive, Burnaby V5B 3C1. Visitors can park at the EarthFest parking lot on Sperling Avenue at Burnaby Lake Regional Park and ride the free shuttle bus to the event site. Disabled parking will be available at Glencarin Drive.

Yolanda Brooks, Communications Manager

Tel: 604 526 2747, ext. 504

Email: yolanda@wildliferescue.ca

 

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