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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.
Intro to WildSafeBC, Native Plant ID, & Bear Spray; Chilliwack Community Forest
Date and time
Chilliwack Community Forest
Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.
Offered in English.
Has gender-neutral washrooms.
(washroom is a port-a-potty)
Nature and wildlife are often prominent themes in much of BC’s art and culture. As part of WildSafeBC's "BC Goes Wild" weekend events, the FVRD WildSafeBC Community Coordinator will be participating in the BC Culture Days celebrations to highlight the important connection between nature and wildlife and our local arts and culture. By understanding what local wildlife needs to survive and how we can reduce human-wildlife conflict, we can better protect our local wildlife and their habitats so they can provide inspiration for arts and culture in BC for generations to come!
9 AM - Introduction: WildSafeBC & local wildlife biology; managing wildlife attractants around the home, identifying plant species important for native wildlife.
9:45 AM - Nature craft for younger children: create a plant specimen rubbing to take home! Materials provided.
10:15 AM - Bear Spray demonstration/workshop on the safe and effective use of bear spray. Sign up in advance to receive free hands-on bear spray training using inert bear spray; WildSafeBC will be accepting "pay-what-you-may" cash donations for the bear spray workshop. Workshop duration will be 60-90 minutes (approx.) depending on the number of attendees; 20 workshop spots available
11:15 On-wards/Optional: Take a plant bingo sheet for a walk on a marked trail to practice your new plant ID skills!
Follow WildSafeBC Fraser Valley on Facebook to learn more about the Sept. 27/28 "BC Goes Wild" weekend events in Mission, Chilliwack, and Harrison Hot Springs, or contact the FVRD WildSafeBC Community Coordinator directly at [email protected]
* IMPORTANT NOTES: Outdoor event in covered and uncovered space. Weather-appropriate clothes/footwear required. Possible tripping/overhead hazards. Bring any medications/snacks you may require; no refreshments provided. Rain or shine. Optional plant bingo walk not supervised. Minors (18 & younger) must be accompanied by an adult. Accessibility concerns? Contact the WildSafeBC Community Coordinator to discuss.
WildSafeBC Fraser Valley
WildSafeBC is the provincial leader in preventing conflict with wildlife through collaboration, education, and community solutions. It evolved out of the highly successful Bear Aware program and is owned and delivered by the British Columbia Conservation Foundation. WildSafeBC provides information on how we can reduce human-wildlife conflicts in all aspects of our lives, including how we live, work, play, and grow. Founded in 1969 by the B.C. Wildlife Federation, the British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) is a registered society and charity. Established to achieve ‘on-the-ground’ conservation success, BCCF has been involved in over 5000 research, restoration, mapping, and education projects since 1986. Since 1998, BCCF has adopted a leadership role in reducing human-wildlife conflict, helping to expand and deliver programs in more than thirty BC communities. We focus on a wide variety of wildlife species found throughout BC, explore the species pages on our website to learn more.
Erin Patrick, FVRD WildSafeBC Community Coordinator
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Hey Fraser Valley! Welcome to the FVRD WildSafeBC Culture Days Hub. Nature and wildlife are often prominent themes in much of BC’s art and culture. Join the FVRD WildSafeBC Community Coordinator as she highlights the important connection...