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Everett Crowley Forest Restoration and Outdoor Learning Project

Everett Crowley Park Forest Restoration

Forest Restoration at Everett Crowley Park

Everett Crowley Park is one of Vancouver’s largest natural areas. Already considered a destination park, its cottonwood-dominated forest is being enhanced to increase its biodiversity, wildlife habitat, and resilience.

The park features:

  • Unique views of the Fraser River
  • Forested pathways
  • Off-leash dog amenities

Ongoing enhancements include:

  • Clearing of invasive Himalayan blackberry and Japanese knotweed 
  • Planting native conifer, deciduous and shrub species

The Outdoor Learning Project at Everett Crowley Park

In 2015, the Park Board partnered with several groups to build an outdoor learning space in Everett Crowley Park.

The co-created learning space is open to everyone including school groups, community organizations, and park users. Visit Manfred’s Meadow in the park to learn more and experience outdoor learning in the city. 

Contributors to the Outdoor Learning Project are:

  • Everett Crowley Park Committee
  • CityStudio Vancouver
  • SFU Semester in Dialogue

Recent developments with this project

Celebrate Earth Day at Everett Crowley Park

April 22, 2017 – The Everett Crowley Park Committed, supported by the Champlain Heights Community Association and the Park Board, will host an Earth Day celebration for all ages. Join us from 11am to 3pm to learn about ways to get involved at the park, in your community and in nature.

Park Stewards

Would you like to contribute to the enhancement of forest health and biodiversity in Parks? We’re inviting you to share your skills and interest by adopting a space in a park.  Stay tuned for more information in spring 2017 or email parkstewards@vancouver.ca for more information.

 

Project activities

Students will: 

  • Learn about the history of, current use for, and future possibilities for outdoor learning in the park through interactive workshops
  • Camp for a few nights
  • Host dialogues and engagement events
  • Engage with community and park users
  • Build temporary and semi-permanent outdoor learning spaces

Why Everett Crowley Park?

The Park Board's Rewilding Vancouver Action Plan identified Everett Crowley as a priority place for biodiversity enhancements and environmental education. It's the second largest park in the city, boasts a large, freshwater wetland (Avalon Pond), and is stewarded by the Everett Crowley Park Committee.

Related Initiatives

 

Work leading up to this project

The Environmental Education and Stewardship Task Force, a Park Board advisory committee, adopted the Rewilding Vancouver: An Environmental Education and Stewardship Action Plan on July 21, 2014.

The plan has 49 actions for the Park Board and partner organizations to work toward over five years, including to:

  1. Develop and grow informal collaborations like shared stewardship plans, collaborative education plans, access to Park Board infrastructure and assets, funding, and more to support activities at each priority wild place
  2. Explore opportunities to use Park Board infrastructure and staff resources, such as community centres, field houses, and horticulture, arborist, and program staff, to support activities and programs in special wild places
  3. Develop framework agreements for stronger, more formal environmental education and stewardship partnerships between the Park Board and partner organizations

 

Ask questions, share ideas, and get involved in the project

pbgreen@vancouver.ca