Families gardening at Fifth and Pine pop-up park

Environmental Education and Stewardship Action Plan

A steward is a person who cares for something that benefits everyone.

As a steward, you could:

  • Remove invasive plants
  • Talk to your neighbours about the birds you saw at the beach 
  • Pick up litter
  • Plant a tree in your yard

In Vancouver, we are fortunate to experience nature in our parks, beaches, and backyards. 

Our Environmental Education and Stewardship Action Plan  (9 MB) aims to increase and enhance nature experiences for all Vancouverites and to improve understanding and awareness of nature in the city. 

Parks offer a gateway to nature in the city. As a community, we can care for parks together and use these spaces to get closer to nature.

How to get involved

We work year-round to improve ecology in urban parks through:  

  • Creating no-mow areas for pollinators 
  • Replacing invasive plants with native ones
  • Ongoing efforts to create habitat in parks 
  • Caring for the urban forest and other significant ecological spaces

Here are tips on how you can get involved.

Volunteer with a partner organization

Reach out and get involved with an organization working on urban forest and biodiversity enhancement, like:

Adopt a space

Young trees planted in forest restoration sites are often overwhelmed by invasive plants and need help.

Join your neighbours and adopt a space in one of Vancouver’s parks. 

If you're interested in getting involved you can:

Field houses

Underused field house spaces in parks have become home to organizations working with neighbours to enliven communities through the Field House Activation Program. 

Visit your neighbourhood field houses to learn more and get involved!

Community centres

Check out your local community centre for environmental education programming, like:

  • Wonders of the Salish Sea at Mount Pleasant Community Centre
  • Seed Swap at Renfrew Community Centre
  • Weaving with invasive plants at Champlain Heights Community Centre
  • The Neighbourhood Matching Fund offers financial support to community members who want to improve their street, local park, or other nearby public land
  • Green Grants support projects that help achieve Greenest City Action Plan goals

Students and classrooms in parks

Vancouver's parks are exceptional classrooms for students of all ages.

Have a low impact 

If you leave the trail, be sure to stay clear of ecologically sensitive areas – watch for signage, plants being trampled or clear signs of wildlife that you might disturb.

Take your garbage with you when you leave. 

Respect wildlife, habitat, and other park users 

Do not chase animals

Leave any natural materials you may pick up in the park. Do not remove any living vegetation.

Respect other park users by not blocking trails or being excessively noisy

Get a permit for groups of over 50 people

If you are bringing a group over 50 people, a permit is required.

Contact parkevents@vancouver.ca with your request.

Ideas for your trip

Local organizations offer outdoor education teacher training, including:

Bring your class to Everett Crowley Park for a lesson at the Outdoor Learning Project or just for a walk to enjoy your local park. 

  1. Prepare a list of questions with a concise and clear description of your project so we can connect you with the most appropriate person to help you.
  2. Take a look at some of the key strategies describing priorities and guiding management of parks and natural areas, including the:
  3. Contact us at parkstewards@vancouver.ca if you have a:
    • Project idea you are interested in talking about  
    • Relevant environmental education and stewardship project in a Vancouver park that others can be involved in and you would like listed on this page 

Everett Crowley Park

We are collaborating with several groups to build outdoor learning spaces in Everett Crowley Park.

Contact us

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Everett Crowley Park