Letter from Pacific Spirit Park Society

Dear Parents,

Below is a letter from Pacific Spirit Park Society.

Hello Everyone!

We have some great news for all of you! We are finally re-opening our volunteer programming and will be back in the park very soon! Our COVID-19 health and safety plan has been approved by Metro Vancouver, and we are running a training event this week. We are recruiting volunteers for all our programs, and you can scroll down to check out what we are running this summer.

Things will be different this time around, and there are a few things you should know…

– For now, events will be limited to 15 people. RSVP’s will be handled via Meetup.com

– All volunteers will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire in order to screen for potential COVID-19 cases

– Volunteers will be required to give us their contact information in order to participate

– Each volunteer will have their own designated tool

– Water will be brought only in case of emergency. Please bring your own water bottle

– There will be ample hand sanitizer for volunteer use, as well as to disinfect high-use surfaces

– The use of PPE is NOT required and will not be supplied. Volunteers are free to use anything that makes them feel safe

– Volunteer parties will be split up to ensure adequate physical distance between all volunteers

We very much look forward to seeing you!

Scroll down to learn more about the volunteer programs we are beginning to run!

EcoTeam

EcoTeam is one of PSPS’s most popular volunteer groups, and the major work force for PSPS restoration projects. It runs every Saturday from 1:00-4:00pm. We usually work on pulling invasive plants or planting native plants in our ongoing restoration sites, but really, we works wherever we are needed! Tea and snacks are provided around 2:30. We usually only cancel due to severe weather creating hazards in the work zone, on long weekends, and for a couple of weeks over the holiday season. You do not need any former restoration experience to be a part of EcoTeam and your involvement can be short-term, long-term, or on-and-off!

EcoRestoration Monitoring

In ecological restoration, an important step is the monitoring process. In order to for us to know whether our project has been successful, we visit all our restoration sites and check on the native plantings, as well as the invasive species. This program is very scientifically based, and will teach you a ton about invasive species, native species, the ecological restoration method, and everything in between! Due to COVID, we are operating at a lower capacity, with volunteer groups being no larger than 4 volunteers.

If you are interested in being part of the team, send us an email at:

volunteer@pacificspiritparksociety.org

Water Quality Monitoring at Camosun Bog

Camosun Bog has a rich history in Vancouver. So much so, that it has been subject to a multitude of scientific studies and restoration projects. We are constantly monitoring the water levels and water quality of the bog in order to reserve one of the park’s most unique ecosystems.

This volunteer program runs once a month and requires a dedicated team of volunteers. The work is scientific and will help participants get a grasp on restoration, the scientific method, and other facets of environmental science. The team is small, with no more than 5 volunteers needed.

If you are interested in being part of the team, send us an email at:

volunteer@pacificspiritparksociety.org

EcoWalks

What better way to inspire stewardship for our park than to take a walk through our magical forests, or mysterious bog? Through our EcoWalk program, we equip volunteers with the materials and confidence they’ll need to lead interpretive walks through these natural systems. We focus our discussions on tree biology and ecology, drawing on different teaching methods to immerse participants. In order to become one of our interpreters, we can schedule a convenient time and take a walk ourselves while going over all the material. Our walks are open to the public and typically last ~1 hour.

If you are interested in being part of the team, send us an email at:

volunteer@pacificspiritparksociety.org

Camosun Bog Restoration Group

Volunteering with the CBRG requires a time commitment of at least six months, as the history and ecology of the bog is an ongoing learning process. Volunteers meet at the bog every Saturday morning from 9:30-11:30am , with tea and snacks to follow. Activities include removing encroaching forest plants from the bog such as Western Hemlock, planting bog-specific species, tending to the test bogs, and educating park users about this unique ecosystem.

If you are interested in being part of the team, send us an email at:

volunteer@pacificspiritparksociety.org

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