Our Education & Outreach team has been busy this spring; we hosted 7 weed pulls in April and May, removing 59 large bags of invasive plant material.
Thanks to all the participants for your help – we couldn’t do it without you! Here’s a quick summary of each event:
Mamquam Elementary weed pull (April 12): The grade 4-5 participants learned about English Holly, English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry, and removed 3 bags of invasive plants from Coho Park, in Squamish. Way to go!
Earth Day weed pull (April 22): With the help of the Squamish River Watershed Society, volunteers removed 9 bags of English Ivy and Yellow Lamium from Rose Park. Well done! This event was also featured in an article from The Squamish Chief – you can read it on their site.
Valleycliffe Elementary outdoor classroom weed pull (April 29): Parents and students came out in droves on this sunny day! The playground (and the pizza!) might have had something to do with it, but in the end everyone lent a helping hand. In total, volunteers removed 15 bags of Himalayan Blackberry, Yellow Lamium and English Ivy from the outdoor classroom!
Garibaldi Highlands Elementary weed pull (May 18): The younger grades became plant detectives and removed English Ivy from the school grounds. They did such a good job that next time they want to pull invasive plants, we’ll have to venture away from the school – phew!
Whistler Waldorf Elementary weed pull (May 26 and June 6): We met with the budding naturalist in the grade 2 and 5 classes to remove Burdock from the school grounds. Their hard work was deeply appreciated! In total, they removed 12 bags of Burdock.
Don Ross Middle School weed pull (May 30): We joined forces with the Squamish River Watershed Society and students from Don Ross Middle School to remove Yellow Lamium and English Holly from the Squamish River Estuary Trail. In total, they removed 12 bags (50kg) of invasive plants.