Fall Parksfest

Celebrating 50 Years of Regional Parks : A Tribute to Nature

​2017 Fall Parksfest

Fall Parksfest is one way in which Metro Vancouver can thank you for your many efforts in supporting regional parks. We deeply appreciate your commitment to protecting natural environments and facilitating connections between people and nature. We would also like to welcome potential volunteers and partners who have joined us to learn more about Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. I hope that you find a way to contribute to the regional parks system in the coming year.


As the Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Regional Parks Committee, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our 17th Annual Fall Parksfest event, a celebratory day of learning for our partners and volunteers.

We know volunteers are an important resource in supporting, sustaining, and protecting regional parks. Volunteers contribute to regional parks as board and committee members, interpretive event helpers, photographers, and in many habitat enhancement and restoration projects. Volunteering allows people to learn about regional parks, and to feel connected to causes that they care about. And being appreciated as a volunteer is important too.

This event is a wonderful opportunity for you to gather, make important connections, share experiences, and enhance your expertise. We are pleased to offer many fantastic workshops and a special keynote presentation, in addition to our very popular ‘Parks at a Glance’.

Once again, I would like to thank you for the important work that you do and to wish you all a stimulating day of learning!

Heather Deal,
Regional Parks Committee Chair


Fall Parksfest is our way of saying “thank you” to the many people who contribute to regional parks. Metro Vancouver Regional Parks hosts this fall event in recognition of the great work of park associations, their members and their volunteers. We’re also pleased to welcome our numerous other partners and active volunteers who have an established relationship with Metro Vancouver. We hope this event will strengthen the commitment of those who are already involved, and encourage others to join us in taking care of a most valuable resource.


Saturday November 4, 2017

8:00 am – 4:15 pm

Blusson Hall, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC

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Doors open : 8 am

Meet and Greet: 8 - 9:00 am

Workshops: 9 am - 4:15 pm

Refreshments, snacks and lunch will be provided. Great door prizes too!


Event Details


Saturday, Nov 4, 2017
8:00 am - 4:15 pm


Blusson Hall, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6


Online: register now
Phone: 604-432-6359 
Registration deadline:

October 27, 2017


SFU is easily accessible by public transit. Blusson Hall is located adjacent to the SFU Loop (2nd stop). Visit www.translink.bc.ca

Free Parking

Parking is in North Parking, courtesy of Pacific Parklands Foundation. Remember to bring your parking pass and to display it in your front windshield. For those with mobility concerns, the Strand parking lot (adjacent to the bus loop) is available.

Download parking pass



8:00 - 9:00 am MEET AND GREET
​9:30 - 11:00 am


  • Workshop #1 - Hummingbirds: Up Close and Personal

    Join Alison for an introduction to the hummingbirds of the Lower Mainland. You will learn to identify hummingbirds; differentiate the males, females and juveniles; discover how they communicate; understand their role as pollinators, and learn what they need to undertake this important task. You will also learn about banding at Minnekhada Lodge and how it is helping scientists to learn about pesticide use in the Fraser Valley.

    Alison Moran Speaker: Alison Moran

    The Hummingbird Project was started by Cam Finlay in 1997. A team of volunteers in BC, Alberta, and eventually Saskatchewan, monitored hummingbirds, with a particular focus on the Rufous Hummingbird. In 2009, after becoming fascinated by hummingbirds and helping Cam for many years,

    Alison Moran (who is really a microbiologist) became the Master bander in charge of the project and took over its coordination. Concurrently, the Project was brought under the umbrella of Rocky Point Bird Observatory, a society committed to 'conservation through monitoring, research and public education'.

  • Workshop #2 - Climate Change: Past, Present and Future

    Join David on a journey through time as he explores the past, present and future of climate. Secrets of the long ago past will be revealed through research on bogs and other habitats in the Metro Vancouver area. Perspectives on the present will include a discussion of the preservation of habitats over the past 50 years. And glimpses into the future will explore how Regional Parks can preserve biodiversity and provide vital ecological services while adapting to climate uncertainties.

    Dr. David Clements Speaker: Dr. David Clements

    Dr. David Clements is a Professor of Biology and co-chair of the Department of Geography and Environment at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC. His teaching on ecology includes field courses in plant ecology in the BC Gulf Islands and in the Hawaiian Islands. He has published over 70 scientific articles. He is involved in various environmental groups and his monthly column “Green Beat” in the Langley Times encourages Langley locals to “think green.”

  • Workshop #3 - Winging It: Journeys along the Pacific Flyway

    In 2010, WildResearch began collecting, compiling and analyzing spring and fall bird migration data in Iona Beach Regional Park. Andrew will review the information which emerged over a 5-year period (2010 - 2015) and will provide added insight into the biology and evolution of migration, as well as introducing different migration strategies. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the movements of our feathered friends.

    Andrew Huang Speaker: Andrew Huang

    Andrew Huang is Iona Island Bird Observatory’s Program Manager and sits on WildResearch’s Board of Directors. He completed his M.Sc. at the University of British Columbia studying the population genetics and rodenticide exposure risk of barn owls in the Lower Mainland. He is interested in sustainable and responsible development that respects wildlife and safeguards their habitat. He is also a big fan of city biking, public transportation, and cats.

  • Workshop #4 - Wet it and they will Come: Building for Frogs

    In this workshop Monica will discuss the history of an altered landscape and the process of Ecological Restoration. Since 2000, the Gordon's Brook Project has recreated 27 hectares of stream, wetland and riparian habitat in Aldergrove Regional Park for endangered fishes and frogs. Learn about building homes for frogs and hear the exciting results of our biodiversity monitoring program.

    Monica Pearson Speaker: Monica Pearson

    Monica Pearson is a Registered Professional Biologist who specializes in amphibian species at risk management, wetland restoration and environmental education. She developed and led the Precious Frog program to recover the endangered Oregon Spotted Frog (www.preciousfrog.ca) from 2008-2017, and is now a senior aquatic ecosystems biologist with BC Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

​11:00 - 11:15 pm ​BREAK
11:15 am - 12:00 pmPARKS AT A GLANCE: PARTNER PRESENTATIONS - Park Partners
​12:00 - 12:45 pm​LUNCH
12:45 - 1:30 pm

​​KEYNOTE: Park Management: A Changing Landscape

Park management has always been a challenge with simple questions raising very complex answers. This presentation will provide a brief historical overview of how management has changed over the decades and what the future likely has in store.

  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Phil Dearden

    Dr. Phil Dearden Keynote Speaker: Dr. Phil Dearden

    Dr. Philip Dearden is Professor of Geography at the University of Victoria where he has taught courses on parks for more than 35 years. He is a member of IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas and has advised many international bodies and governments on park, policy and management. His textbook Parks and Protected Areas in Canada: Planning and Management published by Oxford University Press is in its 4th edition and widely used in universities and colleges throughout Canada. Look for it at Fall Parksfest!

1:45 - 2:15 pm



2:15 - 2:30 pm​​ ​Evaluating our Outcomes
2:30 - 2:45 pm​​ ​BREAK
2:45 - 4:15 pm ​​


  • Workshop #5 - Geocaching in Parks

    You, the wild, a few friends and several dozen navigation satellites... what could be better? Join Laurie in this hands-on introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS). Laurie will take you through the paces of geocaching…reviewing how GPS works, showing how maps work and how to navigate between points, explaining the challenge of elevations, and identifying how to set, find and share geocache points. Bring your GPS, your coat and boots as you may be heading out into the field to look for a geocache.

    Laurie Stott Speaker: Laurie Stott

    Laurie Stott is an instructor in the Renewable Resource programs at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and teaches Field Navigation, Digital mapping skills and Geographic Information Systems. She has over 20 years of experience in the use of the Global Navigation System and has applied it for navigating boats, planes and ‘boots’ . She has recently completed a Masters degree in Education and Technology at UBC and is researching the use of the GNSS system with technologies like LiDAR and r emote sensing imagery to map and assess urban ecosystems like forests and vegetation communities. In past studies she has used the technology to map and inventory rivers and streams throughout the lower mainland. Laurie lives in Maple Ridge and is an avid hiker, park visitor and an enthusiast for technology, education and nature!

  • Workshop #6 - The 50 Gifts of Nature Interpretation

    Park Interpreters are a dedicated and enthusiastic group of people, committed to providing park visitors with unique opportunities to connect to nature. As we know, engaging an audience takes a creative toolbox of stories, science, art, drama, puppetry, song, and poetry all woven together in interesting and innovative ways. Join Lori of our Regional Park Interpretive team as she introduces you to, and demonstrate some of the ingenious techniques they employ to welcome people “into” nature.

    Lori Bartley Speaker: Lori Bartley

    Lori Bartley is a career Interpreter with over 30 years of experience in providing programs and events for people in parks across Western Canada and in Hong Kong. She is a Park Interpretation Specialist in Metro Vancouver Regional Parks West Area. Her credentials include: BA, Museum Technician Certificate, Interpretive Trainer Certificate and Masters of Environmental Education Coursework.

    Lori is privileged to work in a profession that she is passionate about and celebrates by creating nature programs filled with wonder, enthusiasm, respect and fun. Join her as she shares ways to engage with and inspire people visiting parks .

  • Workshop #7 - The Art of Nature

    Join Louise as she leads a nature-based art activity and explores the relationships of art, nature and science. Based on her years of involvement with the ‘Stream of Dreams’ program, Louise will reflect how the science of nature is used to create informed community public art.

    Louise Towell Speaker: Louise Towell

    Louise Towell identifies as Metis and can trace her family to the first 108 Hudson Bay fur traders that settled at Fort Langley in 1827. Louise is a mother, river activist, salmon artist, mentor, community builder and runs a small non-profit Charity called the Stream of Dreams Murals Society. Through her work as the co-founder and executive director of the Stream of Dreams Murals Society, Louise has created a legacy of joyful, thought provoking streams of children’s art throughout neighborhoods in metro Vancouver, over 400 murals in 17 years.

  • Workshop #8 - To Bee or not to Bee: Protecting Our Wild Pollinators

    There has been quite a buzz about bees in the past years and great concern about pollinator declines. In this workshop, Elizabeth will introduce you to the many bees in BC (there are 450 species!), help you to understand why some of these hard-working insects are in trouble, and give you practical advice about how to choose plants to create or enhance habitat to feed these industrious pollinators.

    Dr. Elizabeth Elle Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Elle

    Dr. Elizabeth Elle is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Her research is aimed at protecting pollinators and enhancing pollination services to wildflowers and crops.




Metro Vancouver extends special thanks to Pacific Parklands Foundation, a key partner in presenting Fall Parksfest 2017.

Metro Vancouver would also like to thank all the presenters for generously donating their time and expertise and to everyone who has provided invaluable assistance and support!

Pacific Parklands Foundation would like to thank the following supporters:


  • David Suzuki Foundation
  • Ziptrek Ecotours
  • Kernels Popcorn
  • Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres
  • Ethical Bean Coffee
  • Everything Wine
  • Modo
  • Evo Car Share
  • SPUD
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
  • Moksha Yoga Burnaby
  • Wildplay Element Parks
  • Zone Bowling
  • Bean Around the World Coffee
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • UBC Museum of Anthropology
  • MEC
  • DavidsTea
  • Metropolis at Metrotown


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