Steve Clegg with the City of Chilliwack (centre) helps Chaimae Haddioui (left) and Shayla Tottenham with Islamic Relief Canada plant trees and shrubs along a section of the Bell Slough on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Clegg will be leading guided nature sessions throughout the month of April and beyond as part of the city’s Earth Month activities. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Steve Clegg with the City of Chilliwack (centre) helps Chaimae Haddioui (left) and Shayla Tottenham with Islamic Relief Canada plant trees and shrubs along a section of the Bell Slough on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Clegg will be leading guided nature sessions throughout the month of April and beyond as part of the city’s Earth Month activities. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

City of Chilliwack kicks off Earth Month with guided nature sessions and other green events

City offering up a number of ways for folks to keep Chilliwack ‘clean and green,’ says mayor

Guided nature sessions will be just one of the green events kicking off Earth Month in Chilliwack.

From free scrap metal recycling, to a river cleanup and a pop-up info booth, the City of Chilliwack has a number of community activities planned for April to help protect the environment.

“You’ve probably heard of Earth Day and Earth Week, but at the City of Chilliwack, we dedicate the entire month of April to going above and beyond our year-round activities for the environment,” said Mayor Ken Popove. “All year long, there are things we can do to keep Chilliwack clean and green, and this Earth Month we have a number of additional activities to offer residents a variety of ways to participate.”

The first Guided Nature Session with City of Chilliwack naturalist Steve Clegg is set for Saturday, April 2.

Folks will learn about plants, wildlife and other topics in Chilliwack’s green spaces. Take a hike, learn about frogs and logs, and mosquitoes during the sessions which run throughout April and beyond. They are free but registration is required (see below for more info).

Here’s a list of the upcoming Earth Month activities in Chilliwack:

Free Scrap Metal Recycling (April 1 to 30) • Drop off scrap metal for free at the Bailey Landfill during the month of April.

Environment Booth (Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) • Stop by the city’s booth at Cottonwood Centre (near the food court) to speak with staff about the city’s environmental programs.

Guided Nature Sessions throughout April (first one is Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) • Join others for a 2.5-kilometre walk (round trip) from the headwaters of a newly constructed salmon stream and wetland to its outlet into the Vedder River. Pre-registration is required by going to chilliwack.com/nature.

Adopt-a-River Clean Up (Saturday, April 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) • Help clean up the Chilliwack-Vedder River. Registration is open at the Chilliwack Fish and Game Club from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Spring City-Wide Garage Sale (Saturday, May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) • Online registration opens on April 8.

Climate Action Plans Public Consultation • The city is developing Corporate and Community Climate Action Plans and will be seeking feedback from the community in April.

READ MORE: Consultation starts in Chilliwack on ways to mitigate climate effects

The City of Chilliwack also offers year-round opportunities to get involved and help the environment, including its Adopt-a-Road program, street drain marking, and tree planting. Visit chilliwack.com/earthmonth for more information.


 

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