The Alouette River Management Society (ARMS) is organizing two events in November 2022 at Reg Franklin Park.
The events taking place on Nov. 2nd and 9th highlight the importance of preservation and an opportunity for residents to learn about the local ecosystem.
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The Freshwater ARTWays event on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. will be led by the Haney Residency artist, Aaron Moran.
Moran is an award-winning artist with a specialization in sculpture and photography.
Talking about the event, ARMS communication coordinator, Sophie Sparrow said such events are a unique way of connecting people with nature.
“It’s important for people to feel a sense of community and we find an event like this, where art is being created by participants using natural materials, all while learning the importance of local ecosystem and how we can work best to protect it, is a unique experience,” she said.
The organization has been working in Reg Franklin Park for a few years on the Morse Creek Restoration Project, funded by the Stewart Family Foundation.
Cleaning public spaces
Another event on Wednesday, November 9 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. is an initiative to encourage litter-free public spaces.
Maple Ridge Adopt-a-Block is a volunteer-run endeavour, with a mission to promote a cleaner, healthier and litter-free environment.
“The idea behind this is to encourage active community engagement and promote proper waste disposal while building neighbourhood relationships in pursuit of keeping Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows beautiful,” said Sparrow.
A scavenger hunt is part of the event which caters to the younger participants.
After the event is over, all the litter collected is audited, added Sparrow.
“If you are looking to meet new people, connect with your community, learn about the local ecosystem, be out in nature and have fun, join us on November 2nd and November 9th.”