REEL Earth Day's Impact is Growing (literally)

REEL Earth Day supports Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Foundation's work to protect biodiversity, combat climate change, and connect people with nature.

  
 
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Project 01

Help Create New Homes for Raptors in Campbell Valley Regional Park

With extreme heat becoming more common and intense, the REEL Earth Day Challenge is seeking to raise $15,000 to help plant trees and shrubs in Campbell Valley Regional Park. This will provide shade for people and animals, while also creating vital habitats for hawks and other raptors.

By sponsoring or donating, you can support the planting of hedgerows and buffer zones with native species, which will not only increase biodiversity but also enhance the natural beauty of the walking trails. The hedgerows will also improve riparian areas and add perching trees, providing ideal habitat for raptors and enhancing the overall ecosystem of the park.

Join the REEL Earth Day Challenge in their efforts to create a more sustainable and biodiverse world by supporting your favorite team's fundraising efforts between April 11 and Earth Day, April 22.
 
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Project 02

Support Youth Mental Health and Wellness through Nature

Research shows that spending time in nature can have a positive impact on mental health by lowering anxiety, improving mood, boosting creativity, reducing stress, and more. With $20,000, we can provide opportunities for struggling youth to connect with and experience nature, promoting their healing and well-being.

With your support of REEL Earth Day, we can pilot a program that aims to develop and deliver in-park programs for out-patient youth in the Fraser Health Psychiatric Unit, providing a safe and supportive environment for them to engage with nature. By offering these programs, we hope to improve the mental health and wellness of these youth and promote the understanding of the healing power of nature.

Join us in our efforts to make a difference in the lives of young people by supporting our fundraising efforts. Let's work together to support youth mental health and wellness through nature.
 
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Project 03

Restore Endangered Coastal Ecosystems

Climate change is happening at an alarming rate, and as a result, we are seeing increased storm surges and king tides that threaten the delicate balance of our coastal ecosystems. For $25,000, the REEL Earth Day Challenge can help restore and protect endangered coastal dune ecosystems located near the mouth of the Fraser River, in Iona Beach Regional Park.

Last year, an unprecedented storm surge and king tide caused severe damage to the beach, threatening this rare and delicate habitat. With your support, we can undertake a storm damage cleanup to restore the endangered coastal ecosystems and at-risk plant communities.

Your contribution can make a significant difference in preserving the natural beauty and balance of this unique coastal ecosystem and improving this ecosystem's overall resiliency. Join us in our efforts to protect and restore our coastal habitats for the benefit of all.

 
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Project 04

Make Mishkoopitum Youth Summer Camps A New Tradition

The Mishkoopitum Youth Summer Camps have made a remarkable impact in their first year, providing an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to learn about Mtis and First Nations culture, leadership, and environmental stewardship. Through programming created and presented by Indigenous community representatives, youth can acquire knowledge from diverse worldviews and cultures, learn valuable skills, and have fun in nature.

Thanks to the support of the REEL Earth Day 2022, the first ever Mishkoopitum Camps were a resounding success. With the overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants, we aim to build on this momentum and create a new tradition of summer camps for youth. With $15,000 in new REEL Earth Day funding, we can connect even more young people with their natural environment and each other.

Your support can help us make the Mishkoopitum Youth Summer Camps a permanent fixture in our communities, offering transformative experiences for generations to come. Join us in our efforts to empower young people and promote cross-cultural understanding through outdoor education and recreation.

 
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Project 05

Enhance Wildlife Habitat at Tynehead Regional Park

Join us in the global movement to halt and reverse the alarming loss of biodiversity worldwide. With $10,000 in REEL Earth Day funding, we can transform a former farming field into diverse habitats for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife at Tynehead Regional Park.

Buffer plantings of native trees and greenery between a Tynehead Regional Park trail and a major highway will contribute to a diverse habitat and enhance living conditions for the vast array of wildlife that calls this park home.

With your support, we can create a greener, cleaner, and quieter environment for the wildlife, promoting healthy ecosystems and preserving biodiversity for generations to come. Join us in our efforts to enhance the biodiversity and sustainability of Tynehead Regional Park, and make a positive impact on the environment and the wildlife that call it home.

 
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Project 06

Amplify First Nation Voices in Park Interpretation

First Nation stories and traditional knowledge have not always been included in park interpretation programs. These stories are best told by the keepers of this knowledge & First Nation voices. With $12,000 in funding from the REEL Earth Day Challenge, we can amplify the voices of First Nation performers and knowledge holders in regional parks.

By funding the participation of First Nation performers and knowledge holders in programs and events in regional parks, we can provide a platform for local First Nations to share their stories and culture with residents of the region. This initiative ensures that First Voices tell First Stories, promoting greater understanding and appreciation of First Nations culture and traditions.

Your support can help us promote a cultural resurgence in park interpretation, highlighting the important role of First Nations in our shared history and heritage. Join us in our efforts to amplify First Nation voices in park interpretation programs.

 
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Project 07

Revitalize Trails with Native Plants in Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Native plants have evolved alongside local insects, birds and animals. Invasive plant species pose a threat to the natural balance of ecosystems and the wildlife that depend on them. By removing invasive plants and replacing them with native species, the REEL Earth Day Challenge can help restore the ecological health of Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

For $15,000, we can clear a large area of invasive blackberry bushes along the headwaters of Musqueam Creek and replant with native species. This will enrich the supply of food and shelter for a diverse range of wildlife, including local insects, birds, and animals that depend on native plants for survival.

Moreover, this initiative will enhance the overall health of the regional park, benefitting its 3.6 million annual visitors by promoting the beauty and diversity of native plant species. Join us in our efforts to restore native plant species and enhance biodiversity in Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

 
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Project 08

Celebrate Indigenous Culture through Art

Indigenous art is a powerful way to share unique stories and histories. With $5,000 in funding from the REEL Earth Day Challenge, we can celebrate Indigenous culture and create a more inclusive environment in təmtəmxʷtən / Belcarra Regional Park.

This project would provide a creative opportunity to display Indigenous culture in the regional park by hiring a Tsleil-Waututh artist to paint a mural on a blank canvas of a picnic area concession. By showcasing Indigenous art, we can help park visitors learn about and appreciate the rich cultural heritage of the local Indigenous communities.

Your support can help us paint a new picture of regional parks and promote greater understanding and respect for Indigenous culture. Join us in our efforts to celebrate Indigenous culture through art in təmtəmxʷtən / Belcarra Regional Park.

 
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Project 09

Join Ecoblitz and Celebrate Regional Park Stewardship

Each autumn, thousands of volunteers take part in Ecoblitz events to protect and enhance our regional parks. With $10,000 in funding from the REEL Earth Day Challenge, we can support this vital work and celebrate the incredible dedication of these environmental stewards.

Ecoblitz events offer a range of stewardship activities, from planting native species and improving waterways to removing invasive species and protecting wildlife habitats. By joining the Ecoblitz, volunteers not only help to maintain the health and vitality of our parks, but also learn about the importance of environmental stewardship and the impact of their actions on our planet.

Your support can help us celebrate the incredible work of these volunteers and inspire even more people to take part in the Ecoblitz. Join us in our efforts to promote regional park stewardship and protect our precious natural environments.

 
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Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Foundation

Ours to Explore. Ours to Share. Ours to Protect.

Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Foundation is an independent registered charity committed to protecting and enhancing the region's parks and greenspaces. By donating to the Foundation, you're supporting the natural spaces that provide us with clean air, fresh water, and a healthy environment. Regional parks are where we relax, have adventures, and film productions featuring stunning Reginal Parks landscapes.

With the REEL Earth Day Challenge, the BC Film Industry community collaborates with the Foundation to fund projects that restore and enhance the ecological health of our regional parks, while also connecting people with nature.

When you donate through the REEL Earth Day Challenge, 100% of your contributions go directly to projects and programs, like those described here and others, that have a significant impact on the parks you love.

Join us in our efforts to make Metro Vancouver a greener, healthier, and more sustainable place to live. Thank you for supporting the Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Foundation.

 
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