I recently found out about Surrey’s Natural Areas Partnership (“SNAP”) thanks to a reader email and it reminded me of some of the initiatives I’ve seen from the Stanley Park Ecology Society over the years. Little did I know that SNAP has been around since 2001, “to promote the stewardship of Surrey’s natural areas.”
What started out with a handful of students doing habitat restoration has turned into a society that employs over a dozen post secondary students and over 30 volunteers.
Through programs like Eco Rangers, SNAP has helped beautify and maintain natural habitats in parks and public spaces like Blackie Spit Park, Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest, Green Timbers Urban Forest and Bear Creek Park.
Last weekend they hosted a community care ‘invasive plant removal’ event at 69A Ave and 150B Street and over 40 people showed up to help. When you volunteer at a SNAP event like this you can learn about wildlife in your area, help plant native plants, get seeds for your garden, and enjoy refreshments. Tools and gloves are also provided.
The next SNAP event is this coming Saturday, August 13th, at Hyland Creek Park (6542 – 138 Street).
Find out about future events and initiatives by following @SNAPnature on Twitter. You can also email snap.program [at] gmail [dot] com to reach the program coordinator.