The Stanley Park Ecology Society (“SPES”) and its volunteers work hard to conserve, protect, educate and research to ensure that Stanley Park remains a bastion of natural wonder and beauty, and the Best Park in the World.
If you’ve followed Miss604 online — whether on the blog, Twitter, or Instagram — you’ll know how much I love Stanley Park, which is why I became a member of the Stanley Park Ecology Society almost three years ago. In fact, I was the first person to ever purchase a membership online and I have featured a monthly “SPES Saturday” series submitted by the Stanley Park Ecology Society since that time as well.
My Vancouver Gift Guide series wouldn’t possibly be complete without a list of ways that you support Stanley Park now, and throughout the year, thanks to the Stanley Park Ecology Society’s gifts that give back.
Supporting the Stanley Park Ecology Society
Every year 8 million people visit Stanley Park… to marvel at its forests, connect with nature, exercise along its seawall and relax on its beaches. Great blue herons, bald eagles, little brown bats and coastal cutthroat trout live here while thousands of overwintering birds shelter along its shores. For all that Stanley Park offers people and wildlife, SPES invites you to help us give back.
Your year-end tax deductible donation supports Stanley Park Ecology Society’s stewardship of Vancouver’s largest urban wilderness: Restoring habitat, monitoring wildlife, inspiring school children with quality environmental education programs, and connecting park visitors of all ages with nature.
Gifts for Stanley Park
$16.50 buys one 5 gallon native plant to help restore damaged Park habitat.
$48 adopts a Great blue heron nest to support conservation of this Species at Risk.
$160 provides one pair of high quality binoculars for SPES’ popular public birding programs.
$500 subsidizes the school program fee for one inner city class to participate in Nature Ninjas, an empowering, unforgettable overnight camping fieldtrip in Stanley Park (read more about Nature Ninjas »).
In 2014, donations helped 5,401 elementary school students participate in SPES’ experiential education programs, helped remove over 325 cubic meters of invasive species from Stanley Park (equivalent of 217 wheel barrows-full), planted 850 native plants in habitat restoration efforts… and much, much more. To make a donation or purchase an annual membership call (604) 718-6523 or donate online.
Your annual membership (for $15, $20, $30, or $40) includes quarterly newsletters; discounts on SPES Discovery Walks, programs and special events; special invitations to free preview nights in Stanley Park for Halloween Ghost Train, Christmas Bright Nights and Theatre Under the Stars; discounted admission to the Vancouver Aquarium; and voting rights at SPES’ Annual General Meeting.