Partners of the Comox Valley Conservation Partnership are hosting an interactive and educational event focused on watershed health and awareness at Puntledge Park to celebrate River’s Day on Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“This is our second year putting on this free family-friendly event; with nine groups and a Kids’ Zone, it will be even bigger and better than last year,” said Helmut Novak from the Millard-Piercy Watershed Stewards.
The event aims to share information about local watersheds and showcase the work various groups are doing to steward them.
“This a great opportunity to find out what is going on in your backyard and who is doing it,” said Pam Lengyel from the Beaufort Watershed Stewards.
Participating groups include the Beaufort Watershed Stewards, Comox Valley Nature, Comox Valley Project Watershed Society, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Millard-Piercy Watershed Stewards, Morrison Creek Streamkeepers, Roy Creek Salmonid Enhancement Society, Save Our Forests Team and Tsolum River Restoration Society.
Each group will have a booth that focuses on a topic related to watersheds.
“We are not just presenting information; we are also letting people know how they can help – from volunteering to planting specific things in your garden, there are many actions one can take to keep our watersheds, and the ‘creatures’ that use them, healthy,” said Caila Holbrook from the Comox Valley Project Watershed Society.
There will be interactive displays and information on watershed health, water quality and flow monitoring, salmonid life cycles, fish monitoring activities, fisheries regulations, the Morrison Creek lamprey, invasive flora and fauna, forests, riparian zones and estuaries. During the event Morrison Creek Streamkeepers will lead short and informative walks from the event along the Puntledge River.
The event also features a Kids’ Zone with plenty of activities for young people and those young at heart, including games, crafts and a face painter.
“Each booth will have a stamp and participants who collect stamps from all the booths will be put in a draw to win one of three prizes. You can come have fun, learn something and maybe even win something,” staid Kathryn Clouston from the Morrison Creek Streamkeepers.