Night Quest 2018: Banana Slugs, Owls, and Deer, OH MY!

On March 24th, the BCWF team traded their wetland caps for headlamps and prepared for a brisk evening in Pacific Spirit Park at Metro Vancouver’s event, Night Quest. 2 km of trails were lit up throughout the park, for families to adventure through. The park trails were equipped with animal displays, tracks and sounds, and volunteers dressed in costumes from woodland creatures to happy, hoppy frogs. All of which helped to promote the use of Pacific Spirit Park and to provide a way for families to enjoy the outdoors with their children.

A Banana Slug, complete with slime trail, on display on the side of the walking trail.

Educational booths from organizations such as, the Stanley Park Ecology Society, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and, of course, the BCWF, were stationed at the entrance to teach children about conservation and promote environmental stewardship. Additionally, there were hot drinks and yummy treats, sold by the Girl Guides of Canada and wood branding demos that Scouts Canada were graciously offering up as souvenirs from the event.

The BCWF booth focused on teaching children how to identify various animal tracks from species that would be found in BC Wetlands. The animal tracks were made into stamps to allow children the opportunity to not only test their animal print knowledge, but create a scene, displaying all the animal tracks that they had learned to take home with them. Children spent the night colouring and stamping their take home pages and matching their stamps up to replicated fossils of the animal tracks.

The event was a major success, with steady traffic the entire night. A special thanks to Metro Vancouver for inviting us to attend and to Wildlife Habitat Canada for sponsoring our attendance. The BCWF Wetlands Education team looks forward to returning to Night Quest next year!

Animal track “fossils” and stamps used for the children’s programming.

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