Shedding Light: Still Creek Community-Engaged Stewardship engages community residents through our regular educational speaker series, hands-on restoration opportunities and participation in the creation of blue-green infrastructure. Shedding Light is improving water quality, restoring habitat and native plant diversity, and providing opportunities for grassroots environmental participation and community building.

Still Creek is one of the few remaining open streams in the City of Vancouver, once home to a vast stream system supporting Pacific salmon species and Indigenous communities. With the majority of the city’s streams piped underground, Still Creek is one of the few remaining places where communities can connect with and appreciate the natural stream system of the land. It is a place to find peace within the Renfrew-Collingwood urban landscape.

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Windermere Leadership students removing invasive species - Photo by Emma Warner-Chee (Jan 2020)

Shedding Light was launched in January 2020 and includes various community-engaged stewardship activities such as community creek clean-ups, invasive species removal, native seedling plantings, water, invertebrate and small fish samplings, compost bin creation, regular public talks, and the creation of blue-green infrastructure in collaboration with the City of Vancouver.

Shedding Light provides frequent opportunities for community members to act on environmental issues by participating in hands-on activities such as trash and invasive species removal, native species planting, maintenance and monitoring of newly planted sites, water quality testing, salmon fry release, and more. These activities provide experiential learning and connection to the environment.

As part of Shedding Light, we host regular public talks featuring local stewardship experts. We invite community members to learn about watersheds and the issues impacting them, as well as the role that individuals, communities, and cities play in creating a sustainable future.

Shedding Light brings together community members, experts, and youth to engage in grassroots environmental protection, specifically in improving the health of Still Creek and its watershed. The aim for these talks is to increase community knowledge and empower neighbours to take action in the Renfrew-Collingwood community and beyond.

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