Oceans Day In The Park

Deb Ferens

Descanso Bay Regional Park

Wednesday, June 3 2015

Celebrate Oceans Day on Gabriola on Sunday, June 7 from noon to 3:00 p.m. at Descanso Bay Regional Park, 595 Taylor Bay Road.

The ever fascinating and enchanting “Interactive Sea Life” display will be the main scheduled feature of the Oceans Day event as local divers and biologists share their enthusiasm and knowledge of our marine environment. DFO (Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans) biologists will be on hand to show you the amazing world of marine plankton and seaweed. You will see tiny plants and animals under microscopes and be amazed. Talk to local citizen scientists about kelp and eelgrass, our local marine animals and seashore activities, and about protecting our waterways and watersheds. The ocean critters will be on display between noon and 2:00 p.m. then between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. you can witness the ceremony of returning them to their home in the sea.

This year we’re making a special effort to stop plastic pollution. With local support from the Coastal Community Credit Union and Village Food Market we’re challenging Gabriolans to the Better Bag Challenge. To cut down on plastic, we’ll have re-usable bags and a water station in the picnic area with re-usable cups and glasses. Or pack your own re-usables for your picnic by the seashore. If you already avoid disposable plastic bags, consider going to the next level - cut out microbeads. Don’t know what they are? Come and find out the risk they pose to marine waters and seashore, the products that contain microbeads and how you can find substitutes.

If you have a sea story to share, a sea shanty to sing, a poem about the ocean or some marine art to share, step up to the Oceans Day “stage” and entertain and amaze your friends and neighbours.

Parking is limited in the park. Consider carpooling, ride your bike or hike in - as we take the time to lower our impact by slowing down and enjoying healthy outdoor activities we help to protect and honour our marine environment.

For more information: Descanso Bay Regional Park 250-247-8255, www.rdn.bc.ca