Legacy tree planting at Swishwash Island

Event Details

October 27th, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Swishwash Island Nature Sanctuary, Richmond, British Columbia
Habitat Restoration

Help carry on the legacy of Dick Loomer, long time Steward of Swishwash Island, who passed away this summer. We are honoured to have been left with almost 100 Douglas-fir seedlings that Dr. Loomer had cultivated as part of his restoration efforts for this small island sanctuary in the mouth of the Fraser River. Planting these trees and other native shrubs will be a fitting celebration of the fifteen-year commitment Dr. Loomer made to caring for Swishwash Island. All nature lovers are welcome and encouraged to join!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Swishwash Island Nature Sanctuary, Richmond

Swishwash Island is a private nature sanctuary owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. It is a small beacon of biodiversity located in the middle arm of the Fraser River Estuary which is one of the most productive estuaries in the world.

Swishwash Island was donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada by BC Packers Ltd. in 1999. Located next to the Vancouver International Airport, the island serves as a small yet important sanctuary for fish, birds and wildlife in an otherwise highly developed area.

What you will be doing

Volunteers will be helping to transport and plant native trees and shrubs onto Swishwash Island. We will start by loading tools and plants onto Coast Guard boats for the short ride across to Swishwash. On the island we will work at removing invasives, digging holes and beginning to plant some trees. If time permits, volunteers can also help with a shoreline clean up!

Why you will love it

Swishwash Island Nature Sanctuary is generally closed to the public, so this volunteer day provides a unique opportunity to visit this small yet important sanctuary for fish, birds and other wildlife. You will also be treated to a boat ride with the Canadian Coast Guard.


Contact Jocelyn Wood: jocelyn.wood@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

All tools will be provided (shovels, gloves, plants, garbage bags).

We will meet at the Canadian Coast Guard Sea Island Hovercraft Base, 4260 Inglis Drive, Richmond. Participants will meet outside the gates to the base and will be escorted in or directed to parking.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Transportation to property provided by NCC
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

Support for this event is generously provided by the Shuparksi family and the Canadian Coast Guard.

Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants (please wear pants)
  • Hat
  • Long sleeves
  • Waterproof boots (gum boots) strongly encouraged
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses