YVR volunteer day at Swishwash Island

Event Details

October 28th, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Swishwash Island Nature Sanctuary, Richmond, British Columbia
Habitat Restoration

Celebrate the ongoing partnership between YVR and the Nature Conservancy of Canada by coming out to this special tree planting day on Swishwash Island. The Douglas-fir seedlings we will be planting were cultivated by Dick Loomer, long-time Steward of Swishwash Island, who passed away this summer. By joining in this event you will be part of our efforts to honour Dr. Loomer’s legacy and to celebrate the fifteen years he spent caring for Swishwash Island.

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

YVR volunteers will be helping to plant native trees and shrubs onto Swishwash Island. A film crew will be on hand to document the hard work and good fun of the day.

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.

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
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

Support for this event is generously provided by the Shuparksi family, YVR 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 (gumboots) strongly encouraged
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medications