Nature Walk with T’uy’tanat – Cease Wyss, July 16

This Land. This Place.

Join artist and ethnobotanist Cease Wyss for nature walks along the Shoreline Trail. Come and experience the forest from a Coast Salish world-view. Learn traditional names and medicinal purposes of the plants and trees. Listen to stories of local history of this land and how the trees, rocks and animals all of our relations.
Sunday June 25 from 1pm. Please allow up to 1.5 hours for this tour.
No registration required. All ages welcome.

T’uy’tanat-Cease Wyss
Skwxwu7mesh/Sto:Lo/ Hawaiian/Swiss
Cease Wyss is an ethnobotanist, Media Artist, Educator and Activist. She is traditionally trained by Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers. She continues to study and also teach medicinal plants with her community and programs all over Vancouver and the lower mainland. She has been a media artist for over 25 year producing work nationally and internationally. Her work involves site-specific and culturally focused teaching with storytelling as her means of sharing knowledge. Cease has been involved as an Artist in Residence with various community centres and parks in Vancouver from the early 1990’s to date, and has created works through community engagement and dialogues. Cease continuously promotes sharing knowledge and culture, with diverse communities in the unceded territory of her people and beyond.

Acknowledging that we are on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

School Programs

Outdoor Classrooms

Join us for a morning of learning.  We encourage school and community groups to engage with us through volunteering or by undertaking one of the many courses that are offered throughout the year.

Bookings:  please call us on 604-469-9106 for enquiries or email to book.

Our classes cost $45.00 for up to 15 students and $3.00 for every student above that. Classes can be tailored to suit your students current studies and needs.

Estuary Exploration for Under Fives (1.5 hours)

Introduces aquatic habitats through games and observation, children will investigate a pond habitat and discover for themselves who is living there.

Estuary Exploration for Grades 1 to 3 (1.5 hours)

Introduces the student to the Estuary, a place of edges where fresh water meets salt, where plants and animals must live in a habitat which is both wet and dry, salt and fresh, warm and cold. Students learn about food webs and habitat through games and by observation.

Salmon Cycle for Grades 4 and 5 (2 hours)

Noons Creek Hatchery is a teaching hatchery which releases tens of thousands of Chum and Coho fry annually. Students will learn about the life cycle of the salmon both in the hatchery and in our creeks and ocean.

Stream Science for Grades 6 and 7+ (2.5 hours)

Scientists measure the health of a creek in many ways: by its temperature, its pH, by what is dissolved in it whether seen or unseen, and even by what lives in it! Students make these measurements for themselves, and in the process not only learn how to collect data, but discover what makes our urban streams healthy or sick, bountiful or barren. This program can also be adapted to middle and high school students.

Streamkeepers Workshop (1 or 2 days – Weekends)

One or two days, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

The Pacific Streamkeepers Federation is a Non-Profit Society helping streamkeepers take action through support, education and building partnerships. Working in cooperation with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Capilano College, the Federation facilitates streamkeepers training.

As a Federation member, Port Moody Ecological Society offers streamkeeper-related training at the Noons Creek Hatchery. Our fully certified trainers currently teach Modules 1-4, 7 and 11 from the FOC Streamkeepers handbook.

Module 1: Introductory Stream Habitat Survey

Module 2: Advanced Stream Habitat Survey

Module 3: Water Quality Survey

Module 4: Stream Invertebrate Survey

Module 7: Streamside Planting

Module 11: Juvenile Fish Trapping and Identification

2-day workshop: $100 per person or $90 if group is larger than 14 participants

1-day workshop: (any two modules): $70 per person or $80 per person if group is larger than 14 participants

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup – 40kg’s removed in 2017!

Thanks to everyone that participated!  More than 60 volunteers helped clear over 40kg’s of garbage from along our shoreline at our Noons Creek hatchery on Saturday, August 19, for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.  See you on Saturday, August 18, 2018!

We will be cleaning along Noons Creek, the Shoreline Trail of the Port Moody Arm of Burrard Inlet.

The Port Moody Ecological Society acknowledges and honours that our community lies on unceded indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish Peoples.

Register online now 

Help us promote this event by printing this poster and putting it up at your work or school:  GCSC poster 2017

Stay up to date via our Facebook page @NoonsCreek and Twitter @noonscreek


  • Please register online
  • Bring three shopping bags – one for garbage, one for recycling and one for cigarette butts
  • Gloves and boots (we have a limited supply)
  • Wear clothes that can get dirty and possibly wet
  • Stay out of the mud
  • Separate cigarette butts
  • Do not pick up dead animals – record the details of the type and location only
  • Stay well away from the railway tracks
  • If a item is in the mud, please leave it as it may now be home to marine animals (but record the type and location)

We will be collecting cigarette butts separately and sending them to Terracycle Canada for recycling.


2016 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup – Aug 20, 2016

Join us at our Noons Creek hatchery on Saturday, August 20, drop-in between 9 and 11am as we again participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

We will be cleaning along Noons Creek, the Shoreline Trail of the Port Moody Arm of Burrard Inlet.

Register online now 

Help us promote this event by printing this poster and putting it up at your work or school:  GCSC poster 2015

Stay up to date via our Facebook page @NoonsCreek


  • Please register online
  • Bring three shopping bags – one for garbage, one for recycling and one for cigarette butts
  • Gloves and boots (we have a limited supply)
  • Wear clothes that can get dirty and possibly wet
  • Stay out of the mud
  • Separate cigarette butts
  • Do not pick up dead animals – record the details of the type and location only
  • Stay well away from the railway tracks
  • If a item is in the mud, please leave it as it may now be home to marine animals (but record the type and location)

We will be collecting cigarette butts separately and sending them to Terracycle Canada for recycling.

Exhibitors FF2016

Fingerling Festival 2011 072It’s our 25th Fingerling Festival anniversary in 2017!

Thank you for applying to be an exhibitor or sponsor at our 25th Annual Fingerling Festival, one of the very best of its kind in BC, attracting over 5,000 people of all ages who love the environment just as much as we do.

Click here for a List of confirmed exhibitors

We accept exhibitor applications from environmental and community based organisations – receipt of applications does not guarantee acceptance.  Please note that all exhibitors must contain an environmental element in their exhibition.

What to expect: 

  • More than 5,000 attendees!  Lots of families and people of all ages coming to meet and learn about your organisation
  • Lunch is on us!  We provide a hot dog, juice, chips, coffee and muffins. Veggie dogs are available but they go quickly.
  • Opportunities to meet and network with likeminded groups and individuals
  • Have fun!  There’s lots to see and do.  If you need assistance, just ask one of our fantastic volunteers
  • Lots of raffle prizes so please consider purchasing tickets to help us raise funds

What we expect: 

  • All exhibitors can arrive from 9:00am and must be set up and ready to go by 10:00am. 
  • You must stay for the duration and cannot take down your exhibit before 3:00pm.
  • It gets busy!  If you have lots of equipment please arrive early so you can drop off and find parking
  • Your exhibit must contain an environmental element in your exhibit – that’s what we’re all here for!
  • Please let us know if you can provide a donation for our raffle and drop it off upon your arrival.  Thank you!

This is a balloon free and scent free event.

If you have any questions, please contact Dave Bennie, Festival Director, directly via email at or on 604-617-1163.

Parking is limited so please arrive early – any time from 8:00am.

Attendee(s) Name:
Organisation / Business (if applicable):
Email Address:
Phone (required):
Please provide a brief description of your exhibit – note that all Fingerling Festival exhibits MUST contain an environmental message element:
About: Exhibitor Sponsor Exhibitor and Sponsor Festival Volunteer Media Other
Other? Please explain:
Exhibitor Requirements Table and 2 Chairs (provided) Clear Area (no table) Electricity (please use the outer circle of the rink, along the wall) Outside (please provide your own tent)
Question, Comment or Feedback?Would you consider donating a prize for our raffle table?  Please let us know the item so that we can acknowledge you.  Thank you.

This online form was provided by Freedback.

Sponsor & Donations

Port Metro Vancouver - Sammy Seagull 2013We are actively seeking sponsors and prize donations for this year’s 25th anniversary Fingerling Festival.

Please call Dave Bennie on 604-469-9106 to discuss options.

Donations of prizes are always welcome.

Thank you!

Fingerling Festival – May 5, 2018

25th Annual Fingerling Festival on May 5, 2018.  Call for volunteers and exhibitors!

A fun, free family event for all ages.  Help release 40,000 fingerling (juvenile) salmon into Noons Creek, meet 70 environmental groups and see how you can make a difference in our community.

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 11 am – 3 pm, the Port Moody Ecological Society invites everyone to attend our very special Fingerling Festival. Yes, it’s been 25 years since we first started our bucket brigade, putting chum salmon into Noons Creek.

A fun, free environmental festival at the Noons Creek Hatchery in Port Moody, located just across the walking bridge on the north side of the skating arena, 300 Ioco Road.  We are very proud to announce the City of Port Moody, Pacific Coast Terminals (PCT) and Port of Vancouver, as again being tremendous sponsors of this year’s event.

We are seeking over 100 volunteers to make this environmental festival our very best to date.  Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to register by emailing  Roles include helping with over 70 environmental organisations and 5,000 visitors, setting up, cooking in our food tent, and assisting with the release of salmon into Noons Creek.



Family groups are encouraged to volunteer, with flexible shifts available.  This is a great way to introduce volunteerism to your family.

This iconic environmental festival, the largest of its kind in the Lower Mainland, provides an opportunity for children to help release thousands of young chum salmon into Noons Creek to help these fish begin their four-year journey at sea, and to visit the hatchery with its fish-rearing pond and restored wetland.

Environmental groups and artists are invited to apply to attend.  In the Port Moody Skating Arena, over 70 organizations will provide opportunities to learn more about community initiatives and environmental stewardship. We are delighted announce the following as some of the exhibitors that will be attending:


  • The City of Port Moody (Presenting Sponsor)
  • Port of Vancouver (Sponsor)
  • Pacific Coast Terminals (Sponsor)
  • Mike the Reptile Guy
  • Mossom Creek Hatchery (BIMES)
  • Colony Farm Park Association
  • Burke Mountain Naturalists
  • Fraser River Discovery Centre
  • Port Moody Station Museum
  • Rivershed Society
  • Vancouver Aquarium’s aquabus
  • Plus many more.

There will be First Nations artists and carvers, wildlife artists, Metro Van Regional Parks, amongst others.  The ever popular Bobs & Lolo will be back again this year to give performances at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm in the arena.

An updated list is available online at

The Fingerling Festival is our only fundraiser of the year and includes raffles and a hot dog tent.  People are encouraged to carpool, use public transit or cycle to the event as this is a green event, and parking is very limited.  For additional information, visit, phone the hatchery at 604-469-9106, or call Festival organizer Dave Bennie on 604-617-1163.

The Port Moody Ecological Society is a 100% volunteer-operated teaching hatchery that raises Coho and Chum salmon, has been undertaking and teaching water quality testing for over 15 years, and provides community outreach and school programmes throughout the year.

Port Moody Ecological Society – Celebrating 26 years of environmental awareness and stewardship in 2017! 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody, BC V3H 2V7 Tel: (604) 469-9106 Located to the right of the Port Moody Recreation Centre and Ice Hockey Rink Website: Facebook: Twitter:!/NoonsCreek We aim to respond to you within three working days.  Sooner, whenever possible.

Past exhibitors have included:

Bulbs – $5 a bag NOW ON SALE


Get your bags of Tulips and Daffodils!  Drop by the hatchery 9 – 11am Monday to Saturday.

Thanks to the City of Port Moody, we are again offering Tulip and Daffodil bulbs for sale for $5 a bag – with Hyacinths at $10 per bag.  Get yours now before they sell out – there is no limit on purchases.

Cash sales only.

We are a volunteer operated hatchery and are usually open six days a week from Monday to Saturday between 9am and 11am but please call us on 604-469-9106 if you are making a special trip.

All proceeds go to supporting your totally volunteer-run Noons Creek Hatchery.

Thanks for your fantastic support!!!!!


Oiled Wildlife Response Training

Oiled grebeSome local community members, lead by Elaine Willis and Jane Thomsing, are looking into bringing an ‘Oiled Wildlife Response Training’ course to the Tri-Cities sometime in the future.

Please email your potential interest in the oiled wildlife response course to and they will be in touch with the details once they are confirmed.  [Please note the Port Moody Ecological Society is not running this course so please direct all questions to Elaine via the email address listed above].

Oiled Wildlife Firstresponder Training Needed In The Tri-Cities   

Port Coquitlam – Did you know that we have nothing in place in the Tri-Cities in the event of a significant oil spill to respond to the care and treatment of wildlife? I attended a gathering with like-minded people that are concerned about environmental sustainability, called Tri-City Greendrinks, last week. Green Drinks events occur around the world and are open to everyone. There were 32 concerned citizens, including several Tri-Cities elected municipal councillors, in attendance.Some might assume that we already have something like this in place and that the SPCA would be the organization equipped to look after birds smothered in oil.Wrong. Sara Dubois, the chief scientific officer at the BCSPCA, and Jane Thomsing, former employee and volunteer for the Wildlife Rescue Association, say this is not the case. They emphasize that we need education and oiled wildlife first responder training to handle this huge risk that has not been addressed. Port Moody Coun. Rick Glumac indicated he has attempted to initiate an open house in Port Moody with Kinder Morgan. Kinder Morgan continually postpones dates to answer the difficult questions – why is this? In response to the presentation, Tri-City Greendrinks facilitator Elaine Willis will be organizing oiled wildlife first responder training in the Tri-Cities through the Tri-City Green Council network.Nancy McCurrach, Port Coquitlam © Tri-Cities Now

See more at:

An oiled wildlife article produced by the BCSPCA:

Elaine Willis

Elaine Willis

Streamkeepers Two Day Course for members – June 7 & 8, 2014

Even though these photos have motion blur (because living fish tend to move), one is clearly larger than the other. Both are from the 2012 brood year, but the smaller fish is what we call a 'pinhead'.

The Port Moody Ecological Society is very happy to offer a two day Streamkeepers course, presented by the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation on June 7 & 8 from 9:30am to 4:30pm. This course will be held outdoors by our Noons Creek hatchery in the Shoreline Park on Ioco Road.

Registration required – space is limited to 12 and is on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. A $50 fee per person cheque is payable to the Pacific Stream Keepers Federation (PSKF) prior to the course  Please post it to the Port Moody Ecological Society, 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody BC, V3H 1S1. Mark it for the attention of Sandra Niven.

The handbook is available for $20 on the day or online at

To register or for more information, please contact Sandra Niven at

With Streamkeepers training, people gain knowledge about aquatic habitats. Everyone, from residents to land developers, foresters, farmers, and ranchers, needs to become aware of how important good watershed practices are to the long term protection of our environment. With Streamkeepers Training, participants will be able to “write a report card” on their waterway in regards to the following topics:

Introductory and Advanced Stream Habitat Survey – The mapping process helps you relate land and water use with stream health in the watershed. You will be able to identify habitats in need of protection or restoration. Documenting habitat problems, such as erosion, insufficient stream bank vegetation, pollution sources, or stream barriers, helps you choose appropriate restoration projects.

Advanced Stream Habitat Survey – This module conducts a detailed habitat assessment and will include measuring water discharge, streambed material, bank stability, stream bank vegetation, overhead canopy, and riparian zone assessments

Water Quality Survey – Water quality measurements provide basic information about your stream. You will learn to measure turbidity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and temperature.

Stream Invertebrate Survey – Invertebrates play an important role in the aquatic food chain. They eat algae, leaves, or organic debris and are food for fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and other insects in the stream ecosystem. The various kinds of invertebrates you find in your stream tell a lot about the health of your watershed.

Streamside Planting: Riparian vegetation is a very important part of a stream ecosystem. Plants stabilize stream banks, reduce erosion, and provide protective cover for fish. Trees provide shade, which helps control water temperatures. Logs fall into the stream, where they create diverse habitat and help dissipate erosion energy. Leaf litter provides an important source of food for stream organisms. Plants trap sediment and filter out pollutants before they reach the stream. They help the soil absorb precipitation and release it slowly during dry spells. The riparian area provides habitat and travel routes for birds and wildlife.