Fingerling Festival 2017

Thank you for celebrating our 25th Annual Fingerling Festival

We held our 25th annual Fingerling Festival on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 11 am – 3 pm, the Port Moody Ecological Society.  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 partner with 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 proud that over 100 volunteers helped us to make this environmental festival our very best to date.  Volunteers of all ages were encouraged to register by emailing portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com.  Roles included 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 were encouraged to volunteer, with flexible shifts available.  This is a great way to introduce volunteerism to young children.

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 encouraged to apply to attend from January of each year.  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 were First Nations artists and carvers, wildlife artists, Metro Van Regional Parks, amongst others.  The ever popular Bobs & Lolo were back again this year to give performances at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm in the arena.
A list of some of our previous exhibitors is available here to give you an idea of who you can meet! http://noonscreek.org/ff-confirmedexhibitors/
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 www.noonscreek.org, 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!

Fingerling Festival Managers:

Brian Wormald, President and Relationships Manager

Dave Bennie, Exhibitors and Relationships Manager

Sandra Niven, Volunteer and Communications Manager

Email:    portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com

Website:  www.noonscreek.org

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

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