A child releases a Chinook Salmon into the Fraser River with the help of her mother. Heather Norman photos

Eco-Sprouts launches with fish release

A half dozen kids released Chinook Salmon into the Fraser River on June 19

The Baker Creek Enhancement Society’s Eco-Sprouts is back for another summer of fun and exploration.

Program facilitator Laurie Bare started the program approximately 10 or 11 years ago. At the time, she had young children but no play groups for her children to attend. As she already worked with Baker Creek, she decided to start a weekly program where participants do fun nature activities. The program runs every Wednesday during the summer.

“I give a pretty open activity, and parents and kids are welcome to do it,” says Bare. “If they just want to hit a stick on a tree, then they can hit a stick on a tree. It’s just about being outside and enjoying it.”

Bare says there are many mental and physical benefits to spending time outdoors.

“And also, we’re just trying to protect our future,” says Bare. “If we can have children involved, engaged and embracing nature now, then hopefully when they get older, they’ll remember those spaces that they explored when they were younger and want to protect them. That’s the cheesy part.”

In their first day on June 19, the group release Chinook Salmon into the Fraser River. About a half-dozen kids participated in the fish release.

Most participants are between the ages of three and five years old, but children of all ages are welcome to participate.

It’s a $2 donation per child or a $5 donation for families with more than three children to participate.

Children under the age of two can participate for free.

To be added to Bare’s email list, where she updates parents and caregivers on when, where and what the activity will be each week, send her an email at ecosprousts@bakercreek.org.


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Before releasing the salmon into the Fraser, Laurie Bare read a book to teach the children about the Chinook Salmon.

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