Every Litter Bit Hurts

Apple cores, empty chip bags, old newspapers and other garbage on the ground make it look as though no one cares about the Earth. But that’s not the worst thing about litter.  It can also be harmful to animals. It can even kill them.


So, every time you get ready to toss out your trash, you have a chance to protect some special creatures.


Here’s what you can do:

  • Throw your garbage in trash cans, never on the ground.  If there isn’t a trash can nearby, hang on to your garbage untill you find one.

  • If you see trash lying on the ground, take time to put it in the garbage.

  • When you go for a walk or a hike in the park, bring a bag along for trash – the trash you make along the way, as well as the trash you find.

  • Get your school involved with litter clean ups. Check out the City of Surrey’s Lend-a-Hand  program to get your class involved and have the chance to win prizes too!  

Join an upcoming Parks & Environment Special Event or visit the Nature Centre to find out how you can make a difference in your neighbourhood! 

Planting for the Planet

Can you think of something that gives us paper, fruit, nuts, places for birds and animals to live, places for kids to climb and helps to keep our air clean?  If you said “trees”, you’re right!

Trees provide us with so many things that people and animals need every day.  The more trees, the better! Planting a tree is great fun and one of the best things you can do to help the environment.


Here’s what you can do:

  • Get involved with your family at a Releaf Community Tree Planting.  These “planting parties” happen every year and all the equipment and plants are provided. If you’ve never planted a tree before, staff and volunteers will be there to give you a hand.
  • Check out the City of Surrey’s Arbor Day event in May for more chances to plant trees.  Learn more about our local trees here in Surrey while you also try lots of fun activities, meet mascots, munch on food and get your face painted.
  • Plant a tree in your own backyard (check with your parents first).  Learn about the type (species) of tree you’ve planted so you can take care of it properly. Don’t forget to water it a lot in the summer!

Interesting Websites:


Young Naturalists' Club (Surrey/Langley)

Litter Prevention