About cultural events

Community cultural events help bridge cultures and build strong communities through the arts, featuring visual and performing arts, and encouraging public engagement.

Feathers & Fungi at Wild Bird Trust of BC
Feathers & Fungi 2022
Maplewood Flats, 2649 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver

celebrating the natural world and the relationship between birds and fungi, in partnership with the  Wild Bird Trust of BC

For over 20 years, North Van Arts has hosted Arts in the Garden in private North Shore gardens. As the event evolves, we have begun featuring public garden spaces as part of our efforts to work towards rendering the event more accessible. In 2022, we had the pleasure of partnering with Wild Bird Trust to create an all-ages event to inspire curiosity and wonder about the interactions of birds and fungi. 

 Just like other Arts in the Garden locations, at Maplewood Flats visitors had opportunities to engage with art and nature: at the Coast Salish Plant Nursery, at the Coast Salish Plant Exhibition, and on the trails. Unique to this location were interactive workshops that took place over the weekend.

Saturday, May 28
Make Your Own Birdwings Workshop
guided Naturalist Walk

Sunday, May 29
Make Your Own Paper Mâché Puppet Workshop
Bird Movement Workshop
Community Parade

Coast Salish Plant Exhibition

An exhibition highlighting Indigenous knowledge of native plants, including the plants’ various uses and their connection to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and the səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) history.
Featuring work by Angelina Hopkins Rose, Erica Mulder, Nicole Preissl, Ronnie Dean Harris, Shḵwen̓ Ocean Hyland, Tsawaysia Spakwus Alice
Guss, T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss, Senaqwila Wyss.

April 22  – June 6, 2022

Nootka Rose, image from nwplants.com

Coast Salish Plant Nursery

Large selection of native plants for sale.

The Coast Salish Plant Nursery is an important component of what we do at Maplewood Flats. Our aim is to recognize and emphasize the cultural associations of Coast Salish plants, and how they can be used to improve biodiversity and habitat value for local wildlife.

Sat & Sun, May 28 & 29, 10am-4pm.

Coast Salish Plant Nursery, by Jordan Gallie

Make Your Own Birdwings Workshop
Sat, May 28, 9:30am-12:30pm

Join this workshop to learn about your favourite local birds then create your very own set of bird wings so you can “become” your bird. Learn how to paint and assemble your wings. You can then soar with your wings in the Feathers & Fungi Community Parade!

We will be working with permanent paints so wear clothes you won’t mind if they accidentally get dripped on with paint.

Registration required | All materials provided | All ages
Children under 11 must be accompanied by a supportive adult.
led by Carmen Rosen

Fee: $30/set of wings

Make Birdwings with Carmen Rosen

Naturalist Walk
Sat, May 28, 2:00-5:00pm

Learn all about the relations between birds and mushrooms!
Join us on a walk in the woods to observe and learn about the ecological relationships between avians and fungi, exploring how they work together to create food and habitat for each other as well as other forest life.

Registration required | free | all ages welcome
Led by Traditional Knowledge Keeper T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss and naturalist/mycologist/artist Willoughby Arevalo.

WilloughbyArevalo & Cease Wyss

Make Your Own Paper Mâché Mushroom Puppet
Sun, May 29, 9:30am-12:30pm

Using sticks, paper, tape and glue, we will craft larger-than life mushroom puppets to carry in the Feathers & Fungi Parade, inspired by real mushroom species from here and around the world.

Fee: $10/mushroom puppet
Registration required | | all ages welcome
11 and under must be accompanied by a supportive adult
Led by naturalist/mycologist/artist Willoughby Arevalo

Mushroom Puppets with Willoughby Arevalo

Bird Movement Workshop
Sun, May 29, 3:30-5:00pm

Learn about birds through embodying their anatomy, movement patterns and behaviors, and move inspired by murmurations and migration patterns.

Fee: $10/person
Registration required | all ages welcome
children 11 and under must come with a supportive adult

led by Isabelle Kirouac

Bird Movement workshop with Isabelle Kirouac

Community Parade
Sun, May 29, 5:30-6:30pm

Join our festive community parade along the forested paths of Maplewood Flats for a celebration of our local birds and fungi! Join stiltwalkers and bird-friendly musicians, bring your wings and puppets or come as you are!

Free | all ages welcome

Bird parade with Isabelle Kirouac