Sunday, 9 November 2014

TT Walk: Saturday Nov. 15 at 10am

Dear Parents,

Trail Troupers will hold its next nature walk on November 15th at 10am. Please dress warmly and bring your kids for a fun hour. We will meet at 33rd Avenue and Camosun Street, and the theme of the month is "Spot the Differences".

Hope to see everyone there,

Sheida Naderi-Azad
Director, Trail Troupers Program

Friday, 12 September 2014

Insects and Spiders

Time for the September walk! The walk will take place next Saturday, September 20th at 10am. We are super excited and have been preparing for a walk where you will learn about the insects and spiders on the trails. We will meet at the Old Park Center, on 16th Avenue and just west of Blanca Street. Please remember to dress for the weather; the walk will go on even in case of rain shower! Our leaders Kassandra and Phillip will be leading this month's walk, and they're excited to see everyone.

See the poster below for more detail on the walk:

Hope to see everyone.
Sheida Naderi-Azad
Director, Trail Troupers Program

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Take Another Look!

Sunday September 14 
Meet at the Park Outpost (Park Center) on 16th Ave.
(see map below)
Event open from 1-4 PM, allow 45 min to an hour to complete.
(last start time 3:30)

This  is a  Fun Family treasure hunt
we have levels for all ages from toddlers to adults! 

Snowberry the mouse and Hazel the squirrel are back, come and see their next adventure in the forest!

more information on PSPS website

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Trail Troupers: June Debrief + Our Canada Project

Last walk we had a great show-up and terrific weather, which together called for a few zealous photos! We met at 33rd Avenue and Camosun Street, and followed a rather short but fascinating trail. Please the previous post for more information on the trip.

The kids after winning the infamous game "Squirrel Tag":

Sharing their experiences after the game "Camouflage":

In addition, I am excited to announce that Our Canada Project has added Trail Troupers to its archive of inspiring youth-led programs in Canada. To find our description and take a glimpse of other astounding programs, please visit their website at

Cheers until next time!

Sheida Naderi-Azad
Director, Trail Troupers Program

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Trail Troupers Walk: June 21st at 10am

This Saturday we present you with...

"Forest Fun!" That's right; Trail Troupers has decided to focus this walk on teaching "fun" facts about the forest. We will be learning a wide range of information, from the foams produced by Spit Bugs to a plant nicknamed Moustache and Beard, to exciting games like squirrel tag and bird's nest. We have designed all the activities to fit 5-10 year-old children, but all is welcome!

Please meet us at 33rd Avenue and Camosun Street at 10am sharp on June 21st for a morning full of fun. If you are interested in attending the walk or for more info, please email us at .

PS- Did you know?? Spittle Bugs use plant juice to produce foamy material. Scientists are still debating the reason for the behaviour, but it is common notion that the foam hides them from predators' eyes. Also, some research has been done to show that they prefer humid environment for growth and survival. After all, nothing is more humid than a bath of bubbles all around you!

Cheers to Nature,
Sheida Naderi-Azad

Director, Trail Troupers Program

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Recap. on April's Walk

The April walk was particularly interesting this time around. We did a variety of activities, including determining the diversity of colours in the forest, collaborating on a group art project, and pulling on the inspiration of the forest by doing some poetry and drawing. This was the first walk where we used art, rather than science alone, to stimulate some different styles of learning within the group. We hope that we have sparked curiosity about the forest in a new way.

 This month's leader Kassandra Yau took a few photos during the walk:

Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming walk.

Sheida Naderi-Azad

Director, Trail Troupers Program

Trail Troupers Walk: May 17th at 10am

Last month we had a very exciting walk where we looked at the park from an "artsy" perspective as opposed to our usual scientific outlook. Unfortunately, many parents were not able to locate the trail and were unable to attend. That is why we have decided to lead another walk with a similar theme.

Are you interested in teaching your children about nature? Would you like to attend a Family Event for FREE on a weekend? Trail Troupers is hosting its next nature walk on May17th at the intersection of 16th Avenue and Acadia Road. Meet us at 10am for a fun hour-long walk. This walk is intended for families with children aged 3-12 years old.

Here's the map in case you cannot find us!

Take a look at our poster with more information:

Dress warm, bring your kids, and be prepared to learn about discovering the park. For more information or to be added to our Parent Mailing List, email us at . You may also check out our blog at for monthly updates.

See you soon,
Sheida Naderi-Azad
Director, Trail Troupers Program

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Stories Along the Trail

Fun for the whole Family!

Sunday April 27,  1 - 4 PM

(last departure from starting point at 3:20)

Did you miss the Stories Along the Trail last September?  It rained, it rained very hard, and few people showed up.  So we are doing a rerun of the stories this spring.  Maybe you were there, and would just like to see it again 
since the stories are live they do change a bit with each telling.

 Costumed storytellers will be found along a trail, and enchant you as they tell you about the adventures of a mysterious Chimera who is looking for a home.  You will hear how it just doesn’t work out to live with any of the creatures who it meets.  And of course you will learn about the secret lives of all these beings  bats, birds, a coyote and more! You will be left wondering what sort of being the Chimera is ... just wait till you find out!

Bring your family and friends to a unique storytelling event where you will be guided along a marked trail!  It’s free and it’s fun, and it is enchanting!  
... And it’s suitable for all ages.  

(The trail loop is about a 1.5 km long.  It’s gravel, but OK for strollers)

How to get there!

Meet at the Salish Trail park entrance on 16th Ave about 1/2 km east of the traffic circle at 16th and Wesbrook Mall. You will be directed to follow the short path to the event start. 

Parking is available along 16th Ave.
You can take either the 33 or 25 bus along 16th Ave.; the closest stop is Hampton Place.

Guides will take groups around
every 10 to 15 minutes.  
The walk, including the stories will take a little less than an hour and a half.

Enjoy waiting for you turn by visiting activities and displays by a 
Metro Vancouver Park Interpreter!  Girl Guides will offer refreshments.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Trail Troupers Walk on Saturday Apr. 19th at 10am


Trail Troupers' next nature walk will be held on the upcoming Saturday (Apr. 19th, 2014) at 10am. This walk will be particularly interesting since we will be using art, rather than science alone, to stimulate different learning styles within the group. We will talk about forest litter and decomposition and will make a collaborative group art project by the end of the walk.

This month's leader is Kassandra Yau from Prince of Wales Secondary School. We hope to spark curiosity about the forest in a different way in this walk! We would love to see old and new faces so please make some time to attend the walk.

Take a look at the poster below for more information:

Sheida Naderi-Azad
Director, Trail Troupers Program

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Trail Troupers Nature Walk March 22nd

Trail Troupers will hold its next nature walk on March 22nd at 10am. We will meet at the Old Park Centre (16th Avenue, 400m West of Blanca Street). Please dress for the weather and prepare your kids to learn about ferns and logs!

Sheida Naderi-Azad
Director, Trail Troupers Program

Friday, 31 January 2014

Trail Troupers Walk February 22nd, 2013


We are back from our January's break and will hold the next nature walk on Saturday February 22nd at 10am. During this walk we will be learning about our five senses and how to become more aware of our environment. We will be meeting at the intersection between Camosun Street and 29th Avenue, and will then be going through the Saint George's trail. Please dress warm and come ready to go!

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