Environmental Workshops

Join a free workshop to learn about environmental initiatives, gardening, Indigenous culture and more.

Free, Hands-on Workshops

Visit the Live Green World tent on Surrey Civic Plaza to participate in a variety of free, environmental workshops. Each workshop is led by an expert crafter and/or educator, and will allow participants to take home whatever they make. Workshops are available to attend on a first come, first served basis.


12:00 - 12:30 p.m. 

How to Make Rope from Plants in Your Garden with EartHand Gleaners

Mr. Fire-Man and Amy Biker Walker are artists who know how to make cool things like rope, baskets and more with plants you  may find in your own back yard. Join in and learn this ancient skill that is connected to all of humanity's cultural roots.  

Homemade rope

1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

How to make a Beautiful Bonsai with Surrey Parks

Kokedama is a variant of bonsai. Simply put, kokedama is a ball of soil, covered with moss, on which an ornamental plant grows. In this workshop, you will learn what a kokedama is, how to make it, soil composition, best plants to make a kokedama with and different wrapping techniques. We will also go through how to take care of your kokedama, from light requirement, watering, and general upkeep. 

Presented by Lauren Sim, Park Operations Coordinator, Surrey Parks & Rosina Cuk, Garden Park Volunteer, Darts Hill Garden Park.

woman holding bonsai tree

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

How to to make an Every Child Matters Beaded Pin with Amanda McDermott

Amanda Ruth McDermott is a registered member of Swan River First Nation in Alberta. She is Cree, Metis and Irish. She has her Bachelors degree in Social work and works with Indigenous children in foster care to help reconnect them to their families and culture. Her passion for beading started in 2013 as she began her post secondary education journey and began to reconnect to her own culture. Now, she teaches beading workshops, and have sent beading kits all over Canada to rural Indigenous communities that don’t have access to supplies. Most recently she has showcased her work at the Bill Reid Art Galleries Indigenous winter market, and also Hobiyee at the PNE Forum, which is a celebration of the Nisgaa new year. She is excited to teach how to make these Every Child Matters pins at the 2023 Party for the Planet in Surrey to remember and honour all of the children that attended these institutions and also the ones that never made it back home to their families. Hiy hiy (thank you).

Every Child Matters beaded pin

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

How to Reuse Fabrics & Old Clothing to Make Scrunchies

You will learn how to hand sew hair scrunchies from any fabric you may want to reuse or repurpose. You will be provided with a sewing kit and pre-cut fabrics and shown a step by step tutorial on how to make your own scrunchie. 

Presented by Sewn by Sunny.

Homemade scrunchies

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. 

How to Plant for Pollinators with Urban Forest Stewardship 

If you plant it, they will come!  Learn more about local pollinators such as birds, bees and butterflies, and how you can support them. Plant and take home a pollinator-friendly planter including native plants that will attract not only pollinators, but other beneficial insects and birds to your outdoor space. The species you’ll plant were chosen to attract pollinators, and also because of their benefits to the land and important cultural uses. All workshop participants will also receive a Skelkelosen seed pack developed in collaboration with the Coast Salish Plant Nursery.


Presented by Shannon Cressey, Stewardship Programs Coordinator & Carly Campos, Stewardship Programs Assistant.

Pollinator planters

5:00 - 5:30 p.m. 

How to Make a Beaded Moccasin Keychain with Jennifer White

Jennifer White of Little Métis Things creates beaded art from her home, and shares her passion for creativity with others. All pieces are hand made, and she only uses reclaimed hide that would otherwise be thrown away. She buys supplies from Indigenous-based suppliers and gives back to her Métis community. A goal through her work is to create empowerment within other Indigenous businesses and community members. 

Moccasin keychains

6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

How to Build a Solar Light Mason Jar with Explore Science Club

Bring your family to this guided workshop where you will learn to build your very own solar powered mason jar! Explore Science Club offers nature inspired science enrichment programs and events for children aged 3-12 and their families. 

Solar light mason jar