Discover Nature in the Tri-Cities Booklet

Exploring the outdoors is a fun way to learn about our natural environment and where we live. The Burke Mountain Naturalists created this illustrated, colour booklet to introduce children and families to the habitat, flora, and fauna of eight popular nature sites in the Tri-Cities. Each site in the booklet includes a description about the habitat, plants and wildlife that can be commonly found there, along with coloured illustrations and a map of where to explore.

Each site offers something different to explore. At Belcarra Park you can learn about the variety of life found where the ocean meets the land. Along the Shoreline Trail you can observe many waterfowl that make the salt-water inlet their home. In Mundy Park you can walk through mature forest with two small lakes. At Como Lake you will see many creatures that are attracted by the small fish in the lake and the wetlands. Along the Coquitlam River and Hyde Creek waterways, you will find riparian habitat and salmon spawning in the fall – Hyde Creek also has a fish hatchery. At Colony Farm and DeBoville Slough you will find diked areas each with very different habitats – Colony Farm has tall grass meadows and ponds, and DeBoville Slough is a freshwater tidal wetland.

An Overview Map included in the booklet shows the location of the eight sites in the Tri-Cities area. Additionally, the booklet includes a Glossary, How to Explore tips, and a seasonal Nature Checklist.

The booklet is free. You are welcome to give a small donation towards the cost of producing the booklet. There are a limited number of the booklets available, therefore, we reserve the right to limit the quantity.

If you would like a printed colour copy of the Discover Nature in the Tri-Cities booklet, please send your request via email to “”

  • Click here to view the Discover Nature in the Tri-Cities booklet online (3.7 MB PDF)
  • Click here to download a copy of the Nature Checklist that can be found on page 39 of the booklet (PDF)
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