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With a heavy heart and after much deliberation, Hope Mountain Centre has made the decision to cancel our public summer programs (June through August) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic threat. Many reasons are behind the decision, but our primary goal is to protect the public, staff and volunteers. Hope Mountain Centre is closely monitoring the advice from the BC Public Health Office (PHO) and will adjust our plans accordingly if new data suggests a different direction.

Please don’t forget us, we’re still here! Our pause in public programming is letting us do things like upgrading school programs, sharing additional information on social media, safely continuing with our trails program and water testing, and production of short educational videos. Later in the summer, a determination will be made regarding our approach to fall public programming based on information from the Public Health Officer. In the meantime, as Dr. Bonnie Henry says, “This is our time to be kind, be calm and be safe.” We’d like to take this opportunity to encourage you all to get outdoors safely in the coming months and follow provincial guidance on safe health practice and responsible recreation.

Grab a dip net and start hunting for pond critters, then view your quarry with microscopes and magnifying lenses.

Fun games and activities will show you “who’s eating who” in the pond food web and reveal how wetlands are so important in our lives.

Thacker Marsh is alive with aquatic life, including turtles, frogs, and tons of weird-looking insects. You’ll learn their strategies for survival and their amazing adaptations for life in the water. When the program is over, we’ll return these animals unharmed back to the pond.

This program is tons of fun for people of all ages!

Contact usPond Creature Crawl Video (click on image)

Comments from previous Pond Creature Crawl programs:

“The 3 leaders were incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, patient and fun. Could not have been better.”

“Love the Pond Creature Crawl at Thacker Marsh! Natalie, Kelly and Rey did an amazing job! Thanks so much! Fun and educational and relational.”

“Thank you so much for another awesome year! You all are so knowledgeable and helpful. We look forward to your programs every year! Thanks again for a great day.”


  • FREE program.
  • Please REGISTER so we know you’re coming!

Call 604-869-1274 if you need to cancel or to check on availability of spots.

Donations gladly accepted to help bring outdoor learning programs to families at no charge.


Minimal mobility is required on level gravel/compacted soil pathways.  Be prepared for any weather!


10:00 AM – meet at Thacker Marsh Regional Park. Click here for map.
12:00 noon – program ends.

If you have time, pack a picnic lunch and lounge at a beautiful beach within walking distance on the Coquihalla River.


All participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Thacker Marsh Regional Park. You can walk or ride a bike to the park, which is within Hope town boundaries. Please carpool if possible.


  • Snacks and drinking water
  • Sun protection
  • Warm clothes
  • Gum boots or sandals for wading
  • Camera, binoculars

We will provide:

  • Instructors
  • Dip nets
  • Buckets
  • Microscopes
  • Games and activities for all ages


Liability Waiver Form

Everyone age 19 & over must sign a liability waiver form in order to participate in this program. Please take the time to read this form because you must understand and agree to it when you sign it. By signing it you are waiving certain rights, including the right to sue. These forms will be available to sign when you check in. Please seek legal counsel if you have any questions.

Informed Consent Form

Everyone age 18 & under must have an informed consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Please contact us if you need this form prior to arrival at this program.

If you are bringing children that you are not parent or legal guardian for, you need to get the informed consent form done ahead of the program and bring it along to participate.


COVID-19 NOTICE: With our public programs scheduled throughout the year and knowing the uncertainty of where this is all going, we may need to postpone or cancel programs at any time. Please go ahead and register for this free program, but if you feel unwell at the time of the program or simply want to cancel due to concern over the current situation, please let us know so that others on the registration wait list can join in the event. We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves, follow guidelines set by provincial and federal agencies, and keep you informed should conditions change. 

Our outdoor programs

Hope Mountain Centre maintains an excellent safety record. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these events do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property. We will require each participant to sign a liability release and assumption of risk form before participating in this program. Please be aware that activities typical of this program involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: accidents which occur during transportation or travel to and from events; slips and falls; loss of balance; impact, cold water immersion; repetitive strain injuries; dislocated shoulders; hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn; changing and inclement weather conditions including storms, blizzards, whiteouts and high wind; steepness of terrain, tree wells, crevasses; avalanches, cornices, landslides and falling ice, snow and objects; encounters with domestic or wild animals; negligence on the part of releasees and other participants.

While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave your pet at home.