The Burke Mountain Naturalist Society is a group of 300 community members in the Tri-Cities area that works to introduce the public to Riverview’s natural beauty and ecological values. Formed in 1993, this group led tours of the ground on Riverview, took part in TreeFest each year, created brochures for Riverview's natural habitat and advocated for the protection of Riverview's lands. Many of the photos and paintings of Riverview's landscape, which have been featured at art shows, were created by members of the society.
From The Riverview Hospital Site: Respecting its Past, Realizing its Future Burke Mountain Naturalists, August 2004
In 1996, the Colony Farm Park Association was formed. The Burke Mountain Naturalists, Wildlife Rescue Association of BC, Douglas College Institute of Urban Ecology and FarmFolk/CityFolk united to manage Colony Farm Regional Park in partnership with Metro Vancouver.
These groups have worked together to plan and implement wildlife enhancement projects. They've set up a community garden, organize community events and improved the trail system to provide greater access to people who use mobility aids. The Colony Farm Park Association organizes an annual heron survey, offers public walks in the park and hosts events such as Earth Day Celebrations. One day, I want to get out there and visit this important piece of lower mainland history.
In the late 1990's, Riverview played an important part in research and education. It was a major teaching hospital.
The Office of Research was established in 1996. Their aim was to support, coordinate and promote research activities at the hospital. Riverview continued to be a training ground for students from many disciplines.
From 1999-2000 Riverview Hospital Annual Report
I hope you find the beauty around you.