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All November: A host of mushroom workshops, walks and walks. See


Tue 3, 7pm Urban Forest Symposium. Join the Habitat Acquisition Trust, Oak Bay Parks and Recreation and Friends of Uplands Park to learn why trees play such an important role in our Communities. First public meeting about development of Urban Forest strategies for our municipalities. Windsor Park Pavilion, Oak Bay. Free, donations appreciated.

Tue 3, 7:30pm Songs Not Stumps. The Wilderness Committee and OWC Productions present a benefit concert for the Walbran Valley featuring Carmanah and special guests. All proceeds go to the Wilderness Committee’s campaign to save one of the island’s last remaining old growth forests. Tickets $15 (at the door). Copper Owl, 1900 Douglas St, Victoria.

Wed 4, 9:30-4:30pm Walbran Wednesday. A wild phone-blitz for the ancient forest. The government and corporate interests that want to log the Central Walbran Valley think that if they ignore us, we'll go away. Starting today, we're going to launch "phone rallies" to different offices complicit in the destruction of the Walbran. This is a decentralized action that you don't need to be on the Island to be part of: you can make a call from anywhere in the world. :) We'll provide a sample script and all the info you need to demand a halt to logging in the Central Walbran Valley.

Wed 4, 7pm A Conversation about Climate Change, with Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Climate Justice Director Marc Lee and social change strategist and environmental communications expert Cara Pike. By donation - proceeds support CIS Syrian refugee fund. Contact VIU Cowichan Campus, Lecture Theatre.

Wed 4, 7pm Awareness Film Night presents Unacceptable Levels. Have you ever asked why so many of us are so sick? This documentary examines the seamy side of the chemical revolution that began in the 1940s. Both the film and the post screening Q&A will present suggestions on how to avoid those hidden chemicals in our food, the products we use and even the air we breathe. Edward Milne Community School 6218 Sooke Rd, Sooke. By donation.

Thur 5, 7pm Energy consumption of your Home:?The Big Picture. Green living advocate Thomas Teuwen shares his thoughts on embodied energy, what makes a home solar friendly, passive solar, ventilation and lifestyle choices that can have a huge impact. Emerging Green Builders, Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Rd. Free.

Thur 5, 7pm An evening with Yonatan Shapira, Israeli Pilot Turned Peace Activist. The former Israeli air force pilot, turned pacifist, speaks passionately on peace for both Israelis and Palestinians. UVic David Strong Building, C118. By donation.

Fri 6, 10am-4pm Aboriginal Ways of Being and Knowing: Introduction to Coast Salish Culture. A rich day-long interaction with Coast Salish culture. Foster a deeper understanding of traditional Aboriginal culture and an appreciation for the contribution of Aboriginal ways of knowing within our contemporary culture. $155 + GST Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801

Fri 6, 10-2pm Restoration at Havenwood Park. Join us for site preparation and clean-up in preparation for native species planting. Coffee, snacks, training and tools provided. For more info visit

Fri 6, 10:30am Yonatan Shapira, Israeli Pilot Turned Peace Activist. The former Israeli air force pilot, turned pacifist, speaks passionately on peace for both Israelis and Palestinians. Theatre 140 on VIU Campus, Duncan.

Fri 6, 2pm Yonatan Shapira, Israeli Pilot Turned Peace Activist. The former Israeli air force pilot, turned pacifist, speaks passionately on peace for both Israelis and Palestinians. St Andrew’s United Church, Nanaimo.

Sat 7, 9am-4:30pm Family Roots: Adventure Therapy for Youth and Family. A workshop to inspire helping professionals explore adventure therapy and nature-based therapy. Discover how play, adventure and nature-connection can promote health and resilience within children and their family systems. $125 + GST Royal Roads: 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801.

Sat 7, 9am-1pm Herbal Wisdom: Healing from Stress and Anxiety. Chronic stress and anxiety take a toll on our whole being: we experience metabolic, mood, and motivation changes, and our connections with family, community, and spirituality deteriorate. Explore how plant medicines can assist on our healing path when we are depleted and exhausted. $45 + GST Royal Roads: 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801.

Sat-Sun 7-8, 10am-4pm Can I Eat that Mushroom? A fun, informative hands-on weekend in and out of the woods. This identification course of edible mushrooms is for beginners and those who know a few mushrooms but want to learn more. $135 + GST. Royal Roads: For more information call 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801. This course takes place in Sooke.                                                  

Sat 7, 10-2pm Restoration Volunteer Days at S?ID?E? (Tod Inlet, Gowlland Tod Provincial Park). Join the SeaChange Marine Conservation Society doing invasive plant removal and planting native plants while you learn about the many layers of history. Meet bottom of trail near washrooms (Wallace Drive access). SeaChange provides tools, gloves and light refreshments. Bring water and dress for the weather! Questions? 250-652-1662.

Sat 7, 11am–2pm Salmon Sensation Drop-in Event (all ages) at Charters Interpretive Centre (Sooke) The salmon have returned to the rivers. Fishy-fun activities, craft and guided walks with CRD Parks naturalists. Meet Charters Interpretive Centre off Sooke River Road.

Sun 8, 10am-9pm Living the New Economy 2015 Day of Opportunity, Royal British Columbia Museum. 10am-4pm, Opportunity Fair, Clifford Carl Hall. 40 new entrepreneurs, start-ups and project leaders will fill the room with their pioneering and enterprising ideas. 7-9pm The Fishbowl, Old Town Gallery, $10. Think Shark’s Tank or Dragon’s Den with empathy! Watch new entrepreneurs and social enterprises pitch their business idea to a panel of rock star judges including Mayor Lisa Helps. If we haven't convinced you yet, click on our two-minute video "teaser." Opportunity Awaits! See you at the Museum! 778-350-1035

Sun 8, 10am-1pm Welland Legacy Park Fall Volunteer Day. We're a community-run orchard and we’ll be mulching, cutting back grape vines, building soil and tucking in trees and vines so they can get off to a roaring start in the Spring. Join our mulch fest and learn about seasonally appropriate tree care. 1215 Stancil Lane, Victoria (off Burnside Road West) to RSVP and for more info.

Sun 8, 10am-1pm Do-it-Yourself Respiratory Health with Essential Oils. Seeds of Change Workshops. Instructors: Simone Gabrielle & Rebecca Girouard. Oaklands Community Center. $45. Call 250-370-9101 to register.

Sun 8, 10am-12 noon Tree Appreciation Day in Uplands Park. Help us plant Garry oaks, camas and other native plants. Bring your family, gloves and trowels. Some tools available.. 11:30am-1pm Urban Forest Walk, then meet Dr. Larry McCann, UVic expert on the Uplands development, and walk through part of the Uplands. Free, Donations appreciated. Meet Beach Drive Uplands Park sign.

Sun 8, 1–2:30pm Going Squirrelly Guided Walk (all ages) Francis/King Regional Park, Saanich. What does it take to survive as a squirrel? With a CRD Parks naturalist discover what keeps these furry creatures busy. Meet the Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road.



Mon 9, 7pm Musical HATs - Green Music Showcase. Join us and be serenaded by biologists with guitars while we raise funds for conservation with a silent auction, light snacks, and drinks. Silent auction, games, and fantastic tunes by The Bald Eagles (with arborist Ron Carter), Jill Robinson (HAT staff) and Matt Murray (Biologist). Glenlyon Norfolk School, 1701 Beach Drive, Oak Bay. Learn more and buy tickets here $40 VIP with a HAT (limit 30) or $20 includes light snacks, one drink, and admission. 250 995-2428

Tue 10, 5-7pm Green Drinks at The Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora.

Tue 10, 6-9pm 2015 Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards, at the Laurel Point Inn. Reception 6pm, Keynote Address 6:30pm, Awards Presentation 7pm, Wrap Up & Networking: 8:30pm. Synergy.

Tue 10, 7:30pm The Real Thing: The Natural History of Ian McTaggart Cowan. Author Briony Penn will read from her biography of early naturalist/biologist/conservationist, who was documenting biodiversity, climate change, logging, pesticides and conservation issues before most of us were born. UVic Fraser 159. VNHS. Everyone welcome. 

Wed 11, 10-2pm Come and celebrate The Return of the Chum Salmon in the height of the season, at the Goldstream Nature House. Gyutako – Fish Printing, Salmon Stories, BBQ by donation.

Wed 11, 7pm What does Peace Mean to You? Join Saul Arbess and Penny Joy, Canadian Peace Initiative at the Church of Truth, 111 Superior, James Bay. Free or by donation.

Thur 12, 1:30-3:30pm The movie Fractured Land: dynamic panel discussion on the law and public engagement with Caleb Behn, Dr. John Borrows, Dr. Val Napoleon and Dr. Rebecca Johnson. Co-presented by UVic Law & The Environmental Law Centre, with support from the Indigenous Law Students Association. Open to the public - Free. UVic Fraser 158.

Thur 12, 6:30pm Fractured Land, movie at Vic Theatre: Also at 8:45pm

Fri 13—Sat 14 Climate Reality 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth: The World Is Watching, a global day of climate action and music hosted by former US Vice President Al Gore. Join this huge global commitment.

Sat 14, 11am–12:30pm Wonderful Woodpeckers Guided Adult Walk (18 years+), Francis/King Regional Park, Saanich. Discover all the tricks of the woodpecker trade. Join a CRD Parks naturalist and learn how to identify different woodpeckers by sight, sound and habits. Meet the Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road. Also 1:30–2:30pm fun guided walk for families, all ages.

Sat 14, 6pm-10:30pm Fall for Wildlife Dinner Auction. Fundraiser for BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC). The only wildlife rehabilitation centre on southern Vancouver Island, Wild ARC treats over 2,500 wild animals annually. Tickets $80 or $600 for table of 8 available online, by email, or by calling 250-516-2137. At the Four Points by Sheraton, Victoria Gateway, 829 McCallum Rd, Victoria.

Sun 15, 10:30am–12pm Marvelous Mushrooms Guided Walk (5 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich). For the novice mushroom explorer, join a CRD Parks naturalist to discover more about fungi. Free, but must pre-register as space is limited. 250.478.3344 by November 13.



Tue 17, 7pm Connectivity and Conservation in BC. Join Harvey Locke & Jens Wieting as they talk about biodiversity and the importance of connecting wildlife corridors across B.C: the Flathead River Valley and the role it plays in biodiversity and connecting the Yellowstone to Yukon wildlife corridor, and coastal connectivity from the Great Bear Rainforest to Vancouver Island, both on the territories of many First Nations. UVic Turpin Bldg A 110.

Tue 17, 7:30pm Flora and Landscapes of the Hawaiian Islands. The Polynesians who settled the islands about 1000 years ago brought many food plants with them. Ken Marr’s presentation will illustrate some of the more spectacular endemic plants species, aspects of Hawaiian ethnobotany, and the problems caused by introduced species. VNHS. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House. Everyone welcome.

Wed 18, 7pm Victoria book launch of The Real Thing: The Natural History of Ian McTaggart Cowan by Briony Penn. Ian McTaggart Cowan (1910–2010) revolutionized the way North Americans understood the natural world and is known as the “father of Canadian ecology.” Cowan’s life provides a unique perspective on a century of environmental change—with a critical message for the future. Join curators past and present from the Royal British Columbia Museum, author Briony Penn and others as they look at the research, contributions and life of this remarkable activist, naturalist and educator. FREE, but reservations are required.

Thur 19 - Sun 22, 10am-5pm 27th Annual Country Christmas Self-Guided Tour, Cedar-Yellowpoint, near Ladysmith. Visit Carolyn Herriot’s Garden Path Gift Shop (Stop #4) for local organic botanicals. See and

Thur 19, 7pm-9pm Contemporary Coast Salish Carving demo. Explore with a master carver in this creative and inspiring evening. Free, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Royal Roads 250-391-2600 Ext. call 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801.

Sat 21, 9:30-6pm TEDx Victoria, with many great speakers. McPherson Playhouse and other venues. All the details:

Sat 21, 9:30am-12:30pm Repair Café Victoria. What do you do with a broken lamp? Or a sweater full of moth holes? Bring broken household items to the Greater Victoria Public Library at 735 Broughton Street) where a volunteer can help you repair them. Free, open to all.

Sat 21, 9:45am - 3:30pm Cheese Making Workshop/Wine at OUR Ecovillage, Shawnigan Lake. Spend the day with incredible foodie/farmers and slow food. 250-743-3067

Sat 21-Sun 22, 10am-4pm Contemporary Coast Salish Carving. Spend a creative weekend learning hands-on art with a master carver. Learn how to handle and sharpen a carving knife and tools, how to draw and carve Contemporary First Nation Art designs. Royal Roads Continuing Studies. $245 +GST: 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801.

Sat 21, 10-2pm Restoration Volunteer Days at S?ID?E? (Tod Inlet, Gowlland Tod Provincial Park). Join the SeaChange Marine Conservation Society doing invasive plant removal and planting native plants while you learn about the many layers of history. Meet bottom of trail near washrooms (Wallace Drive access). SeaChange provides tools, gloves and light refreshments. Bring water and dress for the weather! Questions? 250-652-1662.

Sun 22, 12-3pm Holiday Crafting Workshop & Mini-Craft Fair. Seeds of Change Workshops with Kimiko Foster. James Bay Community School Center. $40. Call 250-389-1470 to register.

Sun 22, 1–2:30pm Seasonal Safari Guided Walk (10 years and under), Mill Hill Regional Park, Langford. The leaves are turning yellow, and the air feels crisp! Join a CRD Parks naturalist as we play games, look at leaves, and explore how raccoons, squirrels and bears are collecting food and preparing a warm spot to rest. Meet info kiosk in parking lot off Atkins Avenue. BC Transit #53



Mon 23 & Tue 24 Bioengineering Ecological Restoration Course with David Polster, Duncan. Learn how to restore a creek by building a wattle fence, and much more. Free. Pre-register with Cowichan Land Trust, email or phone 250-746-0227.

Wed 25, 7-9pm Life Off Grid. Film and Discussion. Dr. Phillip Vannini and Jonathan Taggart traveled across Canada to find off-gridders who live with no connection to electricity or natural gas. This film chronicles their experiences, challenges, inventions and aspirations. Free, donations to Gabriola Rescue and Wildlife Society. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801. Please note this course takes place in Sooke.

Wed 25, 7pm Carnivore Conservation in the Land of the Spirit Bear. Kitasoo/Xai’xais Territory in the Great Bear Rainforest is a stronghold for grizzly bears and wolves, where Spirit Bears roam. Join Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Spirit Bear Research Foundation - SBRF and SOGs for a glimpse into community-driven, cutting-edge science and advocacy that safeguards these culturally, economically, and ecologically important animals, and how you can be a part of the solutions. UVic David Lam Auditorium.

Wed 25, 7:30pm The Conservation Efforts of The Nature Trust of BC and their Impact on the Birds of Vancouver Island. The Nature Trust’s Steve Housser will give a lively “presentation for the birds” on the organization’s work. UVic Fraser 159. VNHS. Everyone welcome. 

Thu 26, 6:30-9:30pm Discovering Our Local Seaweeds. Get to know their healing and nutritional properties and how you can integrate them into a healthy lifestyle, how to identify their ecological benefits, and how to protect this rich and important resource. $45 +GST Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801.

Sat 28, 9-11am Birding in Uplands Park with Geoffrey Newell, Friends of Uplands Park. Bring your binoculars, dress for the weather and meet at Cattle Point.  Suitable for over 10 years.  Free.   

Sat 28, 9:30am-2pm Havenwood Park Planting. Help us plant native species in the park! Coffee, snacks, training and tools provided. Contact for more info, or

Sat 28, 7:30pm - 1am NGO HO HO 2015 Christmas Party. Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St, Victoria. Live music, tickets $10.

Sun 29, 10am–12pm Winter Birds of Witty’s Guided Walk (9 years+) at Witty’s Lagoon, Metchosin. While some birds fly south, many spend their winters enjoying our moderate climate. Join a CRD Parks naturalist to find out who’s who at the lagoon. Bring binoculars if you have a pair. A spotting scope will be available. Meet Witty’s Lagoon Nature Centre off Metchosin Road. BC Transit #54 or #55

Sun 29, 12 Noon GLOBAL CLIMATE MARCH. Join climate marches happening all over the planet. Bring a Cardboard flame. If you do not have your own, we have one for you (come before 12:00pm to write your solution statement). Wear Orange, red, and yellow clothes if possible. Meet Inner Harbour Pathway. Organized by People's Spark: Igniting Climate Action at COP21.

Mon 30, 7:30pm Negative ecological consequences of open net pen salmon aquaculture. Dr. Lawrence Dill will describe potential negative consequences of the sort of salmon aquaculture practiced in BC, both for wild Pacific salmon and for other marine and terrestrial species. UVic Fraser 159. VNHS. Everyone welcome. 

CRD Parks Hikes, Outings and Events with Park Naturalists almost every day:



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Victoria Outdoor and Social Club:

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Victoria Sea Kayakers:

Vegan Victoria:

West Shore Cycling:

MEC Victoria Road-Ride Cycling:

Greater Victoria Green Team:

Net Squared Victoria:

Cowichan Valley Outdoor Club:

Cowichan Valley Walking/Hiking Group:




Biweekly. Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration at Fort Rodd Hill. Help us win the battle against invasive species and assist in our meadow project at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Scheduled volunteer days.  250-812-8133

Every Day (except Monday) Victoria Public Market, Hudson’s Bay, Douglas St. Maryanne Carmack, 250 884 8552

Every Mon, 10am -12pm Brodick/Bow Parks (Saanich) Invasive Species removal. Volunteers needed. Training, gloves, and tools provided. No dogs. Judy 250-472-0515

Every Tue, 9am Tuesday Morning Birding. Meet foot of Bowker Ave, waterfront off Beach Drive in Oak Bay. Bill Dancer 250-721-5273. Novice and experienced birders all welcome.

Every Wed, 11-6pm Haliburton Food Box Program. Receive a luscious weekly box of certified organic seasonal produce from the farmers who grow the food. 741 Haliburton Rd (off the Pat Bay Highway), Victoria

Every Wed, 2:30-4:30pm Cowichan Community Green Work Partyin the Food Forest, 360 Duncan Street, Duncan. 250-748-8506

Every Wed and Sun, 9am Bird Walks with naturalists, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd. Margaret Lidkea 479-0211

Every Wed, 7pm Cultivating a Lifestyle of Harmony & Balance in Rhythm with Nature with Renee Lindstrom at Oneness Wednesday at the Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street (James Bay).  Free or by donation 

Every Thur and Sat. Volunteer events at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Charlotte Houston

Every Sat, 10-2 Moss Street Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. Off Thurlow St, Fairfield.

Every Sat, 8am Morning Birding. See for each week’s location. VNHS. Novice and experienced birders all welcome.

Every Sat, 9-12pm Beacon Hill Park Ivy Pull. Volunteers welcome. Cornelia 250-920-3556

Every Sun, 1:30-3:30pm Bee in the Garden at Spring Ridge Commons, Corner of Chambers + Gladstone (Fernwood)


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