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Green Events in Greater Victoria

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The EcoPersonals

The harvest season is upon us, with early sweet and delicious cherries! We are looking for Harvest Leaders and Fruit Pickers to join our fruitful team of volunteers. LifeCycles Project Society: https://post.craigslist.org/manage/4534977518

 

EVERY WEEK

Monthly vegan events - meetings, bake sales, other activities. http://TheVictoriaVegan.com/events

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. frh.volunteer@pc.gc.ca  250-812-8133

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

Every day. Join RLC Park Naturalists at Goldstream Nature House. www.goldstreampark.com/freeman_king_visitor_center.htm

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 and Thur, 11-5pm Haliburton Food Box Program Room available for summer and winter food box program.  Receive a luscious weekly box of certified organic seasonal produce, become closer to the farmers who grow the food. info@haliburtonfarm.org or call 250 658.0758

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

Every Thur and Sat. Volunteer events at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Charlotte Houston restoration@swanlake.bc.ca.

Every Fri 1pm. EcoReality Co-op work party, farm tour, potluck, movie. Bring a dish for evening potluck. Free. Salt Spring, near Fulford Harbour. http://www.EcoReality.org/wiki/Meetings

Every Sat, 10-2pm Moss Street Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. Moss and Fairfield. www.MossStreetMarket.com

Sat 14, 10am-12pm Sidney Neighbourhood Produce Market. A chance to support local urban farmer/gardeners and purchase starter plants and produce. www.2buckmarket.net/

Every Sat, 8am Morning Birding. Call the Rare Bird Alert 250-704-2555 the Thursday or Friday before to find out this 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 Sat, 10-2pm Farmgate sales for perennial food plants and nut trees at EcoSense, 3295 Compton Rd, Highlands. Please park at the bottom entrance. http://ecosenseliving.wordpress.com

Every Sat, 9-1 Peninsula Country Market Fresh veggies, strawberries in season, crafts, music, parade, fun and games, Saanich Fairgrounds. www.peninsulacountrymarket.ca 250-216-0521.

Every Sun, 10-4pm O.U.R. Ecovillage weekly Sunday work parties. 250-743-3067. www.ourecovillage.org

Every Sun 1:30-3:30pm Bee in the Garden, Spring Ridge Commons, Corner of Chambers + Gladstone Everyone welcome.  http://springridgecommons.ca

 

 

Tue 15, 10–2pm Marine Day Drop-in Event at Witty’s Lagoon, Metchosin. Join CRD Parks’ naturalists for this celebration of our precious marine environment. Scuba divers will bring up creatures from the deep. Live displays, marine bingo, beach seine. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet main beach. Park in main parking lot off Metchosin Road and follow the 20–minute forest trail to the beach. Witty Beach Rd access closed. BC Transit #54 or 55

Tue 15, 1-2:30pm Seeds of Change Workshop for DIY Sunscreen. Make your own non-toxic sunscreen for the summer months! Protect your skin without the chemicals. Recipes available up to 20spf. $25 @Hudson Public Market in the Community Kitchen Register: at www.plantstheseed.com

Wed 16, 1-2:30pm Seeds of Change Workshop for DIY Deodorant. Learn the step my step process to DIY Deodorant. Recipes for creams, sticks, and sensitive skin available. $25 @Hudson Public Market in the Community Kitchen Register: at www.plantstheseed.com

Wed 16, 1–2:30pm Animal Adventures Guided Walk (10 years and under) at Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich). Join a Regional Parks’ naturalist on a family adventure as you learn animal skills. Creep like a deer, jump like a cougar, and feel like a raccoon. Meet Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Sat 19, 7am Dragonflies in the Wild, with entomologist Gord Hutchings, probably be around the Nanaimo Lakes area. Very rough terrain, so bring gumboots, hiking stick, lunch. All-day outing. VNHS. Agnes 250-721-0634.

Sat 19, 1–3pm Weaving Together Workshop (8 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. Join eco-arts artist Carolyn Knight and a CRD Parks’ naturalist for hands-on fun to celebrate parks day! Learn how to transform invasive plants, re-purpose English ivy and Himalayan blackberry into beautiful plant trellises and deer-repellent fence panels. $15. Pre–registration required by July 18. 250.478.3344.

Sat 19, 2-5pm CRD Efficient Irrigation Maintenance Workshop. Considering the purchase and installation of an irrigation system, or do you already own a system that you would like to upgrade? Free workshop for residential homeowners. Irrigation experts with explain system components, discuss installation and provide scheduling and maintenance tips. Participants will be entered to win an irrigation controller. Central Saanich, Pre-registration 250.474.9684

Sat 19 to Sun 27 Victoria Butterfly Count. We are always looking for keen-eyed volunteers to submit butterfly records. Contact Aziza Cooper at tanageraz@yahoo.com.

Sun 20, 7am-late VNHS Mount Washington Botanical Day Trip. The plan is to walk around the Lake Helen MacKenzie-Battleship Lake loop.We will also fit in a tour around Paradise Meadows before, during or after our main adventure. Carpool by pre-arrangement, $35. Bring lunch, snacks and lots to drink, money for fast-food supper. Agnes 250-721-0634 to register.

Sun 20, 8–11am Morning Mist Canoe Adventure Guided Paddle (5 years+) at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. Pre–register: $20/ $10. 250.478.3344. BC Transit #70 or 72

Sun 20, 10-5pm Cob Oven Building Workshop. 3 days of hands-on learning to build an oven from clay, sand and straw taught by Beth Cruise with Canadian Earth Institute. $125 includes all materials and snacks.  Register and held at: Oakland Community Centre, 2827 Belmont Ave #1, 250-370-9101 www.oaklandscommunitycentre.com. http://www.canadianearthinstitute.org/files/Oaklands%20Cob%20Oven%20Workshop.pdf

Wed 23, 11am–2pm The Amazing Race Drop-in Event (all ages) at Elk/Beaver Lake. Challenge yourself on this skill-testing and fun jaunt through the forest. Meet Nature Centre off main Beaver Lake parking lot. BC Transit #70 or 72

Thur 24, 10–11:30am The Beach Rocks Guided Walk (all ages) at Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich). The tide is out! Join a CRD Parks’ naturalist and get a glimpse of the creatures that live beneath the rocks. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet grassy area adjacent to picnic shelter off Homathko Road.

Fri 25, 10–11:30am Moon Walk Guided Walk (5 years+) at Coles Bay Regional Park (North Saanich). Join a CRD Parks’ naturalist to look for marine creatures like crabs, sea stars and the elusive moon snail. includes wading in the water so be prepared to get your feet and clothes wet (wear shorts and sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the information kiosk in the parking lot off Inverness Road, off Ardmore Drive.

Fri 25, 6–8pm Evening Campfire (all ages) at Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich). Join a CRD Parks’ naturalist for an evening beach walk followed by campfire stories. Learn about the animals that call the park their home. Bring a beach chair. Meet campfire ring at Island View Beach campground, off Homathko Road.

Sat 26 9:45am - 12 Noon. OUR Ecovillage. Public Tour, Shawnigan Lake. 1565 Baldy Mtn Road Shawnigan Lake. 250-743-3067 info@ourecovillage.org http://ourecovillage.org/

Sat 26, 10-2pm Architectural Bike Tour led by architects and designers. Meet fountain at Centennial Square at 10 am. Bring a lunch! 20 easy kilometres. www.gvcc.bc.ca

Sat 26, 10:30am–12pm Sensational Seaweeds Guided Walk (All ages) at Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich) A CRD Parks’ naturalist will help you discover how important marine algae is for you and me and the creatures that call them home. Seaweed-tasting optional. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet grassy area adjacent to picnic shelter off Homathko Road.

Sat 26, 10–11:30am Sandy Shore Explore Guided Walk (5 years+) at Witty’s Lagoon (Metchosin) Join a CRD Parks’ naturalist for an intertidal exploration and discover the strange and wonderful creatures that appear between the tides. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet main beach. Park in main parking lot off Metchosin Road and follow 20–minute forest trail to beach. Witty Beach Rd access closed. BC Transit #54 or 55

Sat 26, 2-4pm Canadian Earth Institute’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration. Learn what CEI has done the last ten years, cob oven pizza, cob plaque building.  Outdoors at Coast Collective, Esquimalt Lagoon, 3221 Heatherbell Road. www.canadianearthinstitute.org/files/Invitation%20to%20CEI%2010th%20Anniversary.pdf

Sun 27, 5:45am VNHS Olympic Park Hurricane Ridge High Elevation Wildflowers. Contact Agnes 250-721-0634 to reserve or if you need more info. Meet Black Ball Ferry terminal for 6:10 a.m. sailing of the Coho. VNHS members get priority. Pay by PayPal on VNHS website (vicnhs.bc.ca) or by cheque to VNHS, Box 5220, Victoria BC, V8R 6N4. Spaces remaining on Pay Pal do NOT indicate that spaces still remain on the bus.

Sun 27, 8–11am Morning Mist Canoe Adventure Guided Adult Paddle (18 years+) at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich). Must pre–register: $20 250.478.3344. BC Transit #70 or 72

Sun 27, 9am Birding in Uplands Park with Geoffrey Newell of the Friends of Uplands Park.  Bring binoculars and meet at Cattle Point.

Sun 27, 10–11:30am What Have You Seine Today? Guided Walk (All ages) at Witty’s Lagoon, Metchosin. Join CRD Parks’ naturalists to use a seine net and see what creatures live in the deeper reaches of the ocean. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet main beach. Park in main parking lot off Metchosin Road and follow the forest trail to the beach. Witty Beach Rd access closed. BC Transit #54 or 55

Thur 31, 11am–2pm Going Buggy Drop-in Event (All ages) at Elk/Beaver Lake. We love ‘em, we hate ‘em. They’re fascinating, finicky and fabulous! Drop by anytime between 11am and 2pm for a close-up look at some of our buggy friends and foes. Meet at the Beaver Lake Nature Centre off the main parking lot. BC Transit #70 or 72

Sat Aug 2, 10-1pm Volunteer Work Party at Haliburton farm, 741 Haliburton Rd. 250-658-0758 info@haliburtonfarm.org Facebook: http://on.fb.me/Y1Xo5P.

 

 

 

 

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