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Haliburton Community Organic Farm is taking orders for 2016 Spring Food boxes, starting May 18 http://haliburtonfarm.org/food-box/

WEEK ONE

Sat 2, 7am and 9am BC Randonneurs cycling club fun, scenic ride around Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula. 50k or 100k route, post-ride refreshments and draw prizes. www.randonneurs.bc.ca/victoria-populaire.html

Sat 2/Sun 3, 10am-4pm Wild ARC's Annual Open House. Come visit HAT's table for a chat about wildlife! Volunteer event tablers wanted. Contact volunteers@hat.bc.ca or 250-995-2428

Sat 2 & Sun 3, 10am-5pm Counselling as if the Earth Mattered: Working Therapeutically Outdoors. Explore the theory and practice of nature-based therapies as we address strategies , ethics, and other considerations in applying eco-therapies for social service providers and allied professionals. Royal Roads. $195 +GST https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/counselling-as-if-the-earth-mattered-working-therapeutically-outdoors. 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801

Sat 2, 10am-2pm Restoration Volunteer Day at SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet, Gowlland Tod Provincial Park). Join SeaChange Marine Conservation Society planting hundreds of native plants at our exciting new restoration sites while you learn about the many layers of local history. Meet bottom of the trail near the washrooms, 10am - 2pm, tools and light refreshments provided. seachangesociety.com

Sat 2, 1–2:30pm Up the Blooming Hill Guided Walk (9 years+) at Lone Tree Hill Regional Park in the Highlands. Join a CRD Parks naturalist for a hike to the summit, look at what’s blooming and other signs of spring. The view from the summit is spectacular. Meet parking lot off Millstream Road.

Sat 2, 1-4pm Making History: Rebuilding Our Democracy. Curious what a fairer voting system look likes? Experience fair voting at this interactive workshop, led by Fair Voting BC President Antony Hodgson. A non-partisan event.
Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney. Admission by donation. RSVP 778-351-3335. Light snacks and beverages provided.

Wed 6, 6-10pm Compost Education Centre Spring Fundraiser at the Fernwood Inn. $25 gets you a pint of beer, appetizer buffet and a chance to bid on amazing silent auction items. All proceeds to the Compost Education Centre's educational programming.  Tickets at composteducation.eventbrite.ca

Wed 6, 6:30pm We Met in Paris—What Now? Climate Change. Hot Times. Cold Facts.  Guest Speaker Elizabeth May. $10 advance tickets at Tanner's Books, Sidney Dig This, Broadmead Shopping Centre, Munro's Books. All net proceeds fund scholarships and educational initiatives. Mary Winspeare Centre, Sidney. Sonya Emperingham 250-656-3758

Wed 6, 7pm Efficient Irrigation Controller Workshop. A properly installed & maintained irrigation system will conserve water. Irrigation experts will explain components and discuss scheduling & maintenance. In Saanich. Free. Call the CRD 250.474.9684 to pre-register www.crd.bc.ca/workshops

Thur 7, 7pm Habitat Stewardship & Naturescaping with Native Plants presentation by Habitat Acquisition Trust at The Esquimalt Garden Club meeting, followed by refreshments.

Fri 8, 7pm What is the TransPacific Partnership (TPP)? A massive international agreement that includes 13 countries and 40% of the worlds economy. The Mid-Island chapter of the Council of Canadians presents an informative evening with keynote speaker, Shiv Chopra, and presentations by Paul Manly and Brenda Sayers. Bowen Park Rec Complex, 500 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo. https://www.facebook.com/events/1001492746554647/

Sat 9, 10am-12pm Composting Basics. Learn all the basics of composting and discover which system is right for you. FREE, but please register at composteducation.eventbrite.ca

Sat 9, 10am-1pm Nutritional Gardening workshop with Rhona McAdam, R.H.N., in the Gardens at the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, Quayle Road, off Interurban rd. http://hcp.ca/event/nutritional-gardening-workshop/ To register, call 250-479-6162; $40 HCP members/non-members $45.

Sat 9, 1–2:30pm Spring at Francis/King Guided Walk (all ages) at Francis/King Regional Park. Join a CRD Parks naturalist and take a stroll along the accessible Elsie King trail. Meet Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Sat 9, 2-4pm Grow Your Own Food 101. Want to grow your own groceries but not sure where to even start? This is a workshop designed for total beginners who want to start growing their own fresh produce. $20. Register online at composteducation.eventbrite.ca

Sun 10, 10am–12pm and 1–3pm Wildflowers of Mill Hill Guided Adult Hike (18 years+) at Mill Hill Regional Park (Langford). Hike the hill with a CRD Parks naturalist and learn the identities of beautiful blooms, interesting plant lore. Free, but you must pre-register as space is limited. Call 250.478.3344 by April 7. BC Transit #53

Sun 10, 1-4pm Community Orchard Volunteer Work Party. Join us for some spring cleaning fun & learn about how to get involved at the exceptional Welland Legacy Park & Community Orchard, 1215 Stancil Lane, right on the Galloping Goose. The apple blossoms will be gorgeous! welland@lifecyclesproject.ca.

Sun 10, 7pm The TPP, Food Sovereignty and Our Health. Dr. Shiv Chopra, world-renowned scientist, and Alan Cassels, pharmaceutical policy researcher. Co-Sponsored by the Council of Canadians Victoria chapter & University of Victoria Social Justice Studies. UVic David Turpin Building A104. Free Parking on Sundays.

 

WEEK TWO

Mon 11, 6:30 Hadwin’s Judgement Producer Elizabeth Yake presents her drama/documentary that brings to life the story of the cutting down of the Golden Spruce on Haida Gwaii by a logging engineer. It was a protest against the destructive logging practices he was a party too. Victoria premiere. Movie Monday, Eric Martin Pavilion, Jubilee Hospital, Fort Street. By donation. www.moviemonday.ca

Tue 12, 11:45-2:15pm An Earth Week Ramble through one of Canada's most endangered ecosystems, the Garry Oak Ecosystem at Cattle Point. Be part of the solution by removing invasive plants like English ivy, Daphne, Carpet burweed and Bur chervil. Instructions, tools, gloves and refreshments provided. Friends of Uplands Park and Greater Victoria Green Team. Pre-register at www.meetup.com/greater-Victoria-Green-Team/events/229490752. Meet Cattle Point Parking at the Boat ramp. Margaret Lidkea 250-595-8084

Tue 12, 5pm Green Drinks at the Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora, Victoria. Good friends, good conversation, good beer! https://www.facebook.com/groups/6340726711/

Tue 12, 7:30pm Beaver: the Quintessential Ecosystem Engineer: Past, Present and Future. For a million years, the beaver (Castor Canadensis) has been shaping the North American landscape and ecosystems. Once numbering 60-400 million, 300 years of fur-trade slaughter reduced its population to the low hundred-thousands by 1900. In her new book, Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver, Frances Backhouse examines what happened, and how we can learn to live with beavers again. www. backhouse.ca or www.facebook.com/MightyBeaver.) UVic Fraser 159, UVic. Free. Everyone welcome.

Wed 13, 6:45pm 9th Annual Farm and Film Gala. Many tables with vendors of farm produce and products, seeds, plants and locally made foods, info tables from local farm and food-related non-profits. Tea and goodies made by culinary arts students. Movies at 7:45: Nourish: Food and Community and Cultivating Healthy Food and Gardens for a Sustainable Future. Final draw, gift baskets. Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Rd. Admission by donation. Co-presented by Awareness Film Night and Sooke Region Food CHI www.awarenessfilmnight.ca

Thurs 14, 7pm The World of Hummingbirds. Join master hummingbird bander Alison Moran for an exploration into the astounding world of hummingbirds. Free. Royal Roads: https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/the-world-of-hummingbirds-an-evening-talk. 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801

Fri 15, 6-10pm 5th Annual Creatively United Community Dinner Celebration. Gourmet Farm-to-Table Dinner, 10-piece string band, called dances, art show and silent auction. Royal Bay Secondary School. http://creativelyunited.org/festival-2016/april-15/

Sat 16, 10am-5pm 5th Annual Creatively United Sustainability Showcase. Featuring world-class speakers on topics relating to individual, community and global well-being. Displays, Talks, Films, Repair Cafe, World Cafe, Ebikes/cars, Solar, Gardening, Silent Auction, Art, Music, Food. $10 (free for youth 16 and under). Childminding available. Royal Bay Secondary School, Colwood. http://creativelyunited.org/festival-2016/april-16/

Sat 16, 10:15am Creatively United: Uncover the Truth and Cash Behind Trash, with Buddy Boyd and ZeroWaste Canada. http://creativelyunited.org/festival-2016/april-16/

Sat 16, 10:15am Creatively United: Conscious-based Education – The Victoria School for Ideal Education

Sat 16, 10:30am Creatively United: Growing a Medicine Garden – Jessy Delleman Fireweed Farm & School

Sat 16, 10:30am Creatively United: Rolling Along: How is Cycling Evolving in the CRD? – Moderated Panel Discussion

Sat 16, 11am Creatively United: Driving on Sunshine – Making Your Transportation Greener, Cheaper and more FUN – Judith Cullington & Gerry Gaydos

Sat 16, 11:30am Creatively United: Northern BC by Horseback – Wayne Sawchuk

Sat 16, 12pm Creatively United: Grid-Tied Solar or Backup Power? – Michael Geldreich/Power2thePeople.ca

Sat 16, 12:15pm Creatively United: Plants That Heal – Dr. Christian Kumi

Sat 16, 12:30pm Creatively United: Pare Down and Live More Simply + Hands-on Workshop – Katelin Leblond & Tara Smith-Arnsdorf

Sat 16, 1pm Creatively United: Post-Carbon World Café – BC Sustainable Energy Association & Sierra Club

Sat 16, 1pm Creatively United: Planting the Seed: How Sustainable Food Can Make our Communities More Resilient with panelists: Mike Romaine, Jack Littlepage, Jess Brown, Heidi Grantner, Chris Hildreth & Richard Iredale

Sat 16, 1:30pm Creatively United: Claiming Your Gift – What is Your Gift to the Planet?- Maggie Reidy and Junie Swadron

Sat 16, 2pm Creatively United: Journey to the Future: A Better World is Possible – Guy Dauncey

Sat 16, 2pm Creatively United: BC’s Most Spectacular Trees and Forests – Ken Wu & TJ Watts of the Ancient Forest Alliance

Sat 16, 2pm Creatively United: Vision for the Future of the Saanich Inlet – Panel, film and discussion – Adam Olsen

Sat 16, 3pm Creatively United: Creating Sustainable Community Forests – Garry Brooks/African Community Project

Sat 16, 3pm Creatively United: From Yurt Building to Affordable NetZero Energy Buildings – Murray Guy

Sat 16, 3:30pm Creatively United: What is A Passive House? – James Kerr, Architect AIBC

Sat 16, 4pm Creatively United: How to Design a Passive House – Peter Johannknecht

Sat 16, 4:30pm Creatively United: Understanding the Lasting Value of Passive Housing – Mark Bernhardt

Sat 16, 4:15pm Creatively United: Your Roof and The Cost of Solar PV: Is It Worth The Money? – Ric Perron

 

Other Events on Saturday April 16th

Sat 16, 9:30am-12:30pm Repair Café Victoria. What do you do with a holey sweater, a broken toaster, or a busted teddy bear? Don’t toss it! Bring it in to Repair Café Victoria where volunteer repair experts will be on hand to teach you how to fix your broken household items. By donation. Central Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton Street. www.facebook.com/repaircafevictoria

Sat 16, 10am-12pm Intro to Rainwater Harvesting. This introductory workshop workshop will define and explain watersheds, lay out the principles of rainwater harvesting, define terms such as greywater and blackwater, and go over the laundry to landscape system of rainwater containment using techniques such as cisterns and earthworks. $20. Register at composteducation.eventbrite.ca

Sat 16, 10am-2pm Restoration Volunteer Day at SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet, Gowlland Tod Provincial Park). Join SeaChange Marine Conservation Society planting hundreds of native plants at our exciting new restoration sites while you learn about the many layers of local history. Meet bottom of the trail near the washrooms, 10am - 2pm, tools and light refreshments provided. seachangesociety.com

Sat 16, 10– 3pm Matson Conservation Area Spring Fling with Habitat Acquisition Trust. Fling into spring along the West Song Walkway. Meet by the Swallow’s Landing set of stairs. Light restoration, snacks, nature walk, talks by hummingbird and slug experts, open air wildflower drawing session with local nature artists. Reserve your spot from 1 – 3pm for the drawing session with artist Joanne Thomson.

Sat 16, 11am–3pm Cougar Ridge Hike Guided Adult Hike (18 years+) at Roche Cove Regional Park in East Sooke. Join a CRD Parks naturalist at Roche Cove and follow the Cedar Grove Trail to a spectacular viewpoint, then return via the Galloping Goose. Free, but you must pre- register as space is limited. Call 250.478.3344 by April 14.

Sat 16, 12:30-5pm Coming Home – Reconnecting with Mother Earth. An Eco-spiritual workshop drawing on the teachings of Joanna Macy, to honour our connection to Mother Earth and all beings, and an invitation to explore with greater urgency what it means to co-create the Great Turning through our daily actions. Providence Farm near Duncan. $50. Facilitated by Joy Emmanuel. joye@telus.net

Sat 16, 2-4pm Rainwater Harvesting Integrated Design. This workshop will help you get started designing a rainwater harvesting system for your household. We will be doing hands-on design work, so please bring a plan view of your property if possible. $20. Register online at composteducation.eventbrite.ca

Sat 16, 2-5pm Efficient Irrigation Maintenance Workshop. A properly installed & maintained irrigation system will conserve water. Irrigation experts will explain components and discuss scheduling & maintenance. In Saanich. Free. Call the CRD 250.474.9684 to pre-register www.crd.bc.ca/workshops

Sat 16, 7:30pm Victoria Likes Bikes: A Presentation and Celebration of All Things Bike, with speakers Chris and Melissa Bruntlett of ModaCity & Jayne Bradbury of Fort Properties, Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St..  https://www.facebook.com/events/716583845151549/ Hosted by Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition.

Sun 17, 10-12pm Do-it-Yourself Sunscreen and Deodorant Workshop with Seeds of Change Workshops. Learn about safer skincare products and make your own sunscreen (spf 25) and deodorant with instructor Kimiko Foster. $45 @ Oaklands Community Centre. Register at www.seedsofchangeworkshops.com

Sun 17, 10:30am–12pm Seymour Hill Guided Walk (8 years+) at Thetis Lake Regional Park, View Royal. Join a CRD Parks naturalist on a springtime adventure through the woodlands and up to the hilltop. Bring water and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Meet main Thetis Lake parking lot. BC Transit #50

Sun 17, 11am-3pm Saanich Cycling Festival. Meet at Saanich Municipal Hall, 770 Vernon. Many activities for all ages. Cycle to any of 8 Celebration Stations on a family friendly route, and collect a stamp at each station. The more stamps you collect the more chances to win a prize. www.saanichcyclingfestival.ca

Sun 17, 1-3:30pm Wark Street Commons Edible Garden Spring Cleaning and Planting. Some tools provided, bring some if you can. Seeds to take home! Meet at the Edible Garden, 2599 Wark St. beside Caffe Fantastico in Hillside Quadra Neighbourhood.

Sun 17, 2-4pm Cattle Point Rocks Seaside Geotour with geologists to help you recognize clues of the ancient and not-so-ancient history, and perfectly preserved traces of ice and meltwater streams from the last glaciation. Friends of Uplands Park. Meet Cattle Point. No hammers! Donations appreciated.

Sun 17, 2-3:30pm Oikocredit Canada West AGM Ging Ledesma, Director of Investor Relations and Social Performance Management, will speak about the Future of Development Finance: Microfinance, Agriculture & Renewable Energy. Free, bring friends. St. Aidan's United Church, 3703 Saint Aidans Street, Room 2C/D (Cedar Hill X Road and Richmond) Victoria.

Sun 17, 3pm, 5pm & 7pm In Search of the Great Song, a film by Michael Stillwater. North American Premier. In spoken word, sound and music this documentary explores and celebrates the universal current pulsing through all life. The question asked of people from different cultures and traditions– faith leaders, artists, scientists, philosophers, indigenous elders and others: "What is the Great Song for you?" Cinecenta, UVic Student Union building. $4.75 to $7.75. www.songwithoutborders.net/filmseries.html

 

WEEK THREE

Tue 19, 7pm The Optimistic Environmentalist, with the David Boyd. Salt Spring Island Library, Ganges. Free.

Tue 19, 7pm Journey to the Future: A Better World is Possible. An evening with the author, Guy Dauncey. 13561 Barney Road, Yellow Point, near Ladysmith. www.journeytothefuture.ca. Guy, 250-924-1445.

Tue 19, 7:30pm Botanical Art: Continuity over the Centuries. Ken Sohm shares the various approaches of artists to botanical motifs over many centuries, from the Dutch Golden Age floral painters to the present. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House. Everyone welcome.

Wed 20-Thur 28,10am-8pm Walk with the Beings during Earth Week! Cadboro Bay United Church (2625 Arbutus Rd) is hosting an interactive art installation the All Beings Confluence. 350 fabric banners created by artists from around the world, each celebrating a "being" or living thing connected to the web of life. By donation. All Beings Confluence in Victoria, www.facebook.com/events/944489085647620/

Wed 20, 7pm Joanne Sales of Broombusters (www.broombusters.org ) short presentation on her inspiring work in combatting Scotch broom, and how to best manage it. Pike House, 1589 Millstream Rd.

Thur 21, 7:10 & 8:45pm Love Thy Nature! Film Screening at the UVic Cinecenta. Narrated by Liam Neeson. A cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. Habitat Acquisition Trust . http://www.lovethynature.com http://www.cinecenta.com/default.aspx?PageID=1005&MovieID=1145

Thur 21, 7pm Restoration of Playfair Park's Garry Oak Meadow: a work in progress with Colleen O’Brien. Since 2010, Colleen has lead Playfair Park's volunteer efforts to liberate camas and other native plants from the clutches of dense alien grasses. She will explain how to remove alien grasses and weeds while putting best restoration methods into practice. UVic, MacLaurin D116. $5/free. FREE www.NPSG.ca Valerie Elliott, Native Plant Study Group, 250 598 1999

Fri 22, 1-8pm Return To The Village Celebration. Grand Opening Celebration of OUR ECOVILLAGE as an award-winning model for integrated sustainable living and agricultural community design, land protection, green burial, and ecological education centre. Free. At OUR Ecovillage, Shawnwigan Lake. www.ourecovillage.ca

Fri 22, 8:30am-4:30pm Indigenous Epistemology. This course will examine the contrasts between ‘Western European’ and ‘Native North American’ beliefs. Celebrate the diversity of cultures of the Americas, past and present, through various artistic medias. $125 +GST. Royal Roads: https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/indigenous-epistemology. For more information call 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801 or toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Fri. 22, 7-10 pm Creatively United Sustainability Showcase - Sea Blind Victoria Film Premiere with local filmmaker Sarah Robertson and celebrity author/artist Franke James, $25. Royal BC Museum. http://creativelyunited.org/festival-2016/april-22/

Sat 23, 10am-4pm Aboriginal Ways of Being and Knowing: Introduction to Coast Salish Culture. Experience a rich day-long interaction with Coast Salish culture; foster a deeper understanding of traditional Aboriginal culture and an appreciation for the contributions of Aboriginal ways of knowing. $155 +GST. Royal Roads: https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/aboriginal-ways-of-being-and-knowing-introduction-to-coast-salish-culture-2-3. 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801 This course is in Sooke, 40 minutes from the Royal Roads Campus.

Sat 23, 11:45am 36th EARTH WALK FOR PEACE AND THE PLANET. Gather at BC Legislature Lawn for a Walk with Samba du Soleil to Centennial Square. Live music performance by Marimba Mufaro, speakers and festivities! Bring banners, signs, flags, flowers, drums, noisemakers, puppets. People younger and older welcome. Let’s show our commitment to a peaceful world that respects ecological systems and the communities they sustain. greens@stevefilipovic.ca www.facebook.com/events/1690051214579800/

Sat 23, 1-5pm Creatively United Aloha Earth Wisdom, Art Workshop, Hands-on Activities. International storytellers, Franke James Green Conscience Art Workshop, art show, live music and more. Prices vary. Royal BC Museum http://creativelyunited.org/festival-2016/april-23/

Sat 23, 1-3pm Touching the Earth: Native Plants and Their Traditional Uses - A Family Walk at RRU. Join Ken Elliott, Cowichan Tribe member and renowned expert in native plants and their uses, for an Earth Day Family Walk exploring the native flora of southern Vancouver Island. See the forest from a new perspective and touch the Earth as the Earth will touch you. Free. Royal Roads: https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/touching-the-earth-native-plants-and-their-traditional-uses-a-family-walk-at-rru. 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801

Sat 23 & Sun 24, 11am-4pm Wild Edible Foods of Southern Vancouver Island—a Field Trip. Discover the wild edible foods that are available in both urban and rural areas around Victoria. Learn to foraging safety, plant identification, sustainable harvesting. $105 +GST Royal Roads: https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/wild-edible-foods-of-southern-vancouver-island-a-field-trip. 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801 

Sun 24, 11am–12:30pm Beach Seine Guided Walk (5 years +) at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park in Metchosin. Join CRD Parks naturalists on a beach seine to see who lives in the under water forest. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Park in main parking lot off Metchosin Road and follow 20-minute forest trail to the beach (not stroller friendly). BC Transit #54 or #55

Sun 24, 1:30 to 3:30pm Building Bird Nests - a family program at Uplands Park. Examine nest building and construction techniques at Uplands Park with Margaret Lidkea, environmental teacher at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary for 21 years. Suitable for kids 4 and older, parents and grandparents. Meet Cattle Point. Donations to Friends of Uplands Park welcome.

Sun 24, 6pm- 8pm Miiko Connect: Educational Spa. Join us in experiencing a local skincare company, with non-toxic made from local edible ingredients. Try the products, and enjoy food and drinks. With Kimiko Foster, skin health and how to prevent aging in the skin. $15 @Studio Amethyst Miiko Connect: Educational Spa Night 

 

WEEK FOUR

Mon 25, 7:30pm Pacific Herring: Interactions Across the Land-Sea Interface. Dr. Caroline Fox, a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie and UVic and a Conservation Scientist with Raincoast Conservation Foundation will explain the importance of Pacific herring, their spawn events, and their connections with intertidal and terrestrial ecosystems. UVic Fraser 159. Free. Everyone is welcome.

Tue 26, 5:30pm Green Drinks Saanich Peninsula. Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, 2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd. Saanichton www.greendrinks.org/BC/Saanich%20Peninsula. Alicia Holman, 250-893-5070

Wed 27, 7:30pm Unveiling the Migratory Mysteries of a Charismatic Seabird from Alaska and Surprising Implications of Wildlife Tracking. HAT Executive Director Jill Robinson describes her work at a breeding site in Alaska and revealed for the first time an unexpected long-distance migration. UVic Fraser 159. Free. VNHS. Everyone is welcome.

Fri 29, 7–9:30pm and Sat 10-5pm The Secret Life of Poems: with Denis Donnelly. $125. Royal Roads, 2005 Sooke Rd. RRU Contenting Studies, https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/the-secret-life-of-poems

Fri 29, 7pm Metchosin Biodiversity Day. Creatures of the Night: Living with Bats and Owls, with Christian Engelstoft, with sample bat and owl boxes. Opportunity for families to sign up for free landcare visits for bats, and a free bat box. Metchosin Council Chambers, behind the Firehall, 440 Happy Valley Road. http://metchosinbiodiversity.com.

Fri 29, 7pm Cohousing: All You Want to Know. An evening with Chris Hanson from Seattle, author of The Cohousing Handbook. Chris has a wealth of experience, and is known throughout North America as a person who has helped create dozens of cohousing communities, where members share space with each other in a harmonious and beneficial manner. Garry Oak Room, Thurlow St, behind Sir James Douglas School. By donation. Sponsored by Fernwood Urban Village Cohousing. www.fernwoodurbanvillage.ca

Sat 30, 7am, 10am, 1pm Metchosin Biodiversity Day: Families in Nature, sponsored by the Metchosin Biodiversity Project and CRD Parks. 7am groups to scout for forest and seashore birds. 10am and 1pm 2-hour guided walks at Witty's Lagoon. Meet at the Teaching Shelter 15 minutes ahead. http://metchosinbiodiversity.com.

Sat 30, 10am-12pm Soil Science 101. Soil is capable of supporting plant life and is vital to life on earth, yet we understand very little about its complexities. Dig deeper with this introductory soil science workshop where we’ll look at soil properties and processes and relationships to plant growth, environmental quality and society. Compost Education Centre, Fernwood. FREE, but please register at composteducation.eventbrite.ca

Sat 30, 10am-2pm Restoration Volunteer Day at SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet, Gowlland Tod Provincial Park). Join SeaChange Marine Conservation Society planting hundreds of native plants at our exciting new restoration sites while you learn about the many layers of local history. Meet bottom of the trail near the washrooms, 10am - 2pm, tools and light refreshments provided. seachangesociety.com

Sat 30, Sun 1, 9am TLC broom bash with the Highlands District Community Association. Meet at The Pike House, 1589 Millstream Rd. Tools and gloves provided, but please bring if you have them. If you can’t come, please cut broom during the week and leave it by the roadside.

Sat 30, 9am Cattle Point Birding in Uplands Park. Geoffrey Newell will lead you from the rocky foreshore into the park. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Friends of Uplands Park Check website for changes in dates:friendsofuplandspark.org

Sat 30, 10–11:30am & 1–2:30pm Forest to Seashore-Metchosin Biodiversity Day Guided Walk (5 years+) at Witty’s Lagoon. Join a CRD Parks naturalist to explore the rich biodiversity, follow Bilston Creek through the forest and out to the beach. Meet Nature Center off Metchosin Road. The trail to the beach is not stroller friendly. BC Transit #54 or #55

Sun May 1, 10am–3pm Habitat Acquisition Trust Annual Native Plant Garden Tour, with 8+ public and private gardens demonstrating an inspiration from nature and native planting techniques. By donation (Suggested $10). Volunteer help and event sponsors needed! Contact: alanah@hat.bc.ca to contribute. For more details and a map of the gardens go to: http://hat.bc.ca/annual-native-plant-garden-tour

Sun May 1, 12-4pm Camas Day Inspiration at Uplands Park. Artists creating throughout the park, the Bald Eagles Band playing, ocean and bird talks, displays about Camas and the wildflowers, the Bowker Creek Initiative, art, photography and student participation. Friends of Uplands Park. Beach Drive at the entrance to Cattle Point.

Meet-Ups:

Victoria Cycling Adventures: http://www.meetup.com/Vegan-Victoria-Meetup/

Victoria Outdoor and Social Club: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-outdoor-social-club/

Victoria Club Tread: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Club-Tread/

Victoria Nature Explorations: http://www.meetup.com/Nature-Victoria-Explorations/

Victoria Nature Walks: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Nature-Walks/

Victoria Outdoor Club: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Outdoor-Club/

Victoria Sea Kayakers: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Sea-Kayakers/

Vegan Victoria: http://www.meetup.com/Vegan-Victoria-Meetup/

West Shore Cycling: http://www.meetup.com/West-Shore-Cycling/

MEC Victoria Road-Ride Cycling: http://www.meetup.com/West-Shore-Cycling/

Greater Victoria Green Team: http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team/

Net Squared Victoria: http://www.meetup.com/NetSquared-Victoria-a-nonprofit-technology-meetup/

Cowichan Valley Outdoor Club: http://www.meetup.com/Cowichan-Valley-Outdoor-Club/

Cowichan Valley Walking/Hiking Group: http://www.meetup.com/Cowichan-Valley-walking-hiking-group/

 

EVERY WEEK

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  http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2.aspx

Every day, 9am-4:30pm The forest is always ‘green’ here in Goldstream. With over 8 km of hiking trails you will be sure to find one of our unique trees, from Western Red Cedar, Black Cottonwood, Red Alder to Douglas Fir, Garry Oak and Arbutus. Stop in at the Goldstream Nature House for your most up to date trail information. 250-478-9414 or goldstream@naturehouse.ca

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

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, 2:30-4:30pm Cowichan Community Green Work Party in the Food Forest, 360 Duncan Street, Duncan. erin@cowichangreencommunity.org 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 Thur and Sat. Volunteer events at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Charlotte Houston restoration@swanlake.bc.ca.

Every Sat, 8am Morning Birding. See http://www.vicnhs.bc.ca/calendar.html 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) http://springridge.rd123.ca/?p=894

 

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