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Mon 1 In January the UVic Environmental Law Clinic will have a new roster of law students available to do free work for worthy environmental cases and projects. See for the kinds of cases/projects that ELC students take on. If you have a case or project that you would like a law student to work on, contact Calvin Sandborn no later than December 1. 250-472-5248

Tue 2 ‘Giving Tuesday’ - Habitat Acquisition Trust is participating in this year’s “Giving Tuesday” festivities, as an alternative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday - it’s a global movement for giving back to the community with charitable donations or volunteering. Visit or 250-995-2428 for info.

Tue 2, 12pm-4pm Cowichan Lake Community Garden Work Party #4. Join Erin Ward of the Cowichan Green Community as we build the pathways and garden beds for the new Cowichan Lake Community Garden. Free. Snacks Provided. 311 South Shore Rd, Lake Cowichan

Wed 3, 12:30-1pm Vancouver Island Green Scene with Frances Litman and Bruce Williams on CFAX 1070

Wed 3, 5:30pm Mastering Google Advertising in 30 Minutes a Week NetSquared Victoria - a nonprofit technology meetup. Jose Albis will walk you through how to set up your Google Adwords account and integrate it with Analytics Goals. Fort Tectoria, 777 Fort St, Victoria.

Fri 5, 10am-3pm The Nature Kindergarten Experience: Professional Development for Teachers:  Learn about the forest school pilot to reconnect children with nature including the background, development and firsthand experiences of the program's educators in creating this model. $95 + GST. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513

Fri 5, 5-8pm All Greens Early Solstice Party?at UVic. Don’t miss our annual party! This year, all the Greens in the region are combining their seasonal parties into a single event, so it’s sure to be bigger and better than ever. Fun program, surprises thrown in. If you buy before Dec 2nd, you’ll save $10.

Sat 6, 10-2pm Open House at Haliburton Farm, 741 Haliburton Road (off the Pat Bay Highway, Saanich). Produce, Preserves, Gifts, Tours, Seeds, Refreshments.

Sat 6, 10am-4pm Cowichan Lake Community Garden Work Party #5. Join Erin Ward of the Cowichan Green Community as we build the pathways and garden beds for the new Cowichan Lake Community Garden. Free. Snacks Provided. 311 South Shore Rd, Lake Cowichan.

Sat 6, 11am–2pm Wreathmaking Drop-in Event–All ages Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (Saanich) Join CRD Regional Parks naturalists in the spirit of the season to make a festive wreath. We’ll supply materials and instructions - you supply creativity! Drop in anytime and bring a mug for hot apple cider, and clippers if you have them. Food and money donations welcome. Suggested minimum donation $5/wreath (proceeds to a local food bank). Meet at the Beaver Lake Nature Centre off the main parking lot. BC Transit #70 or #72

Sat 6, 1–9pm OUR EcoVillage Advent Feastival. Enjoy a tour, potluck dinner (we provide the mains, you bring the sides), holiday music and entertainment, and community fun at OUR Ecovillage in Shawnigan Lake. OUR gift to the community, but please register at

Sun 7, 11am–2pm Thetis Lake Loop Guided Adult Hike–18 years+ Thetis Lake Regional Park (View Royal) Join in a hike around Thetis Lake while exploring the park’s natural history with a CRD Regional Parks naturalist. Bring a snack or lunch and wear sturdy footwear. There is no fee for this program but you must pre-register as space is limited. To reserve a spot call 250.478.3344 before Dec. 5.

Sun 7, 11am–2pm Christmas Paper-printing Drop-in Event–All ages Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich) Join in the spirit of this special time of year with a CRD Regional Parks naturalist at the Francis/King Nature Centre. Sip hot apple cider, sample Christmas cake, and make DIY wrapping paper. Potato stamps, recycled paper, and other tools will be used to create gorgeous (and ‘green’!) paper creations. Make gift tags, one-of-a-kind paper, and spend some winter wonder-time with your wee ones, family and friends. Meet at the Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Tue 9, 5-7pm Green Drinks at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, 308 Catherine Street, Victoria

Tue 9, 7:30pm Winter Birds in your Backyard, with Ann Nightingale. Ann invites you to send photos of birds you’ve seen in your yard that you haven’t yet identified to, and they might end up in the show! Victoria Natural History Society. UVic, Fraser 159. Free and everyone is welcome. Bring a friend!

Wed 10, 7pm Awareness Film Night 20th Birthday. Cake, tea and a re-screening of the first film we presented, Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, still as relevant as it was in 1994.  This award-winning film follows Chomsky for 4 years through lectures, discussions and media encounters including his visit to Malaspina College in Nanaimo. Edward Milne Community School theatre, 6218 Sooke Rd. in Sooke.  By donation.

Fri 12, 1-3:30pm The Art of Seeing: an afternoon talk with artist and naturalist, Robert Bateman:  All proceeds go to the Salt Spring Conservancy Stewards in Training. There will be a fine selection of his books for sale and signing – excellent for holiday gift giving.  $20 + GST.  Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513, or toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sat 13, 9am Birding with Friends of Uplands Park expert, Geoffrey Newell.  Meet at Cattle Point with binoculars.

Sat 13, 10am-2pm Green Christmas: The Hands-on Making of Fresh Wreaths, Swags and Garland: Using native BC boughs, greens and cones, spend the day creating fragrant Christmas decorations from the wild. $75 + GST. Royal Roads Continuing Studies. 250-391-2513, or toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sat 13, 1–2:30pm Solstice Stroll Guided Walk–8 years+ Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin) As the longest night of the year approaches enjoy the quiet of the forest with CRD Regional Parks’ guest naturalist Joe Percival. Discover the plants and animals that call Witty’s Lagoon home at this time of year. Meet at the Nature Centre off Metchosin Road. BC Transit #54 or #55

Sun 14, 11am–2pm Christmas Paper-printing Drop-in Event–All ages Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich) See Dec. 7 for details.

Tue 16, 7:30pm Victoria Natural History Society Botany Night Christmas Party. Do you have botanical photos or stories you’d like to show off? Images or specimens you’d like to have identified? A poem, song, or dance that you’re dying to share? Join us for informal mini-presentations and treats.  (250-544-0455). Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House. Everyone welcome.

Wed 17, 12:30-1pm Vancouver Island Green Scene with Frances Litman and Bruce Williams on CFAX 1070

Sat 20 Christmas Bird Count - Join a small group for an early morning and afternoon count in a specific area of Greater Victoria.  If interested please contact

Thur 25, all day HAPPY FESTIVITIES! May your soul be happy, your friendships rich, your feasting delicious, and the song of life be strong in your heart.

Sat 27, 9am Birding with Friends of Uplands Park expert, Geoffrey Newell.  Meet at Cattle Point with binoculars.

Mon 29, 1–2:30pm Who’s Hooting? Guided Walk–5 years+ Mill Hill Regional Park (Langford) The owls are hooting. Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist to learn some owl calls, find out about these excellent night hunters, and get to know our BC owls. Meet at the information kiosk in the parking lot off Atkins Avenue. BC Transit #53

Tue 30, 1–2:30pm Winter Wander Guided Walk–5 years+ Devonian Regional Park (Metchosin) Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist to explore this beautiful seaside gem. What plants and animals make this park home? Come and find out. Meet at the information kiosk in the parking lot off William Head Road. BC Transit #54 or #55

Wed 31 | 11am–1pm Bring in the New Year Guided Hike–8 years+ Bear Hill Regional Park (Saanich) Out with the old and in with the new! End your year with a hike up Bear Hill. We will enjoy fabulous vistas at the top and toast to the coming New Year with some warm forest tea. Bring a snack, wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather. Meet at the boat launch parking lot off Brookleigh Road.

Wed 31, 7pm New Years Eve Labyrinth & Church of Truth Community Celebrations: Oneness Wednesday, 111 Superior Street, By Donation - more info @ or Facebook page: Labyrinths of Victoria and Events

Wed 31, 12:30-1pm Vancouver Island Green Scene with Frances Litman and Bruce Williams on CFAX 1070



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Monthly vegan events - meetings, bake sales, other activities.

Give the Gift of Green this Holiday Season! Food waste digesters, composters and compost accessories are 10% off in December.  As an extra bonus, if you mention this newsletter you'll get a FREE package of seeds with your purchase. Don't forget we don't just have composters ... we also carry books (Pacific Northwest Plant Knowledge cards would make fantastic holiday gifts) and a variety of locally made, all-organic, herbal-infused honeys, tinctures and salves from Miss Mullein's Herbals. We're open until Saturday December 20th, so you've got plenty of time to stop by, talk compost and find some local and sustainable gifts for the lucky people on your list!

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 day. Join RLC Park Naturalists at Goldstream Nature House.

Every day, 9-4:30pm Goldstream park - Eagle Extravaganza – see eagles feasting off this years Chum salmon run. Cozy in by the fireplace with a hot cuppa. Ask Naturalist all kinds of questions.

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, 11-5pm 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. or call 250 658.0758

Every Wed, 3:30pm-5:30pm Cowichan Community Green is looking for volunteers to join us for Work Party Wednesday at the Community Urban Food Forest.  If you are new to food forests or gardening, this is a great opportunity to learn lots about plants and ecosystems! Meet Urban Food Forest gardens behind CGC's office @ 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 Thur and Sat. Volunteer events at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Charlotte Houston

Every Fri 1pm. EcoReality Co-op work party, farm tour, potluck, movie. Bring a dish for evening potluck. Free. Salt Spring, near Fulford Harbour.

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

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

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