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WEEK ONE

Sun 1-Sat 14 International Permaculture Design Certificate. 72 hr base curriculum, wide variety of teachers, professional backgrounds in water, energy, economics, food, farming, building, legal, etc.  Live your learning in a 25 acre Demonstration Site and Education Centre. Cost effective options for locals and non-profits. OUR Ecovillage, Shawnigan Lake. info@ourecovillage.org 

Mon 2, 7pm Journey to the Future: A Better World is Possible. Presentation by Guy Dauncey about his new book, set in Vancouver in the year 2032. Free, Sooke Harbour House. www.journeytothefuture.ca

Wed 4, 11am–3pm Mount Work Out! Guided Adult Hike–18 years+ Mount Work Regional Park (Saanich). Join a CRD Parks naturalist on this vigorous hike that takes us from marshy lowlands to rugged rocky outcrops. Free, but pre-register as space is limited. 250.478.3344 by May 2.

Thur 5, 5;30pm Divest Victoria planning meeting to discuss ways to increase divestment from fossil fuels. The Dock, 3 Fan Tan Alley, Victoria. www.facebook.com/events/1019700678065621/

Fri 6- Sun 8 Village Design and Placemaking. Mark Lakeman returns to support local design teams, government, and the islands.  From the founder of City Repair and Dignity Village; beyond inspiring possibilities combined with hands-on design. $360. Accom/meals. OUR Ecovillage, Shawnigan Lake.  info@ourecovillage.org 

Sat 7, 10:30 Low Tide Day, Kil-Pah-las Beach, Cowichan Bay, Beach Clean-up, Marine Science, 12:30 - Music and lunch, lowtide@cowichanestuary.ca, 250-746-0227

Sat 7, 11-3pm Chill Fest at the KinPark Youth Urban Farm on Alderlea Street in Duncan. Free food and activities. Join us for an afternoon of free wellness activities including zumba, yoga, mediation, art, and more. Alyssa Loucks alyssa@cowichangreencommunity.org

Sat 7, 1–3pm Forest Tea Party (Guided Adult Walk)–18 years+ Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich). Forests are full of plants that make delicious teas. Join a CRD Parks naturalist for a guided walk and interpretive tea tasting of local plants. $7+GST. Pre– registration required by May 5. Space limited. 250.478.3344.

Sat 7, 2-5pm CRD All-Efficient Irrigation Introductory Workshop. A properly installed & maintained irrigation system will conserve water. Irrigation experts will explain system components and discuss scheduling & maintenance tips. Overview of CRD Water Conservation programs. In Saanich. Free, but call CRD at 250.474.9684 to pre-register or visit www.crd.bc.ca/workshops.

Sun 8, 12-1:30pm Mother's Day Skin Care Workshop. Learn how to make lip chap, body butter, face cleansers, face toners, and face moisturizers using premium ingredients like honey, coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax, and essential oils. Recipes from teachings of Miiko Skin Co - a local sustainable skincare business. $50/person or $85/mother & daughter @ Oaklands Community Centre Register at www.seedsofchangeworkshops.com

Sun 8, 12:30–2pm 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.

Sun 8, 1-4pm Mother's Day BBQ & Free Tour. Join us at Welland Legacy Park & Community Orchard for a free tour at 1 pm, and live music from Chikoro Marimba from 2-4 pm. Free BBQ, refreshments, kids activity table. Spend Mother's Day learning about a unique community orchard project and enjoying a beautiful BBQ picnic under the trees. 1215 Stancil Lane, right on the Galloping Goose, welland@lifecyclesproject.ca for more info.

 

WEEK TWO

Mon 9, 7pm Communicating Impacts and Adaptation: Engaging Communities when Climate Change Comes Home, with Dr. Susanne Moser. Join the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions for a public presentation on effective communication of climate change impacts and adaptation, with particular emphasis on the psychological dimensions that can help engagement in these issues. UVic  Room A104, Bob Wright Centre.

Mon 9 Awaken the Healer, with Yarrow And Angie Willard (Harmonic Arts Medicinals) local Cert. Integrated Health Professional. OUR Ecovillage, Shawnigan Lake. info@ourecovillage.org 

Mon 9-Aug 14 online: Organic Horticulture Specialist $695 (tax exempt). Part of the Gaia College/RRU Diploma in Organic Land Care. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/organic-horticulture-specialist-online. 250-391-2513

Mon 9-Aug 14 online: Ecological Landscape Design $695 (tax exempt). Part of the Gaia College/RRU Diploma in Organic Land Care. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/ecological-landscape-design-online. 250-391-2513

Mon 9-Aug 14 online: Plant Knowledge I: Natives $695 (tax exempt). Part of the Gaia College/RRU Diploma in Organic Land Care. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/plant-knowledge-1-natives-online. 250-391-2513

Mon 9-Aug 14 online: Plant Knowledge II: Ornamentals $695 (tax exempt). Part of the Gaia College/RRU Diploma in Organic Land Care. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/plant-knowledge-2-ornamentals-online. 250-391-2513

Mon 9-Aug 14 online: SketchUp Pro $695 (tax exempt). Part of the Gaia College/RRU Diploma in Organic Land Care. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/sketchup-pro-online. 250-391-2513

Mon 9-Aug 14 online: Growing Food in the City $695 (tax exempt). Part of the Gaia College/RRU Diploma in Organic Land Care. Royal Roads Continuing Studies:  https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/growing-food-online. 250-391-2513

Mon 9-Aug 14 online:  Rainwater Harvesting and Management $695 (tax exempt). Part of the Gaia College/RRU Diploma in Organic Land Care. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/rainwater-harvesting-management-online. 250-391-2513

Tue 10, 5pm Green Drinks at the Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora, Victoria. Good friends, good conversation, good beer! https://www.facebook.com/events/189275244763321/

Wed 11, 7pm CRD Efficient Irrigation Controller Workshop. A properly installed & maintained irrigation system will conserve water. Irrigation experts will explain system components and discuss scheduling & maintenance tips. Overview of CRD Water Conservation programs. In Colwood. Free, but call CRD at 250.474.9684 to pre-register or visit www.crd.bc.ca/workshops.

Wed 11, 7pm Movie: Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World. Awareness Film Night Season Finale. From B.C. filmmaker Charles Wilkinson ("Peace Out"; Oil Sands Karaoke") and winner of Best Canadian Feature Documentary at the 2015 Hot Docs Film Festival, this inspiring and thoughtful film is a cogent tale of practical living and activism sandwiched between gorgeous footage of Haida Gwaii. Edward Milne Community School theatre, 6218 Sooke Rd. By donation.  awarenessfilmnight.ca

Thur 12, 5:30pm Net2Vic: Branding As a Non-Profit: Putting Your Brand to Work for You. Explore the importance for brand and brand strategies in the non-profit sector. Join Dan Dagg for an engaging discussion about how to manage your brand to create a greater impact. Suggested donation $5. Fort Victoria, 777 Fort St. www.facebook.com/events/865683563577712/

Fri 13, 8am Greater Victoria Resilient Region Breakfast. A quarterly community breakfast that brings together business leaders, politicians, activists, bureaucrats and academics. The goal is to provide a space for forging new partnerships, incubating ideas, and developing projects that contribute to a resilient, healthy and green capital region. Hosted by the Capital Regional District and the Fernwood Community Centre. Hot coffee and tea, light snacks, great conversation. Fernwood Community Centre. http://www.meetup.com/Resilient-Region-Exchange-Greater-Victoria-Breakfast-Series/

Fri 13-Sun 15 RESULTS Pacific Regional Conference 2016: Coming Together To Change The World. Packed with well-known speakers, educational sessions and workshops linked to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Variety of networking opportunities and social events. http://resultsvictoria.ca/pacific-regional-conference/. At UVic.

Fri 13-Sat 14. Break Free Vancouver. Join hundreds in action on the water and the shore in MetroVancouver to show that people power and 100% renewable energy are the future. If Big Oil gets its way, the Kinder Morgan pipeline could be approved by the end of this year. This is our chance to stand together and show that building new fossil fuel projects is the wrong direction for Canada’s energy future. For the latest updates: canada.breakfree2016.org, and to learn about buses from Victoria. www.facebook.com/events/563641783805325/

Sat 14, 9am-5pm Introduction to Designing with Permaculture: Using Nature as a Model ($75 +GST). Dip your toe into the basics of permaculture, based on looking at systems in all their functions and allowing them to follow their natural evolution. Begin to develop design skills of mapping, site analysis and assessment, as well as ecological observation skills by touring this permaculture demonstration site. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/search?q=permaculture. 250-391-2513

Sat 14-Sun 15, 8:30am-4:30pm Calling Thunder: Making a Drum ($295 +GST). Hands-on workshop - make your own drum. Explore the ceremony of drum making, cultural history, step-by-step creation of a drum, drumstick teachings, finishing and caring for your drum. All supplies included. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: https://secure.royalroads.ca/cscourses/calling-thunder-making-a-drum. 250-391-2513

Sat 14, 9am-2pm International Migratory Bird Day at Beaver Lake Nature Center: Habitat Acquisition Trust will host a table to connect you with ways to be a steward for migratory birds.  There will be guided bird walks, bird-friendly displays made by other local organizations, hummingbird and songbird banding demonstrations, live birds of prey, and children’s activities. Guided bird walks are at 9:00am, 10:00am, and 11:00am.

Sat 14, 10-2pm Restoration Volunteer Days at SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet, Gowlland Tod Provincial Park). Join SeaChange Marine Conservation Society planting hundreds of native plants at our new restoration sites while you learn about the many layers of history. Meet bottom of the trail near the washrooms. Tools and light refreshments provided. seachangesociety.com

Sat 14, 7:30pm Let's Dance Youth Fundraiser at the Duncan Showroom, 131 Station Street. Music provided by DJ Lady Mischief and young local musicians. Jenn Dorby 250-748-8506 or jenn@cowichangreencommunity.org

  

WEEK THREE

Sun 15, 9:30–11:30am Beginner Birding Basics (Guided Walk)–9 years+ at Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich). Have you ever wanted to bird watch? This is a great time of the year for birding, as courtship and territory disputes fill the air with song. Join CRD Parks guest naturalist, David Allinson, to learn what to look for, and how to use binoculars and field guides. Bring binoculars if you have them. A spotting scope is provided. Meet at the grassy area adjacent to the picnic shelter off Homathko Road.

Sun 15, 10am-3pm Wildwood EcoForestry Centre Open House. Come and celebrate the funding success that now means that Merv Wilkinson’s Wildwood will forever be a public educational centre into the skills and science of ecoforestry. Tours, teas, and ecoforestry talks. In Yellow Point, south of Nanaimo, 2929 Crane Road, Cedar. www.facebook.com/events/162139750852217/

Sun 15, 12-3pm Sooke Bear Day. Talks and presentations from Wild Wise Sooke's Debbie Read and Van Isle officers from the BC Conservation Officer Service. Displays, kid-friendly activities and information on bear-smart strategies for homeowners (i.e., electric fencing for backyard chicken coops). All welcome, no charge. A great opportunity to learn more about the joys and challenges of sharing the land with these magnificent wild creatures. Free. SeaPark, 2168 Phillips Road. www.facebook.com/events/1611407292518547/

Mon 16, 6:30 Movie - Fractured Land. Young Aboriginal leader and lawyer Caleb Behn explores the practice of fracking and the strain it has put on the country’s First Nations communities,  especially in Northern B.C, 2015, 78min Q&A with filmmaker Fiona Rayher.  By donation at EMP Theatre 1900 Block Fort St  - details, trailer @ www.moviemonday.ca

Tue 17 to June 2nd Global 'Ecovillage Design Education' certificate. At OUR Ecovillage, Shawnigan Lake. info@ourecovillage.org 

Thur 19, 4:30-7:30pm Cow-op Farmers' Market Picnic. at Charles Hoey Park, downtown Duncan. A picnic in the park, come meet the Cow-op farmers. Heather Kaye at  info@cow-op.ca 

Thur 19, 7pm Restoration & Propagation of Native Plants on W̱SÁNEĆ territory with Judith Lyn Arney. An ethno-ecological approach to restoration and native plant propagation. Her restoration projects include Tod Inlet, Cordova Spit, and Maber Flats, all sacred places for WSANEC peoples. She will introduce us to her work at the PEPAKEN HAUTW Native Plant Nursery and open up a discussion about respectful relations with First Nations and cultural knowledge. Judith will also highlight traditional food and medicines that dwell in WSANEC territory and emphasize the role of traditional food ecosystems in the larger dialogue around regional food security. UVic, MacLaurin D116. Non-members $5. Students free. www.NPSG.ca

Fri 20, 7pm Lichens, Chimeras, and Superorganisms: Life On the Borderlands between Species and Ecosystems. The Metchosin launch of Kem Luther’s new book, Boundary Layer (Oregon State University Press). Kem will talk about the problems encountered by traditional ideas of species in a world increasingly populated by organisms that are packaged ecosystems. Metchosin Council Chambers.

Sat 21, 10–11:30am Sandy Shore Explore Guided Walk–All ages at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (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 the main parking lot off Metchosin Road and follow the 20-minute forest trail to the beach (not stroller friendly). BC Transit #54 or #55

Sun 22, 1-4 pm Community Orchard Volunteer Day. Get involved with a unique, diverse, well-established heritage orchard project at Welland Legacy Park & Community Orchard in View Royal. Come out and enjoy the setting, while learning about fruit tree care and meeting new friends. 1215 Stancil Lane, right on the Galloping Goose, welland@lifecyclesproject.ca for more info.

 

WEEK FOUR

Tue 24, 5-7pm Cowichan Green Community's 2016 AGM, Duncan Christian Reformed Church (930 Trunk Road, Duncan). Featuring a local foods potluck, guest speakers, and the announcement of our 2016 Green Superhero Awards! Vanessa Goodall 250-748-8506 or vanessa@cowichangreencommunity.org

Fri 27, 7:30pm Journey to the Future: A Better World is Possible. Presentation by Guy Dauncey about his new book, set in Vancouver in the year 2032. Free. Sponsored by Mayne Island Conservancy and Library. Mayne Island Ag Hall. www.journeytothefuture.ca

Sat 28, 9am Birding in Uplands Park. Meet Geoffrey Newell of Friends of Uplands Park at Cattle Point for an exceptional birding experience.  Suitable for 10 and older; bring your binoculars.

Sat 28, 1–2:30pm Bear Necessities Guided Walk–All ages at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin). We can co-exist with these magnificent forest dwellers. Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist to learn about the natural history of the black bear. Meet Witty’s Lagoon Nature Centre off Metchosin Road. BC Transit #54 or #55

Sat 28, 2-5pm CRD Micro-Drip Irrigation Controller Workshop. A properly installed & maintained irrigation system will conserve water. Irrigation experts will explain system components and discuss scheduling & maintenance tips. Overview of CRD Water Conservation programs. In Sooke. Free, but call CRD at 250.474.9684 to pre-register or visit www.crd.bc.ca/workshops.

Sun 29, 8am–4:30pm Coast Trail Guided Adult Hike–18 years+ East Sooke Regional Park (East Sooke) Join CRD Parks naturalist for one of Canada’s premier day hikes - East Sooke’s Coast Trail. Enjoy ocean breezes, great views and lush coastal forests on this challenging hike. Fit hikers only. $10+GST. Pre-registration is required by May 26. Space limited. 250.478.3344.

Sun 29, 11-3pm Oak and Orca School’s 14th Annual Bioregional Fair. Join us in a celebration of local ecology and culture. Free family fun. Children’s Activities, Penny arcade and craft table. Bake and Book Sales. Silent Auction of local and eco-friendly items. Bioregional displays and crafts. An opportunity for Oak and Orca to share their Bioregional philosophy with the community at large. Oak and Orca Bioregional School is a BC Certified Independent School operating a pre-primary program, a K-12 brick and mortar school, and a K-12 DL program called Hands-On Home-Learning. 2738 Higgins St. (near Cook & Hillside). 250-383-6609.

Sun 29, 11-1:30pm Do-it-Yourself Sunscreen and Deodorant Workshop. Learn how to make your own non-toxic sunscreen and deodorant using coconut oil, Shea butter, beeswax, and zinc oxide, without any harmful estrogen mimicking ingredients like aluminum or parabens. $45 @ James Bay Community School Centre Register at www.seedsofchangeworkshops.com

Sun 29, 12pm-3pm Bee Day drop in. A honey of a program fit for the royalty of the insect world. What’s the buzz about bees – are they really good dancers? Bee costumes, bee crafts and some bee spit to taste. Join us and you’ll bee amazed, bee enchanted and bee happy! Bee there or bee square. Admission by donation. 250.479.0211 www.swanlake.bc.ca Swan Lake Nature House, 3873 Swan Lake Road

 

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, 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 www.haliburtonfarm.org

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 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  http://cotvictoria.ca/oneness/  

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

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

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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