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Mon 1, 6:30-8pm Miiko Connect: Educational Spa Night. Eat and drink your skincare ingredients. Miiko Skin Co is a new skincare product line that uses local food ingredients from Merridale Ciderworks and Olive the Senses to create premium products for your largest organ...your skin. Learn how food products are beneficial for topical use, and the importance of reducing your toxic intake through other household products.  $15 @Studio Robazzo on Douglas. Register:

Tue 2, 6:30-8:30pm Oceans, Carbon and Climate Change lectures at UVic. Details and registration here:

Tue 2, 7:30pm Saving Farmland: The Fight For Real Food. Robin Roberts and Sophie Wooding will tell the story of how Madrona Farm in the Blenkinsop Valley was saved, choosing models, overcoming obstacles and building community. Victoria Horticultural Society. Garth Homer Centre, 813 Darwin Ave. Free.

Thur 4, 8:30am-12pm Turning Local Waste to Local Jobs - Exploring Labour Market Potential in the Capital Region’s Waste & Recycling Sector. Community Social Planning Council. Burnside Gorge Community Centre. Public event but space will be limited. Please register by or before January 29: 

Thur 4, 7pm Rainwater Harvesting - Best Practices and New Approaches, with Ken Nentwig, retired landscape architect involved in rainwater harvesting training and education development in Canada and the United states through the Canadian Association for Rainwater Management and the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association. Burnside Gorge Community Association, 471 Cecilia Road.

Thur 4, 7pm Life off Grid: a film about disconnecting. Free or by donation. Without romanticizing their struggles or glossing over their troubles, the film shows why and how people live off the grid. Sponsored by Eye Opener Films and Duncan United Church. Dr. Vannini, producer, will join us for discussion afterwards. Duncan United Church.

Fri 5, 2-4pm and Sat 6, 12-3pm Ecological Data Collection Training. The Land Conservancy covenant monitoring training at Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo. The first session is indoors and will explain the benefits of covenants, and provide training in standardized data collection. The second is outdoors at Colliery Dam where we’ll practice the methods we learned about. Participants can then volunteer with local land trusts during their summer covenant monitoring. This is a great way to increase your ecological knowledge, and a superb way for students to gain field experience! RSVP

Sat 6, 9am-4:30pm Trauma Psychology & Ecopsychology: An Integrative Model. Linking ecopsychology and trauma psychology connects interpersonal violence with assaults on the life systems of the planet. A practical, experiential, interactive workshop. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: $125. 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801

Sat 6, 10am-12pm Composting Basics. Learn all the basics of composting and discover which system is best for you. FREE, but please register online

Sat 6, 10-3:30pm 14th Annual Qualicum Beach Seedy Saturday, Civic Centre, 747 Jones St.
Speakers Linda Gilkeson and Connie Kuramoto. Vendors selling seeds, garden tools, plants, etc. Bring seeds to trade at the Traditional Seed Swap. Farmers' Market. Master Gardeners on hand to answer questions. Seedy Cafe.

Sat 6, 1–2:30pm What’s That Evergreen? Guided Walk (8 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. With a CRD Parks naturalist, you’ll learn about common evergreen species, what keeps these plants green year round and sip some forest tea. Meet Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Sat 6, 2-4pm Planning Your Year Round Veggie Garden. Learn how to prune fruit trees, berry bushes and canes with a focus on maintaining plant health and reducing the spread of disease. $20. Register at

Sun 7, 1–2:30pm Devonian Delight Guided Walk (6 years+) at Devonian Regional Park (Metchosin)

Forest, stream, wetland and ocean. Join us to discover this regional gem. Meet information kiosk in the parking lot off William Head Road. BC Transit #54 or #55

Sun 7 Call to the Ancestors Ceremony. Save Shawnigan Water Community Action. Followed by Feast at OUR Ecovillage. Details tba.



Tue 9 – Mar 1, 10-12pm Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream with Gertie Jocksch. $75 or $20 drop in. Friends Meeting House, 1831 Fern St. Victoria 250-220-4601 

Tue 9, 5-7pm Green Drinks Victoria at The Drake Eatery, Market Square.

Tue 9, 7pm Human Beings and the Future of the Planet - A presentation by Hans Tammemagi. Free. Salt Spring Public Library. Hans presentation will look at the ever-growing human population and describes how it is the most significant factor shaping the world today. Humans are now so plentiful that we have global repercussions. Planetary resources are being depleted, the environment is being degraded, the quality of life is diminishing and international tensions are rising. Co-sponsored by the Library and Transition SS.

Tue 9, 7:30pm Urban Deer and the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society. The Columbian Black-tailed Deer is a delight to many, but a pest to others. The Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society was formed to present a science-based alternative to lethal culls of deer. Bryan Gates and Kristy Kilpatrick will explain the objectives of administering the SpayVac immune-contraceptive to female deer, which would be trapped, treated, tagged and released to reduce the number of fawns born each spring. VNHS, UVic Fraser 159 

Wed 10, 5-7pm Journeys in Re-Skilling: Food Waste. Royal BC Museum. If food waste was a country, it would be the third largest CO2 producer on the planet, after the U.S. and China. Cinda Chavich and Brandy Gallagher will share their expertise. Panel presentation, then workshops where you will build a menu and explore old kitchen tools and gadgets. Then Brandy will head up the kitchen. All participants are invited to bring something from their pantry, fridge or freezer that might otherwise go to waste. Limited to 30 participants. Buy your tickets now.

Wed 10, 7pm Awareness Film Night Permaculture Evening. The film "Inhabit" introduces permaculture, a way of living that involves observing the patterns and interactions of the natural life around you and applying that to whatever you wish to create. Post screening discussion with local permaculture maestros Tony St. Pierre and Erin Newell of Cast Iron Farm, a collectively run permaculture farm in Sooke.  Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Rd. By donation.

Thur 11, 11am–2pm Sooke Potholes Guided Adult Hike (18 years+) with a CRD Parks naturalist. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, pack a lunch and water. Free, but you must preregister as space is limited. Call 250.478.3344 by Feb 9.

Thurs 11, 7-9pm Growing and Wild Harvesting Truffles. Is it possible to harvest good edible, native truffles in the forests of Vancouver Island? How and where? Free, donations to Growing Young Farmers Society. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801. Edward Milne Community School, Sooke.

Fri 12, 7pm Open Sesame - The Story of Seeds - documentary film screening. Farmers' Institute 351 Rainbow Rd, Salt Spring. $10 suggested donation

Sat 13 & Sun 14, 9am-4pm Communicating for Sustainability: Change Your Mind, Change the World. Many environmental issues are related to our behavioural. To improve the effectiveness of environmental communications, it is important to understand how and why we make the choices we do and how different approaches and strategies can support personal and collective changes for a more sustainable future. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: $195. For more information call 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801

Sat 13, 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.

Sat 13, 9:30-12:30pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Residents are invited to a free 3-hour workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Call Swan Lake 250.479.0211 to pre-register.

Sat 13, 10am-3pm Salt Spring 21st Annual Seedy Saturday. Vendors, pancake breakfast, free workshops, seed exchange, and kids activities. $5 suggested donation. Farmers' Institute 351 Rainbow Rd, Salt Spring

Sat 13, 10am–12pm Moss Landscapes of Vancouver Island Guided Adult Walk (18 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. Join guest CRD Parks naturalist, Kem Luther, to discover the strange lives of mosses. Learn how to identify the most common species. $7/person + GST. Pre–registration required by February 11. Space limited. Call 250.478.3344.

Sat 13, 10am-2pm Restoration Volunteer Days at SṈIDȻEȽ (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 in this special place. Meet at the bottom of the trail near the washrooms, in the Highlands. Tools and refreshments provided.

Sun 14, 10am-2:30pm Salt Spring Seedy Sunday Workshops. Growing and Eating Pulses with Dan Jason; Dealing with Drought - A Panel Discussion; Resilient Gardening with Linda Gilkeson. $25 pre-registration includes lunch. Farmers' Institute 351 Rainbow Rd, Salt Spring

Sun 14, 1–2:30pm Horth Hill Highlights Guided Walk (8 years+) at Horth Hill Regional Park (North Saanich). Join a CRD Parks naturalist at the tip of the Saanich Peninsula. Discover the plants at your feet, the birds over your head and great views from the top. Wear sturdy hiking shoes. Meet info kiosk in the parking lot off Tatlow Road. BC Transit #70 or #72



Mon 15, 6:30-8pm Miiko Connect: Educational Spa Night.  See Mon 1, above.

Tue 16, 7pm LNG on the Malahat. What impact will it have on the Saanich Inlet? Free information session with Dr. Eoin Finn, retired KPMG partner, B.Sc. Chemistry, Ph.D. Physical Chemistry and MBA International Business. He has spent the past year researching all aspects of BC's proposed LNG industry, encompassing 18+ proposals to build LNG plants on the West Coast from the Fraser River to Prince Rupert. Mill Bay Community League Hall. Saanich Inlet Network

Tue 16, 7:30pm The Amazing Biodiversity of Pink Mountain in the far north of BC, under threat from industrial development. Five years ago, Ron Long began to build a case for the creation of an ecological reserve on the mountain. Pink Mountain is unique in British Columbia, and everything that’s been looked at—plants, birds, insects, spiders, butterflies, moths and animals has raised more questions than answers: the biodiversity is extreme. VNHS, Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House.

Wed 17, 7pm LNG in Victoria? Community Forum on the Steelhead Malahat Liquefied Natural Gas Plant, pipeline and tanker proposal for the Saanich Inlet. Featuring Dr Eoin Finn, plus updates from the Saanich Inlet Network. Free or by donation. Esquimalt United Church, 500 Admirals Road, Esquimalt.

Thur 18, 7pm Prospecting for Botanical Gold in the Klondike with Syd Cannings. For the past decade, Syd has been travelling through the wilds of the Yukon in search of Beringian plants, trying to understand their ecology and clarify their conservation status. UVic, MacLaurin D116. Non-member drop-in fee: $5. Students free. Native Plant Study Group,

Thur 18 onwards. Marine Birds, lectures and field trips. Thursdays and Sundays February 18 to March 17, UVic Continuing Studies. or call 250-472-4747.

Thurs 18, 6:30-9:30pm Discovering Our Local Seaweeds. Get to know our local seaweeds, their healing and nutritional properties and their ecological benefits. Learn to use seaweeds in personal healthcare, as topical therapies and preventing chronic illnesses. Royal Roads Continuing Studies’ website: $45. 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801

Thur 18, 7-8:30pm Of Land & Sea: Portraits of Coastal BC Farmers, Fishers, and Harvesters. Opening Reception for Art Show at PORTALS, Centre for Arts, Culture and Heritage, 2687 James Street, Duncan.  250-746-1633.

Fri 19, 8am-10am Resilient Region Breakfast Meet-Up, Swan Lake Nature Centre. Hosted by the CRD and Swan Lake.

Fri 19, 10am-3pm The Nature Kindergarten Experience Professional Development for Educators. A forest school began in September 2012 at Sangster Elementary School. Students spend 2.5 hours every morning exploring natural forest trails at Royal Roads. The course will illustrate the background, development, and firsthand experiences of the program’s educators. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: $95. 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801

Fri 19, 11am–2pm Going Batty! Drop-in Event (all ages) at Francis/King Regional Park. Drop into the Nature Centre and discover the world of bats! Enjoy a “bat walk” through the park 11:15am and 1pm with CRD Parks naturalists. Meet Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Sat 20, 10am-12pm Plant Walk with The Land Conservancy. Covenant monitoring training at UVic, focusing on plant ID techniques. Join students, faculty, community members and volunteers for a plant walk through Cunningham Woods to learn about native and invasive species. RSVP

Sat 20, 10-4pm Victoria Seedy Saturday at the Victoria Conference Centre, 750 Douglas Street. Volunteers wanted! Hosted by the James Bay Market Society. Host of activities. Victoria’s annual community seed and garden show with commerce, education, and networking opportunities. Buy your seeds direct from the growers who can advise you about the best choices. $7 

Sat 20, 10-4pm Cosmic Story, Earth Story, Sacred Story With Gertie Jocksch and Margaret Walters  $95 Register by Feb 6. RRU Continuing Studies,, 250-220-4601       

Sat 20, 2:30-4:30pm Public tour of OUR Ecovillage, Shawnigan Lake.

Sun 21, 11-4pm Keyline Farming Workshop on Galiano Island. Learn how farmers are using the natural topography of their farms to better manage their water resources, and free GIS software available for farmers in the CRD to develop their own Keyline plans. For current and prospective farmers, broad-acre land-managers and policy-makers. Hosted by Hatchet & Seed, proudly supported by CRD.

Sun 21, 12:30-3:30pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Residents are invited to a free 3-hour workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Call Swan Lake 250.479.0211 to pre-register.

Sun 21, 1–2:30pm Early Signs of Spring Guided Walk (5 years+) at Witty’s Lagoon. Join CRD Parks naturalist on a walk down to the beach. Look for birds, plants and other early signs of spring. Meet Nature Centre off Metchosin Road.

Sun 21, 1-3pm Winter Pruning for Fruit Trees. Free workshop with Michael Cowan from Edibella Organic Landscapes. Welland Legacy Park & Community Orchard, 1215 Stancil Lane. Accessible by bike & bus, parking at Strawberry Vale Community Hall on Burnside West.



Tue 23, 5:30-7:30 Green Drinks Saanich Peninsula at the Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub, 7806 E Saanich Rd. Alicia Holman 250-893-5070

Wed 24, 1–3pm High Ridge Hike Guided Adult Hike (18 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. Join a CRD Parks naturalist to hike a hidden treasure: the High Ridge Trail. Bring snack, water, sturdy hiking shoes. Free, but you must preregister as space is limited. Call 250.478.3344 by Feb. 22.

Wed 24, 7:30pm Glaucous-winged Gulls in the Salish Sea. Louise Blight presents her PhD research into why the gulls’ numbers have decreased substantially since the 1980s. Learn what 150 years of data on gull diet, colonies, and reproduction tell us about changes to the Georgia Basin and its waters. VNHS UVic Fraser 159 

Thurs 25, 6:30-7:30pm Plant Knowledge for Organic Gardeners Info Session. Bring your questions about the unique plant knowledge course that students have called "life changing". Once you understand the connection between soil health, plant health, human health and environmental health, you will look at the world with different eyes. Free. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: For more information call 250-391-2600 Ext. 4801.

Sat 27, 9:30-1:30pm Grow an Edible Garden. A free introductory workshop to help you choose varieties of food plants that can grow on you property. Basics of plant nutrition, soil fertility and preparation, designs for garden beds and efficient ways to water plants. Location in Saanich. Call CRD 250.474.9684 to pre-register.

Sat 27, 10am-2pm Riparian Hike. The Land Conservancy is monitoring riparian covenants in the Greater Victoria area that are seasonally affected, to observe the differences between summer and winter. No previous experience required. Must be comfortable hiking 2-3 hours, sometimes off-trail. Fantastic chance to see beautiful natural areas often inaccessible. RSVP

Sat 27, 10-3pm Sooke Seedy Saturday at Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Shields Rd. 250-642-3671 or 

Sat 27, 11-4pm Keyline Farming Workshop on Pender Island. Learn how farmers are using the natural topography of their farms to better manage their water resources, and free GIS software available for farmers in the CRD to develop their own Keyline plans. For current and prospective farmers, broad-acre land-managers and policy-makers.  Hosted by Hatchet & Seed, proudly supported by CRD.

Sat 27, 1–3pm Celebrate Nettles! Guided Adult Walk (18 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. Join a CRD Parks naturalist to search for early spring greens such as nettles and other local treats. Learn about stinging nettle’s uses and benefits, ways to prepare it, opportunity to taste nettles. $7/person + GST. Pre–registration required by February 25. Call 250.478.3344.

Sat 27, 2-4pm Native Pollinators. Learn about the diversity of native pollinators of Vancouver Island as well as the type of nesting and foraging habitat that will encourage them in your area. $20.  Register online

Sat 27, Ta'kaiya Blaney United Nation Environmental Activist. Calling us all to protect the waters of the South Island Save Shawnigan Water Community Action. Details tba.

Sat 27, 7–9pm Owl Prowl Guided Walk (8 years+) at Mill Hill Regional Park, Langford. Owls are amazing birds! Join CRD Parks guest naturalist David Allinson for this adventure into the dark woods to look for and call owls. $10/family + GST. Pre–registration required by Feb 25. Call 250.478.3344.

Sun 28, 11-4pm Keyline Farming Workshop on Mayne Island. Learn how farmers are using the natural topography of their farms to better manage their water resources, and free GIS software available for farmers in the CRD to develop their own Keyline plans. For current and prospective farmers, broad-acre land-managers and policy-makers.  Hosted by Hatchet & Seed, proudly supported by CRD.

Sun 28, 12-3pm Raccoons are Wild. Discover the world of this masked bandit. Are they really bandits or just wonderfully adapted for living in our urban environment? With the “Way Cool Raccoon School” puppet show, crafts and hands-on exploration. Swan Lake Nature House, 3873 Swan Lake Road. By donation. 250.479.0211

Mon 29, 7:30pm Split Personalities: The Incredible Dual Lives of Our Local Marine Animals. David Denning, naturalist, teacher and photographer will present images and video about the mysterious life cycles of marine animals, highlighting the rich but vulnerable biodiversity of the Salish Sea. UVic Fraser 159. VNHS, Free. 


Coming Up:

Tue March 1, 9am-4:30pm Farmer2Farmer - Beyond Competition: Toward Cultures of Cooperation. Keynote panel, and workshops on Soil Fertility, Winter Crop Production, Favourite crop varieties; What Big Buyers Need From all Suppliers, Pest and Disease Café, Spreadsheet Wizardry, Meat Profitability, Scaling up for Profitability, and more. Then 5-9pm Potluck, Dance and Land Linking Table. The Merry McKentys will lead us in an old-time contra dance. Co-hosted by CRFAIR and Young Agrarians. Saanich Fairgrounds  Admission free.  250-746-1668

Sat April 16, 5th Annual Creatively United for the Planet Earth Week Festival. Showcase products, ideas, and speak or share in a World Cafe, Repair Café inside the new green built Royal Bay School in Colwood. Applications at




Victoria Cycling Adventures:

Victoria Outdoor and Social Club:

Victoria Club Tread:

Victoria Nature Explorations:

Victoria Nature Walks:

Victoria Outdoor Club:

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, 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

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 Party in 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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