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Wed 2, 6-8pm Safer Cycling: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Reducing Bicycle Accidents. Dr. Christian Juhra (University of Munster, Germany), Dr. Elizabeth Borycki, Dr. Alex Kuo, and Dr. Kushniruk from UVic and BC Trauma Registry are conducting a study investigating brain injuries caused by bicycle accidents in BC and the north west of Germany. Dr. Juhra will also speak about the helmet usage and infrastructure in Munster, Germany. Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition. Fairfield Community Ass’n, 1330 Fairfield Rd.

Wed 2, 7pm Victoria Matters: Sewage Treatment in the CRD. Public forum with speakers Albert Sweetnam, Program Director, Seaterra Program; Geoff Young, Chair, Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee, CRD Board of Directors; Richard Atwell, Director, Sewage Treatment Action Group; Vic Derman, Saanich Councillor, CRD Board of Directors. Submit questions to with the subject line "Sewage Treatment Questions". Free. Victoria Downtown Residents Association. Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.

Wed 2, 7pm Efficient Irrigation Workshop on Controller Scheduling. Free for residential homeowners. Meet experts who will explain system components, discuss installation and provide scheduling and maintenance tips. Enter to win an irrigation controller. Howard Johnson Hotel, Elk Lake Drive, Saanich Pre-registration required 250.474.9684

Thur 3, 7pm The Victoria Car Share Co-op, with Pam Hartling. Our fleet of 23 vehicles is shared by over 650 drivers and we are entirely self-sustaining through vehicle usage revenues. See Emerging Green Builders, Burnside Gorge Community Association, 471 Cecelia Road.

Fri 4, 7:30 pm Land, Sea and Sky - A Tribute to our Earth. Music by local composers Diane Berry, Josh Layne, Leila Lustig, Lynne Penhale & Sylvia Rickard, with soloists and St. Mary’s Children’s Choir. First Unitarian Church of Victoria, 5575 West Saanich Road. $20 from Long & McQuade, Ivy’s Books, 250-472-2590 and at the door.

Sat 5, 8:30-3:30pm Salt Spring and Gulf Islands Renewable Energy Conference. Keynote Speaker Rob Abbott, Executive Director of BC Climate Action Secretariat. Transition Salt Spring. High School Multipurpose Room. Workshops on solar hot water, electric vehicles, solar PV. Tour new GISS greenhouse. Lunch available at school cafeteria. $10 in advance at Salt Spring Books or $15 at the door. Students are free. or

Sat 5, 10-12pm. Voluntary work party at Haliburton Farm, potluck to follow. 741 Haliburton Road, Saanich.

Sat 5, 10am-12pm Free Composting Basics. Learn all the basics of composting and discover which system is right for you! Register at Eventbrite or call (250) 386-9676. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St.

Sat 5, 10-4pm Honour One, Honour All: The Teachings of the Medicine Wheel, $85. Through the teachings of the medicine wheel and Aboriginal Metis culture, discover how to reconnect with the ancient wisdom that lives within each of us. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513.

Sat 5, 11-2pm Unity for the Climate. Live music and speeches at the Beacon Park Pavilion in in Sidney before Joseph Boutilier rides through on the first leg of his 5,000-km unicycle journey across Canada, seeking climate unity and sanity. Or join the convoy for the first leg of the journey along the Galloping Goose and Lochside Drive, starting at 6:30am at Mile 0 in James Bay. and

Sat 5, 11-4pm Abkhazi Garden Open House, free admission. Tour the garden, learn about the legacy of the Prince and Princess Abkhazi, enjoy cream tea, and meet the people behind this amazing heritage site. 778-265-6466. 1964 Fairfield Road, Victoria.

Sat 5, 11am-2pm Family Orienteering Drop-in Event (all ages) at Elk/Beaver Lake. CRD Parks’ naturalists will have maps, and a beginner level orienteering course set up at Beaver Lake. Get active as a family! Meet info kiosk in the Beaver Lake parking lot. BC Transit #70 or #72

Sat 5, 2-4pm Building and Maintaining Soil Fertility. Have you toiled away all summer and had poor results, tiny onions, bug infested lettuces, and bland tasting carrots?  Learn basic principles of organic growing, pH, soil structure, texture, testing and essential nutrients. $15$20 membership) $20 or (250) 386-9676. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park St.

Sat 5, 1-4pm Intensive Hugelkultur. Learn about this unique way to build a raised garden bed that saves water, uses prunings and creates usable microclimates. Hugelkultur (“hill culture” in German) is an organic gardening technique that uses wood’s capacity to hold water and release it as the soil dries out. $20/$25. or (250) 386-9676. Compost Education Centre, at Vic High Student Gardens on Gladstone Avenue.

Sun 6, 10am-12pm & 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, learn the identities of beautiful blooms and interesting plant lore. Meet info kiosk in parking lot off Atkins Avenue. BC Transit #53

Sun 6, 1–2:30pm The Flying Birds Guided Walk (8 years and under) at Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich). A CRD Parks’ naturalist will guide your young ones through the tall trees. Fly like birds through the forest, play a game under the trees, then head to the nature centre to make a bird craft. Meet Nature Centre off Munn Road.



Mon 7, 6:30 Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & The Farm Midwives. What could be greener than delivery at home with a midwife attending. Movie Monday at Eric Martin Pavilion. By donation at EMP Theatre

Tues 8 – 29, 10 – 12 pm Coming Home to Love in the work of Teilhard de Chardin with Margaret MacIntyre. $75 or $20 drop in. Friends Meeting House, 1831 Fern St.

Tue 8, 5-7pm Green Drinks at Spinnakers Brewpub, Esquimalt. Good people, good ale!

Tue 8, 7:30pm Blue Ice, White Bear – The Raw, the Bleak, the Beautiful. Join George Sirk to learn about the Inuit, their deep knowledge of wildlife and their intuitive ability to adapt to cold (-60C), ice, permafrost, and how animals and plants have adapted to the harsh Arctic environment. George has worked as a naturalist guide and covered 20,000 nautical miles of the High Arctic. VNHS. UVic Fraser 159. VNHS. Everyone welcome. Bring a friend and a coffee mug.

Wed 9, 9-5pm Exploring the Validity of Carbon Markets, $175. Gain an understanding of the economic principles and incentives that support market based approaches to addressing environmental issues such as global warming. Royal Roads Continuing Studies. 250-391-2513.

Wed 9, 9:30-12:30pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Free CRD workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Call Swan Lake 250.479.0211 for pre-registration.

Wed 9, 12-1pm The Future of Solar PV in BC. Free BCSEA lunchtime webinar with Dave Egles, Founder of HES-PV. At your computer or device.

Wed 9, 7pm What's Fracking? 3 short films on fracking in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., followed by a talk by Caitlin Vernon of the Sierra Club on fracking concerns and a presentation by the District of Sooke of the draft Community Energy Emissions Plan. Edward Milne Community School theatre, 6218 Sooke Rd.  By donation

Thur 10, 5:30-7:30pm Net2Vic: What makes crowdfunding work (for causes), with Jason Mogus, principal strategist at Communicopia, and Jordan Bower is a Victoria-based Digital Storyteller. Tectoria, 2659 Douglas St. (at Hillside)

Fri 11,10-3pm The Nature Kindergarten Experience, $95. Learn about the background, development and firsthand experiences of the program's educators in creating this model at Sangster Elementary School. Royal Roads Continuing Studies 250-391-2513.

Sat 12 & Sun 13, 10-3pm Permaculture Systems In Action. Eco-Sense and Hatchet & Seed workshop on the theory and principle of permaculture in action at Wild Edge Garden & Nursery and Eco-Sense.  Topics include design principles, soil and plant ecology, rainwater, grey water, key line design, sustainable building and energy. Max 20 people. $120 Bring lunch or something to share. Eventbrite:?

Sat 12 + Sun 13, 10-4pm Sticks and Stones – Making Art with Nature, $125. Explore responsible, respectful, playful, and contemplative ways to interact and create with nature’s debris and structures…outdoors! Royal Roads Continuing Studies 250-391-2513

Sat 12, 10-3pm Rainy Days Open House! Join us in our fabulous demonstration gardens to learn more about rainwater harvesting. In partnership with the CRD, we’ll bring together community and municipal groups involved in rainwater management. Free workshops at 11am-12pm and 1-2pm on stormwater education, rainwater harvesting and choosing the right system. You will be entered to win a free rain barrel! Free, register at or (250) 386-9676. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park St.

Sat 12, 1–2:30pm A Treasure Worth Protecting Guided Adult Hike (18 years+) at Mill Hill Regional Park (Langford). Join a CRD Parks’ naturalist for a ‘sneak peek’ at rare and endangered native plants of this Garry oak ecosystem. Opportunity to visit restricted areas and learn about the Mill Hill Restoration Project. Free, but you must pre-register as space is limited. Call 250.478.3344 before April 11. BC Transit #53

Sat 12, 1–2:30pm The Healing Land Guided Walk (8 years+) at Witty’s Lagoon (Metchosin) A rich storehouse of natural medicines grows around us. Join CRD Parks’ guest naturalist Joe Percival to explore this vital botanical heritage used by First Nations, European settlers and others. Meet Nature Centre off Metchosin Road. BC Transit #54 or #55

Sat 12, 2-5pm Efficient Irrigation Workshop. Free workshop for residential homeowners. Meet experts who will explain system components, discuss installation and provide scheduling and maintenance tips. Enter to win an irrigation controller. Pre-registration is required 250.474.9684. Monterey Rec Centre, Oak Bay

Sat 12, 6pm 3rd Annual Earth Day Local Food Dinner. Fundraiser to re-elect Randall Garrison. Local Food Buffet Dinner & Dessert Auction. Guests Randall Garrison MP and Niki Ashton MP for Churchill, Manitoba, and Status of Women Critic. Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Road (off Beaver Lake Road). $100 Unwaged/Students - $50 (tax receiptable) Fred 250-384-7374 or email Credit card or cheque only, no cash.

Sun 13, 10-5pm Marketing for Hippies - How to Grow Your Green & Holistic Business. The Sunset Room - 401 Herald St Victoria.

Sun 13, 1-4pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Free CRD workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Call Swan Lake 250.479.0211 for pre-registration.

Sun 13, 1-3:30pm LifeCycles Growing Schools Volunteer Training. Want to get your hands dirty with kids this Spring? Join the Growing Schools team. Contact Maurita at for more information.

Sun 13, 1–2:30pm Mystery Creature Guided Walk (5 years+) at Coles Bay Regional Park (North Saanich). Solve the riddles to find the clues hidden along the trail with a CRD Parks’ naturalist to discover who the mystery creature is. Meet info kiosk in parking lot off Inverness Road, off Ardmore Drive.

Sun 13, 1-3pm Compost Education Centre AGM. Join us in our beautiful Strawbale building and vibrant gardens. Share in our 2013 successes and learn about what's in store for 2014. Good local food and fun conversation. Cat Orr will be tell about her exciting school ground rainwater harvesting and watershed project. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St.



Tue 15, 7:30pm Domestication and Ethnobotany of some Asian melons. Royal BC Museum botanist Ken Marr lived in China for 2½ years while studying the domestication process of several species of the squash/cucumber family. He will share how humans have changed the biology of the plants and some of the traditional stories that villagers have about them. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House, VNHS, Everyone welcome.

Wed 16, 7pm Imagining a Beautiful Green Future: Oak Bay 2034. Heritage Oak Bay presents Guy Dauncey. Windsor Park Pavilion, 2451 Windsor Road. By donation. Refreshments served

Thur 17, 7pm Farm Villages - Getting Young Farmers onto the Land. A presentation by Guy Dauncey. COG-VI meeting, Haliburton Farm, 741 Haliburton Road, Saanich.



Tue 22 - Sat 26 Comox Valley Earthweek- many events.

Wed 23, 7:30pm Paraguay Birding. Val George will share his experiences from a recent trip to the country with a small group of avid BC birders. UVic Fraser 159. VNHS. Everyone welcome. Bring a friend and a coffee mug.

Thur 24, 7pm Wade Davis: the Sacred Headwaters. Presented by Elizabeth May, O.C. MP. Alix Goolden Hall, Pandora at Quadra. Tickets $15 at Russell Books, Ivy's Bookshop, Tanners or online at Brown Paper Tickets Teri 250-920-9739.

Fri 25, 7pm An Unusually Creative Conversation with Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, author and artist Nick Bantock and President of Earth Day Canada Jed Goldberg. How can humanity become a healing force within the larger living world? $22, $25 at the door.

Fri 25, 7-9:30pm Iconic Music That Changed the World. Concert and Silent Auction in St. Ann's Auditorium. Musicians TBA. $22 at the door.


Sat 26, 23rd Annual Camas Day at Beacon Hill Park. Guided walks 1-2 hours each about Birds (7am & 9am), Wildflowers (11am & 1pm), Archaeology (11am & 1pm) and First Nations (11am & 1pm). Meet flagpole, top of the hill. VNHS, Roy 250-380-5023.

Sat 26, 9:30-12:30pm Beginner Cheese Making. Fairfield Community Centre. Learn how to make a variety of soft cheeses! Presented by LifeCycles.

Sat 26, 12-4pm Earth Walk Parade. Meet Centennial Square, then parade down Government to Humbolt and St Ann's for the Creatively United Festival at St. Ann's Grounds.

Sat 26 & Sun 27, 12-5pm Wild Edible Foods of Southern Vancouver Island. $95. Discover the wild edible foods that are available in urban and rural areas around Victoria with emphasis on foods that are in season. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513. 

Sat 26, 1-3pm Fun With Fungi - Grow Your Own Mushrooms (for kids aged 9-11). Make your own Oyster Mushroom kit using recycled materials and learn the basics of growing mushrooms at home. $10 (bursaries available). or (250) 386-9676. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park St.

Sat 26, 1:30-4:30pm Advanced Cheese Making, Fairfield Community Centre. Presented by LifeCycles. Learn how to make hard cheeses!

Sat 26, 12-6:30pm Creatively United for the Planet Festival 2014 at St Ann’s. Music, festivities, huge number of booths and displays, speakers all afternoon.

Sat 26, Noon The Tar Sands: An Award-Winning Aerial Perspective & Discussion with Garth Lenz (National Geographic). St. Ann's Auditorium. $19.50, $25 at the door.

Sat 26, 12pm When Health and Business Tie the Knot - Organic and Fair Trade Demystified, with Stacey Toews (Level Ground Trading) and Dionne Laslo-Baker (DeeBee's Organic Tea Pops) "One of the five foods you'll soon be eating" - Wall Street Journal. St. Ann's Chapel, $22, $25 at the door.

Sat 26, 2pm The Heart of the Matter with Robert Bateman. Internationally acclaimed artist/author Robert Bateman. St. Ann's Auditorium. $22, $25 at the

Sat 26, 2-3:45 pm No Health Without Soil Health - The Elephant on Your Plate, featuring National Team biathlete/medalist turned organic gardener Jessica Sedlock; Kathleen Millar of Cultivating Soil Solutions and Taylor Krawcyzk, permaculturist and owner of Hatchet &Seed Edible Landscaping. St. Ann's Chapel. Minimum $5 donation on entry appreciated.

Sat 26, 4pm Empowered Money Making Change with Lisa Helps, Executive Director of Community Microlending; Ian McKenzie, award-winning filmmaker screening his short film Sacred Economics; Federal MP Murray Rankin; and Donna Morton, co-founder of Principium Global Asset Management Firm. $22, $25 at the door. St. Ann's Auditorium.

Sat 26, 4:15-5:30pm Environmental Education - Creating a Better Tomorrow Today. Featuring Lenny Ross - elementary teacher, School District No. 61; Nikki Wright - SeaChange Marine Conservation Society; Chris Filler, Saanich Parks & Recreation; Joachim Carolsfeld, World Fisheries Trust; Daphne Macnaughton - retired school principal (moderator). St. Ann's Chapel. Minimum $5 donation on entry appreciated.

Sat 26, 4:30pm Imagining a Green Sustainable Comox Valley, with Guy Dauncey. Comox Valley Council of Canadians, Lake Trail School Theatre, Courtenay.

Sat 26, 6:30pm Clean Bin Project - Award Winning Documentary. St. Ann's Auditorium. $14, $20 at the door.

Sat 26, 6-8:30pm Dinner Vert: An Enchanted Garden Dinner Party in the Secret Garden. Enjoy locally-sourced sumptuous food, drink, art and fabulous live music/entertainment, plus a silent auction and much merriment. Special gifts for all attendees. $80; group rate of $70 for 12 people.

Sat 26, 7:30pm Land, Sea and Sky - A Tribute to our Earth. Music by local composers Diane Berry, Josh Layne, Leila Lustig, Lynne Penhale & Sylvia Rickard, with soloists and St. Mary’s Children’s Choir. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Road. $20 from Long & McQuade, Ivy’s Books, 250-472-2590 and at the door.

Sun 27, 9–11am Beginners Birding Basics Guided Walk (9 years+) at Witty’s Lagoon, Metchosin. This is a great time of year for birding, with courtship and territory disputes filling the air with song. Join guest naturalist Geoffrey Newell to learn what to look for, how to use binoculars and field guides. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet Witty’s Lagoon Nature Centre off Metchosin Road. BC Transit #54 or #55

Sun 27, 11am–3pm Cougar Ridge Hike Guided Adult Hike (18 years+) at Roche Cove Regional Park (East Sooke). Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist at Roche Cove and follow the Cedar Grove Trail to one of the most spectacular viewpoints. After lunch return via the Galloping Goose. Wear sturdy shoes and pack a lunch. Meet parking lot off Gillespie Road.

Sun 27, 1-1:30pm Cycle the Shelbourne Corridor at the Saanich Cycling Festival. Saanich has partnered with community organizations to present the 5th annual Saanich Cycling Festival, including the BIG Family Bike Ride, a mass participation ride celebrating Earth Day, escorted by the Saanich Police along the Shelbourne Street Corridor.

Sun 27, 1-3pm Blooming Fawn Lilies in Uplands Park, and Indian Plum blossoms, Satin flowers, Chocolate Lilies. Emily Carr’s delightful "Easter Lilies" brighten the trails. Meet Uplands Park sign on Beach Drive. Bring your camera and a smile to greet the spring.



Mon 28 - Fri May 16 The Catalyst Effect: Accelerating Personal and Organizational Leadership in Climate Action - Online, $295. Learn how to impact systems, structures, policies and attitudes to enhance corporate and community leadership. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513

Mon 28, 7:30pm Risky Business: Identifying Priorities for Ecosystem-Based Oceans Management. Miriam O is a biologist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. She has worked in the marine mammal research group, the geoduck stock assessment group, and on Marine Protected Areas and ecosystem-based research. She will speak about the ongoing work to develop research and monitoring plans for Marine Protected Areas and Large Ocean Management Areas. UVic Fraser 159. VNHS. Everyone welcome. Bring a friend and a coffee mug.

Tue 29, 6:30-8pm to June 17 Discussion Course on Choices for Sustainable Living.  $30. Oaklands Community Centre, 1-2827 Belmont Ave. Canadian Earth Institute 250-727-9163.


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



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 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 -3pm Monterey School Ecokeepers are removing invasive plants from Anderson Hill. Drop by to offer support.

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. 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

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

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

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




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