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The Eco-Personals

The Greater Victoria Food Exchange Cooperative is Accepting New Members. We are 15 families who get together every two to three months to order and share healthy food. We have had a faithful core group for almost 30 years. We order from PSC Natural Foods, a wholesaler located in Langford BC. There is a one-time fee of $20 (a refundable deposit) to join the co-op, plus a $10 annual fee per family. Rachel <>


Mon 3, 4-6pm Xploration Centre Parent Orientation. Are you a parent deeply interested in the evolution of education, and curious about the Xploration Centre? Free. Conscious Thought Revolution, 612 View St, Victoria

Wed 5, 7pm Nuts'amaat = One Heart One Mind: Building Resilient Community. Local Cowichan Tribes teacher and community leader, Robert George will facilitate a night of learning and creating in relationship with ourselves and each other to the land we are on; Cowichan. In this workshop and teaching, we will go deeper into finding and building shared values for resilient community. Collective Space, 166 Station St,, Duncan. By donation. 

Thurs 6, 7pm Why Seaweeds Are Better Than Salmon – local seaweed identification and recipes, hosted by UVic Continuing Studies. Details and registration: 

Fri 7, 6:30pm Maude Barlow: BC.’s water crisis and the coming election. Maude Barlow, of the Council of Canadians, is a bestselling author of Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis. Bowen Park Auditorium, 500 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo. Admission free ( donations welcome). Maude  chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch

Fri 7, 7pm Metchosin Bats Walk’n’talk with the Experts. Speakers include local bat expert Dave Nagorsen, Habitat Acquisition Trust Biologist Christian Engelstoft, and HAT Executive Director Jill Robinson. Metchosin Municipal Hall, 4450 Happy Valley Road, behind Fire Hall. Contact: 

Fri 7, 8-11pm Pull Together to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline Dance Party. Join us on the dance floor as we raise funds to support the First Nations who are heading to court in an effort to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline! Cover: $10-30 sliding scale Fairfield United, 1303 Fairfield Rd. 

Sat 8, 9:45am-1:15pm Ayum Creek Restoration with the Greater Victoria Green Team and The Land Conservancy. Come remove invasive periwinkle and lay down cardboard and mulch to suppress growth. Tools, gloves, snacks and instructions provided. For meeting location or questions, and to RSVP, contact Torrey at 

Sat 8, 9-11am Friends of Beacon Hill Park volunteer work party. Meet base of Totem Pole in Beacon Hill Park. Remove invasive plants and help to restore Beacon Hill Park.  Tools and gloves provided, students welcome. Roy Fletcher

 Sat 8, 10-12pm Composting Basics. Learn all the basics of composting and discover which system is right for you! Free. CRD Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St.  Please Pre-register at our Eventbrite page: 

Sat 8, 1-3pm Grow Your Own Food 101. Want to grow your own groceries but not sure where to even start?  Workshop designed for total beginners who want to start growing their own fresh produce, with Alysha Punnett. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St. Pre-register on our Eventbrite Page:

Sat 8, 2-4pm Maude Barlow: BC.’s water crisis and the coming election. Maude Barlow, of the Council of Canadians, is a bestselling author of Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis. University of Victoria Human & Social Development Room: A240

Sat 8, 7pm Bat House Building Workshop. Construct homes for our winged friends! Metchosin Municipal Hall, 4450 Happy Valley Road, behind Fire Hall. Please RSVP to as space is limited and priority is given to those with ideal bat habitat. 

Sat 8 & Sun 9 - 3:30-4pm Xploration at ROOT Victoria Spirit Walk and Sitting Spot with Elinor Bazar - Director of Xploration Centre; Meeting the Magical Forest with Hayley Newell. Goward House Society 2495 Arbutus Rd, Victoria. 

Sun 9, 9am-12pm DIY Sunscreen & Deodorant. Learn the science and history of sunscreen and deodorant and work together to develop a recipe and product that is unique to your skin type and lifestyle. 

Sun 9, 2-4pm John Shields Celebration of Life. Hotel Grand Pacific, Vancouver Island Ballroom
463 Belleville St. Victoria. 


Tue 11, 5pm Green Drinks Victoria. Great conversations, great beer. Everyone welcome. Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora. 

Tue 11, 7pm Defend our Coast: Using a Citizens Initiative to Block Kinder Morgan. Dogwood Initiative information session to help us become more knowledgeable about the Citizens’ Initiative process. Come along and find out more about how the process works, how you can get involved, and what to expect in the coming months. The Doing 1307 Fairfield Road. 

Tue 11, 7:30pm Small Packages, Big Egos—The Mesocarnivores of British Columbia. Grizzly Bear, Black Bear, Grey Wolf and Cougar. Rich Weir, Carnivore Conservation Specialist with the Ministry of Environment, will take us on a tour of the wonderful world of mesocarnivores. Victoria Natural History Society AGM. UVic Fraser Room 159 

Wed 12, 12-1pm Rally for Sustainable Forestry! Join the Ancient Forest Alliance as we support the Sustainable Forestry Rally. Organized by the Public and Private Workers of Canada PPWC. Victoria Legislature. Protect old-growth forests, ensure a value-added sustainable second-growth forest industry, and end the export of raw logs from BC. Facebook:  

Wed 12, 6-10pm For the Love of Soil! Compost Education Centre Spring Fundraiser and Silent Auction. Love the Compost Ed Centre. Live music, friendly folks, lively bidding on stellar silent auction items! $25 includes a pint of Hoyne beer and an appetizer buffet. Fernwood Inn, 1302 Gladstone Avenue Please pre-register for our silent auction here: 

Wed 12, 6:30pm Sooke Region Food CHI 7th Annual Farm and Film Gala. Movie Seed: The Untold Story  at 7:45, evening concludes with gift basket draw.  In the foyer vendors will be selling local seeds, plants, produce and other products created from locally harvested ingredients. The movie goes round the world to meet farmers, scientists, seed savers, educators, lawyers and indigenous communities who are waking up to the need to save local, acclimated, not genetically modified seeds. Awareness Film Night. Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Rd. By donation. 

Wed 12, 7pm Rally for Change! Green Party Mega-Rally. David Suzuki, Andrew Weaver and Special Guests. Victoria Convention Centre, Frank Carson Hall. FREE. Everyone welcome. Please invite friends, family and neighbours. Please RSVP so we have a sense of capacity. 

Wed 12, 7pm CRD Irrigation Controller Scheduling workshop - Saanich.  A properly installed & maintained irrigation system will conserve water! Call 250.474.9684 to register. 

Thur 13, 7pm Rock The Salish Sea Tour. UVic Farquhar Auditorium.  $12/$5. The Victoria concert features Holly Arntzen and Kevin Wright and the Wilds Band, performing with 400 students from Campus View Elementary school, singing original eco-rock songs about ocean and watershed stewardship, wild salmon and climate change.  

Fri 14, 6:30pm - 9:30pm Baba Brinkman: The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos. ArtSpring, 100 Jackson Ave, Salt Spring 

Sat 15, 10am-12pm Advanced Composting. Broaden the scope of your knowledge of composting. Topics include dynamic accumulators, hot composting, compost tea, in-situ composting methods and humanure. If you are new to composting, we suggest you take our Composting Basics workshop first. Free. CRD Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St. Please Pre-Register at our Eventbrite website: 

Sat 15, 9:30am to 11:30am Friends of Moss Rocks Park volunteer work party. Meet corner of Eberts Street and May Street near Park. Remove invasive plants and help to restore Moss Rocks Park. Tools and gloves provided, students welcome. Pat Johnston: 

Sat 15, 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 15, 1-3pm Back Yard Seed Saving. Why and how to save seed from common vegetables and flowers, best practices for planting, caring for and harvesting a small plot seed garden. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St. Please Pre-Register at our Eventbrite website: 


Tue 18, 5-7pm Rewilding: From Dead to Living Landscapes. One Planet Conversations with Richard Iredale, Architect; Past Chair, Cascadia Green Building Council. Bateman Centre, Bellville St.                        

Tue 18, 6:30-9pm BC’s Energy Future: Election Debate on Sustainable Energy, Esquimalt-Metchosin All-Candidates Debate, BC Sustainable Energy Association, Esquimalt High School Theatre, 847 Colville Rd, Victoria 

Tue 18, 7:30pm From Alpine to Grassland – Plants of Waterton Lakes National Park. Ian Cruickshank and Ali Jones spent the summer of 2015 working as Ecological Monitoring Technicians at Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta. Victoria Natural History Society Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House. 

Wed 19 and/or Thurs 20, 8:35am-2:50pm Creatures of Habitat. Grade 6 Environmental Education program at Royal Oak Middle School. Seeking responsible and energetic adult volunteers to help students with outdoor restoration activities. Contact Peninsula Streams Society for more info or to sign up 250-363-6480 - -  

Thur 20, 7pm Digging the City: an Urban Agriculture Manifesto, with Rhona McAdam. 530 Fraser St. – VIHA Esquimalt Health Unit Back Door Entrance Toastmasters Club RSVP free. 

Fri 21-Sun 23 Permaculture Workshop Series, Salt Spring. 

Sat 22, 9am-4:30pm Trauma Psychology & Ecopsychology: Linking ecopsychology with trauma psychology connects the interpersonal violence of our societies with the assaults on the life systems of the planet. Practical, experiential and interactive, this workshop blends theory with practice providing conceptual models and theoretical understandings. $125 +GST. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sat 22, 10-3pm Earth Day Tire Recycling Round. Got old tires? Bring them to Kal Tire, to recycle into playground equipment, 2882 Douglas Street, Victoria. Proceeds go to Campus View school. 

Sat 22, 10am-5pm Creatively United for the Planet 6th Annual Earth Day Festival & Sustainability Showcase. Royal BC Museum, Victoria. Giant EV show/ride, displays, art, music, talks on architecture, net zero, solar, climate, forestry, oceans, birds, streamkeepers. Free admission + ticketed events or 

Sat 22, 11am-1:30pm Cowichan Estuary Hike. Spend Earth Day with BC Royal Museum Archaeology Collections Manager Dr. Genevieve Hill, Curator of Botany Dr. Ken Marr, Educator Hannah Morales and representatives from the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Bring lunch and water, wear sturdy and suitable shoes, be prepared for rain. Meet Khenipsen Road at driveway for Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Chase Woods Nature Preserve, at standing stone sign.  Children ages 12 and up accompanied by an adult are welcome. 

Sat 22, 1-3pm Sustainable Lifestyles. Through interactive small group work, role playing and video clips, we will work our way through Water, Clothing, Media, Food, Coffee/Chocolate, and Transportation,  discovering new ways to create a sustainable and harmonious relationship. Leave the workshop with a simple action, an environmental commitment and a plan to uphold it in the weeks to come. Bring a journal for notes. With Kayla Siegfried. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St. Please Pre-Register at our Eventbrite website: 

Sat 22, 1-4pm Earth Day Family Nature Walk. Join Ken Elliott, member of Cowichan Tribes and renowned expert in native plants and their uses, for an Earth Day Family Walk exploring the native flora of southern Vancouver Island around the trails of Royal Roads University. FREE. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sat 22, 2:15pm MARCH FOR SCIENCE, in conjunction with marches all across North America. We march to stand up for academic freedom and the right of all scientist to communicate results freely; to support science and evidence-based politics and policy making; to demand that public support for research is based on scientific merit, not political agenda; to protect the right of every person to engage with, learn from, and help shape science. Meet Centennial Square. 

Sat 22, 2-5pm CRD All Efficient Irrigation introductory workshop - Colwood. A properly installed & maintained irrigation system will conserve water! Call 250.474.9684 to register. 

Sat 22, 7pm Vegans Night Out! The Very Good Butcher’s will be hosting this month’s Vegan’s Night Screening of the groundbreaking film What Health! By by Cowspiracy creator Kip Andersen $12 on Eventbrite at: 

Sat 22, 7:30pm Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World. Movie screening with Green Party leader Elizabeth May, St. John’s United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road, North Saanich. 

Sun 23, 9am-5pm Willow Chair Workshop. In one day, make your own Classic Diamondback Willow Chair using bent willow and alder. This is a great introduction to rustic furniture building. All tools and materials provided. This course takes place at Edward Milne Community School in Sooke. $250 +GST. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sun 23, 10 am-4pm Soul Food day long inspirational workshop with Ann Mortifee and Sherrill Miller. or

Sun 23, 1-3 pm Tour Platinum LEED certified Reliable Controls building and learn why this international award-winning company is one of the top green high tech companies and how they are reducing GHG's and addressing climate change. or 


Mon 24, 6:30-9pm BC’s Energy Future: Election Debate on Sustainable Energy, Saanich North and the Islands All-Candidates Debate, BC Sustainable Energy Association, Mary Winspear Centre, Bodine Rm, 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney 

Mon 24, 7:30pm The Hidden World of Whales.  Dr. Rianna Burnham is a post-doc in the Whale Lab at UVic who is exploring how ecology and acoustic studies can be used to ‘see’ into the lives of some of the largest animals on the planet. Bones, photographs, video, recordings, and results from cutting edge research. UVic Fraser Room 159 

Tue 25 5:30-7:30pm Green Drinks Saanich Peninsula. Great drinks, great company. Waddling Dog Pub.  

Wed 26, 6;30-9:30pm + Saturdays 1-4pm  Growing Food Victoria at Haliburton Farm. Course runs until September with a break in June and July. Learn how to grow an abundant harvest of food right in your own backyard. Hands-on instruction and mentoring with each step. Please register directly with  Royal Roads Continuing Studies 

Wed 26, 7pm Strengthening our Sacred Relationship with First Nations Peoples. Take next steps to live into our Truth & Reconciliation Commitments. St. John’s United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road, North Saanich. 

Wed 26, 7:30pm Watching Birds Naked. Are birds really “bird-brains”? Do they taste “good”? Can eagles really see farther than humans? Why are most owls as blind as we are on a dark night? How does a kestrel use ultraviolet light to catch mice?  These are just some of the questions that Dr. David Bird will answer in his humorous educational slide show on the sensory ecology of birds. UVic Fraser Room 159 

Thur 27, 6:30-9pm BC’s Energy Future: Election Debate on Sustainable Energy, Provincial Party Policy Debate, BC Sustainable Energy Association, First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Rd, Victoria 

Fri 28, 5pm - Sun 30. OUR Ecovillage fantastic mini-taste of Permaculture, with Starhawk, Charles Williams, Brandy Gallagher and other fantastic teachers.

Fri 28 - May 14 OUR Ecovillage Permaculture Design Certificate/Earth Activist Training by Starhawk and other fantastic guest teachers. 72-hour intensive course over 16 days combining theory with practical hands-on learning, earns a Permaculture Design Certificate. 

Sat 29 – May 6 9am-12pm Hummingbirds: Beauty on the Wing.  Join master hummingbird bander Dr. Alison Moran for an exploration into the astounding world of hummingbirds. Learn to distinguish between species and find out about the roles that hummingbirds play in our ecosystems. $95 +GST. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sat 29, 9am-3pm Ecology and Restoration of Garry Oak Ecosystems. This course that runs until May examines the ecology, plant identification, plants, and natural history of Garry oak ecosystems. Among one of the most endangered habitats in Canada. Learn field-tested practical techniques for enhancing degraded areas and methods for converting fields and lawns to native meadow. Field trips included. $315 +GST. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sat 29, 10-12pm Soil: Really Important Tiny Lives. Soil is capable of supporting plant life and is vital to life on earth, yet we understand very little about its complexities. This introductory workshop will look at the soil ecosystem and the microbiology that helps  us grow nutritious food. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St. Free. Please Pre-Register at our Eventbrite website: 

Sat/Sun 29 & 30, 11am-4pm Wild Edible Foods of Southern Vancouver Island. Discover the wild edible foods that are available in both urban and rural areas around Victoria, with emphasis on foods that are in season. Learn foraging safety and how to identify plants, how to harvest sustainably, and the seasonal availability of foods. $105 +GST. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220. 

Sat 29  Jobs - Climate - Justice. Peoples Climate March all across North America. 

Sat 29, 12pm-5pm Guardians of Mary Lake Festive Gathering & Fundraiser. Speakers include Habitat Acquisition Trust Executive Director, Tom Sampson Tsartlip Nation Elder, Elizabeth May, and many more prominent local figures. Featuring music and nature walks in an exceptional greenspace. 1772 Millstream Rd, Highlands. Contact details:

Sun 30, 10am-3pm Caleb Pike Broom Bash with the Greater Victoria Green Team and The Land Conservancy. Come remove Scotch broom from the Caleb Pike area of Gowlland Tod Provincial Park in the Highlands. Tools and gloves provided. For information and to RSVP, please contact Torrey at  


Tue May 4, 10am-12pm The Possibility in Conviviality: Telling We-Stories to the Future with Ian Wight PhD FCIP. Conviviality has been represented as an already widespread practice that is integral to our long history. Start of 4-week program $75 or $20 drop in. Friends Meeting House, 1831 Fern St Victoria. 250-220-4601  

All Month

CRD Parks hikes, explorations and events for all ages: 


Affinite Wealth Group:

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. OUR ECOVILLAGE Educational Tours.10-12:30pm with option to stay on for lunch in OUR Zero Mile Meal Eatery. Learn all legal and regulatory work for permaculture, natural building, and sustainable community design while delving into the back of systems and inside cob/strawbale/solar/alt systems. Scheduled volunteer days also avail.   250-743-3067  

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, 10am – 5pm Clothing for Conservation Fundraiser with Habitat Acquisition Trust: visit Hemp & Company, 1312 Government St. $10 from every purchase of the featured Celebration Top goes to HAT. Makes a great gift!

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 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 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, 10-12 Moss Street Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. 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 

Guy Dauncey, FRSA
Author, Speaker, Futurist
Yellow Point, Ladysmith, BC, Canada


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