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All Month

Almost every day - great CRD Regional Parks events and outings:

Many mushroom events:

Calling all Victoria and Up-Island green groups - don’t forget to post your events on Harbour Living too:



Tue 4, 10-12pm Thomas Berry, Prophet and Mystic, with Gertie Jocksch SC. Start of 4-week sessions. $75 or $20 drop in. Friends Meeting House, 1831 Fern St, Victoria 

Tue 4, 6:30-8:30pm Don’t Trifle with Truffles: Fungal Economies and Ecosystems at the Root of BC Trees. UVic’s Fungi and Plants Series: Lecture by Shannon Berch, UVic Campus. Registration required

Tue 4, 6:30-8:30pm Rain Garden Design Workshop. Start of 4 weekly series. Did you know that you can receive up to $1000 rebate for installing a beautiful, ecologically beneficial garden? Co-hosted by Tempest Rainwater and Thrive Gardens. Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Road. Four classes: $90, One class: $30. Call the Fernwood Community Centre to register: 250-381-1552 ext

Wed 5, 9-5pm Wild Wednesday Walbran Phone Blitz. Can you help?

Thur 6, 7pm Smarter Cities and Communities. Emerging Green Builders monthly presentation with Patricia McKenna (BA, MLS, DPS), founder and President of AmbientEase. Burnside Gorge Community Centre.

Thur 6 to Nov 18 WildWings Nature & Arts Festival. Many events in multiple locations around the Cowichan Valley. Birding, guided nature walks, cultural events, art show, workshops, swan conference and more.

Thur 6, 6:30pm Science and Conservation for an Oil-Free Coast. With a decision on Kinder Morgan expected this fall, now is a crucial time for our coast and its wildlife. Be informed and inspired by our science, legal and conservation efforts for Southern Resident killer whales, Fraser River salmon and marine birds. Speakers include Misty MacDuffee, David Scott and Dr. Caroline Fox. Shaw Centre, 9811 Seaport Place, Sidney $10.

Sat 8, 10-4pm The Sooke Ecohome Tour. Eager to live more independently, tap into nature’s energy grid, lessen your environmental footprint and save money in the bargain? Visit seven homes, including the super-efficient Harbourside Cohousing and the cob house at ALM Organic Farm. Meet the owners and special guests as you investigate natural building construction, rooftop solar, rainwater catchment systems, grey water irrigation, radiant in-floor systems, heat pumps, permaculture gardens and outdoor solar cookers. Tickets available only on the morning and early afternoon of event at Stick in the Mud Cafe, on Eustace and Otter Point roads. $5 individual; $10 carload (car pooling encouraged!); free to pedestrians and cyclists. Sponsored by theReal Estate Foundation of BC with support from BC Hydro and the District of Sooke

Sun 9, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Meet at the Beach Drive field at the entrance to Cattle Point. Tools, gloves and instruction provided by Friends of Uplands Park to help remove invasive ivy from Cattle Point.



Tue 11, 6:30-8:30pm Parasites and Companions: The Strange Life of Mycoheterotrophic Plants. UVic’s Fungi and Plants Series lecture by Andy MacKinnon, UVic Campus. Registration required

Tue 11, 5-7pm Green Drinks Victoria, at the Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora. Great company, great beer!

Tue 11, 7pm Victoria Book Launch for Boundary Layer by Kem Luther. UVic Fraser 159. General meeting of the Victoria Natural History Society A slide talk on "The Trouble with Wilderness."

Wed 12 - Wed 19 2016 Clayoquot Salmon Festival. A host of salmon-friendly events in

Wed 12, 7pm Requiem for the American Dream. Awareness Film Night's 22nd Season Premiere. If the upcoming U.S. election is leaving you searching for a voice of sanity amidst the hype, look no further than the inimitable Noam Chomsky. A series of interviews with Professor Chomsky that look at how the concentration of wealth in America corrupts the balance of power, making a sham of democracy and souring the American Dream. Edward Milne Community School theatre, 6218 Sooke Rd. By donation.

Thu 13, 7pm Birding Basics II with James Clowater. UVic Campus on Thursdays plus Sunday morning field trips. Registration required

Thur 13, 7pm Sonic Seaa film about ocean life with Jean Michel Cousteau and a host of compassionate educators and activists.  Oceans are a sonic symphony where sound is essential to the health and well-being of all marine life, especially whales, dolphins and Orcas. This is a must-see film for Islanders especially those with a concern about shipping and tanker traffic in our local areas. Duncan United Church. Presented by Social Justice, DUC. Admission free or by donation.

Sun 16, Let’s Make Mary Lake a Public Park for the local community. Invite your neighbors to join us as we gather to show Highlands support for making Mary Lake a public park for the local community. Rain or Shine  Follow link for details

Tue 18, 7pm The Great Egg Exposé. Learn the real story on the labels you see on cartons of eggs in the supermarket. How free is 'free run' ?  What does 'free range' really mean? How organic is "organic"? Jon Steinman and Deconstructing Dinner Crew explore the story behind these labels and contrast industrial egg production with local, small flock sources. Then explore the local egg and chicken scene and learn how to become a guerrilla egg producer with the Salt Spring Poultry Club. Salt Spring Public Library. Free.

Fri 14, 7:30pm All Buffleheads Day with eclectic musician, Ed Peekeekoot and local bufflehead biologist, KJ Finley. All Buffleheads Day marks the first appearance of the bufflehead, the “Spirit Duck”, to their saltwater homes on the west and east coasts of Canada. Ed Peekeekoot is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and story-teller who captivates audiences of all ages with various styles of music, from blazing guitar to foot stomping fiddle, from the Ahtahkakoop Cree First Nation in Saskatchewan St. Paul’s United Church, 2410 Malaview Ave., Sidney

Sat 15, 9:30am-12:30pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Free introductory workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants.  CRD. Call Swan Lake to register 250.479.0211

Sat 15, 10am-1pm Repair Cafe Fairfield. Bring your broken appliances, bicycles, furniture, computers, clothing, hearing aids and our volunteers will fix them for free! Fairfield Gonzales Community Assoc. 1330 Fairfield Rd.

Sat 15, 10am - 12pm All Buffleheads Day, Sidney Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary. With the Friends of Shoal Harbour hosting, Habitat Acquisition Trust booth focused on our feathered friends. Presentations and other activities throughout the day. Kid friendly!

Sat 15, 1- 4pm & Sun 16, 1-4pmAnnual Community Ivy & Broom Bash, Uplands Park. Bring your family, loppers, pruners and gloves to help Friends of Uplands Park remove English ivy, evergreen Daphne and Scotch broom.  Meet at the entrance to Cattle Point and sign in.  Refreshments.  Excellent opportunity for students needing volunteer hours.

Sat 15, 2-4pm Food Preservation Through Fermentation. Did you know that you can not only preserve vegetables, but also make them into sources of healthy bacteria, simply by adding salt? At this workshop, we'll make some sauerkraut, taste and discuss other fermented foods like kimchi and miso, and share skills for supporting resilient food security in our communities. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St. Please pre-register:



Tue 18, 2-4:30pm Keyline Plow & Agro-Forestry Field Day - for farmers and land managers - Central Saanich. Hosted by Hatchet & Seed & CRD Integrated Watershed Management 

Tue 18, 6:30-8:30pm Fungal and Plant Ecosystems: System Thinking and the Balance in BC Forests. UVic’s Fungi and Plants Series Lecture by Richard Winder, UVic Campus. Registration required

 Wed 19, 7pm Solidarity with Leonard Peltier and the Standing Rock Sioux. 1923 Fernwood Road. Hosted by Amnesty International, Social Environmental Alliance and Turning the

Thur 20, 1:30-4pm Keyline Plowing Field Day - for farmers and land managers - Salt Spring - Hosted by Hatchet & Seed & CRD Integrated Watershed Management

Fri/Sat 21 -22, 6:30-9:30pm/10am-4pm Can I Eat that Mushroom? A Mycological Adventure. A fun and informative identification course of edible mushrooms for beginners and those with some knowledge of mushrooms. With a hands-on approach, this course will cover mushroom identification, harvesting, cleaning, storage and more! In Sooke. $105 +GST. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Fri 21, 10am-3pm The Nature Kindergarten Experience Professional Development for Educators. The Nature Kindergarten began at Sangster Elementary School in September 2012. Children spend 2.5 hours every morning exploring natural forest trails at RRU and this course will illustrate the background, development, benefits, and firsthand experiences of the program’s educators in creating this model. $95 +GST. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sat 22, 10am - 2pm Restoration Day with Habitat Acquisition Trust. We're teaming up with the Greater Victoria Green Team. We've got the tools. How would you like to help us remove broom from a local restoration site? Food and training provided! RSVP to for details

Sat 22, 10am-12 noon Field Trip to Mystic Vale. UVic’s Fungi and Plants Series led by Kem Luther and Andy MacKinnon, UVic Campus. Registration required

Sat 22, 1-4pm Fermentation at Home. Fermentation is an age-old method of curing vegetables or fruits for a longer shelf life and to increase digestibility. This workshop will demystify home fermentation, making and tasting sauerkraut, beet kvass, fermented vegetables, and kombucha. $55 +GST. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sun 23, 9am-5pm Willow Chair Workshop. In one day, you can make and take home 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. $250 +GST. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.       

Sun 23, 10am-2pm Join TLC on a student-led invasive species removal work party at the University of Victoria.
Snacks, tools and gloves provided; guided meditation with UVic Meditation Club.
Torrey or call (250) 479-8053.

Sun 23, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Meet Beach Drive field at the entrance to Cattle Point. Tools, gloves and instruction provided by Friends of Uplands Park to help remove invasive ivy from Cattle Point.

Sun 23, 10am-1pm Do it Yourself Skincare workshop. Leave with four homemade natural skincare products and the knowledge to make them again. Learn about your personal skin type and how to design skincare to meet the needs of your skin! $65 @ James Bay Community Centre call 250-389-1470 or



Tue 25, 5:30-7:30pm Saanich Peninsula Green Drinks. The Waddling Dog Inn Library Lounge, 2476 Mt. Newton X Rd, Saanichton. RSVP Alicia Holman 250-893 5070

Tue 25 Habitat Acquisition Trust 20th Birthday Nature Fundraiser Online Auction begins. Give a gift to nature and yourself or someone special, all in celebration of 20 years of conservation with HAT. Visit:

Thur 27, 9:30am-12:30pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Free introductory workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. CRD. Call Swan Lake to register 250.479.0211

Fri 28, 7pm + Sat 9:30 – 3:30pm John O’Donohue – The Four Elements. An exploration with Denis Donnelly. Bethlehem Centre, 2371 Arbot Rd. Nanaimo. Residential $180 incl overnight, three meals and snacks. Commuter $104 includes lunch and snacks. Call about our scholarship fund. Register 

Sat 29, 9am Birding In Uplands Park with Geoffrey Newell, Friends of Uplands Park. Meet Cattle Point by the first boat ramp. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Free.

Sat 29, 2-4pm Perennial Vegetables. Come and learn about the wide variety of perennial vegetables you can grow in the Pacific Northwest. Many people know about asparagus and artichokes, but did you know that there are many different perennial vegetables that do well is our climate? These plants are nutrient dense, long lived, and resilient to a changing climate, and are also delicious! We'll explore how to propagate perennial veg and incorporate them in your edible landscape, as well as your diet. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St.  Please pre-register:

Sun 30, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Meet at the Beach Drive field at the entrance to Cattle Point. Tools, gloves and instruction provided by Friends of Uplands Park to help remove invasive ivy from Cattle Point.

Sun 30, 1pm Tod Creek Watershed Restoration Tour. Join Peninsula Streams Society and the Friends of Tod Creek Watershed on a bus tour, starting at Prospect Lake Community Hall. Suggested donation $5-10. We will visit Whitehead Park, Tod Creek Flats, the new fishway at The Butchart Garden's dam and Tod Inlet. Please register as space is limited. Email or call 250-363-6480 for more info.



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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 your most up to date trail information. 250-478-9414

Every Day (except Monday) Victoria Public Market, Hudson’s Bay, Douglas St. Maryanne Carmack, marycarmack@victoriapublicmarket.com250 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, 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. Enjoy herbal tea and connect with volunteer stewards of this public permaculture site. Participate in hands-on activities, community visioning discussions & food forestry stewardship.

Every Sun, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Join the weekly invasive plant removal group of Friends of Uplands Park to help remove English ivy and other invasive plants.  Tools and instruction provided.  Meet grassy field on Beach Drive Uplands Park at the entrance field to Cattle Pt. weekly each Sunday until December. Tools and gloves provided, instruction given, and areas to work in will be determined by Oak Bay Parks Management Plan.  Suitable for all ages.  An excellent volunteer opportunity for students. Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP,


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