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Sun 1, 9:30am–12pm Beginner’s Birding Basics Guided Walk (12 years) at Island View Beach. Wear warm clothes and bring binoculars if you have them (also available for loan). Meet grassy area adjacent to the picnic shelter off Homathko Rd. CRD Parks.

Sun 1, 9:45-1pm Want to volunteer? We need help to remove invasive carpet burweed, ivy and Daphne from the endangered Garry oak ecosystem at Uplands Park. Meet by the boat ramp at Cattle Point. Bring loppers and gloves if you have them.  Instructions given.  Refreshments. Friends of Uplands Park and the Greater Victoria Green Team.  

Mon 2, 12pm to 4pm Want to volunteer? Harvesting willow stakes to stabilize Broadway Run on the Cowichan River. 250-746-0227.

Mon 2, 6:30pm Growing Food Course: Free Information Session at Haliburton Farm, 741 Haliburton Rd. In this practical, hands-on course you’ll be mentored through an entire growing season, gaining Organic and Permaculture skills and confidence to grow your own food.  Register at Royal Roads Continuing Studies 250-391-2513, toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 2, 6:30 TRACKS: a glowing adaptation of Robyn Davidson's perilous nine-month solo journey across the Australian desert. By donation. Eric Martin Pavilion Theatre, Fort St.

Tue 3, 7pm Tom Mulcair: Strengthening Local Jobs, Local Business, and the Local Economy, joined by Sheila Malcolmson, Nanaimo Ladysmith candidate. Nanaimo Ladysmith NDP. Coast Bastion Hotel.

Tue 3, 7pm March of the Penguins. Film Night at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre, suggested $5 donation. 250-746-0227

Wed 4, 1-3pm Salt Spring’s PV for EV Carshare Prefeasibility Study, with Kjell Liem. See the drawings for a small parking lot based photovoltaic (PV) installation with electric vehicle (EV) charging. Lions Hall, Ganges. RSVP Salt Spring Housing Council

Wed 4, 7pm Join Elizabeth May MP for a timely discussion about Privacy and Security in Canada, and what Bill C-51 means for us. UVic Greens. UVic MacLauren A144, David Lam Auditorium.

Wed 4, 7pm "The Price We Pay" by Canadian filmmaker Harold Crooks ("The Corporation", "Surviving Progress"). The dark history and present-day reality of big business tax avoidance. Offshore tax havens are depriving government coffers of trillions of dollars. Awareness Film Night. Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Rd. By donation.

Thur 5, 12-1pm Life and Death in the Forest: A Campus Tree Walk. Join experts from UVic's Centre for Forest Biology for a fascinating guided walk and learn about our campus trees and their biological significance. Meet UVic First Peoples House Entrance.

Thur 5, 4:30pm-6pm Cars, coffee and coding: Sustainability in entrepreneurship. What does sustainability mean to entrepreneurs in different industries? How do they implement social and environmental justice into their businesses? With Kayli Anderson of Synergy Enterprises, Martin Guinto of UVic's Formula hybrid car team, Shane Devereaux of Habit Coffee and Stuart Bowness of MediaCore. UVic Sedgewick (SED)A142.

Thur 5, 5:30pm-7pm Losing our Marbles: A playful approach to understanding our electricity supply. How does our electrical power system work, from the power plant to the light bulb? What are the challenges of integrating renewables? What would your ideal system look like? Explore these questions with the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems in a group demonstration of a marble-based "electricity grid." Can you meet the demand or will you lose your marbles? UVic Engineering/Computer Science (ECS) 660.

Thur 5, 7pm En Plein Air art exhibition of the iconic Flathead River Valley. 15 paintings from six world-renowned Kootenay based artists, from the 2012 expedition into the Flathead River Basin where the artists hiked to remote areas of the proposed National Park in the Flathead valley to capture the feel of the last remaining undeveloped river system on the 49th parallel. Greater Victoria Public Library

Fri 6, 3-5pm Orcas of Vancouver Island. Kristen Kanes dives into the world of orcas. Listen to orca vocalizations. Hear about their culture, hunting tactics and complex social lives and the urgent conservation challenges facing the whales. Bob Wright Centre (BWC)A104.

Fri 6, 3pm Passive House Tour at North Park Passive House, 860 Queens Ave. A 6-unit strata development. Canada’s first market Passive House strata and the second Passive House on Vancouver Island. Join Rob & Mark Bernhardt and Mayor Lisa Helps in touring the project under construction. Emerging Green Builders.

Sat 7, 10-3pm Want to volunteer? If you have a passion for nature Parks Canada is looking for help to restore Garry Oak ecosystems at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse.

Sat 7, 11-12:30pm Weather and Climate: From Vancouver Island to Planet Earth. An interactive learning event from UVic’s Vancouver Island School-Based Weather Station Network. Discover the science of climate modelling and experience demonstrations of a variety of weather phenomena, including cloud and wind formation, air pressure, liquid interactions, tornados and more. Bob Wright Centre (BWC)A104.

Sat 7, 1–3pm Celebrate Nettles! Guided Walk (5 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. Celebrate spring with your family and explore for early spring greens such as nettles and other local treats. With a CRD Parks naturalist you will learn about the stinging nettle’s many uses and how to harvest, prepare and taste it. $10/family. Pre–registration required by March 6. Space limited. 250.478.3344.

Sat 7, 10-2:30pm Making Beautiful Soil - Dig in to the ecology of backyard composting and effective strategies for making the most of your waste. $45. Royal Roads 250-391-2513, toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sun 8, 10-2pm Duncan Seedy Sunday. Local seed vendors, live plant and garden vendors, a seed exchange, kids’ activities, community information booths. Seed saving and gardening workshops hosted by Carolyn Herriot, Jason Greenwood and Joy Story. By donation (suggested min $2.00). Children 13 years and under free.

Sun 8, 1-3pm Defend the Pacific Northwest. Nathan Cullen, MP Townhall Meeting about his draft bill to ban crude oil supertankers on BC's North Coast, and how we can stop the Northern Gateway pipeline. Admission free. Coffee, tea and snacks. Island Savings Centre, 2687 James St, Duncan.

Sun 8, 1–2:30pm What’s Up? Who’s Out? Guided Walk (5 years+) at Mill Hill Regional Park (Langford). Follow a CRD naturalist up Mill Hill, looking for early signs of spring. Meet at the kiosk in the parking lot off Atkins Avenue. BC Transit #53



Mon 9-Fri 13. Want to volunteer? Ecosystem mapping field work in Yellow Point area. Come one day or all. 250-746-0227.

Mon 9, 6:30-9:30pm Plant Knowledge for Organic Gardeners. Over three seasons learn to identify 300 plants, explore their ecosystems of origin, where they thrives best, and much more. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513, or toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Tue 10, 1–2:30pm Mystery Creature Guided Walk (5 years+) at Mount Work Regional Park. Solve the riddles to find the clues hidden along the trail with a CRD Parks naturalist. Meet Durrance Lake parking lot off Durrance Close, off Willis Point Rd.

Tue 10, 5-7pm Green Drinks Victoria at The Drake Eatery, Market Square, 517 Pandora. Goof beer, good friends, good greenery!

Tue 10, 7:30pm Meet the Grigs. Grasshoppers and crickets are some of the most familiar insects. James Miskelly, Research Associate at the Royal BC Museum will discuss their diversity, ecology, and identification. UVic Fraser 159, VNHS. Everyone welcome.

Wed 11, 1–2:30pm Animal Adventures Guided Walk (10 years and under) at Francis/King Regional Park. Join a CRD Parks naturalist on a family adventure, as you learn to creep like a deer, jump like a cougar, and feel like a raccoon. Meet Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Wed 11, 7pm The Universe Makes More Sense Than I Thought: an Introduction to Evolutionary and Ecological Spirituality. Start of 4-part series with Gerald Harris. $75 or $20 drop in. Friends Meeting House, 1831 Fern St, Victoria. 250-220-4601 

Thur 12, 5:30-7:30pm Building the Culture to Win: A Deep Look at Non-profit Culture, Structure & Tech. Peter Wrinch will share the story of his work at Pivot and why he left Pivot to work at NationBuilder. Fort Tectoria, 777 Fort St, Victoria. Net2Vic:

Fri 13, 11am–2pm Buzz about Bees Drop-in Event at Francis/King Regional Park. A honey of a program fit for the royalty of the insect world. What’s the buzz about bees – are they really good dancers? Join us and you’ll bee amazed, bee enchanted and bee happy. Meet Francis/ King Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Sat 14, 9:30-2pm Do you want to volunteer? Join HAT and the Greater Victoria Green Team for a day of invasive species removal at Havenwood Park, Colwood. Refreshments & tools provided. Bring gloves, water bottle, and treats to share. RSVP 

Sat 14, 10-3pm
Cobble Hill Seedy Saturday. Community Seed Swap. Local vendors of organic and heritage seeds, local plant growers, organic fertilizers and gardening gizmos. Children's area, homemade snacks and goodies. Cobble Hill Hall, 3550 Watson Ave,
Cobble Hill.

Sun, 15, 9:45-3pm Installation of Hugel Beds at Spring Ridge Commons with the Greater Victoria Green Team (Includes Lunch)  RSVP: 

Sun 15, 1–2:30pm Trail Tales Guided Walk (All ages) at Coles Bay Regional Park (North Saanich). Find out how Raven tricked the Crow, where our Island chickadees came from and more with a CRD Parks naturalist on this storyteller’s walk through the woods. Meet info kiosk in parking lot off Inverness Drive. 

Sun 15, 5pm-8pm Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre Beer and Burger and Silent Auction Fundraiser at the Cow Bay Pub featuring Celtic music by Jane’s Way. Tickets $25, includes choice of beef, chicken, or veggie burger with your choice of fries or salad, and either a beer, cider, or glass of wine. 250-746-0227



Mon 16, 6:30-7:30pm Free Info Session: Organic Master Gardener Program. Bring your questions about our unique Organic Master Gardener Course. Students have called it "life changing". Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513, or toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 16, 7pm National Energy Policy: What about Climate Change? With UBC political science Professor Kathryn Harrison, UBC. Frustrated by policymakers’ rejection of experts’ and voters’ advice, Kathryn has become increasingly active with UBC350 and Voters Taking Action on Climate Change. BC Sustainable Energy Association Victoria Chapter. Free. First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Rd. 778-265-4567

Tue 17, 1–2:30pm Stop, Look, Listen Guided Walk (All ages) at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. Use your senses to appreciate the wonders of the forest, with a CRD Parks naturalist. This is a great way for kids and adults to share nature together. Meet information kiosk in Beaver Lake parking lot. BC Transit #70 or #72

Tue 17, 6pm-8:30pm Green Party Cowichan-Malahat-Langford Campaign Launch for Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi, with Elizabeth May MP. Quw’utsun Cultural Centre, 200 Cowichan Way, Duncan.

Tue 17, 7-10pm Bee Keeping: An Introductory Course. Over four evenings and one day, this introductory workshop offers theory and practical field experience in the art of beekeeping for beginners. $235 + GST. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513, or toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Tue 17, 7:30pm Biodiversity of the Central Coast of BC. BC’s Central Coast is a wild collection of islands, shorelines, mountains, and forests, a combination that leads to high species diversity and complex patterns of species distributions. Brian Starzomski will explore some the species that can be found there, and the landscape patterns that make this part of BC so special. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House. Everyone welcome.

Wed 18, 1–3pm Wilderness Skills for Youth Guided Hike (13 to 18 years) at Thetis Lake Regional Park. Which plants are edible? What do you need to survive in the wilderness? Learn the answers with CRD Park naturalists as we explore the more remote areas of Thetis Lake. Learn the ten wilderness essentials and other skills needed for exploring further afield and leading groups in the outdoors. Prepare to be active and in forested areas. Free, but you must pre-register by March 17 as space is limited 250.478.3344.

Thur 19, 11am–2pm Amazing Race Drop-in Event (All ages) at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. Challenge yourself on this ‘skill-testing’ and fun jaunt through the forest. Meet info kiosk in Beaver Lake parking lot. BC Transit #70 or #72

Thur 19, 5pm Want to volunteer? We are a group of amazing Sierra Club activists in Victoria who work together to make the world a better place. We also have a lot of fun! Everyone is welcome. Meet in the Atrium beside Habit Coffee (Yates and Blanshard)

Fri 20, 11am–2pm Spring Fling Drop-in Event (All ages) at Francis/King Regional Park. Come and explore the sights, sounds and smells of spring with CRD Parks naturalists. Exhibits, crafts, activities – fun for the entire family. Guided walks at 11:15am and 1pm. Meet Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Fri 20, 7pm and Sat 21 10-5pm The Secret Life of Poems: with Denis Donnelly. A partnership with Programs in Earth Literacies and Continuing Studies Royal Roads University. $125 + applicable taxes Best to Register by Fri, Mar 6. 

Sat 21-25 Restoration of Marine Aquatic Systems (ER 335B) at UVic, with pre-reading and a post-assignment. Contact Laura Biggs for details

Sat 21, 10-3pm Want to volunteer? If you have a passion for nature Parks Canada is looking for help to restore Garry Oak ecosystems at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse.

Sat 21, 10:30am-4pm Writing This Place. Learn to creatively document your surroundings with Bronwyn Preece. UVic Continuing Studies:

Sat 21, 11am–2pm Salmon Saturday Guided Walk (5 years+) at Charters Interpretive Centre (Sooke). See the demonstration hatchery and displays with a CRD Parks’ naturalist. Meet Charters Interpretive Centre off Sooke River Road.

Sat 21, 12-4pm Salt Spring Island Rainwater Harvesting Systems Tour. Self-guided tour of home-based rainwater harvesting systems.

Sun 22, 10-3pm Salt Spring Water Fair. Demos, products and fun for the whole family. SSI Water Council, SSI Watershed Protection Authority and SSI Water Preservation Society. Farmers Institute

Sun 22, 1–2:30pm Ugh! A Slug! Guided Walk (All ages) at Mill Hill Regional Park, Langford. Stroll with a CRD Parks naturalist to peek under fallen logs in search of these giant gastropods, nature’s best recyclers. Meet info kiosk in parking lot off Atkins Avenue. BC Transit #53



Wed 25, 6:30-9:30pm Growing Food in the City. Over an entire growing season learn where your food comes from, what’s in it (or on it), and how to get the best nutrition possible! $695 (tax exempt). Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513, or toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Wed 25, 7:30pm Marbled Murrelet Conservation Research in Canada. Douglas Bertram, Marine Bird Conservation Biologist for Canadian Wildlife Service, Pacific Region, and Chair of Canadian Marbled Murrelet Recovery Team, will discuss his research on population ecology of Marbled Murrelets. UVic Fraser 159, VNHS. Everyone welcome.

Thur 26, 11am–3pm Cougar Ridge Hike Guided Adult Hike (18 years+) at Roche Cove Regional Park, East Sooke. This scenic hike led by a CRD Parks naturalist begins at Roche Cove and follows the Cedar Grove Trail to one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the region. After lunch we return via the Galloping Goose. Wear sturdy shoes and pack a lunch and water. Free, but you must pre-register as space is limited. 250.478.3344 by March 25.

Thur 26, 6:30pm-9:30pm & Sat 28 9am-3pm  Hands-On Ethnobotany. Learn about the relationships between people and plants, with a focus on traditional plant knowledge of Indigenous and contemporary Peoples. $135 + GST. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513, or toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sat 28, 9am Birding in Uplands Park with expert birder, Geoffrey Newell, from Friends of Uplands Park, at Cattle Point with your binoculars. Free.

Sat 28, 10-2pm Scrap Metal Drive in honour of Cowichan Land Trust’s 20th Anniversary. Give the Land Trust a birthday gift of scrap metal. Volunteers needed to help organize, and volunteers with trucks needed to help pick up metal. 250-746-0227.

Sat 28/Sun 29, 12pm-4pm BC SPCA Wild ARC Open House. Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to peek behind the scenes at one of BC’s busiest wildlife rehabilitation centres! Tours of the Metchosin facility can be reserved at 

Sat 28, 1–3pm Celebrate Nettles! Guided Walk (5 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. Celebrate spring with your family and explore for early spring greens such as nettles and other local treats. With a CRD Parks naturalist you will learn about the stinging nettle’s many uses and how to harvest, prepare and taste it. $10/family. Pre–registration required by March 27. Space limited. 250.478.3344.

Sat 28 – Sun 29, 10am-5pm Counselling As If the Earth Mattered: Introduction to Ecotherapy and Foundational Practices. Explore the theory and practice of nature-based therapies as we address strategies, ethics and other considerations in applying ecotherapies for social service providers and allied professionals. $195 + GST. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513, or toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sun 29, 1–3pm Family Forest Tea Party Guided Walk (All ages) at Francis/King Regional Park. Bring the whole family for a tea party in the woods. Join a CRD Parks naturalist for an interpretive tea tasting featuring local plants, and a short guided walk to see the plants growing in their native habitat. $10/family + GST. Pre–registration required by March 27. 250.478.3344.



Mon 30, 7:30pm Sea Star Wasting Syndrome. Marine naturalist, avid diver, and popular author Andy Lamb will discuss the Sea Star Wasting Syndrome that has impacted various asteroid species throughout the Northeast Pacific. Learn about this devastating disease, and how you can help monitor the situation. UVic Fraser 159, VNHS. Everyone welcome.

Tue 31, 5:30-7:30pm Green Drinks Saanich Peninsula at Zanizbar Cafe (corner of Stelly's and W. Saanich in Brentwood Bay).

Tue 31, 6:30pm-9:30pm Organic Master Gardener Program. Once we truly understand the connection between soil health, plant health, human health and environmental health we look at the world with different eyes. $695 (tax exempt). Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513, or toll free 1-866-890-0220.



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March through June. Volunteers needed to lead school programs at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. Training provided. 250-746-0227.

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

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 (except Monday) Victoria Public Market, Hudson’s Bay, Douglas St. Maryanne Carmack, 250 884 8552

Every day, 9:00-4:30 Goldstream Nature House Eagle Extravaganza – see eagles feasting off the remains of the Chum salmon run use nature house binoculars. Cozy in by the fireplace with a hot cuppa. Ask Naturalist all kinds of questions.

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, 3:30-5:30pm Cowichan Community Green Work Party. Community Urban 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 Thur and Sat. Volunteer events at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Charlotte Houston

Every Sat, 10-Noon Moss Street Winter Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. Garry Oak Room, 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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