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Thur 4, 10am Grand Opening of the Expanded UVic Transit Exchange. UVic Transit Exchange, BC Transit and UVic celebrate the opening of the new expanded bus exchange. Stop by for remarks by representatives and to celebrate better transit service for UVic and the surrounding communities.

Thur 4, 7pm Victoria's First Passive House, hosted by Emerging Green Builders Victoria. Bernhardt Contracting have built Victoria's very first Passive House, one of the most aggressive energy performance standards in the world. Free, open to the public. Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Road.

Thur 4, 7pm Mushrooms! South Vancouver Island Mycological Society meeting at Pacific Forestry Centre. Free. Membership encouraged ($20/yr)

Sat 6, 7:30am Waterfront Birding with Marie O’Shaughnessy. Meet Cattle Point (Beach Drive between Rutland Rd and Dorset Rd) Marie, 250-598-9680. VNHS.

Sat 6, 10-2pm Farmgate sales for perennial food plants and nut trees at EcoSense, 3295 Compton Rd, Highlands. Please park at the bottom entrance.

Sat 6, 10-12pm Volunteer Work Party at Haliburton Farm

Sat 6, 10-3 Come help restore Garry Oak Ecosystems at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. RSVP to

Sat 6, 1:30-3pm Biophoton Light Therapy, with Jon Lora Hart at Ingredients Health Foods & Apple Cafe. This unique and innovative healing approach strengthens the body's own cellular light to allow it to naturally heal itself: medicine for the future. Free. Patricia Kirk 250 384-6257   

Sun 7, 9–11am Birds of Witty’s Woodlands and Lagoon Walk (9 years+) at Witty’s Lagoon, Metchosin. Join guest naturalist Geoffrey Newell for a glimpse of some of the 100+ birds. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet Nature Centre off Metchosin Road. BC Transit #54 or 55

Sun 7, 10am-1pm Victoria’s Secrets Bike Tour. Discover Victoria’s cycling jewels and secrets: those places where bikes can go but cars cannot! Meet Fountain at Centennial Square. Bring a snack. 15 easy kilometres. GVCC.

Sun 7, 12-5pm Chef Survival Challenge at Madrona Farm. Oliver Swain MC’s the stage this year. Laughter guaranteed, includes: feast, music, and obstacle race. Tickets $40, youth $15 online at Madrona Farm 4317 Blenkinsop Road.

Sun 7, 1pm Monthly Butterfly Outing. Join Aziza Cooper on the last of the season’s Butterfly outings. Meet near top of Mount Tolmie (off Cedar Hill Cross Road), main parking lot. Aziza 250-516-7703.



Mon 8-Dec 12 Organic Horticulture Specialist – ONLINE. $695. Part of the Gaia College/RRU Diploma in Organic Land Care. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513

Mon 8-Dec 12 Ecological Landscape Design – ONLINE. $695. Part of the Gaia College/RRU Diploma in Organic Land Care. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513

Mon 8-Dec 12 Plant Knowledge I: Natives – ONLINE. $695. Part of the Gaia College/RRU Diploma in Organic Land Care. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513

Mon 8-Dec 12 SketchUp Pro – ONLINE. $695. Part of the Gaia College/RRU Diploma in Organic Land Care. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513

Mon 8-Dec 12 Growing Food in the City – ONLINE. $695. Part of the Gaia College/RRU Diploma in Organic Land Care. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513

Mon 8-Dec 12 Rainwater Harvesting and Management – ONLINE. $695. Part of the Gaia College/RRU Diploma in Organic Land Care. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513

Tue 9, 7:30pm Microbes Within Us: How symbiotic bacteria shape the lives of animals. Steve Perlman will discuss recent advances in understanding the hidden world of symbiotic microorganisms that live exclusively inside animals. UVic Fraser 159. Free.

Wed 10, 6:30-7:30pm Organic Master Gardener Program - Free Info Session. Come and bring your questions about our unique course. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513

Wed 10, 7pm Elizabeth May Town Hall Meeting at Gordon Head United Church, 4201 Tyndall Ave, Saanich. See website for details.

Thur 11-Oct 2, 10-12pm Evolutionary Spirituality; Awakening Conscious Evolution with Gertie Jocksch SC DMin. 4 for $75 or $20 drop in. Friends Meeting House 1831 Fern St. Victoria 250-220-4601 

Thur 11, 6:30pm Monthly Vegan Buffet at Green Cuisine, 560 Johnson St, Victoria. RSVP

Fri 12, 8am Resilient Region Exchange—Greater Victoria Breakfast Series. Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville Street, Victoria.

Fri 12, 10am–2pm Anderson Cove - Mount Maquire Guided Adult Hike (18 years+) in East Sooke Regional. Follow a CRD Parks’ naturalist to the summit of Mount Maguire. Strenuous and steep in sections, so sturdy hiking shoes. Dress for the weather, bring a lunch and water. Free, but pre-register by Sept 11 as space is limited: 250.478.3344. BC Transit #64

Sat 13, 10-3pm Rainwater Harvesting Workshop. Free. Limited number of 500 gallon rain cisterns for sale at a highly subsidized price. Compost Education Centre Open House. Learn about rainwater catchment systems. Register for the free rainwater harvesting workshops on Eventbrite:

Sat 13, 1–3pm Forest Tea Party Guided Adult Walk (18 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park, Saanich. Forests are full of plants that make delicious teas. Join a CRD Parks’ naturalist for a guided walk and interpretive tea tasting of local plants. $7+GST. Pre–registration required before Sept. 12. Space limited. 250.478.3344.

Sat 13, 9am Birding with Geoffrey Newell, Friends of Uplands Park. Marine birds and fall migrants. Bring binoculars, meet at Cattle Point by the boat launch. Contact Margaret Lidkea, 250-595-8084

Sat 13/Sun 14th, 9-5pm 100 Sq Ft Building Workshop: Learn how to Build With Recycled Materials and No Permits. $200 (open to Partial Trade Options for Local Food, Organic Seeds or Building Materials.) 3448 Salsbury Way, Victoria. 250-661-7689!100-sq-ft-building-workshop/cu4o

Sun 14 - Sun 21 #yyj Peace Week Project - a week of 'peace themed' events in Greater Victoria.  We will be sharing a calendar of events to expand awareness and bring community together for celebrating unity, friendship and peace. See Calendar @

Sun 14, 10am Esquimalt Lagoon Tour with marine biologist/educator Kitty Lloyd, from the Esquimalt Lagoon Stewardship Initiative. Meet near the washrooms at the corner of Lagoon Rd and Ocean Blvd. Agnes 250-721-0634.

Sun 14, 11am–3pm West Coast Afternoon Guided Adult Hike (18 years+) at East Sooke Regional Park. Join a Parks’ naturalist for a west coast exploration from Aylard Farm to Beechey Head Point, hiking a trail that winds along the ocean, passing cormorants, gulls, arbutus bluffs, and kelp forests. Free, but pre-register by Sept 12 as space is limited: 250.478.3344.

Sun 14, 11am-1:30pm 4th Annual Victoria Tweed Ride. Meet St. Ann's Academy, 835 Humboldt Street $10 (children free). Proceeds to Bicycles for Humanity.

Sun 14, 1:30–3:30pm Go with the Flow-Line Guided Walk (5 years+) at Charters Interpretive Centre (Sooke). Join the Sooke Region Museum and a CRD Parks’ naturalist for a short, steep hike through the woods to see a historic bake oven built 100 years ago by workers constructing the 27 mile long flowline to carry water to Victoria. Free, but pre-register by Sept 12 as space is limited. 250.478.3344.

Sun 14, 1- 3pm Spider Websites. Frolic with naturalist Margaret Lidkea of Friends of Uplands Park finding different spider webs and their builders. Enjoy a Spider Dress-up and learn which spiders can bite you. Play games and make your own arachnid. Beach Dr. entrance to Cattle Pt. Cancelled if stormy.



Tue 16, 10-11:30am Webinar: Health in a Changing Climate: Impacts and Opportunities for Canada and BC @ any digital device. Join us for the first a free interactive series exploring the health implications of a changing climate, and proactive approaches that communities and organizations are taking to prepare for health risks and opportunities. Guests Dr. Peter Berry, Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Change and Heath Office, Health Canada; Erica Crawford, Program Manager, BC Healthy Communities Society; Jennifer Pouliotte, Senior Policy Analyst, BC Climate Action Secretariat. Register here:

Tue 16, 11am -2pm Drive Electric Victoria - Electric Vehicle Demonstrations. At UVic, Lot C in front of Clearihue. See electric cars and talk to their owners about the benefits and pleasures of EV ownership.

Tue 16, 3pm Victoria’s 2nd Annual Labyrinth Friendship Day at the Central Library, 735 Broughton St. ‘Labyrinth Talk’ by Henri Lock, University Multi Faith Chapel. 4pm Labyrinth Walk at Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Ave. Hosted by Greater Victoria Regional Library, Labyrinths of Victoria, Christ Church Cathedral and UVic Multi Faith Chapel

Tue 16, 7:30pm Garry Oak Wetlands on Vancouver Island. James Miskelly will present an overview of wetland habitat in Garry oak ecosystems, common and rare species, and what can be done to protect or restore them. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House.

Tue 16-Wed 17 online 24 Hours Of Climate Reality: 24 Reasons For Hope Climate Reality hosts a day-long event to highlight the growing momentum for solutions to global warming and kick off 12 months of concerted climate action worldwide. website.

Wed 17, 9-10:30am A Blueprint For Watershed Governance in BC. Free online webinar hosted by UVic's POLIS Project on Ecological Governance. The need for a more sophisticated approach to watershed governance in B.C. including B.C.’s new Water Sustainability Act. Free: Register now

Wed 17, 10–11:30am Nature Babies in Backpacks Guided Walk for Parents and Babies at Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich). Explore a stroller-friendly park trail, learn about other accessible regional park trails, and meet other parents with babies. Meet Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Wed 17, 12-1pm "Optimize Signals for Pedestrians and Bicyclists" Networking event and screening of APBP movie. Capital Regional District, 625 Fisgard Street, Victoria. Free, Bring a brownbag lunch. RSVP:

Wed 17, 6:30-7:30pm Certificate in Ecological Landscape Design Free Info Session. Come and bring your questions about this popular course, which continues to inspire landscape professionals and home gardeners alike. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513

Thur 18, 6–9pm Stone Soup Dinner Fundraiser Event for OUR EcoVillage at Odd Fellows Hall, Victoria. An intimate evening of local food, live entertainment with Michael Waters and Ocean Flo and an 'experience of being a Villager.' $25 at 100% of funds go to the campaign. See 4 minute video to learn more about supporting this great work in the community.

Thur 18, 7pm Urban Forests Hold Answers to their Own Health, with Everett Peterson. A steward for the forests surrounding the six-acre Goward House on Arbutus Road for more than 10 years, Everett has observed how the forests react to natural and man-made threats. UVic, MacLaurin D116 Non-member drop-in fee $3. Valerie Elliott, Native Plant Study Group, 250 598 1999

Thur 18, 7pm Creating a City for Everyone, with Gil Penalosa and Dr. Kay Teschke. How do we create vibrant public spaces? Gil Penalosa has worked with more than 150 cities on every continent, convincing them that rapid improvements to transit, bike lanes and pedestrian walkways are not as impossible as they may think. He advocates putting people, not cars, at the centre of planning. Dr. Kay Teschke’s prolific work has shown that the way we design our cities can encourage cycling and reduce the risk of injury. Her results have been used by planners, engineers and designers all across the world. Alix Goolden Performace Hall 907 Pandora Ave, Victoria.

Sat 20 to Sun 28 Victoria Butterfly Count. We are always looking for keen-eyed volunteers to submit butterfly records. If you would like to participate, please contact Aziza Cooper at

Sat 20, 10-3 Come help restore Garry oak ecosystems at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. RSVP to

Sat 20, 10am Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre Volunteer Orientation. Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre, 1845 Cowichan Bay Road. 250-746-0227.

Sat 20, 11am–3pm Hawk Watch at East Sooke Regional Park. Join CRD Parks and the Victoria Natural History Society for this annual migration event complete with live raptor demonstrations and activities. Experts with spotting scopes will be at the viewpoint above Beechey Head. The hike up to the viewpoint requires sturdy footwear and a 20–minute trek up a steep and rocky trail. Bring binoculars, water and a lunch. Drop in anytime at the Aylard Farm parking lot off Becher Bay Road.

Sat 20, 2pm Solar Home Tour. Tour an eco-friendly home in Colwood and learn how you can generate clean, renewable energy, run your car on solar energy, increase your energy independence, and shrink your energy bills; generous energy saving; great energy saving results for Solar Colwood participants so far. Free.

Sat 20, 5-9pm Mushroom Dinner, themed on the Savoie Region of France. Join renowned chef, author and mycologist Bill Jones at Deerholme Farm, 4830 Stelfox Rd Duncan. Registration required.  250-748‑7450. $90/person + tax

Sat 20, 6-9pm Book launch party for Sustainability: A History, by Jeremy Caradonna, at Wheelies Café, Rock Bay, Victoria. For $25 you get a signed copy of my book, a pint of Salt Spring Ale organic beer, and a dinner sandwich made with local and organic ingredients. Sponsored by Share Organics, Salt Spring Ale, Wheelies Cafe, and Oxford University Press. Tickets to limited:

Sat 20, 12-6pm One Wave Festival. Celebration of Pacific arts and culture, with music, dancing, food and childrens' activities. Meet local groups taking action to protect land and waters around the Pacific ocean. Centennial Square, Victoria Facebook.

Sun 21, Peoples Climate March, New York City. In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. To change everything, we need everyone on board. For program, travel and accommodations, see Co-organized by over 950 businesses, unions, faith groups, schools, social justice groups, environmental groups and more, all working together.

Sun 21, 9:30-4pm Electric Vehicle Scenic Tour. Join us as a passenger in an Electric Vehicle on a scenic tour from UVic's Lot 4 on McGill Road, along of Victoria's shoreline. Free ticket: When the tour is finished, free picnic lunch.

Sun 21, 12 noon. March and Rally for the Climate. Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo. Live music, speakers, info booths and entertainment. Hosted by the Mid Island chapter Council of Canadians.

Sun 21, 1–2:30pm Seasonal Safari Guided Walk (8 years and under) at Mill Hill Regional Park, Langford. Join a CRD Parks’ naturalist as we play games, look at leaves, and explore how raccoons, squirrels and bears are collecting food in the fall and preparing a winter spot to rest. Meet info kiosk in the parking lot off Atkins Avenue.  BC Transit #53

Sun 21, 1pm International Day of Peace, Global Ceasefire and Non-Violence. Puppets for Peace
Victoria is celebrating in a unique way … with puppets! Events, music, dedications and a parade of puppets that will wind from Craigdarroch Castle, 1050 Joan Crescent, to Government House, 1401 Rockland Ave. All day event, with the Parade starting at 1pm.  For the entire schedule, and a host of events before and leading up to the parade, see



Mon 22, 6:30pm Movie: Northern Grease. Skateboarder/snowboarder/surfer dudes travel in a vegetable oil fueled bus throughout British Columbia and Alberta on a mission to understand Canadian resource extraction projects. 75min 2014 By donation. Eric Martin Pavilion Theatre, 1900 Block Fort St,

Tue 23, 12-1pm Geothermal Energy, with Alison Thompson, of CanGEA. A BCSEA webinar that will explain the how’s and why’s of deep geothermal electricity.

Tue 23-Nov 15 Organic Master Gardener Program - $695 (tax exempt). Be prepared for a major shift in paradigms! This is a gardening course, and so much more. Students have called it "life changing". Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513

Wed 24, 7:30pm Hummers in the Mist, with Eric Pittmann: hummingbird video adventures in Alaska with a BBC wildlife crew. UVic Fraser 159. Free.

Thur 25, 10am–2pm Park to Park: 2 in 1 Hiking Adventure (18 years+) at Francis/King Regional Park. Hike with a CRD Parks’ naturalist in Francis/King, then follow the Pan Handle Fire Trail to Thetis Lake. Bring lunch, water and rain gear, sturdy hiking shoes. Free, but you must pre-register by Sept 24 as space is limited. 250.478.3344.

Sat 27, 10am Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Meet Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre, 1845 Cowichan Bay Road. Sign-up at 250-746-0227.


Sat 27/Sun 28, 10-4pm Lake Cowichan Salmon and Mushroom Festival. Mushroom Identifications, Cooking Demonstrations, Mushroom Slide Show, and Sunday Field Trips Centennial Hall, Lake Cowichan, BC      $2 admission, children free. Onsite registration required for Field Trips

Sat 27/Sun 28, 11-5pm Early Autumn Edibles of Southern Vancouver Island. $115. This field-based course takes to the road as we explore different habitats that produce fantastic fruits, nuts, mushrooms, and other enticing edibles. Royal Roads Continuing Studies: 250-391-2513

Sat 27, 1–2:30pm Discover Devonian Park Guided Walk (5 years+). Join a CRD Regional Parks' naturalist to discover this regional gem. Meet info kiosk in the parking lot off William Head Road. BC Transit #54 or 55

Sat 27 Solar Purchasing Cooperative meeting, Duncan. Details TBA. Cowichan Carbon Busters, Peter Nix,

Sun 28, 15th Annual Salt Spring Island Apple Festival: Celebrating the Magic of Mother Nature. A chance to visit Apple Heaven while still on earth! Growing over 350 apple varieties organically. and

Sun 28, 9:30-2:20pm Juan de Fuca Pelagic Birding. VNHS trip on Fantasea II from Victoria to Race Rocks. Room for 20. $65 VNHS members, $85 non-members. Book by Sep 14. Contact Agnes 250-721-0634 to reserve your spot, then pay by PayPal on VNHS website or by cheque to VNHS, Box 5220, Victoria  V8R 6N4.

Sun 28, 10-2pm Goldstream Park BC Rivers Day. Fun in the park! Ice Cream Sunday – Bring your own Bowl and fill up by donations!  BBQ by Donations

Sun 28, 10am Summit Park Invasive Plants Eradication Party. Rain-or-shine for a couple of hours. Meet Summit Park playground (close to Blackwood Street entrance). Bring gloves, loppers, hand clippers, pruning saw. Hope to see you. Dress for weather. 250-388-7696 x 301

Sun 28, 7pm Legacy Housing Land Trust public/stakeholder meeting: The Incorporation Committee has completed  the Legacy purposes and bylaws, and this will be an opportunity to review these and to prepare for next steps in forming and launching Legacy. Garry Oak Room, 1335 Thurlow St. James Pratt, 250-920-7826  



Mon 29, 7:30pm The Galapagos Marine Environment, with Michael Jackson, author of Galapagos—A Natural History Guide. Michael has been visiting the islands for 34 years and is a member of the Charles Darwin Foundation. UVic Fraser 159. Free.

Tue 30 - Thur 2 Urban Forests by Design 11th Canadian Urban Forest Conference. Victoria Conference Centre.


Planning ahead:

Sunday Oct 12 Run for Biodiversity Walk or Run Wild for Food and Farmers. We’re looking for dedicated supporters to Walk or Run in the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, half marathon and 8km races. To support USC’s work with seed-saving farmers in Nepal, email David Rain at to receive details before you register. All R4B runners and walkers who commit to raising $100 will receive a specially-designed Run for Biodiversity T-shirt in appreciation for their fundraising efforts. Donations support USC’s work with seed-saving farmers in remote regions of the South Asian country of Nepal.



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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. 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, 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 Sat, 9-1 Peninsula Country Market Fresh veggies, strawberries in season, crafts, music, parade, fun and games, Saanich Fairgrounds. 250-216-0521.



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