Sat 1,10-2pm Haliburton Farm 2nd Annual Seedy Saturday. Guided Farm tours at 10.30 and 1pm. Certified Organic seedlings, seeds, produce, native plants for sale. Speaker at Noon: Dr Elizabeth Vibert: Story of an African Women's Farm. Hope to see you at Haliburton, your local community farm, 741 Haliburton Rd, Saanich. http://haliburtonfarm.org/wp/
Sat 1, 10am-12pm. FREE Soil Science 101. Soil is capable of supporting plant life and is vital to life on earth, yet we understand very little about its complexities. Dig deeper with this introductory soil science workshop where we’ll look at soil properties and processes and relationships to plant growth, environmental quality and society. Register at Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.ca/org/3022484318 or (250) 386-9676. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St.
Sat 1, 10-3pm Annual Comox Valley Seedy Saturday Seed Exchange & Horticultural Trade Show. Filberg Centre, Courtenay. www.cvgss.org
Sat 1, 10–11:30am Moss Landscapes of Vancouver Island Guided Adult Walk (18 years+) at Mill Hill Regional Park (Langford). Join guest CRD Parks’ naturalist Kem Luther to discover the strange lives of mosses. Learn how to identify the most common species. $7+GST. Pre–registration required before February 28. Space is limited. Call 250.478.3344. BC Transit #53
Sat 1, 12 noon Nationwide March and Day of Action Harper No More Rally to show our solidarity with all First Nations, Métis and allies. Art Napoleon and Ta"Kiaya Blaney will be performing. Bring Flags, Drums, Regalia , Placards, Warm clothes, cameras , still and Video. No More Harper abuse of power, No Pipelines, No Tankers. Meet Spirit Square. March at 1:30 to Legislative Building
Sat 1, 2-4pm. Mason Bees Part 1. Introductory workshop. The orchard mason bee plays an integral role in the pollination of plants in North America. To encourage Orchard Mason Bee females to lay eggs in human designed homes. $15/$20. Register at Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.ca/org/3022484318 or (250) 386-9676. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St.
Sat 1, 8pm-1am 4th Annual Tree Huggers Ball Dance Party Fundraiser for the Ancient Forest Alliance! Live music, DJ’s, door prizes, limbo contest, and more! $10. Felicita's Pub - UVic, 19+ event. 100% of proceeds to AFA. www.facebook.com/events/1445145632369486/
Sun 2, 10-3pm Nanaimo 10th Annual Seedy Sunday. Bowen Park Auditorium, 2300 Bowen Road. 50 vendors, Seed Exchange table, guest speakers, Master gardeners. Childrens activities, raffles and Seedy Café $3 Glenda Stroomer 250-618-6323 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun 2, 1:30-4:30pm How to Create Local Sustainable Jobs. Jonathan Cassian of GreenJobs BC on how to create full employment in transportation, forestry, renewable energy and more. Free, wheelchair accessible. Sponsored by Energy Solutions for Vancouver Island. 1998 Estevan Road, Nanaimo. www.facebook.com/events/653230484736175
Mon 3, 9:30-12:30pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Free CRD workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Swan Lake 250.479.0211 for pre-registration. Repeats Sat March 15.
Mon 3, 6-7:30pm Vancouver Island Green Scene Mix and Mingle. Meet values-based community and green business members with a tour, talk and food at Level Ground Trading, international leader of organic, free trade coffee, tea and packaged fruit, sugar, coconut oil and vanilla. RSVP a must. http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/march-mix-n-mingle-tickets-10559414493 $10/$20 Level Ground Trading, Unit B 1970 Keating Cross Road.
Mon 3 – Thur 27, 2:30-3:30pm. Bring on the Apocalypse: Explore the role imagination plays in guiding us through fears of imminent, human-caused environmental disaster. Lectures, fiction, discussion and activities. Mondays and Thursday. $78.75. UVic. Register: 250 472 4747.
Tue 4, 3-4:30pm CO2 vs. Methane: Which is the scarier greenhouse gas and why? With David Archer, a world leader in the science of human-induced climate change. UVic, Bob Wright Centre (BWC) A104
Tue 4, 5:30-7:30pm Do's and Don'ts of Today's Digital Marketing Tools for NonProfits. NetSuared Victoria. Accelerate Tectoria, 2659 Douglas Street, 2nd Floor. $5. www.meetup.com/NetSquared-Victoria-a-nonprofit-technology-meetup/events/161117422/
Thur 6, 9-4:30pm Farmer2Farmer 2014. All-day conference packed with detailed workshops and speakers. Saanich Fairground. www.farmer2farmer.ca
Thur 6, 7pm Emerging Green Builders: Green Building Upgrades with Niels Anthonsen? P. Eng, Certified Energy Advisor. Starting from a baseline code built house, this presentation shows the effect various upgrades have on energy consumption. Burnside Gorge Community Association, 471 Cecelia Road, Victoria
Thur 6, 7pm LEAD Now Connect Event. If we start working together now, we can help hold this government accountable at the ballot box, and elect people with a strong mandate for action on democracy, climate, and inequality. UVic SUB Upper Lounge www.leadnow.ca/connect www.facebook.com/events/620402294681763
Fri 7th to May 18th, alternate weekends, Permaculture Design Certificate Course at UVic campus and Fernwood. Permaculture BC 6-week part time permaculture design certificate course. Early registration discounts available. Two $500 bursaries available for UVic students. www.permaculturebc.com/Victoria-Spring-2014-PDC
Sat 8, 10-11:30am Victoria Seed Library Member Orientation. Learn about the Victoria Seed Library being developed by LifeCycles and GVPL. Receive an introduction on how to check out and return seeds; connect with seed savers and share resources, tips and techniques for backyard growing. Register at gvpl.ca or call the library. Victoria Central Library. www.gvpl.ca/seedlibrary
Sat 8, 10am-12pm. FREE Advanced Composting. Topics covered include dynamic accumulators and hot composting, compost tea, in-situ composting methods and humanure. *Must have completed a Composting Basics Workshop. Register at Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.ca/org/3022484318 or (250) 386-9676. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park St.
Sat 8, 1-3pm. Compost Critters (kids aged 6-8). Learn the hows and whys of composting, build a worm compost bin and explore the worm bins with magnifying glasses, observation trays, paper and art supplies. You will leave with a deeper understanding of the compost ecosystem, lots of fun invertebrate facts and a homemade field guide. $10 (bursaries available). Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.ca/org/3022484318 or (250) 386-9676. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park St.
Sat 8, 1-4pm Planning a Medicinal Herb Garden. People's Apothecary Garden, Quadra Village. Grow Your Own Medicines! Learn which herbs grow well here and which ones are most useful in creating your herbal apothecary. http://www.donollsin.com/medicinesecurity
Sat 8, 2pm Lead Now Connect Event at 62, 530 Marsett Pl, Victoria. If we start working together now, we’ll be able to help hold the Harper Conservatives accountable at the ballot box and elect people with a strong mandate to cooperate for action on democracy, climate, and inequality. Share LeadNow’s people-powered plan for the 2015 election, and introduce practical next steps to have an impact in our communities. www.leadnow.ca/connect/events/my-home-victoria-bc/
Sun 9, 1–2:30pm ‘Bear’ Necessities Guided Walk (All ages) at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park. Join a CRD Parks’ naturalist to learn about the natural history of the black bear. Meet Witty’s Lagoon Nature Centre, off Metchosin Road. BC Transit #54 or #55
Tue 11, 1–2:30pm Mystery Creature Guided Walk (All ages) at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park Solve the riddles to find the clues hidden along the trail with a CRD Parks’ naturalist. Meet Witty’s Lagoon Nature Centre, off Metchosin Road. BC Transit #54 or #55
Tue 11, 5-7pm Green Drinks at Spinakers Brewpub, Esquimalt. Good people, good ale!
Tue 11, 7:30pm 'Bear Witness' film by B.C.’s Coastal First Nations on the state of bear conservation in the Great Bear Rainforest. Join Jess Housty, Heiltsuk First Nation, Christina Service and Megan Adams, biologists from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation for film screening and discussion of natural history and conservation with coastal carnivores. VNHS. UVic Fraser 159 of the Fraser building. Bring friends, family, and a coffee mug.
Wed 12, 1–2:30pm Ha-bat-itat Guided Walk (All ages) at Mill Hill Regional Park (Langford) This guided walk with a CRD Parks’ naturalist will help dispel fear and misinformation about these fascinating flying mammals. Meet kiosk in parking lot off Atkins Avenue. BC Transit #53
Wed 12, 7pm Sooke Farming and Gardening Gala: Preserving our Farmland. 3 short films: Hands Off the ALR Townhall Meeting, Hands in the Dirt and Growing Farmers. Discussion with Kimi and Kareno stars of Hands in the Dirt; farmland activists from Richmond; Nathalie Chambers of the Farmland Protection Coalition; members of the newly formed Sooke Region Farmland Trust. Local produce, tea and cookies. Edward Milne Community School 6218 Sooke Road. By donation. www.awarenessfilmnight.ca
Wed 12, 7pm The Trees that Sea the Sky: an evening of stories, songs and poems on experiencing the sacred in the natural world. Storyteller Will Weigler, with Lanny Pollet on flute and guest singers. First Metropolitan United Church (Quadra at Balmoral). Tickets include refreshments. $15/$12. http://firstmetvictoria.com/8946 250-388-5188
Fri 14, 1–2:30pm Furry Forest Friends Guided Walk (7 years and under) at Mill Hill Regional Park (Langford). Join a CRD Parks’ naturalist for a fun-filled forest walk with your young ones. Meet at the kiosk in the parking lot off Atkins Avenue. BC Transit #54 or #55
Fri 14, 7pm Trust for Sustainable Forestry Fundraising Concert Featuring Martyn Joseph and Ann Mortifee. Lambrick Park Church, 1780 Feltham Road. $21 advance ticket, $25 at the door, $17 early bird www.eventbrite.ca/e/martyn-joseph-live-tickets-10338563923 Tel 250-508-3299 Facebook RSVP and Invite Your Friends. Sponsored by Elkington Forest and Foreman Properties http://www.elkingtonforest.com/
Fri 14, 7pm Radical Reels Tour, an exhilarating night of high-adrenaline extreme sport short films produced by Banff Mountain Film Festival. Sponsored by Accent Inns with proceeds to benefit Sierra Club BC. UVic Cinecenta Student Union Building. $20. Susan Elrington
Sat 15, 9:45am-12pm OUR EcoVillage Public Tour, Shawnigan Lake. http://ourecovillage.org/events/public-tour-march-15/
Sat 15, 10am-12pm. FREE Worm Composting. Everything you need to know about vermicomposting, starting up and maintaining a worm bin compost system. Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.ca/org/3022484318 or (250) 386-9676. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St.
Sat 15, 1–2:30pm Ugh! A Slug Guided Walk (All ages) at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. Stroll with a CRD Parks’ naturalist in search of the giant gastropod. Meet Beaver Lake Nature Centre off main parking lot. BC Transit #70 or #72
Sat 15, 2-4pm Spring Planting. Learn how to start seeds, transplant and harden off seedlings, and care for your crops. Principles of crop rotation, soil building, how to make your own organic fertilizers. $15/$20. Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.ca/org/3022484318 or (250) 386-9676. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park St.
Mon 17, 1–3pm Family Forest Tea Party Guided Walk (All ages) at Francis/King Regional Park. Bring the whole family along for a tea party in the woods. Join a CRD Parks’ naturalist for an interpretive tea tasting; see the plants growing in their native habitat. $7$10. Pre-registration required before March 14. Space limited. Call 250.478.3344.
Mon 17, 4:30-6:30pm, UVic St. Paddy’s Day Green Drinks – Everyone is welcome to celebrate all things green and help honor the 2014 staff and student sustainability champions. Snacks and no host bar, must be 19. Cadboro Commons, Campus View Room. Info email@example.com.
Tue 18, 7:30pm BC Plants at Risk: Jenifer Penny will talk about the activities and special projects of the CDC including ranking and mapping plants in BC, field work for the Nature Conservancy of Canada in the Okanagan and the Kootenays, updating the BC flora list, listing and mapping of macro-lichens, mosses and hepatics, inventory training sessions. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House. Everyone welcome. VNHS.
Wed 19, 11am–2pm Skullduggery Drop-in Event (All ages) at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. Drop in and join the sleuthing fun, displays and activities to uncover the clues that animals leave behind. Meet information kiosk, Beaver Lake parking lot. BC Transit #70 or #72
Wed 19, 6:30-7:30pm March Muffin Madness: Learn the secrets to great muffins and baking with heritage grain flours spelt and kamut with Chef Laura from Good For You Gourmet. Blackberry Ginger Spelt, and Zucchini & Carrot Cake Muffin with Lime-infused Cream Cheese Icing. Both contain organic egg and heritage grain gluten flours. Planet Organic, Quadra and Mackenzie.
Thur 20, 11am–2pm The Amazing Race Drop-in Event at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. Skill-testing fun jaunt through the forest. Meet info kiosk, Beaver Lake parking lot. BC Transit #70 or #72
Thur 20, 7pm Canadian Organic Growers gathering. Come and hear Elizabeth Vibert, from Hleketani Farm in Africa, a women’s cooperative vegetable farm in Joppie village, South Africa, Haliburton Farm, 741 Haliburton Rd.
Thur 20, 7:30pm Container Gardening in Small Spaces. How to grow a healthy vegetable and herb garden without a garden! What soil to use, what kinds of containers work with what kinds of plants, and the most successful varieties of vegetables and herbs for container growing. Saanich Commonwealth Place. www.saanich.ca/cih
Fri 21, 11am–2pm Spring Fling Drop-in Event at Francis/King Regional Park. 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 1:15pm. Meet Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Road.
Sat 22, 11-5pm "Changing Gears 2014" Sustainable Transportation Event. Major Expo with everything under one roof for walking, cycling, transit, rideshare, carshare, electric vehicles and electric vehicle conversions that will challenge us to re-think how we get around. Speakers, workshops, panels, exhibits, story-telling contests, café and food booths. Get inspired about transporting yourself in a more sustainable way. BCSEA Victoria Chapter. Free. Pearkes Recreation Center. http://changinggears2014.org/
Sat 22, 11am–2pm Salmon Saturday Drop-in Event at Charters Interpretive Centre, Sooke. Check out the demonstration hatchery and displays with a CRD Parks’ naturalist. Meet Interpretive Centre off Sooke River Road.
Sat 22, 1-4pm INTENSIVE Hugelkultur—a unique way to build a raised bed that saves water, uses prunings and creates usable microclimates. Hugelkultur (“hill culture” in German) is an organic gardening technique that makes use of wood’s capacity to act as a sponge to soak up and hold water. We will go over the theory and then practice building. $20/$25. Eventbrite www.eventbrite.ca/org/3022484318 or (250) 386-9676. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St.
Sat 22, 2-5pm CRD Irrigation Maintenance Workshop, Colwood. A properly installed & maintained irrigation system will conserve water. Irrigation experts will explain system components and discuss scheduling & maintenance tips. Call CRD at 250.474.9684 to pre-register or www.crd.bc.ca/workshops
Wed 26, 7:30pm Changing Birds, Changing Birders. David Fraser and Ian Cruickshank explore changes in Victoria’s avifauna and discuss ways birders can contribute data that will help document those changes. VNHS. UVic Fraser 159. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend and a coffee mug.
Thur 27, 8:30-3:30pm You Are Where You Eat Gathering. 100 people involved in regional agriculture discuss food security/sustainability on the Saanich Peninsula. Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney. Contact Marlaina Elliott, Town of Sidney 250-655-5418 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri 28, 12–4pm 3–Parks–In–1 Guided Adult Hike (18 years+) at Matheson Lake Regional Park, Metchosin. Enjoy a guided hike with a CRD Parks’ naturalist while exploring the beauty of Matheson Lake, the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, and Roche Cove. Bring lunch and water, wear sturdy hiking shoes. Meet Matheson Lake parking lot, end of Matheson Lake Road.
Sat 29, 9am-Mon 31 6pm Unite to Fight the Pipelines! Spring training. Strategies for Solidarity and Action, Coast Salish Territory. Location to be announced. Workshops and discussions on Non-violent civil disobedience, Warrior societies, Shaping conditions for grassroots revolt, and more. Forest Action Network http://wildcoast.ca www.facebook.com/events/442759585856944
Sat 29, 9:45am-12pm OUR EcoVillage Public Tour, Shawnigan Lake. http://ourecovillage.org/events/public-tour-march-29/
Sat 29, 11-3pm Identification & Uses of Local Herbs. Todd Inlet. An exciting, hands on, instructive workshop on the culinary, medicinal and spiritual use of local herbs. Don Ollsin will guide students on a herb walk through Southern Vancouver Island's lush forest. http://www.donollsin.com/medicinesecurity
Sat 29, 1–4pm Mayne-ly Up Guided Hike (8 years+) at Mount Parke Regional Park, Mayne Island. Join a CRD Park’s naturalist to explore hidden treasures on the way to the summit. The views are some of the best on the Gulf Islands. Bring snack and water, wear sturdy shoes. Meet info kiosk by turning right on Fernhill Road, then right on Montrose Road, leads to park entrance.
Sun 30, 9am Uplands Park Bird Walk with Geoffrey Newell of Friends of Uplands Park. Bring binoculars and meet at Cattle Point.
Sun 30–April 5: OUR EcoVillage Permaculture Teacher Training with Jude Hobbs and Cascadia Permaculture. Learn how to share the Permaculture movement with others and turn your passion into a teaching opportunity. http://ourecovillage.org/events/2014-permaculture-teachers-training/
Sun 30, 1–3:30pm Spring Time on Mount Wells Guided Hike (12 years+) at Mount Wells Regional Park, Langford. Discover this trail with a CRD Parks’ naturalist. Early spring wildflowers will likely be putting on a show. The trail is steep and uneven in places: wear sturdy footwear, bring water, dress for the weather. Meet info kiosk in parking lot off Humpback Road.
Mon 31, 7:30pm Mysteries of BC’s Marine Molluscs. Join long-time naturalist Bill Merilees to learn about BC’s marine molluscan fauna, from the minute to the mysterious to the madness of malacology. UVic Fraser 159. VNHS. Everyone welcome. Bring a friend.
Tue 1, Fossil Fools Day 2014. Take action to send Canada's Fossil Fools the way of the Dodo. Download the Action Kit and sign up an action or find an event near you at www.wearepowershift.ca/fossil_fools. PowerShift, Fossil Free Canada. email@example.com
Tue 4: Permaculture rendezvous with OUR Ecovillage and Cascadia Permaculture. All Northwest permie teachers welcome. http://ourecovillage.org/2014/02/21/rendezous-with-other-permies-at-our/
Monthly vegan events - meetings, bake sales, other activities. http://TheVictoriaVegan.com/events
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. firstname.lastname@example.org 250-812-8133
Every Day (except Monday) Victoria Public Market, Hudson’s Bay, Douglas St. Maryanne Carmack, email@example.com 250 884 8552 www.victoriapublicmarket.com
Every day. Join RLC Park Naturalists at Goldstream Nature House. www.goldstreampark.com/freeman_king_visitor_center.htm
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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Every Fri 1pm. EcoReality Co-op work party, farm tour, potluck, movie. Bring a dish for evening potluck. Free. Salt Spring, near Fulford Harbour. http://www.EcoReality.org/wiki/Meetings
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. www.ourecovillage.org
Every Sun, 1:30-3:30pm Bee in the Garden, Spring Ridge Commons, Corner of Chambers + Gladstone Everyone welcome. http://springridgecommons.ca