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Mon 9 to April 10 Organic Horticulture Specialist-ONLINE.A thorough introduction to the science and practice of organic horticulture. Landscape health management; how to create and maintain vibrantly healthy gardens and landscapes, including turf. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 9 to April 10 Ecological Landscape Design-ONLINE.Historical garden design perspectives; principles of landscape design in softscaping and hardscaping. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 9 to April 10 Rainwater Harvesting & Management-ONLINE. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 9 to April 10 Business Skills for Land Care Professionals-ONLINE. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 9 to April 10 Growing Food 1 Fundamentals-ONLINE. Learn essential applied permaculture and organic gardening techniques to optimize your garden for year-round enjoyment, use holistic solutions for plant health, harvest your own seeds, and more. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 9 to April 10 Growing Food 2: Growing Nutrient Dense & High Energy Food-ONLINE. Replenishing and rebalancing soil nutrients with the goal complete nutrition for ourselves and our animals. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220

Mon 9 to April 10 0 Living Green Infrastructure-ONLINE. For planners, policy makers, and developers—integrated natural solutions-low impact development and living green infrastructure. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 9 to April 10 Organic Master Gardener-ONLINE.Foundation course from Gaia College. Discussions reflect a mixed audience of home gardeners, budding farmers, and landscape professionals. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 9 to April 10 Systems Thinking for Environmental Professionals-ONLINE. Students gain a wide-angle thinking lens that teaches them to view problem situations in any area of life in a way that allows us to see how situations evolve over time to generate unexpected consequences. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Mon 9 to April 10 Organic Land Care Accreditation-ONLINE. For landscape professionals with horticulture education and a minimum of 2 years work experience in this field. Emphasis on soil management and the connection between soil health and landscape health. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Tue 10, 10-12pm New Cosmology Primer: Canticle to the Cosmos Part II with Margaret Walters. First of 4 meetings. $75 or $20 drop in. Friends Meeting House (1831 Fern St.) Victoria250-220-4601 

Tue 10, 5-7pm Green Drinks at the Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora. Great beer, great company!

Tue 10, 7:30pm Toad People! Join the Wilderness Committee and the Victoria Natural History Society for an inspiring evening of film and action hosted by national campaign director Joe Foy, followed by a Q&A discussion on endangered species issues in BC. Toad People is about people taking action to save wildlife in their backyards. UVic, Fraser 159.

Wed 11, 6:30-7:30pm Free Organic Master Gardner Info Session. Bring your questions about our unique Organic Master Gardener Course. Free. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Wed 11, 7pm An evening with Andrew Nikiforuk plus the short film A Last Stand for Lelu.  Andrew’s latest book  isSlick Water: Fracking and One Insider's Stand Against the World's Most Powerful Industry.  Lelu Island is the site of the proposed LNG plant and terminal near Prince Rupert, in the territory of the Lax Kw'alaams First Nations who voted 100% "NO".  Awareness Film Night and Transition Sooke. Edward Milne Community School theatre, 6218 Sooke Rd.By

Sat 14, 8am-5pm Wildwood Ecoforest Bus Tour Fundraiser. Celebrate the legacy of eco-forestry legend Merv Wilkinson's Wildwood remaining in public hands under its new stewards, the Ecoforestry Institute and enjoy an interpretive talk/walk with ethnobotanist Dr. Nancy Turner. Wildwood is one of the best models of small-scale sustainable forestry for a coastal Douglas fir ecosystem. Social Coast Action Bus. Meet Centennial Square. Tickets $45-75 sliding scale. Friends of Carmanah/Walbran, Ecoforestry Institute, Social Bobby Arbess 778-265-3748.

Sat 14, 10-2pm Saanich Seedy Saturday at Haliburton Farm. Quality vendors, seeds, plants,  local businesses, community seed exchange, children’s table. Speaker Lori Weidenhammer on Creating a Buzz: Attracting and Feeding Bumblebees in Your Garden. Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Road, Saanich. $5 includes entry to the Gardens at HCP.

Sun 15, 6-9pm Potluck gathering with LiaVersaevel, BC Green Party Candidate for Nanaimo North Cowichan. Share a meal and hear from Lia why she is running for MLA. Pacific Gardens CoHousing, 347 7th St,

Wed 18, 6:30-8:30pm Whale Acoustics: Seeing in the Dark. Join researcher Rianna Burnham to learn about how whale and dolphins “see” in the ocean with acoustics. University of Victoria Continuing Studies. Registration:

Thur 19, 7-9pm The Moose Hide Campaign-Working to End the Violence Against Women and Children. Learn about the Moose Hilde Campaign, an Indigenous led initiative to end violence against women and children with this presentation and Q & A by the founders. By donation.250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sat 21, 10am-4pm Crop Planning and Systems for Community Supported Agriculture businesses. Join experienced CSA farmers NikiStrutynski (Saanich Organics Box Program) and Susan Tychie (Share Organics) as they cover everything from crop planning to management systems, production line to customer relations and marketing strategies. $85 +GST.250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sat 21, 1-2pm Rally to Support Women's March on Washington. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to their new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We invite people of all genders, backgrounds, and cultures to stand up for women, indigenous people, queers, and marginalized minorities everywhere. Centennial Square, Victoria.

Sat 21, 2-3.30pm Stop Trump! Rally in solidarity with people around the planet who are refusing to let Donald Trump’s hateful agenda become normalized! Bring a friend and march against hate and for the better world we are all going to create together. Centennial Square, Victoria. Social Environmental Alliance, Council of Canadians, Greenpeace, Raging Grannies

Sat 21, 1-3pmWinter Pruning. This workshop’s emphasis is on pruning fruit trees, berry bushes and canes. Discover how to maintain plant health, reduce the spread of disease, and improve quality and yield of crops through proper pruning practices. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St.  Please pre-register:

Mon 23, 5-7pm Community Conversations at the Bateman Centre. The Anthropocene, the One Planet Region and the Happy Planet Index, with Trevor Hancock); Measuring Victoria’s Ecological Footprint, with Jennie Moore, BCIT. Bateman Centre, Belleville St.

Tue 24 – Mar 18, Tue/Thu 6:30-9:30pm, Sat 9am-12pm Organic Master Gardener. This intense, challenging, inspiring program consists of lectures and hands-on exercises with discussions that reflect the interests of home gardeners, budding farmers and landscape professionals. No previous experience required. $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Wed 25 – Mar 1, 6:30-8:30pm Holistic Nutrition. Holistic nutrition is supportive for anyone wanting to make dietary changes due to illness or low vitality, and can provide useful information to health practitioners seeking greater knowledge to better support their clients. $135 +GST.250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Wed 25, 7pm The Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America. Book launch with Jeffrey Webber.  Noam Chomsky writes "This careful and comprehensive analysis of Canada’s economic policies and political interference in Latin America demonstrates in brutal detail the predatory and destructive role of a secondary imperialist power operating within the overarching system of subordination of the Global South to the demands of northern wealth and power.” Mining Justice Action Committee & UVIC SJS.

Thur 26, 6:30 – 8:30pmHabitat Acquisition Trust AGM. Join your local land trust for a social mixer, AGM, and special guest speaker! Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.More details at

Fri 27, 9-10:20am Journey to the Future: A Better World is Possible. Presentation by Guy Dauncey at the Epiphany Explorations, First Metropolitan Church, 932 Balmoral, Victoria.

Fri 27, 9-5pm Introduction to Passive House Design and Construction.Early bird discount for sign-iup before Jan 9th.

Fri 27, 10am-4pm Aboriginal Ways of Being and Knowing: Introduction to Coast Salish Culture. A rich day-long interaction with Coast Salish culture, a complex heritage thousands of years old and deeply rooted in the natural world including art and storytelling, male and female roles in traditional society, sustainable living practices, traditional land use, traditional foods, and ethnobotany .$155 +GST.250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Sat 28, 9:30-12:30pm Grow a Native Plant Garden. Residents of the Capital Region are invited to attend free introductory workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Overview of Water Conservation programs will be provided.  Please call Swan Lake to pre-register 250.479.0211

Sat 28/Sun 29 Young Agrarians 4th Vancouver Island Winter Mixer. Workshops on everything from farm business planning to holistic management and livestock to crop planning, land access and more! Everyone welcome! Saturday night potluck— bring a dish to share. Register:  $75-150* Sliding Scale* Overnight shared accommodation at the Camp Pringle (BYO sleeping bag, bedding & towel)

Sun 29, 11am-3pmAtkins Park Work Party. Join The Land Conservancy (TLC), the Greater Victoria Green Team (GVGT) and the Capital Regional District (CRD) to remove invasive species from a beautiful unofficial park that borders Millstream Creek and contains a Garry oak meadow ecosystem. Light refreshments, tools, gloves and good cheer provided! For more info or to RSVP, please contact Torrey at

Mon 30, 5-7pm Community Conversations at the Bateman Centre.Indigenous views of the One Planet region, with Nick Claxton and colleagues at the TsawoutBand & WSÁNEĆ Nation Indigenous.Hosted by UVic faculty and community organizations. Bateman Centre, Belleville St.


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CRD Parks hikes, explorations and events for all ages:



Affinite Wealth Group:

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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. 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-4:30pmThe 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, marycarmack@victoriapublicmarket.com250 884

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 Partyin 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, 10-12 Moss Street Winter Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. Garry Oak Room, off Thurlow St,

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

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