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JULY 2015

SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND

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WEEK ONE

Thur 2, 10am–2pm Seals! Seals! Drop-in Event at Witty’s Lagoon. Join CRD Parks naturalists to see Tower Point’s most avid sun worshippers and swimming enthusiasts–the harbour seals! Binoculars and spotting scopes provided. Park Olympic View Drive parking lot. Follow the ‘seal signs’ to Tower Point and look for blue tent. BC Transit #54 or #55

Fri 3, 11am–2pm Feeling Crabby Drop-in Event at Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich). Red, green, purple, hairy, hermit crabs. Meet these crabs and their crusty cousins, up-close and personal. Aquarium, crab craft, explore the beach with buckets and dip nets. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Look for blue tent on beach off Homathko Road.

Sat 4, 10-2pm Cycling Coalition Magical History Tour. Come on one of our most popular bicycle rides lead by renowned, local historian John Adams and experience a spell-binding look at Victoria’s past on two wheels. Meet fountain at Centennial Square at 10 am. 20 easy kilometres. www.gvcc.bc.ca

Sat 4, 11am–2pm What’s That? Ask a Nat! Drop-in Event at Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich). Explore low tide and all the marine critters it reveals. Borrow our dip nets and ask CRD Parks naturalists to identify your treasures. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Look for blue tent on the beach off Homathko Road.

Sat 4, 2-4pm Canning Your Harvest. Learn the basics of hot water bath canning in this hands-on workshop. $25/$20 members. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park Street.  Register https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canning-your-harvest-tickets-14641915363 or 250-386-9676

Sun 5, 10am–2pm Bike Ride Back in Time, Sooke Potholes. Guided Adult Bicycle Tour, 16 years+. Cycle back in time with CRD Parks naturalists along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail from Sooke Potholes to Kapoor Regional Park. Learn about the historic area near Leechtown and enjoy the beauty of this wilderness area. Bring your own bicycle, lunch, water and snacks. No fee but you must pre-register as space is limited. Call 250.478.3344 by July 3.

Sun 5, 3-5pm Green Party of Canada West Shore office opening party, 200-745 Goldstream Avenue. Everyone welcome. https://www.facebook.com/events/1662751800613485/

 

WEEK TWO

Mon 6-Fri 10 Summer camp at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. Ages 12-18 Marine Biology Leadership Training. To register visit: http://www.eventbrite.ca/o/cowichan-estuary-nature-centre-6066591947

Mon 6, 12:30–2pm The Beach Rocks! Guided Walk at Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich). The tide is out! Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist and get a glimpse of the creatures that live beneath the rocks. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet grassy area adjacent to picnic shelter off Homathko Road.

Mon 6, 7pm Victoria Premiere of Running On Climate at The Vic Theatre (downtown Victoria). Director Robert Alstead and Andrew Weaver will be present for Q&A. Tickets click Eventbrite.

Wed 8, 12-3pm Insectmania. They’re creepy, they’re crawly and they’re cool. Explore with us the fascinating world of insects and spiders. Hands-on exploration, live bugs, crafts and games. Admission by donation. Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd, Victoria, 250-479-0211 www.swanlake.bc.ca

Wed 8, 1–2:30pm Beat the Heat Guided Walk (all ages) at Francis/King Regional Park. Enjoy the shade of the broadleaf maples on the accessible Elsie King Loop trail. Join a CRD Parks naturalist and check out the cedar lowlands, lush salal understory and cool arbutus enclaves. Strollers and wheelchairs welcome. Meet parking lot off Munn Road.

Wed 8, 7-9pm CRD Efficient Irrigation Controller Scheduling Workshop, Saanich. Irrigation experts will explain system components and discuss scheduling & maintenance tips. Call CRD 250.474.9684 to pre-register for these free workshops www.crd.bc.ca/workshops.

Thur 9, 10–11:30am Forest to Seashore Guided Walk (8 years+) at Witty’s Lagoon. Join a CRD Parks naturalist and follow Bilston Creek to the shoreline of Witty’s Lagoon. Learn the legend of Sitting Lady Falls, watch for herons, and learn a few edible summer plants. Meet Witty’s Lagoon Nature Centre off Metchosin Road. BC Transit #54 or #55

Thur 9, 6–9pm Early Evening Canoe Adventure Guided Paddle (5 years+) at Elk/Beaver Lake. Paddle in the lake searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with CRD Parks naturalists. Canoe equipment and instruction provided, no experience is necessary. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Must pre–register: $20/$10. 250.478.3344. BC Transit #70 or #72

Sat 11, 10-3pm Volunteer event at Fort Rodd Hill. Invasive species removal. Vegetarian-friendly lunch, equipment is provided. Weather-friendly clothing recommend. 250-812-8133 www.pc.gc.ca/fortroddhill

Sat 11, 7–9pm Evening Campfire at Island View Beach. All ages. Join a CRD Parks naturalist for an evening of games, stories and good old-fashioned s’mores! Bring a beach chair and meet at the campfire ring, Island View Beach campground, off Homathko Road.

 

WEEK THREE

Mon 13, 10–11:30am Sensational Seaweeds Guided Walk (8 years+) at Island View Beach. A CRD Parks naturalist will help you discover how important marine algae is and the creatures that call them home! Seaweed-tasting optional. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the grassy area adjacent to the picnic shelter off Homathko Road.

Wed 15, 10:30am–12pm Moon Walk Guided Walk (5 years+) at Coles Bay Regional Park (North Saanich). When the moon is new and the tide is low, down to Coles Bay we’ll go! Join a CRD Parks naturalist to look for marine creatures like crabs, sea stars and the elusive moon snail. Includes wading so be prepared to get your feet and clothes wet (wear shorts and sandals or beach shoes).  Meet kiosk in parking lot off Inverness Road.

Fri 17, 10am–1pm Marine Day Drop-in Event (all ages) at Witty’s Lagoon. Join CRD Parks naturalists for this celebration of our marine environment. Scuba divers will bring up creatures from the deep. Live displays, marine bingo, beach seine, and more! Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet on main beach. Park in main parking lot off Metchosin Road and follow the 20–minute forest trail to the beach. Beach access closed from Witty Beach Road. BC Transit #54 or #55

Fri 17, 7-9pm Christmas in July! Share the magic of Christmas Hill during a guided evening hike. Enjoy the cool breezes and listen to the chorus of birds while watching the sun set. Sit under the boughs of Garry Oak trees and learn the legends of Christmas Hill. Suitable for families and children over 7 years. Bring a water bottle. Free, donations greatly appreciated. Pre-registration required. Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd, Victoria, 250-479-0211 www.swanlake.bc.ca

Sat 18, 10am–2pm Beechey Head Hike Guided Adult Hike (18 years+) at East Sooke Regional Park. Join a CRD Parks naturalist for a west coast exploration from Aylard Farm to Beechey Head Point. Paradise hiking a trail that winds along the ocean, passing arbutus bluffs and kelp forests along the way. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, pack a lunch and water. Free, but you must pre-register. Call 250.478.3344 by July 17.

Sat 18, 10-2pm Summer Pruning. Learn about summer pruning and apply your new knowledge in our teaching garden. $50/$45 members. Compost Education Centre 1216 North Park Street.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/summer-pruning-tickets-14642055783 or 250-386-9676.

Sat 18, 11-1pm Goldstream Parks Day. Celebrate the natural and cultural history at the picnic area beside the Welcome Centre. Activities/crafts and cake and ice cream by donation. 3:30pm Parks Day parade and cake at the Goldstream Campground.

Sat 18, 2-5pm CRD Efficient Irrigation Micro/Drip Irrigation Workshop, Saanich. Irrigation experts will explain system components and discuss scheduling & maintenance tips. Call CRD 250.474.9684 to pre-register for these free workshops www.crd.bc.ca/workshops.

Sun 19, 8–11am Morning Mist Canoe Adventure Guided Paddle (5 years+) at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. Paddle in the lake searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with CRD Parks naturalists. Canoe equipment and instruction provided, no experience necessary. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). You must pre–register: $20/$10. 250.478.3344. BC Transit #70 or #72

Sun 19, 11-5pm Sooke Farm Tour. Self-guided fundraiser features 8 bountiful working farms. Come experience “hands-on farming for a day”. Meet the farmers, participate in activities and learn about the dynamic life of farmers in this region. $15 per adult; free12 and under). Funds raised support sustainable agriculture initiatives in our region. www.sookefoodchi.ca/farmtour/

 

WEEK FOUR

Mon 20 - Fri 24 Summer camps at Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. Ages 7 - 12 years Marine Biology Summer Camp. To register visit: http://www.eventbrite.ca/o/cowichan-estuary-nature-centre-6066591947

Tue 21, 11am–2pm Going Batty! Drop-in Event (all ages) at Francis/King Regional Park. Enjoy a ‘bat walk’ through the park at 11:15am or 1pm with Parks naturalists. Meet Nature Centre off Munn Road.

Wed 22, 12-3pm Reptile Day. Scales, slithers, snakes and smiles! Join us for our annual reptile celebration. Observe our fabulous reptile friends, play games, make crafts, get your face painted. By donation. Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd, Victoria, 250-479-0211 www.swanlake.bc.ca

Thur 23, 11am–2pm Going Buggy Drop-in Event (all ages) at Elk/Beaver Lake. Drop by the tents at the main Beaver Beach for a close-up look at some of our buggy friends and foes. BC Transit #70 or #72

Fri 24, 5-8pm Salt Spring Electric Vehicle Meet and Greet. Moby’s Pub. Owners & dealers share experiences, advantages & opportunities for EV subsidies. 124 Upper Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island

Fri 24, 8-9:30pm Creatures of the Summer Night. Check out the nightlife of Swan Lake! Sharpen your senses to look for owls, bats and other night-time creatures. Discover how they are adapted to the nocturnal life. Suitable for families with children over 6 years. $4/$6. Pre-registration required. Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd, Victoria, 250-479-0211 www.swanlake.bc.ca

Sat 25/Sun 26 Tour de Goldstream – in support of tour de rock. Tour the Goldstream campground and our ‘new’ bike pump track’ – get your bike on! Ice cream Sunday in support of tour de GS, ice cream by donation.

Sat 25, 9:30-11am Salt Spring Electric Vehicle education session with Motorize Direct at the Fritz Cinema (Central Hall). 

Sat 25, 10-3pm Volunteer event at Fort Rodd Hill. Invasive species removal. Vegetarian-friendly lunch, equipment is provided. Weather-friendly clothing recommend. 250-812-8133 www.pc.gc.ca/fortroddhill

Sat 25, 10-2pm Cycling Coalition Farm Fresh Flavour Trail. Visit local farms, markets and bakeries. Meet Saanich Commonwealth Place, 4636 Elk Lake Drive. 20 kilometres. Pick up your lunch at one of the stops or bring your own.

Sat 25, 1-4pm Salt Spring: Test Drive an Electric Car! Island Savings Credit Union and Country Grocer. Electric Bike show at Co-operative Gas station and Drone show by InDro Robotics Inc., flying their Industry drones designed and built on Salt Spring. Solar/human powered trailer & dealers including Motorize, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Mercedes and Tesla as well as the Victoria Leaf Club available for information and viewing. 

Sun 26, all day. Transition Salt Spring 5th Eco Living and Home Tour. Self-guided tour of some of the best examples of green building showcasing energy efficiency, water conservation, food production, renewable energy, transportation alternatives, ecological protection. $25 tix at EVENTBRITE HERE: https://www.eventbrite.ca/myevent?eid=15883745711

Sun 26, 8–11am Morning Mist Canoe Adventure Guided Paddle (5 years+) at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. Paddle in the lake searching for eagles, herons, turtles and other lake life with CRD Parks naturalists. Canoe equipment and instruction provided, no experience necessary. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). You must pre–register: $20/$10. 250.478.3344. BC Transit #70 or #72

 

WEEK FIVE

Mon 27-Fri 31 Summer camp at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. Ages 5 - 7 years Marine Biology Summer Camp. To register visit: http://www.eventbrite.ca/o/cowichan-estuary-nature-centre-6066591947

Tue 28, 1–2:30pm Rascally Raccoons Guided Walk (all ages) at Mill Hill Regional Park. A CRD Parks naturalist will lead you on a raccoon trail for a day in the life of these little rascals. Meet information kiosk in parking lot off Atkins Avenue. BC Transit #53

Wed 29, 10–11:30am Something Fishy Guided Walk (5 years+) at Island View Beach. Head down to the beach with a CRD Regional Parks naturalist to learn about the fish that make this beach their home, and how they survive when the tide goes out. Look for them hiding under rocks. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet grassy area adjacent to picnic shelter off Homathko Road.

Thur 30, 10:30am–12pm The Beach Rocks! Guided Walk at Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich). The tide is out! Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist and get a glimpse of the creatures that live beneath the rocks. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet grassy area adjacent to picnic shelter off Homathko Road.

Fri 31, 10am–1pm Beach Day at Coles Bay Drop-in Event all ages. Join CRD Parks naturalists to explore the fascinating marine life. Look for sea stars, crabs, moon snails and more! Park in parking lot off Inverness Road, follow wooded trail for 5 minutes and look for naturalists at beach. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes).

CRD Parks Hikes, Outings and Events with Park Naturalists almost every day:

www.crd.bc.ca/docs/default-source/parks-pdf/springnatureprogramsbrochure2015web.pdf

 

Meet-Ups:

Victoria Cycling Adventures: http://www.meetup.com/Vegan-Victoria-Meetup/

Victoria Outdoor and Social Club: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-outdoor-social-club/

Victoria Club Tread: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Club-Tread/

Victoria Nature Explorations: http://www.meetup.com/Nature-Victoria-Explorations/

Victoria Nature Walks: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Nature-Walks/

Victoria Outdoor Club: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Outdoor-Club/

Victoria Sea Kayakers: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Sea-Kayakers/

Vegan Victoria: http://www.meetup.com/Vegan-Victoria-Meetup/

West Shore Cycling: http://www.meetup.com/West-Shore-Cycling/

MEC Victoria Road-Ride Cycling: http://www.meetup.com/West-Shore-Cycling/

Greater Victoria Green Team: http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team/

Net Squared Victoria: http://www.meetup.com/NetSquared-Victoria-a-nonprofit-technology-meetup/

Cowichan Valley Outdoor Club: http://www.meetup.com/Cowichan-Valley-Outdoor-Club/

Cowichan Valley Walking/Hiking Group: http://www.meetup.com/Cowichan-Valley-walking-hiking-group/

 

EVERY WEEK

Every Day (except Monday) Victoria Public Market, Hudson’s Bay, Douglas St. Maryanne Carmack, marycarmack@victoriapublicmarket.com 250 884 8552 www.victoriapublicmarket.com

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 www.haliburtonfarm.org

Every Wed, 2:30-4:30pm Cowichan Community Green Work Party in the Food Forest, 360 Duncan Street, Duncan. erin@cowichangreencommunity.org 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  http://cotvictoria.ca/oneness/  

Every Thur and Sat. Volunteer events at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Charlotte Houston restoration@swanlake.bc.ca.

Every Sat, 10-2 Moss Street Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. Off Thurlow St, Fairfield. www.MossStreetMarket.com

Every Sat, 8am Morning Birding. See http://www.vicnhs.bc.ca/calendar.html 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) http://springridge.rd123.ca/?p=894

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