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Every day: Take the Smart Drive Challenge to change your driving habits and learn how to reduce fuel use and related your greenhouse gas emissions and costs. Drivers will use a device, like a Fitbit for cars, to track your individual driving habits and encourage simple corrections and adjustments. Then take the Challenge, with the goal of reducing your fuel consumption and GHGs by 15%. To sign up visit


Tue 2, 1:15-3:30pm Greater Victoria Green Team Youth Beach Cleanup. Meet Dallas Road near Cook Street. Everyone welcome.

Wed 2, 9:30-4:30pm Walbran Wednesday Phone Blitz.

Wed 3, 2pm Art of Resistance. The Beehive Design Collective and Test Their Logik Diana Krall Plaza, Nanaimo. Protection Island 6 pm Potluck in the Park (community Garden) combined with a delivering community power presentation ....

Thur 4, 6pm Climate Town Hall Meeting. It's the central challenge/opportunity of the 21st century. How should Canada respond to the challenge of climate change? How can we quickly shift to a green low-carbon economy? Part of a national climate plan consultation. Thousands have registered to take part in similar town halls across Canada to provide feedback for the federal government’s national climate strategy. Heritage Hall, Island Savings Centre, 2687 James St, Duncan. and

Sat 6, 10am–2pm Sooke Market Habitat Acquisition Trust community mapping table. Learn more about our Good Neighbours program and how to be a habitat steward in the Sooke region. Eustace Rd at Otter Point.

Sat 6 Slow Boat To Rio! Captain Nathaniel will ferry RESULTS Canada (Victoria), our food and beach gear to Sidney Spit to spend the afternoon picnicking and beachcombing - putting the FUN in fundraising! $30/person. To reserve your spot contact .

Sat 6, 10am-2pm Sooke Market Habitat Acquisition Trust is hosting a community mapping table, learn more about our Good Neighbours program and how to be a habitat steward in the Sooke region. Eustace Rd at Otter Point.

Sun 7, 1-4pm Summer Pruning for Fruit Trees. Join us at Welland Legacy Park & Community Orchard for a free workshop on fruit tree grafting techniques suitable for summer. Learn how to make a custom fruit tree! 1215 Stancil Lane, parking at Strawberry Vale Community Hall, bike access on the Galloping Goose, for more info. 

Sun 7, 12-4pm Annual Gorge Swim Fest at Banfield Park dock in Vic West (foot of Styles). The Gorge Waterway is the cleanest, warmest and closest open water swimming in the Victoria area.  After heroic efforts by countless volunteers and governments the Gorge Waterway is now clean enough to swim in again. Jack Meredith President, Gorge Swim Fest Society 250-588-2525 

Sun 7, 1-4pm Highway #1 Protest Against Bamberton Steelhead LNG. Meet corner of TCH and Deloume Rd. (the main intersection leading in to Mill Bay) in front of SHELL and A&W. Dress for the weather.  Signs and t-shirts available. A peaceful, family friendly event - no slowing down or stopping traffic - just smiling and waving! Barane McCartney. 


Mon 8, 9:45am-1pm Greater Victoria Green Team Community Garden Volunteer Activities at Reynolds School

Tue 9, 7pm What is Natural? Exploring the Idea of Nature and its Implications for Environmental Education. The 12th Robert Bateman Lecture, with Dr. Milt McClaren, Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University and the co-founder of the MA in Environmental Education Program at Royal Roads University. Dr. McClaren is one of the founders of the field of environmental education in Canada, and has been, over his long career, a tireless advocate for innovative education in a variety of domains and a powerful influence in the lives of thousands of students and student teachers through his work in the SFU Faculty of Education and the RRU School of Leadership Studies and School of Environment and Sustainability. Hatley Castle Drawing Room, Royal Roads University

Tue 9, 5-7pm Green Drinks Victoria. Great drinks, great company! Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora. 

Wed 10, 12-3pm Mighty Mammals. I’m a mammal and so are you. Check out the marvelous variety and adaptations of our fellow mammals with pelts, skulls and help solve the latest mammal mystery at Swan Lake. 3873 Swan Lake Rd. By donation. 250.479.0211 

Sat 13, 10-1pm Repair Cafe, Fairfield. Bring your broken small appliances, bicycles and other household items to Repair Cafe, Fairfield. Our team of expert volunteers will fix it -- for free! Fairfield Gonzales Community Hall, 1330 Fairfield Road, Victoria. 

Sat 13, 10am Free Guided Tour at OUR Ecovillage. Visit our 26 acre permaculture and natural building education demonstration site 17 years in the making. Learn about the precedent setting legal structures, numerous natural building styles, and see our permaculture gardens in their early summer bloom. Lunch by donation. 

Sat 13 - Sun 14 Avatar Grove Boardwalk Construction Weekend. The Ancient Forest Alliance is seeking dedicated, considerate and capable volunteers to help construct the Avatar Grove Boardwalk in Port Renfrew. Can you follow instructions accurately, are you in good physical condition to do the work, and can you act safely, responsibly and respectfully? Activities may include carrying heavy boardwalk planks, nailing boards, bucketing gravel, using hand tools, digging soil, having fun! Contact TJ Watt: with 'Avatar Boardwalk Volunteer 2016 - [your name]' in the subject line. We could especially use people with construction experience. 


Mon 15, 11am – 4pm French Beach Eco Clean-up. Join Habitat Acquisition Trust to restore French Beach Park by removing refuse from the beach and invasive plant species. Lunch, tools, and training provided. Rides can be arranged. RSVP: or 250-995-2428 

Tue 16, 6:45pm Friends of Swan Creek Watershed creek walk with Ian Bruce of Peninsula Streams Society, enhancing salmon habitat.  Meet where Swan Creek intersects Violet Avenue in Victoria. To be added to our email contact list, send your name and email to 

Wed 17, 9:45am-11:45am Greater Victoria Green Team Youth Beach Cleanup at Gonzales Beach. Everyone welcome. 

Fri 19 - Sun 21 Summer Retreat: Exploring the Sacred Heart of the Cosmos. Facilitated by John Shields & Kim Holl. Are you searching for spirituality that is not dependent on religious doctrine? Would you like to anchor your spirituality in the power of the universe? Or are you just looking to deepen your thinking? A guided tour to the sacred heart of the cosmos.  Set in the lush forest of the Highlands, at Earthspring Sanctuary, the workshop will blend deep dialogue, inner exploration, group work and experiential, nature-based activities. Space is limited, overnight accommodation possible. $375 (Lunch & Dinner included Sat.) To register call John Shields at 778-433-8925. For accommodation call Earth Spring Sanctuary, Evelyn & Michael 250-478-6544

Fri 19, 8pm- 9:30pm Creatures of the Summer Night! Sharpen your senses to look for owls, bats and other nighttime creatures. Using a grab bag of tricks we’ll discover how these animals are adapted to their nocturnal life. Suitable for families with children over 6 years. $4/$6.  Pre-registration required by calling 250.479.0211 3873 Swan Lake Rd. By donation. 250.479.0211 

Fri 19-Sun 21 Flavour Trails North Saanich Food and Farm Festival. Ride or drive the trail and take in food and wine sampling, fresh produce, demonstrations and talks, music and art, animals and activities. Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable. 778.679.7831 

Sat 20 Re-Story at OUR Ecovillage. Restorying our
collective future: global storytelling festival.. with Charles Eisenstein, Patch Adams, and others. 7pm Patch Unplugged, with Patch Adams, MD.!press-release/esxs4


Tue 23 Speak Up against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline. A federal panel is meeting with communities along the pipeline and tanker route to gauge public opposition to the project. It's time to speak up for the coast, for the climate and for Indigenous rights! Join us to tell this panel to put this pipeline to bed! Details are sparse but sign up to speak and we’ll keep you updated on how and when to make your voice count in person. In Victoria, details TBA. You can sign up here:

Wed 24, 12-3pm Birds of a Feather. Join us as we try to figure out who’s who in the bird world. Hands-on exploration, bird watching, crafts, songs and games. 3873 Swan Lake Rd. By donation. 250.479.0211

Sat 27, 10am-2pm Compost Education Centre Fall Organic Plant Sale.  Veggie starts for winter growing!  Come on out to the little sister of our spring organic plant sale and get your greens for the winter.  Kale, broccoli, cabbage, salad greens, culinary herbs, medicinal herbs and much, much more will be available. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St.


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MEC Victoria Road-Ride Cycling:

Greater Victoria Green Team:

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Cowichan Valley Outdoor Club:

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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, 9am-4:30pm The 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 your most up to date trail information. 250-478-9414 or

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

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 Party in the 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 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, 10-2 Moss Street Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. 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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