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The UVic Environmental Law Clinic at UVic has law students available to do free work for worthy environmental cases and projects. See for the kinds of projects ELC students have gotten involved in, and the excellent products they have produced.  If you have a project you would like a law student to work on, please contact Calvin Sandbornimmediately. We look forward to working with you to improve the BC environment. 250-721-8188


Mon 1, 5-7pm Making a Place We Can All Call Home, with Ian Wight, Senior Scholar, City Planning, Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba. One Planet Conversations. Robert Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville St, on the inner harbour.

Mon 1, 6:30pm Rally to Protect Blenkinsop Farmland. Join us to raise our voices in resistance to the threat and erosion of the Urban Containment Boundary, a designation to protect some of the last remaining farmland in Saanich, and the most powerful tool we have in protecting this important farmland legacy. We must hold the line, future generations are counting on us! Saanich Municipal Hall, 770 Vernon St, Saanich.

Tue 2, 7pm David Suzuki, Chief Don Tom and Adam Olsen. You have a right to clean water, fresh air, safe food and a say in decisions that affect your health and wellbeing. Hear local leaders and David Suzuki speak about the threats to our Saanich Inlet and learn what we can do to protect it. Lauwelnew Tribal School, 7449 West Saanich Rd, Brentwood Bay. Tickets needed. 

Thur 4, 7pm Wetland Restoration & Development, with Aquatic Ecologist Patrick Lucey from Aqua-Tex. When building, how can we restore watershed areas and keep aquatic ecology in mind? Come find out more while mingling with other green building professionals and enthusiasts.  CityStudio, 742 Johnson Street. 

Fri 5, 10-10:30am No LNG: Don't Frack BC! Creative Action. Fracking in Northeastern BC can seem pretty far away from where government hatches its LNG plans. So for one day, we're bringing it home for voters. Join us days before the election and to send the message that we won't let our leaders frack our future. Parliament Buildings, Belleville St. Hosted by Wilderness Committee 

Fri 5, 5:30-7:30pm. Boogie on Gonzales Beach! Join Wilderness Committee and Georgia Strait Alliance on for a free concert featuring folk musician Luke Wallace! Bring your blankets and a picnic and enjoy the evening. #VoteForTheCoast. Our beautiful beaches are under threat from a plan to put seven times the number of oil tankers through the Salish Sea. But we can still stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline and prevent an oil spill on the coast. Hosted by Wilderness Committee & Georgia Strait Alliance. 

Sat 6, 9-11am Friends of Cecelia Ravine Park volunteer work party. Remove invasive plants and help to restore Cecelia Ravine Park. Tools and gloves provided, students welcome. Meet Burnside Gorge Community Association building on Cecelia Street near Park. 

Sat 6, 10am - 12pm Composting Basics. Learn all the basics of composting and discover which system is right for you. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park Street, Victoria. Free. Register here:

Sat 6, 10am-3pm Ruby Creek Habitat Restoration and Blue-grey Taildropper Slug Walk. Habitat Acquisition Trust leads you on an invasive plant removal of Daphne Laureola, Himalayan Blackberry, and some Scotch Broom followed by a slug search nature walk for the rare Blue-grey Taildropper. Lunch, tools, training provided. Meet at Witty’s Lagoon Main Parking lot Metchosin. RSVP to or 250-995-2428 for details. 

Sat 6, 1-3pm Building Healthy Soil, with Christina Nikolic. Learn about the soil partners and the roles they play, and how easy it is to create and support a healthy soil ecosystem. The reward? Healthy plants with high nutritional value and a natural resilience against pests and disease. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St, Victoria. Purchase tickets in person, over the phone or at 

Sat 6, 2-5pm CRD Irrigation Maintenance workshop in Saanich.  A properly installed & maintained irrigation system will conserve water! Call 250.474.9684 to register.


Mon 8, 6:30pm An Evening with Starhawk. In times of chaos people seek structure and belonging. How do we build a movement that offers a world of justice, balance and liberation? Starhawk is a major thinker of our time and has gone around the world offering courses and talks on earth activist training, permaculture and regenerative Watch site for location. $15. Seating limited. Transition 

Mon 8, 6:30-8pm. DIY Skincare at Eluma Creative. Join Miiko Skin Co at Eluma Creative and design your own intelligent skincare line perfected for your skin type and lifestyle! $80 or $60/each for two friends. Elate Cosmetics, 18B - 26 Bastion Square, Victoria.

Tue 9, all day. PROVINCIAL ELECTION. Be sure to vote ABC - Anyone But Clark. 

Wed 10, 7pm Power To Change: The Energy Rebellion. This movie tells the stirring stories of battling German pioneers, amateur tinkerers, entrepreneurs, ordinary folks wanting to lessen their carbon footprint and inventive and surprising technologies. Bring your queries about solar, wind and small hydro energy systems for discussion with Steve Unger and Clayton Fischer of the Viridian Energy Co-operative. Awareness Film Night. Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Rd.  By donation. 

Thur 11, 10am-3pm Western Painted Turtle Habitat Enhancement. Join Habitat Acquisition Trust in adding proper substrate, building a short fence, and clearing vegetation to make nesting habitat for the known population of Western Painted Turtles living in Eagles lake. This restoration day is open to the public to spectate and help out! Location: Eagles Lake, Highlands. RSVP to or 250-995-2428

Fri 12, 7pm and Sat 13, 10-4pm Becoming Intimate with the Earth: a Work and Play Shop with Pauline Le Bel. We have a new sacred narrative, a scientific cosmology that redefines the role of humans and offers hope in these challenging times. Suggested donation: Residential $198 includes overnight, three meals and two snacks. Commuter $125:  includes lunch and 2 snacks. Don’t cost deter you, call us about our scholarship fund. Bethlehem Centre, 2371 Arbot Rd. 250-220-460   

Fri 12, 7pm A Bold Peace”. Premiere screening of the award-winning documentary about Costa Rica’s path of demilitarization. Followed by a discussion with representatives of the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative and Nonviolence International. Free. All welcome. UVic David Strong Building, C118.

Sat 13, 9-11am Friends of Beacon Hill Park volunteer work party. Remove invasive plants and help to restore Beacon Hill Park.  Tools and gloves provided, students welcome. Meet at base of Totem Pole in Beacon Hill 

Sat 13, 10-2pm Spring Organic Plants Sale. Compost Education Centre’s 15th annual all-organic spring plant sale! Local farmers offering organic vegetable, flower and herb seedlings to get your growing season off to a successful start. 1216 North Park Street. Free. 

Sat 13, 10am-5:30pm Provincial Peace & Disarmament Summit. Keynote speaker Jamie Swift, co-author of The Vimy Trap, or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War, short-listed for the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize in Canadian history. Also William S. Geimer, author of Canada: The Case for Staying Out of Other People’s Wars. UVic, David Strong Building C-118. Free. Organized by the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network: 

Sat 13, 10-3pm Cadboro Bay Beach Clean-Up and Boat Removal. Join Volunteers from the Cadboro Bay and Oak Bay Residents’ Associations, Royal Victoria Yacht Club and The Veins of Life Watershed Society for beach clean-up and removing the Derelict Boats from Cadboro Bay. Put on your rubber boots and work gloves and a pail or milk container. Meet by the History of Cadboro Bay Sign.

Sat 13, 2-5pm CRD Micro/Drip Irrigation introductory workshop in Colwood. A properly installed & maintained irrigation system will conserve water! Call 250.474.9684 to register. 

Sun 14, 2-4pm Cattle Point Rocks! Seaside Geotour. Join geologists to show you how to recognize clues of the ancient and not-so-ancient history of this area. Dress for the weather. Cameras welcome. No hammers please…this is a natural work of art for all to admire and enjoy. Meet Cattle Point rocky foreshore. Margaret Lidkea, Friends of Uplands Park 250-595-8084 


Mon 15, 5-7pm Children’s health and the environment, with Paivi Abernethy, Postdoctoral Researcher in the CRC Sustainability Research Effectiveness program, Royal Roads. One Planet Conversations. Robert Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville St, on the inner harbour. 

Wed 17 to Fri Jun 2. Ecovillage Design Education Certificate Course: Leadership Training for Being a Response-Able Catalyst for Regenerative Community. $1180. Food and accom extra. Must have attained a Permaculture design certificate. OUR Ecovillage, 1565 Baldy Mountain Rd, Shawnigan Lake, 250-743-3067 

Wed 17, 7pm The Economics of Kindness, with Guy Dauncey. Char’s Landing, Port Alberni. Alberni Valley Transition Town Society. 

Thur 18 to June 8, 7-9pm Birding Basics I: Songbirds. Join ornithologist James Clowater for this series of Thursdayevening lectures and Sunday morning field trips, presented by UVic Continuing Studies. Registration and details: 

Sat 20, 9:30-11:30am Friends of Moss Rocks Park volunteer work party. Remove invasive plants and help to restore Moss Rocks Park. Tools and gloves provided, students welcome. Meet at corner of Eberts Street and May Street near Park. Pat Johnston: 

Sat 20- Sun 21, 12-4pm Clayoquot Days. A once-a-year chance to explore the lush temperate rainforest and stunning beaches of the Clayoquot Island Preserve, and the formal memorial gardens that adorn the historic townsite of Clayoquot. Free, family-friendly Free boat transportation to the Island from The Shore Building Marina, 368 Main Street, Tofino. Nature or 250-479-3191


Wed 24, 9am-12pm Weedy Wednesdays at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve. Contribute to the ongoing restoration and upkeep of this beautiful Garry Oak ecosystem at our weekly work party. New volunteers are always welcome! End of Aitken Rd, Duncan. For questions or to register, contact

Thur 25, 8am Walk 4 the Salish Sea! An all ages, 4-day 75 kilometre walk bike, run, wheelchair from Mile Zero in Victoria to the Kinder Morgan marine terminal in Burnaby. Our purpose is to celebrate and defend the Salish sea, its ecological integrity, biodiversity and surrounding communities and address the dire climate implications and indigenous rights violations of the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline/tanker and other fossil fuel expansion projects on the Salish sea. Friday26th, musical rally on the BC Ferries 1pm sailing and 10 km indigenous-led march down East Hastings to the Kinder Morgan Westridge terminal. May 28th, Fossil Fuel Freedom Fest with Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, indigenous speakers from Secwemepcw, Kwantlen and Tsleail-waututh territory and trainers from Greenpeace Canada, offering a mass non-violent direct action teach-in.  778-265-3564 

Thur 25, 6-9pm Community Potluck Feast on the first night of the Walk 4 the Salish Sea. W'sanec speakers, Elizabeth May and music in solidarity with W̱SÁNEĆ Nations and fellow community members against the tar sands, Kinder Morgan and all dangerous fossil fuel expansion, threatening climate, coast, indigenous sovereignty, Douglas Treaty and water rights on the first night of the Walk 4 the Salish Sea!, a 4-day walk from Victoria to the Kinder Morgan terminal in Burnaby. Tsawout first Nation, 7728 Teteyut Road, Saanichton. 

Sat 27, 9:30am-12:30 pm Waterwise Gardening workshop. Learn how to set-up a micro-irrigation system, which plants require less water, and planting strategies that lessen the draw on our water resources. With David Pink of Warmland Irrigation and Nora Arajs of Ceres Edible Landscaping. Register at the Garden Pantry Store, 360 Duncan Street –space limited. $20, $15 for Cowichan Green Community members. Nora 250-748-8506 

Sat 27, 10am-1pm Repair Cafe Fairfield. Bring your broken toaster, lamp, toy, dull knife and have it repaired for free by volunteer Fixers. Meet like-minded people, learn new skills, have a cup of coffee and change the world! 

Sat 27, 1-3pm Container Gardening. Hands-on workshop with Emony Nicholls for everything from old rubber boots to coffee cans to large planting boxes. We will provide soil and some seeds or seedlings and you provide the container. If you don’t have one to bring, we have some you can use. Tickets at the Centre or 

Sun 28, 6-8:30pm. TYSE @ Picot. This event allows you to try the full Miiko Skin Co product line & regime. Enjoy handmade treats that include our most common ingredients, and engage by asking questions about YOUR skin type! $20/ ticket. Picot Collective, 2000 Fernwood Road, Victoria. 


Tue 30, 4:30-7:30pm Cowichan Green Community Potluck Style AGM. Duncan Christian Reformed Church, 930 Trunk Road, Duncan. Potluck style dinner - bring a local seasonal dish of your choice. There will be a speaker, opportunity to join CGC’s Board, and connect with like-minded people. We hope to see you there! Jennifer 250-748-8506 

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CRD Parks hikes, explorations and events for all ages: 


Affinite Wealth Group:

Victoria Cycling Adventures:

Victoria Outdoor and Social Club:

Victoria Club Tread:

Victoria Nature Explorations:

Victoria Nature Walks:

Victoria Outdoor Club:

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. OUR ECOVILLAGE Educational Tours.10-12:30pm with option to stay on for lunch in OUR Zero Mile Meal Eatery. Learn all legal and regulatory work for permaculture, natural building, and sustainable community design while delving into the back of systems and inside cob/strawbale/solar/alt systems. Scheduled volunteer days also avail.   250-743-3067  

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-4:30pm 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 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 Monday, 4-6:30pm Cowichan Green Community Chow Down Family Cooking Classes. Free. Visit for more details. Registration is necessary by emailing or calling 250-748-8506 

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 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 OnenessWednesday 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

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, 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


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