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Thur 1, 11am-2pm Amazing Race - Drop-in Event - All ages. 
Saanich, Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. CRD Regional Parks 

Thur 1, 7pm Some Unusual Things About Common Mushrooms, SVIMS Meeting with guest speaker Fred Rhoades. 3-D slide presentation. Pacific Forestry Centre. Free to members ($20, can be purchased at the meeting)

Sat 3, 8am-11am Morning Mist Canoe Adventure - Guided Adult Paddle - 18 years+ 
Saanich, Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. CRD Regional Parks



Tue 6, 7-8:30pm Sidney Town Hall Meeting on electoral reform with MP Elizabeth May at the Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney.

Wed 7, Federal electoral reform community dialogue tour with Minister of Democratic Institutions, Maryam Monsef, time and location to be confirmed, Victoria, BC

Wed 7, 7pm The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (UNDRIP) was raised at the World Social Forum in Montreal. MP Romeo Saganash spoke about his private members Bill C-262which would enshrine this in Canadian Law and move it into legal implementation. Romeo Saganash is on a speaking tour to promote his bill which would give the declaration a lot more weight. MP Romeo Saganash is travelling throughout the country talking with leadership, communities and individuals in order to ensure that Bill C-262, the UN Declaration and Inherent Rights are widely understood. Victoria City Hall.

Thur 8, 6:30pm-7:30pm Organic Master Gardner Info Session. Bring your questions about our unique Organic Master Gardener Course. Students have called it "life changing" because once you truly understand the connection between soil health, plant health, human health and environmental health you will look at the world with different eyes. Royal Roads. Free. 250-391-2513.

Fri 9, 8am Resilient Regions Breakfast. CRD HQ, 624 Fisgard St, Victoria. The theme is Active and Multimodal Transportation including walking/biking infrastructure, electric vehicles, transit, back-to-school transport, active and safe routes to school and more. This quarterly community breakfast brings together business leaders, politicians, activists, bureaucrats, and academics to provide a space for forging new partnerships, incubating ideas, and developing projects that contribute to a resilient, healthy and green capital region. Hosted by the Capital Regional District, participants will enjoy hot coffee and tea, light snacks and great conversation. Don't be late -- event starts at 8am sharp.

Fri 9, 10am-4pm Invasive species removal, Scotch Broom. Come one come all and help bust some broom. Meet at the Goldstream Nature House. Equipment provided. Call Tracey at the Nature House 250-478-9414

Sat 10, 10am-2pm Explore the E&N Rail Trail - Guided Bicycle Tour - 12 years+ 
Langford, E&N Rail Trail-Humpback Connector. CRD Regional Parks

Sat 10, 10am – 4pm Fernwood Hydro Pole Painting Nature Painting, The annual Fernwood Neighbourhood Telephone pole painting project will feature a nature theme. Whether you’re into biology, art, or somewhere in between we’d like to team up with you to keep nature knowledge in the forefront of our community. Join the fun! 250-995-2428

Sat 10, 12pm-6-m One Wave Arts and Environment Festival. Pacific Peoples Partnership. This free, family-friendly celebration features music, spoken word, and dance. Learn about diverse North and South Pacific cultures, browse the village of local artisans and vendors, and meet groups working on Pacific issues. Chalk art and an interactive arts station make this a fun event for kids!

Sat 10, (different shifts) One Wave Arts and Environment Festival: Help the Greater Victoria Green Team in various volunteer shifts. Centennial Square.

Sat 10, 10am-12pm Composting Basics.  Learn all the basics of composting and discover which system is right for you.  Free attendance generously subsidized by the CRD. Compost Education Centre.  FREE, but please pre-register at

Sat 10, 2-4pm Pressure Canning.  In this workshop, we'll use a pressure canner to preserve delicious baked beans by sealing them in glass jars. We’ll also cover the basics of modern home pressure canning techniques, equipment, safety issues, and resources for the home canner. Compost Education Centre. $20. Register online at

Sat 10, 1-4pm Geocaching: Join a Treasure Hunt of Global Proportions. Interactive workshop. UVic Continuing Studies. Register: or call 250-472-4747.

Sat 10, 1-2:30pm Saanich/Victoria Town Hall Meeting on electoral reform. Sponsored by Fair Vote Canada at Nellie McClung Library, 3950 Cedar Hill Rd. with speakers MP Murray Rankin, David Merner, Bruce Hallsor & Bob MacKie.

Sat 10, 3-5pm Victoria Town Hall Meeting on electoral reform sponsored by MP Murray Rankin with speakers MP Nathan Cullen, UVic Prof. Avigal Eisenberg & FVC rep Terry Dance-Bennink. Victoria High School, 1260 Grant St.

Sun 11, 9am-4pm Natural Replaster Workparty in the Food Forest at Banfield Commons Cob Bench. Corner of Raynor Street & Craigflower Road, Victoria. Free: volunteer helpers needed! Instructor: Stephanie from TerraCobba Designs.

Sun 11, 9:45am-2:30pm Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers planting wetland native species and removing invasive plants at Bee Creek in Colwood. Join here:

Sun 11, 11:30am-1:30pm Nanaimo Electoral Reform Town Hall with Sheila Malcolmson, MP for Nanaimo/Ladysmith and Nathan Cullen. Nanaimo, VIU Theatre.

Sun 11, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Join the weekly invasive plant removal group of Friends of Uplands Park to help remove English ivy and other invasive plants.  Tools and instruction provided.  Meet Uplands Park at the entrance field to Cattle Pt. weekly each Sunday until December.

Sun 11, 7pm Mushrooms: An Introductory Course For Adults. Session 1: Intro to Mushrooms. Instructor: Andy Mackinnon. Swan Lake. $20 for SVIMS members, $25 otherwise. See for registration information.



Mon 12, 9am-12noon A Tale of Two Cities Two presentations on great places & public spaces by Mike Fisher, from New Zealand/Australia. The Rebuild of Christchurch (9am) & How Placemaking Revitalized Adelaide (10:30am). Victoria City Hall Council Chambers.  Free with light refreshments. Co-sponsored by City of Victoria &

Mon 12 – Dec 12 Organic Horticulture Specialist-ONLINE. A thorough introduction to the science and practice of organic horticulture, facilitating a profound shift in ecological awareness. Explore the concepts of landscape health management as opposed to pest management, as well as how to build a holistic decision making framework for creating and maintaining vibrantly healthy gardens and landscapes, including turf. $695. 250-391-2513/.

Mon 12 – Dec 12 Ecological Plant Knowledge 1: Natives-ONLINE. This course provides an overview of plant and ecosystem relationships through a brief review of ecosystem ecology, botany, and plant physiology as it relates to choosing and planting a variety of native plants. The plant identification component emphasizes native landscape plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs, deciduous and evergreen trees which are commonly used in the ornamental landscape for the temperate and colder northern hemisphere. $695. 250-391-2513.

Mon 12 – Dec 12 Ecological Landscape Design-ONLINE. This comprehensive course begins with an overview of historical garden design perspectives and continues with the principles of landscape design and how the various elements are used in softscaping and hardscaping. Design terminology and drafting skills will be applied and through case studies and project work, the topics of site analysis, hardscape construction and grading, estimating and landscape supplies, drainage and water solutions, site remediation and special needs will be covered. $695. 250-391-2513.

Mon 12 – Dec 12 Rainwater Harvesting & Management-ONLINE. As an ancient, yet ever new practice, the harvesting and use of rainwater is fast becoming a major issue, not only in third-world countries, but also in more developed regions. By using the concepts of rainwater management, and implementing key components of rainwater harvesting, professionals and trades practitioners will be able to design, create and manage quality systems in a sustainable and environmentally ethical manner. $695. 250-391-2513.

Mon 12 – Dec 12 Business Skills for Land Care Professionals-ONLINE. Drawing on 40 years of small business experience, this course goes beyond information found in textbooks and on the web, and provides a practical interpretation of common business problems, and guidance to solutions. While it is addressed at small business owners in the ornamental land care and farming sectors, this course is equally applicable to all other types of small business. Participants will develop their own marketing and business plans.$695. 250-391-2513.

Mon 12 – Dec 12 Growing Food 1 Fundamentals-ONLINE. Are you concerned about where your food comes from, what’s in it, or simply getting the best nutrition possible by growing your own healthy and delicious produce? Then, this course is for you. 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.

Mon 12 – Dec 12 Growing Food 2: Growing Nutrient Dense & High Energy Food-ONLINE. Perhaps the biggest challenge in creating food security for our and future generations is the degradation of the world’s agricultural soils. Millions and millions of acres have already lost their capacity to support human food production. In this course we will focus on replenishing and rebalancing soil nutrients with the goal of growing not just food, but complete nutrition for ourselves and our animals. $695. 250-391-2513.

Mon 12 – Dec 12 Living Green Infrastructure-ONLINE. Directed at planners, policy makers and developers to introduce and discuss the complexity and simplicity of integrated natural solutions – low impact development and living green infrastructure, this course is designed to provide knowledge and tools to assist professionals and practitioners in attaining a proficient level of competence in living green infrastructure. $695. 250-391-2513.

Mon 12 – Dec 12 Organic Master Gardener-ONLINE. This is a gardening course, and so much more! This course is considered the foundation course at Gaia College. You will get the same comprehensive, professional curriculum as the Organic Horticulture Specialist course, but discussions will generally reflect the interests of a more mixed audience including home gardeners, budding farmers and landscape professionals. Depending on registrations, we may combine students from both courses to keep class sizes manageable! $695. 250-391-2513.

Mon 12 – Dec 12 Systems Thinking for Environmental Professionals-ONLINE. This systems thinking course introduces ways of examining a problem in the context of a larger focus that reveals connections to the situation that must be considered if the solution is to be sustainable with problems resolved. Students gain a wide-angle thinking lens that provides tools to view problem situations in any area of life in a way that allows us to transcend the limitations of expert knowledge and to see how situations evolve over time to generate unexpected consequences. $695. 250-391-2513.

Mon 12 – Nov 14 Organic Land Care Accreditation-ONLINE. This course is ONLY for landscape professionals with horticulture education and a minimum of 2 years work experience in this field. It focuses on the topics covered in the SOUL Organic Land Care Accreditation exam. The major emphasis in this course is on soil management and the connection between soil health and landscape health. $695. 250-391-2513.

Tue 13, 9:15-12:30pm Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers improving community garden at Reynolds School. Join here:

Tue 13, 5pm Victoria Green Drinks. Great drinks, great company! Drake Eatery, Market Square.

Tue 13, 7:30pm Eat Prey Love: the lives of black widow spiders. Black widows are notorious for being venomous, but there are far more reasons to be fascinated by these spiders than to fear them. Catherine Scott will share their little-known natural history and remarkable sexual behaviour, focused on communication by chemical and vibratory messages. VNHS Natural History Night. UVic Fraser 159. Free. Everyone welcome. Bring a friend.

Wed 14, 8am-4:30pm Coast Trail - Guided Adult Hike - 18 years+, East Sooke Regional Park. CRD Regional Parks

Wed 14, 9:15am-12:30pm Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers improving community garden at James Bay Gardens. Join here:

Wed 14, 6:30-8:30pm Gardening for One Thousand Years - An Evening with Richard Walker. Fernwood Community Centre Gymnasium, 1240 Gladstone Road, Victoria. $20. Richard Walker has 40+ years experience as a Food Forester and recently published a new book: Food Forestry North of the 49th.

Wed 14, 6:30pm-7:30pm Ecological Landscape Design Info Session. Bring your questions about this popular course, which continues to inspire landscape professionals and home gardeners. This may be what you have been looking for if you are: considering a career in landscape design, a landscaper wishing to offer more professional design services, or a home owner looking to design your own garden more professionally. Royal Roads, Free. 250-391-2513.

Wed 14, 7pm The Future of our Forests on Vancouver Island, with Ben Isitt, Victoria city councillor and co-author of The Future of Forests and Communities on Vancouver Island, and Andy MacKinnon, Metchosin Councillor, Research Ecologist who brought the Protection of Old-Growth Forests successful resolution to the UBCM and the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities AVICC Executive "to protect all of Vancouver Island's remaining old growth forest on provincial Crown land." Free. Hosted by Juan de Fuca Forest Watch, with thanks to Island Forest Futures, Friends of Carmanah Walbran, and the Social Environmental Alliance.

Thur 15, 4pm & Fri 16 One World Festival. The Cowichan Intercultural Society, in collaboration with many community partners - an open community event. We anticipate approximately 4,000 attendees over two day event. Cowichan History Display- Take a Walk Down Memory Lane, five “Eye-Opener” films and diverse cultural cuisine demonstrations. Friday-cultural music, performances, cultural fashion shows, art exhibitions, activities for kids, and international foods. Plus vendors, community service information booths, health and wellness services, workshops and multicultural activities. VIU, Cowichan Campus, Duncan.

Thur 15, 6:30-9:30pm Sooke Town Hall Meeting on electoral reform sponsored by Transition Sooke with David Merner, Fair Vote Canada Acting President, at Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Rd.

Thur 15, 7pm Trials and Tribulations of Cooking with Native Plants. Kristen Miskelly & Paige Erickson-Mcgee will bring their passion for native plants and delicious food. From berries to clover rhizomes to seeds, they will share their successes (and flops) of collecting, growing, preparing, preserving, and eating native plant foods, maybe delicious samples to share. Kristen is a biologist passionate about the conservation of local ecosystems, native plants, and restoration, owner of Saanich Native Plants, a certified organic plant nursery specializing in native plants and seeds of southern Vancouver Island. Paige is the Stewardship Coordinator at Habitat Acquisition Trust. Native Plant Study Group. UVic, MacLaurin D116 $5. Students: FREE

Fri 16, 10am-2pm Beechey Head Hike - Guided Adult Hike - 18 years+ East Sooke Regional Park. CRD Regional Parks 

Sat 17, 9:45-1pm Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers removing invasive plants along Bowker Creek in Oak Bay. Join here:

Sat 17, 9:30am-12:30pm Repair Café Victoria. What do you do with a holey sweater, a broken toaster, or a busted teddy bear? Don’t toss it! Bring it in to Repair Café Victoria where volunteer repair experts will be on hand to teach you how to fix your broken household items. By donation. Central Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton Street.

Sat 17, 10am-12pm Advanced Composting.  Advanced Composting aims to broaden the scope of participants’  knowledge of composting methods. Topics covered will include dynamic accumulators and hot composting, compost tea, in-situ composting methods and humanure. Free attendance generously subsidized by the CRD. Compost Education Centre. FREE, but please pre-register at

Sat 17, 1pm-2:30pm Bear Necessities - Guided Walk - All ages 
Metchosin, Witty's Lagoon. CRD Regional Parks 

Sat 17, 2-4pm Summer Pruning. This workshop will focus on summer pruning of fruit trees, which  can continue into September. We will cover the key concepts of summer pruning and do demonstration pruning on selected trees at the Compost Ed  Centre. $20. Register online at

Sat 17, 6:30pm- 9pm Climate Change Event with Elizabeth May, MP, and Jeff Lewis, Geography Prof. VIU, hosted by Mayor Aaron Stone, Mayor of Ladysmith. The immediate and long-term impacts of climate change and the consequences of LNG. By donation. Educational fundraising event for the Green Party of BC. Aggie Hall, 1110 First Ave, Ladysmith.

Sat 18, Sun 19 Homesteading Fair, Cobble Hill. The Homesteading Fair fosters the exchange of knowledge, skills and experience to support a secure, sustainable, local, living community. Expect a fantastic weekend of exchange and inspiration!

Sun 18, 11am-1:30pm Growing Mushrooms In Your Garden Workshop. Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Road, Victoria. $40. Outdoor, hands-on, take home an inoculated mushroom log! Call the Fernwood Community Centre to register: 250-381-1552 ext 100 Co-hosted by DIY Fungi & Spring Ridge Commons

Sun 18, 1pm-2:30pm Bountiful Berries - Guided Walk – 5 years+ 
 East Sooke Regional Park. CRD Regional Parks

Sun 18, 1:30-3pm Spider Websites. A Friend of Uplands Park family program will introduce you to local spiders, their habits and which ones can bite you. Enjoy a Spider Dress-up to learn about their weird bodies.  Frolic through the rocky meadows to discover websites, and create your own arachnid to take home.  Donations welcome.  Cancelled if rainy and windy. Meet Uplands Park at the entrance field to Cattle Pt.

Sun 18, 6:30pm Plant Pure Nation Documentary Screening. Victoria Seventh-day Adventist Church.



Mon 19, 1pm-3pm Victoria Emergency Management Workshop, Victoria City Hall Antechamber. CRD Regional Parks 

Mon 19 New Season of Gettin’ Higher Choir begins, also Tuesday and Thursday evening.  Shivon Robinsong and Denis Donnelly co-directors. All voices welcome, no audition, no experience required. Details at or call Bill Hanson, 250.920.4160

Tue 20, 12pm-1:30pm New Season of High Noon Choir begins. Directed by Shivon Robinsong.  Orientation for newcomers at 11:30am. Details at, or call Gloria Hansen, 250.995.8731

Tue 20, 9:15am-12:30pm Greater Victoria Green Team improving the community garden at Vic High in Victoria. Join here:

Tue 20 – Nov 12, Tue/Thu 6:30pm-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. Come, learn and have fun! Royal Roads, $695. 250-391-2513.

Tue 20, 7pm 2030: Earth at 100% Clean Energy. A free video presentation and discussion by Tony Seba, Futurist, Innovator and Author. Transition Salt Spring. Salt Spring Public Library.

Tue 20, 7:30pm Plants of the Cordova—Sidney Landscape. Nick Page is a biologist who has had the good fortune of working on rare plants and insects found in the coastal sand ecosystems of Cordova Shore, James Island, and Sidney Island. His presentation will highlight some of the common and rare plant species that characterize this unique coastal landscape, and their adaptations to harsh environmental conditions. VNHS Botany night. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House, Everyone welcome. Bring a friend! 

Wed 21, 11am-9pm UN International Peace Day. Many musicians, activities.

Wed 21, 3:30pm Wildlife Ecosystem Resilience in the Context of Climate Change: A Kootenay Case Study, with Rod Davis. UVic Room 002, University House 1

Wed 21, 6:30pm–8pm Wildlife Info & Volunteer Appreciation Night. Join Habitat Acquisition Trust at 1831 Fern St for a series of presentations on HAT’s wildlife programs and the results of our volunteers incredible contributions to citizen science and local conservation. Bring a friend! Perfect opportunity to get introduced to the HAT community for newcomers! RSVP to  1831 Fern St, Friends Meeting House. or 250-995-2428,

Thur 22, 7:45pm Edible Native Plant Talk, The Native Plant Study Group is hosting an Edible Native Plant Talk with Kristen Miskelly and Habitat Acquisition Trust’s Paige Erickson-McGee. Learn how nature can nourish you in a new way! UVic MacLaurin Bldg. B116, by donation – free for students. or 250-995-2428,

Thur 22, 6-9pm From Farm to Table, with Carolyn Herriot. Costin Hall Kitchen, Lantzville. $65. Carolyn will prepare a meal based on local ingredients, simply and deliciously, with tips on how to put food aside for winter eating. 250-924-4478

Thur 22, 7pm Second Spring on Salt Spring: Mushrooms and Mycorrhiza in Oceanic BC. Salt Spring Island Book Launch. Salt Spring Island Library, 129 McPhillips Ave. A slide presentation based on the mushroom chapter of Kem Luther's new book Boundary Layer.

Thur 22, 7-9pm Victoria Emergency Preparedness Workshop 
Victoria, Victoria West Community Centre. CRD Regional Parks 

Thur 22, 7-8:30pm Saanich - Emergency Preparedness Presentations 
Saanich, Commonwealth Place. CRD Regional Parks 

Fri 23, 7pm - Sat 24, 10 - 4pm Intimate with the Earth: a Work and Play Shop with Pauline Le Bel. Bethlehem Centre, 2371 Arbot Rd. Nanaimo. Suggested donation: Residential $180:  includes overnight, three meals and two snacks. Commuter $104:  includes lunch and 2 snacks. Please do not let cost deter you, call us about our scholarship fund. Register: 

Fri 23-Mon 25 Sintropia Fall Gathering - Forest and Field. A weekend of learning & fun on a beautiful slice of the Comox Valley. Connect & discover a multitude of interesting subjects including Permaculture, Natural Building, Primitive Skills, Art, Community, Sustainable Living, Holistic Health, & Live Music. Take the leap and immerse yourself for 2 days 2 nights, camping and meals included with the full weekend pass. Greenhaven, Comox Valley.

Sat 24, 8am Birding in Uplands Park. Join Geoffrey Newell of Friends of Uplands Park to watch the Fall Migration. Meet Cattle Point. See to check the date and time of this monthly event.

Sat 24, 11am–2pm Hawk Watch for all ages at East Sooke Regional Park. Have you ever seen turkey vultures kettling? Join CRD Parks and the Victoria Natural History Society for this annual migration event. Live raptor demonstrations, activities at Aylard Farm, optional hike to a viewpoint to use the spotting scopes. Drop in anytime at the Aylard Farm parking lot off Becher Bay Road.

Sat 24, 10am-12pm 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. Free, generously subsidized by the CRD. Compost Education Centre. FREE, but please pre-register at

Sat 24, 11am-2pm Hawk Watch - Drop-in Event – All ages
East Sooke, East Sooke Regional Park. CRD Regional Parks 

Sat 24, 2-4pm Creating a Herbal Medicine Cabinet. Be ready for cold and flu season this year with a medicine cabinet full of medicinal plants and remedies that work both preventatively and  for acute infections.  Everyone will leave with a container of cough syrup, recipes and instructions for other herbal preparations and a new approach for  staying healthy through cold and flu season. Compost Education Centre. $30. Register online at

Sat 24, 2-3:30pm Langford Town Hall Meeting on electoral reform sponsored by MPs Randall Garrison & Alistair MacGregor with FVC speaker Terry Dance-Bennink & others at Belmont High School, 3041 Langford Lake Rd, Langford.

Sat 24, 12pm-3pm Victoria Picnics for Peace, Beacon Hill Park. This isn't a protest, just a simple picnic with the community, while being intentional about the fact that we want and need peace in this beautiful world. Join friends, family and community members to share in fun, food, frisbees and express our hope for peace! Meet in the field right across from the Petting Zoo. Bring your own food, a poster or t-shirt that talks about peace and let's make new friends and spread the idea of peace in our community!

Sat 24 - Sun 25, 10-4pm Salmon and Mushroom Festival 2016, Lake Cowichan Centennial Hall ($2 - children free)

Sun 25, 9:45am-1:30pm Greater Victoria Green Team removing invasive plants from Ed McGregor Park in Sooke. Join here:



Mon 26, 7:30pm Glass Sponges—the problems and rewards of spending time with these fascinating ancestral animals. Dr. Henry Reiswig has studied glass sponges for 40 years. VNHS Marine night. UVic Fraser 159. Free. Everyone welcome. Bring a friend.

Tue 27 5:30-7:30pm Saanich Peninsula Green Drinks meets at Waddling Dog Inn. Guest speaker Ted Woynillowill, Council of Canadians, Victoria chapter. Topic is the TPP.

Tue 27, 6:30-8:30pm UVic’s Fungi and Plants Series: “What does it Mean? Mycorrhizas, Mushrooms and Plants” Lecture by Kem Luther, UVic Campus. Registration required

Tues 27 6:30-8:30pm From War to Welfare: The Strange Partnerships of Fungi and Plants. Series starts. UVic Continuing Studies. Register for individual sessions or sign up for the whole series to receive a discount. Register: or call 250-472-4747.

Tue 27 Grand finale public consultation by the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform in Victoria.  Fair Vote Canada and partners are holding a rally outside the hearing  before it starts. Please write your MP, send a letter to the editor, and/or use social media to build support for proportional representation. Time/place TBA. Rick Habgood,, president of FVC’s Victoria chapter

Wed 28, 10am-12pm Sooke Potholes Hike - Guided Adult Hike –18 years+ 
Sooke, Sooke Potholes Regional Park. CRD Regional Parks 

Wed 28 – Dec 3, Wed 6:30pm-9:30pm, Sat 9am-12pm Ecological Landscape Design Semester I. Landscape health starts with intelligent design. Explore the intricate relationships within ecosystems, and how you can work with them to create vibrantly beautiful and healthy, low maintenance, self-sustaining gardens that are a haven for wildlife. Be prepared for an eye-opening experience that will challenge some commonly held beliefs and leave you empowered with a new understanding of how a garden works. Royal Roads, $695. 250-391-2513/toll free 1-866-890-0220.

Wed 28, 7:30pm The Bald Eagle: from Victoria in 1953 to Today. Few species have responded to human attention as have the bald eagles. When David Hancock started watching eagles in the early 1950s in and around Victoria they were rare, distrustful and darn right hard to find. Today some people consider them overabundant in specific locations. That story of change is really due to the change in human attitudes—we have adapted to eagles and they have accepted us. David’s 65 years of following this mutual befriending is the story of his illustrated talk. Bring your favourite eagle story. VNHS Birders night. UVic Fraser 159. Free. Everyone welcome. Bring a friend.

Wed 28, 7.30pm Journey to the Future: What Can One Small Community Do? with Guy Dauncey, author and eco-futurist. What can one small community do that will make a big difference in the world? Schoolhouse Caleb Pike, 1589 Millstream Road, Highlands. Sponsored by the Highland District Community Association. Contact Scott Richardson 250-478 2526.

Wed 28, 7pm East Sooke book launch for Boundary Layer by Kem Luther (see website this and events related to this book on BC natural history. East Sooke Community Hall. Free

Wed 28 to Oct 26, 6:30-8:30pm Populations, Conservation and Management Issues of Marine Mammals. Course runs Wednesdays, UVic Continuing Studies. Register: or call 250-472-4747.

Thur 29, 1:30-3:30pm Our World on Fire. Climate change from a Space Perspective. Climate change is for real, and the Earth is no longer as it used to be – our world is truly on fire. This talk will cover many aspects of climate change including environmental events such as droughts, floods and fires, as well as the impacts on countries, people and economies. This is a look at our Earth from the vantage point of space and what we must do to make it “green” again. Dr. Parvez Kumar has been associated with NASA for 25 years, and has worked for Canada’s National Research Council and the Canadian Space Agency. UVic Continuing Studies. Register: or call 250-472-4747.

Thurs 29, 6:30-9pm Design Your Own Skincare with Miiko Skin Co. Attend this workshop and learn how to make your own lip chap, body butter, face wash, face toner, and face moisturizer. Leave with 5 natural products of your own. $70. at Alcove Homegrown Living in Qualicum Beach. 

Thur 29, 7-9pm Saanich - Volunteer Information Session 
Saanich, Commonwealth Place. CRD Regional Parks 

Fri 30, 7pm Skin Health Sessions 101 with Miiko Skin Co. Enjoy homemade gluten-free treats and drinks served with information on skin health and reducing the signs of aging through natural skincare. Try a locally made skincare products and leave feeling fresher than ever! $15. at Alcove Homegrown Living in Qualicum Beach.  

Fri 30 – Sun Oct 1 Family Roots: Adventure Therapy for Youth and Family. This workshop aims to inspire and empower helping professionals to explore the gifts that adventure therapy and nature-based therapy can offer to children, youth and family work. Through the lens of the Family Roots Program – an innovative multi-family adventure therapy program based in Victoria – participants will explore the ways that play, adventure and nature-connection can promote health and resilience within children and their family systems. Royal Roads. $195 + GST.



CRD Regional Parks Hikes, Events and Open Houses:

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. 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 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. Enjoy herbal tea and connect with volunteer stewards of this public permaculture site. Participate in hands-on activities, community visioning discussions & food forestry stewardship.

Every Sun, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Join the weekly invasive plant removal group of Friends of Uplands Park to help remove English ivy and other invasive plants.  Tools and instruction provided.  Meet grassy field on Beach Drive Uplands Park at the entrance field to Cattle Pt. weekly each Sunday until December, starting Sept 11th. Tools and gloves provided, instruction given, and areas to work in will be determined by Oak Bay Parks Management Plan.  Suitable for all ages.  An excellent volunteer opportunity for students. Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP,




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