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The Green Diary April 2018


A Host of Amazing Events to Build a Better World

Patiently Organized by Amazing People



Thur 5-Sun 22, 7pm Trees of Victoria I: Conifers. While Vancouver Island has only 34 native species of trees, in the city we can encounter over 500 species. In this series, you will learn the basics of tree identification and where to find featured species in Victoria and the surrounding area. Register on-line or call 250-472-4747 so we can guarantee you a space.

Thur 5, 7pm An Evening with Bruce Whittington, in Yellow Point. Bruce is an acclaimed naturalist, birder, author and wildlife photographer. He will be sharing insights into our local birds, and inviting us to engage as citizen-scientists, watching and noting the many birds who are our fellow-residents. Yellow Point Ecological Society. 13561 Barney Road, off Yellow Point Road. RSVP appreciated, to plan for refreshments. www.yellowpointecologicalsociety,ca

Fri 6, 7pm & Sat 7, 10am-4pm Poetry for the Earth with Denis Donnelly. Bring lunch, refreshments served. Friends Meeting House,1831 Fern St, Victoria. 250-220-4601

Sat 7, 9-11am Junior NatureSketch for children aged 5-12 yrs. Every Saturday to June 23rd. Melissa Bracken will facilitate the program along with a naturalist expert to guide you on your art journey. In Duncan. For information or to register, see or email

Sat 7, 9:30am-12:30pm Repair Café Victoria. What do you do with a hole 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 7, 10-12pm Composting Basics. Learn all the basics of composting and discover which system is right for you! Victoria Compost Education Centre, 1216 N Park St, Victoria.

Sat 7, 1-3pm Indigenous Plant Walk. Join Ashley Cooper in exploring the native plants that dwell here at the Compost Education Centre and learn about their traditional uses. Victoria Compost Education Centre, 1216 N Park St, Victoria.

Sun 8, 11am Sunday Yellow Point Hike. Join members of the Yellow Point Ecological Society for a hike along the Morden Colliery Trail from Cedar to Hemer Park. Dogs on leash okay. Meet at the wooden sculpture in Cedar village.


Mon 9, 12-1pm I’m Right and You’re an Idiot – The Toxic State of Public Discourse & How to Clean It Up. We pollute the public square with our warlike approach to public conversations. Passionate public argument is healthy, but unyielding one-sidedness undermines the pluralistic, reasoned debate at the core of healthy democracy. Best-selling author and communication expert James Hoggan interviewed thought leaders around the world to learn how to transform this social pathology and engage in higher-quality public conversations. Council Chambers, Victoria City Hall.

Tue 10, 10-12pm Salt Spring Bioblitz at the Raymond M. Goodall Nature Preserve to remove invasive gorse plants. During lunch we will be treated to a talk by acclaimed naturalist, writer, educator Briony Penn. Volunteers will also learn how to use the iNaturalist app so we will conduct a mini bioblitz on the conservation area.

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

Wed 11, 8-9:30am Resilient Region Exchange, Greater Victoria Breakfast Series. Local Climate Leadership, co-hosted by the City of Victoria. In 2016, the City set a long-term Green House Gas Reduction target of 80% by 2050 and a corresponding 100% renewable energy target. City of Victoria, City Hall Ante Chamber, 1 Centennial Square

Wed 11 6:30-9:30pm Movie: The Evolution of Organic. Farm and Film Gala presented by Awareness Film Night and Sooke Region Food CHI. Vendors of all things farming including seeds, starts and produce, local non-profits, tea and goodies prepared by Culinary Arts students, gift baskets. This 2017 film traces the organic movement from its counter-culture roots in the 60s through the growth of the organic food industry to future innovations such as no-till and urban farming.  Edward Milne Community School theatre and foyer, 6218 Sooke Rd. in Sooke. By donation (but bring some cash for vendor purchases).

Wed 11-Thur 12 Nanaimo Water Symposium: Water Stewardship in a Changing Environment – Collaboration Success Stories. Coast Bastion Hotel, 11 Bastion St, Nanaimo, $55.

Wed 11, 6-10pm For the Love of Soil! Annual Spring Fundraiser & Silent Auction @ the Fernwood Inn. Tickets $25 include a pint of Hoyne beer and an appetizer buffet.

Wed 11-Sat14, 7:30pm (+ Sat 2pm) With Glowing Hearts: How Ordinary Women Worked Together to Change the World (And Did). Written by Jennifer Wynne Webber. The true story of a group of Canadian hard rock miners’ wives who came together in 1941 to stand up for better conditions for their families and who ended up changing the world – and themselves. Set in the harsh winter of 1941-42 and the unfolding present, the play follows the “Kirkland Lake gals of 1941” as they relive and discover anew what sparked and then galvanized their social action as stalwart members of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers’ Union – Ladies Auxiliary. VIU Malaspina Theatre. Tickets $29 | $15 students

Thur 12, 6:15pm -7:15pm Eating for your skin’s health with nutritionist/chef Ellie Short. Ellie will be discussing inflammation, detoxification, and proper digestion as they relate to skin health, and will be able to answer any of your own personal questions about health, wellness, diet, and nutrition. Hosted at Miiko Skin Co. Tickets: $15, to register:

Thur 12, 5-7pm Our Region’s Ecological Footprint: What it is, how to reduce it, with Jennie Moore and Cora Hallsworth. Community Room, Central Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton St, Victoria.

Thur 12, 7pm Seaweeds: The Next Superfood. Learn how to identify our many local species of seaweeds, the health benefits of eating seaweed, fun recipes for cooking with seaweeds, and how seaweeds provide healthy marine nutrients to land-based animals from bugs to bears. Register on-line or call 250-472-4747 to guarantee a space.

Fri 13, 7pm – Sat 14, 9:30 – 3:30 Toward a Functional Spirituality for a Climate Changing World, with Mike Bell. Residential $185, Commuter $115 Bethlehem Centre, 2371 Arbot Rd, Nanaimo. 250-220-4601 

Sat 14, 9am-1pm Wildwood Edible Plants Workshop with Jay Rastogi. Walk about the old growth forest, gathering leaves and flowers which participants will enjoy in a salad and an herbal forest tea. Registration required. $50. Register at

Sat. 14, 9am-5pm Sooke Region Communities Clean-Up. Teams (one person or more) wanted in neighbourhoods from East Sooke to Port Renfrew. No charge, prizes available. Part of the Sooke Region Earth Day Celebrations. Register at or (250) 361-6965.

Sat 14, 9-5pm 2018 Gaia Education Training of Trainers and Sustainable Development Goals. At OUR Ecovillage. Shawnigan Lake.

Sat 14, 10-12pm. Green the Stream. We’re giving the Millstone River in Bowen Park, Nanaimo, a spring clean! Meet at the amphitheatre near the duck pond in Bowen Park to form groups and collect supplies. If you have garbage picking tongs we encourage you to bring them. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cookies w provided. This is an official Shoreline CleanUp event –

Sat 14, 10-12pm 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. Victoria Compost Education Centre, 1216 N Park St, Victoria.

Sat 14, 1-4pm Goldstream Park Forest Exploration, with Jens Wieting, Forest and Climate Campaigner with Sierra Club BC. Enjoy an hour long forest walk, learn about the state of Vancouver Island’s disappearing old-growth rainforest and join the conversation about steps needed to ensure Vancouver Island can remain a rainforest Island. Free. Meet at the Art Gallery before 1pm to board bus. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Registration mandatory, please email name and phone number to More info:

Sat 14, 1-3pm Natural Landscaping in the Victoria Area. Participants will gain a better understanding of how gardening with native plants can help maintain local biodiversity, including the wildlife that depends on our native flora. This workshop will also give an overview of the great potential Victoria has in turning lawned areas to wildflower meadows. Victoria Compost Education Centre, 1216 N Park St, Victoria.

Sun 15. Deadline for the Planet Earth Party Poetry Competition moderated by Otter Point poet Wendy Morton. 10 lines (max) on prearranged themes. Entrants welcome in under-and-over 16 years-old categories. Part of the Sooke Region Earth Day Celebrations.

Sun 15, 1pm-3pm Guided Tour of Wildwood with zoologist Bruce Hepburn. Enjoy the beauty of this old growth forest on Quennell Lake. Learn first hand how Merv Wilkinson harvested timber from this forest while maintaining a vibrant healthy ecosystem. By donation (suggested $10).

Sun 15, 9:45am – 2pm Atkins Road Restoration with The Land Conservancy, the Greater Victoria Green Team and the CRD. We will use the sheet mulching technique to combat invasive St. John’s Wort. Tools, gloves and snacks provided. Please bring your water bottle and wear clothes that can get dirty! To register, visit or call 250-479-8053.

Sun 15, 10am-11:30am DIY Skincare and Essential Oil Roll-On. At this workshop you will discover the wide-range of benefits that essential oils and premium oils have to offer for the skin, and formulate your own blends suited for your skin type. You will go home with a custom toner, face oil, and essential oil roll-on perfume. Hosted at Miiko Skin Co. Tickets: $85 OR bring a friend 2x tickets: $150 (email


Tue 17, 10am-12pm Powers of the Universe, Part 2, with Gertie Jocksch. Start of 6-week series. $85 or $20 drop in. Friends Meeting House,1831 Fern St, Victoria. 250-220-4601

Tue 17, 7:30pm The Watershed Guardians of the Fraser River, a documentary by Jocelyn Demers, hosted and presented by Transition Salt Spring. Ain-depth view of the rich, interactive ecosystems of the Fraser river watershed and the people who champion their protection to support the most productive salmon river in the world, and Canada’s major stopover for millions of migrating birds of the Pacific flyway. Salt Spring Public Library, 129 McPhillips, Salt Spring.

Thur 19, 9:30-2:30pm Earth Day Biodiversity Fair at the Gardens at the Horticultural Centre for the Pacific. Find out what amazing things are happening to inspire us to be good stewards of our planet. Demonstrations, activities and walks showcasing the importance of biodiversity to ensure natural sustainability. By donation. Suitable for schools and the public.

Sat 21, 9-4pm Green Shores Level 1 Training. Learn about shoreline ecosystem principles and management practices, with emphasis on the Green Shores rating systems. Of interest to landowners, conservation organizations, local government staff, elected officials, real estate agents, and anyone interested in shoreline protection. Free, register early! call 250-472-4747 to guarantee a space.

Sat 21, 10-12pm Soil: Really Important Tiny Lives. 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 the soil ecosystem and the microbiology that helps us grow nutritious food! Victoria Compost Education Centre, 1216 N Park St, Victoria.

Sat 21, 10-2pm Earth Day Presentation at Cowichan Valley Regional Library, 2687 James St., Duncan. Free, family-oriented event featuring Cowichan Valley environmental groups.

Sat 21, 11-3pm Earthday at John Barsby School, Nanaimo. Speaker, Work Parties, Poetry Jam.

Sat 21, 1-3pm Compost Centre AGM hosted in the Straw Bale, at 1216 North Park Street. Free Surprise Workshop, Door Prize, Secret Edible Delights.

Sat 21, 3-5pm The Economics of Kindness: The Birth of a New Cooperative Economy, with Guy Dauncey. A focus group organized by Transition Sooke. Harbourside Cohousing, 6681 Horne Rd. in Sooke. Free admission. RSVP to

Sat 21, 7:30pm  Earth Vespers: Music for the Living Planet. Solaris Project evening concert celebrating the wonder of our living world, compassion for all who live here, and the interconnectedness of Life. With fiddles, folk ballads, swingin’ roots-rock, saxophones sing-alongs, a cappella anthems and reverential vespers, many genres blend in this musical, magical, meditative service for the living Earth. Free. James Bay United Church.

Sun 22 Planet Earth Party: A Sooke Region Earth Day Celebration. Exhibition, Repair Cafe, food trucks, upcycled fashion show, speakers, Orca signmaking project and evening party at the Sooke Community Hall. Co-presented by Transition Sooke, Zero Waste Sooke, the Sooke Fall Fair and Creatively United for the Planet.

Sun 22, 9am-noon Resilient Food Systems: Fruit, Nut, and Berry Bushes. Eco-Sense, 3295 Compton Road, Highlands.  Eco-Sense.  $20 More info:  Registration:

Sun 22, 12-3pm Happy B’Earth Day Party for the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. This Earth Day, the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is turning SIX!  So we’re having a birthday party. FREE cake, nature activities for kids, and music from the Muddy Buddies! Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre, 1845 Cowichan Bay Road.  250 597 2288

Sun 22, 11am Free guided Abkhazi Garden tour of the exquisite heritage home and garden. Prince and Princess Abkhazi began creating their garden in 1946, after living separate lives touched by privilege and tragedy. Learn about their legacy that continues to this day. To register, visit

Sun 22, 11 am–1pm Celebrate Earth Day at the Ciderhouse. Hand-crafted, locally sourced brunch created by Toque Catering at the award-winning Sea Cider Farm, supporting local conservation efforts by the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Sun 22, 7pm Sounds of Springtime: Camerata Orchestra Fundraiser for Nature. Sylvan United Church, 985 Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd, Mill Bay. Celebrate Earth Day and support local nature education! Benefit for the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Family friendly, kids under 12 free! Tickets can be purchased at the Nature Centre or online


Thur 26, 5:30pm-8:30pm Skin Reboot Potluck. Let’s celebrate our final week of the Skin Reboot Challenge! Come for a little bit, or stay for the whole time… we want to bring our community together and enjoy a delicious meal together! FREE – bring a Reboot friendly dish to enjoy and share. Hosted at Miiko Skin Co.

Thur 26, 6-8:30pm Cittaslow Cowichan Bay. Come enjoy some of the best Cowichan Valley has to offer! From food and drink to local entertainment. Exclusive silent auction and raffle with all funds supporting sustainable initiatives in the Cowichan Valley. $65. Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, 1681 Cowichan Bay Road

Fri 27-Sun 29 Introduction to Permaculture, with Starhawk. At OUR EcoVillage, in Shawnigan Lake. $232.

Fri 27-May 13th OUR Little Permies Camp at OUR Ecovillage. An educational immersion program for kids that runs alongside our Permaculture Design Certificate and Earth Activist Training and our Ecovillage Design Education Program. Join us for days of fun filled activities or stay overnight at OUR village and discover the possibilities of what living and learning in community can offer children, and how they can use these principles to live in harmony with the world they will inherit. $55/day or $190/week.

Fri 27 – May 13th 2018 Permaculture Design Certificate and Earth Activist Training, with Starhawk. At OUR Ecovillage. $1,230.

Fri 27 – June 2, 2018 Ecovillage Design Education Program. At OUR Ecovillage. $2,410.

Sat 28, 10-2pm Celebrate the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve. Family-friendly nature festival. Enjoy a nature walk through the wildflower meadows. Witness the amazing restoration and research projects that have taken place on the preserve over the past 15 years. Listen to traditional stories from a Cowichan Elder; Discover the Bring Back the Bluebirds project.

Sat 28, 10-2pm ALM Organic Farm annual plant and seeds sale.   250-642-3671 or email Vegetable, herb and flower starts and seeds. 3680 Otter Point Road, Sooke.

Sat 28, 1-3pm Teapot Medicine – An exploration of scent, flavour and sensation. Together we will sample teas and learn about a range of plant characteristics and health benefits including relaxation, digestion, improve mineral intake and more. A few plants that you will be introduced to are holy basil, skullcap, nettle, elderflower, mint and more. Victoria Compost Education Centre, 1216 N Park St, Victoria. 

Sun 29, 9:30am Highlands Broom Bash with the Highlands District Community Association and The Land Conservancy. Meet at the Pike House (699 Caleb Pike Road) and bring loppers, gloves, water and a lunch if staying awhile. Or cut on your own property and leave roadside piles for pickup on the 29th; please call Paul at 250-478-7885 to request pickup.

All Month

CRD Parks hikes, explorations and events for all ages:

Change the World on Shaw TV, with Guy Dauncey. Interviews with local people who have big bold ideas and positive solutions for the future. Shaw TV Channel 4.

More Local Events (including hikes):


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 Jennifer: 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.  7-8:30pm  Oneness Wednesdays Meditation Circle at Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street;  Everyone welcome to drop in.   By Donation

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, 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 Sat, 10am-2pm 3295 Compton Road.  Eco-Sense Perennial Edible Plant Nursery. Plant list. Come on out and walk the homestead.

Every Sun, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Join the Friends of Uplands Park to remove English ivy, and help restore the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem, and protect 24 rare plants. Tools, gloves and the Best Practices instruction provided. Meet at Cattle Point, near the kiosks.