Category Archives: Green Diary

The Green Diary


A Host of Amazing Events to Build a Better World

Patiently Organized by Amazing People


The EcoPersonals

Creatively United: Inspiring stories of innovation, collaboration, community and creativity to Creating a One Planet Community. Presented by Creatively United with the help of the Stream of Consciousness livestream video crew: 

Metchosin, Naturally! Season Through the Lens. August is a good month to be taking pictures for the photo exhibition and context this fall. Co-sponsored by the Metchosin Foundation and the Metchosin Arts and Cultural Centre Association. Pictures must be taken of natural subjects in Metchosin this year. For dates, contest rules and submissions procedures see

Week One

Thur 2, 3pm-8pm Fort Commons Market Booth, speaking to the public about current issues with killer whales. Free stickers for those who come by! 1017 Blanshard St, Victoria

Sun 5, 10-3pm Broom removal on Mt. Matheson, Sooke. Join the Greater Victoria Green Team and Habitat Acquisition Trust here:

Week Two

Mon 6, 8pm-10pm Lanterns for Peace Ceremony, Nanaimo. Swa A Lana Lagoon on Nanaimo’s waterfront, to commemorate the anniversary of the atom bomb when Hiroshima was reduced to ashes in 1945. Folk dancing at 8pm, peace songs at 8.45 by Tristan and Janette. Lantern Ceremony at 9 pm and includes The Everybody Sings Choir, The Nordli Ukelele  Group, Margaret Sutton  playing the Shakuhashi (Japanese flute) and words by our MP Sheila Malcolmson and MLA  Leonard Krog. Nanaimo Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. 250 753 3015

Tues 7, 6-7:30pm Fruit Tree Project Harvest Leader Volunteer Orientation. LifeCycles Project Society A-808 Viewfield Rd 250-383-5800.

Wed 8, 11am-6pm Splash and Flash Tattoos. Come make a permanent mark on conservation with this joint event with Tattoo Zoo and Georgia Strait Alliance. Donations for GSA will be collected onsite. Orca inspired tattoo designs available on a walk-in basis. 826 Fort St, Victoria.

Wed 8, 7pm Jim Hoggan Speaks at 14th Annual Robert Bateman Lecture.  Author of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up. Founder of DeSmogBlog, former Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and Al Gore’s Climate Project Canada. Royal Roads RRU MEEC Program Office, Centre for Dialogue (LIC). Contact Hilary Leighton (

Thur 9, 6-10pm Cowichan Green Recovered Beer Cask Night Fundraiser. Join us for a fun-filled evening of delicious food and drink in support of the Cowichan Green Community’s amazing Food Recovery Project! A special, one-night-only, microbrew using recovered fruit and tasty recovered food snacks, all perfectly delicious items that would otherwise be destined for the landfill. Red Arrow Brewing, 5255 Chaster Rd, Duncan. Tickets $28 available at the brewery, CGC Garden Pantry Store, and online here

Sun 12 10-11:30am Tide Pool School at Kitty Islet, opposite 580 Beach Drive. Join Friends of Uplands Park and the Georgia Strait Alliance to explore the intertidal life. Biologists will present the challenges of living here, zonation and how we can help to preserve this special rocky ecosystem. Specimens on view, opportunity to use nets and containers to catch, ID, and return. Donations appreciated. All ages.

Week Three

Mon 13, 6:30pm Movie Monday: Leaning Into The Wind. Andy Goldsworthy  follows his famous ’Rivers and Tides’ with this presentation of his art and philosophy about working with the natural environment to create stunning, unique creations. EMP theatre 1900 Fort – By donation.

Wed 15, 5-7pm Cowichan Valley Green Drinks. Great beer, great conversations! Craig St Brewpub, Duncan.

Sat 18, 10am-1pm Organic Plant Sale at the Compost Education Centre. Wide selection of plants for fall and winter growing and harvest including kale, broccoli, cabbages, collards, arugula, cold hardy lettuces, cilantro and parsley. 1216 North Park Street. 250-386-9676

Sat 18, 12-3:30pm 30th Birthday Party of Victoria Global Village Store. Music, refreshments, information/sales tables of our partners, door prizes. 25% off everything in the store for the whole day. The event will kick off the campaign to make Victoria a Fair Trade Town. Market Square and 527 Pandora Avenue. 250-380-1530

Sun 19, 1pm-3pm Guided Tour of Wildwood Ecoforest with zoologist Bruce Hepburn.  Enjoy the beauty of this old growth forest on Quennell Lake, Yellow Point. Learn first hand how Merv Wilkinson harvested timber from this forest while maintaining a vibrant healthy ecosystem.  By donation (suggested $10-$20). Advance registration required.  For more info visit  or email

Week Four

Sat 25, 8am Birding in Uplands Park with Geoffrey Newell of Friends of Uplands Park Meet at Cattle Point with your binoculars. Free to age 8 and over. Check website for changes in date or time:

All Month

NatureSketch Club programs in Victoria and Duncan. A Robert Bateman Foundation initiative.

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:

Every week (It being August, call to check first)

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, 4-6:30pm FREE Family Cooking Classes *pre-registration required* – Cowichan Green Community – 360 Duncan Street, Duncan, BC – Jennifer Dorby #250.748.8506 or by email

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 Thursday, 1-7pm Food Garden Volunteers needed, throughout the summer of 2018. Gain skills in horticulture, permaculture, irrigation and outreach in Banfield Commons and Orchard. 521 Craigflower Road, south of the Vic West Community Association.

Every Thur and Sat. Volunteer events at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Charlotte Houston

Every Sat, 10-12 Moss Street Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. 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, 1-3pm 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.