Volunteers pull broom from the meadow at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve (Photo by NCC)

Volunteers pull broom from the meadow at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve (Photo by NCC)

Garry Oak Meadow Marathon

Join the race to clean up our Garry oak meadows in time for spring!

Throughout February and March, parks and conservation groups across southern Vancouver Island are hosting volunteer events to get our Garry oak meadows ready for spring. The multi-partner Garry Oak Meadow Marathon aims to raise awareness and support restoration efforts of the unique and sensitive Garry oak habitats of southern Vancouver Island.

Learning workshop for volunteers

Seeding demonstration at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve (Photo by NCC)

Seeding demonstration at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve (Photo by NCC)

Join leading Garry oak ecosystem restoration experts on Sunday, March 10 at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve in Duncan for a free conservation workshop on restoring and maintaining Garry oak habitats. Our instructors will share their expertise about the ecosystem and the endangered species that rely on them, native plant propagation techniques, proper uses of tools and restoration management plans. Participants will learn through doing; hands-on restoration activities will complement the expert presentations and will directly help maintain this living Garry oak laboratory.

To register, go to the Garry Oak Conservation Workshop sign-up page.

Find an event

With over 30 events ranging from bashing broom and eradicating ivy, to tending native seedlings and learning at specialized workshops, there are many options for both new and experienced participants. Events take place during the week and on weekends in our many public and private conservation lands that feature Garry oak habitats.

Click on the groups below to find out what events each is offering.

Nature Conservancy of Canada
 Various dates

Greater Victoria Green Team logo

Greater Victoria Green Team
Various dates

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary logo

Swan Lake Christmas Hill
Nature Sanctuary

Tuesdays

Habitat Acquisition Trust logo

Habitat Acquisition Trust
Wednesdays

CRD Regional Parks logo

CRD Regional Parks
Various weekends

Friends of Uplands Park logo

Friends of Uplands Park
Sundays

Haliburton Farm
February 2nd

Saanich Parks logo

Saanich Parks
Every other Saturday

Salt Spring Island Conservancy logo

Salt Spring Island Conservancy
March

 

Parks Canada – Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site
Every other Saturday

Win prizes!

The Garry Oak Meadow Marathon rallies volunteer energy around the important work of restoring a local endangered ecosystem. Cross-pollination is encouraged! Volunteers who come to events at three or more different sites will be entered into a draw to win fabulous nature prizes.

2018 Garry Oak Meadow Marathon winners (Photos by NCC)

2018 Garry Oak Meadow Marathon winners (Photos by NCC)

Supporter Spotlight

http://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/what-you-can-do/donate/Monthly_gift.html