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