Stay Tuned! Our new volunteer leaders are busy planning Explorer Days.
Oceanside members are welcome to attend the Nanaimo NatureKids Explorer Days while the new leaders get ready.
Chief Michael Recalma is leading us around the Hatchery and then explaining about how Cedar Trees are used and so important to First Nation Culture. Please dress for the weather as we will be outdoors most of the time.Sunday October 30th Explorer Day
Englishman River Estuary
Dave Hutchings is leading our group at the Englishman River Estuary for a 'Fall walk around the Estuary and then a check to look at the trees we planted there. Bring your binoculars for bird watching and wear boots for the wet weather.
Dave is from the Arrowsmith Naturalists, he and other members go twice a month to help clear the area from invasive species and know the area well, so bring your questions. He also mentioned the river is changing its course and we will be able to see clues to that.
Please let me know if you are able to come, we may even get a dry day as the weather forecast looks promising.
Meet at Sunnybeach Road just passed Qualicum Bay on the righthand side. Please bring gloves and a container (empty ice cream bucket size)
June 9th, 2016
Finding Wild Foods for Emergencies
1pm to 4pm
1026 Englishman River Road, Errington
Please bring a soup spoon and bowl. We will be searching for wild plants to make a soup with Maya Carson, making a fire to warm the soup and learning which plants taste good.
Please RSVP before June 6th
April 17, 2016
Hamilton Marsh Earth Day
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
We have a table at the Hamilton Marsh Earth Day event. from 11am to 3pm. Come and enjoy the critters you can find and see the named ones under the tent. Make a cardboard frog and enjoy the guided walk through the forest to the marsh.
Lynne Brooks who spearheaded the new Wild Life Garden will talk and show us some of the flowers. The Centre has a pond as well with native plants. Afterwards you will be able to see the Centre and watch the bear cubs on video. Meet at the North Island Wildlife Centre (NIRWA) on Leffler Road Errington.
April 4, 2016
Broom Removal in Parksville at 1.30pm at the Weigh Scales in south Parksville. Parking next to the hill covered in broom. Please bring gloves, lopers provided.
Photography - second session
Meet at the main parking lot, Rathtrevor Park
The second 4H photography session for the entries for the Brant Festival. Contact Alison for further details at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon. Feb. 8th, 2016
We are having a table at the Family Days event at Coombs Fair ground with the 4H activities. This is a great event for families. If you want to help at the table for half and hour you would be most welcome.
Sunday January 24th, 2016
Photography by the River
Meet at the Big Qualicum Estuary
We are joining the photography club from Coombs 4H again this year to learn about taking photos for the Brant Festival. You will be able to submit 2 photos and the two Joans will be there to give information on size, dates for entries. They will be for sale at the various venues as before. Bring your cameras and have fun by the river and in the Hatchery.
October 22nd & 29th
Amphibian Road Survey
6:30 pm * Please note special evening time
For members 8 years and older only
Meeting at: Hamilton Marsh on the 22nd & Lantzville on Oct. 29th
Our Nature Mentor Elke Wind will teach us how to survey Amphibians Fall migration. These surveys are taking place in different areas in BC with NatureKids clubs. The "surveyors" should be 8 years and over. I have sent out the information to members with the videos of the Cowichan Nature Kids who did the survey in their area in the Spring.
Sunday Sept. 27th
Rivers Day Exploration
Meeting at Top Bridge at the Englishman River Park (see below)
We will be meeting with Linda Brooymans who is taking over the Nanaimo Nature Kids.
Take highway 4 turn on to Bellevue Road turn left at Allsbrook go to the end and park at the Englishman River Park where we will meet.
Sunday Sept. 20th
Sunnybeach Road in Qualicum Bay (see below)
We have containers but bring gloves for picking up the garbage. Let's help give a little bit back to nature! This is part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean up.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Exploring Clay with Maya Carson
1:30 PMEnos Lake, Nanoose
Sunday, May 24th, 2015
Notch Hill Nanoose
Terry and Rosemary Taylor will lead us through the Garry Oak area to learn about what grows in a Garry Oak Meadow.
Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Rocks and Gems
Sunday April 19th, 2015
1:30 PMNeck Point Parking Lot
Thursday, April 9th, 2015
Travis from Nanaimo Recycling will talk to us about how important it is to compost and the activities that are happening within the compost. Take the 75 exit on highway 19 turn right towards the ocean.