reoccurring events

other events

past NPSG events



NPSG Events

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 7pm

Managing Invasive Plant Species on the UVic Campus
with Lindsay Kathrens and Julia Jennings

Lindsay and Julia will share their experience of invasive species management on the University of Victoria campus over a period of several years, both in coordinating volunteer invasive species removal efforts, and in developing an Invasive Species Management Strategy for campus forest and meadow ecosystems. They will explore the barriers they encountered along the way, discuss failures and successes, and demonstrate the hope they have for restoring vitality both in UVic's vital ecosystems, and in the communities responsible for their stewardship. Many of the ecosystems on the campus have lost a great deal of their integrity, but still have a great deal left to offer communities through ecological restoration and education about native ecosystems.

UVic, MacLaurin Bldg, Rm D-116
Cost: Non-member drop-in by donation / students free   ·   Remember $2.50 for parking at UVic


Events Offered by Other Organizations

Annual Native Plant Garden Tour

Victoria is incredibly fortunate to have a native abundance and diversity of showy wildflowers, desirable evergreen shrubs, character trees, and just about anything else an aspiring landscaper could want for their yard.

Featuring five local private gardens, and four public sites, for a behind the scene’s tour of spectacular gardens that are attractive, sustainable, and wildlife friendly. At every site, experts will be available to answer questions.

The Native Plant Garden Tour is free, but participants should contact Habitat Acquisition Trust at (250) 995 2428 or email:

For more information:

Native Plant Society of BC
Check out upcoming Native Plant Society of BC events.

Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration at Fort Rodd Hill

Help Parks Canada restore one of the most rare and diverse ecosystems in Canada at beautiful Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites. Garry Oak ecosystems are unique to this region and are home to over 100 rare and endangered species. Restore Garry oak ecosystems by removing invasive plants and helping in the native plant nursery. Join a friendly team of co-op students and Parks Canada staff in protecting our natural heritage! If you wish to volunteer please RSVP. Please ask about weekday volunteering.

For details on dates and locations, please contact or call 250-812-8133

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Reoccurring Events

Every Sunday and Wednesday, starts at 9:00am
Guided Birdwalks
Bring your binoculars and walking shoes. Meet in the parking lot for
this informal and informative walk around the lake area. Binoculars are
available for loan at the Nature House office on Wednesdays.

Donations appreciated, Visit:

Every Saturday, 9am - 11am
Weekly Ivy Pull in Beacon Hill Park

Meet at washroom at the Southeast Woods, Lovers Lane

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Other Events

Native Plant Workshops

The Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary is offering Native Plant Workshops. These perennially favourite classes are sponsored by the CRD and facilitated by local native plant expert Pat Johnston and are designed to provide you with information on identification, benefits and uses in the garden.

Call 250-479-0211 to register

Mt Douglas Park
Alien, Invasive Plant Removal
Volunteers Needed!

What Removal of non-native, invasive plant species such as E. Ivy, E. Holly, Scotch Broom, Garlic Mustard, etc.
When Every Thursday - 10:00 to Noon. Volunteers meet just before 10:00 at designated gathering place (per website below).
Where Various work sites within Mt Douglas Park. To determine work sites for specific dates check the following website: Calendar of Events section at
How No previous experience required. Instruction and equipment provided. Please wear sturdy shoes and old clothing, making sure your arms and legs are covered for your protection.
Contact For more information contact Judy at 250-472-0515 or email Judy

Brodick/Bow Parks/Feltham Trail
Invasive Plant Removal
Volunteers Needed!

What Removal of non-native, invasive plant species such as E. Ivy, E. Holly, Scotch Broom, etc.
When Every Monday - 10:00 to Noon. Volunteers meet just before 10:00 at designated gathering place.
Where Work sites vary within Brodick/Bow Parks. To determine work sites for specific dates, please phone or email Judy for directions.
How No previous experience required. Instruction and equipment provided. Please wear sturdy shoes and old clothing, making sure your arms and legs are covered for your protection.
Contact For more information contact Judy at 250-472-0515 or email Judy

Saanich Parks
Volunteer Opportunities

For information regarding volunteer work in any Saanich park, go to Saanich's Pulling Together Program


Past NPSG Events

Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7pm

Native Plants for Seasonal Interest and Colour
with Pat Johnston

Pat Johnston is well known for the over 275 workshops on native plant gardening she has passionately presented in Victoria. Pat's presentation will be a delight for the gardener as she shows shows how to include native plants for seasonal interest and colour into the home garden. She has been involved with many native plant garden projects and visits gardeners landscapes to help them incorporate indigenous plants. Pat is keen to share the value of planting native plants in our gardens.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7pm

Trials and Tribulations of Cooking with Native Plants: An Ongoing Experiment

Kristen and Paige will bring their shared passion for native plants, delicious food, and enjoying it all with friends. From berries to clover rhizomes to seeds, they will share their successes (and flops) of collecting, growing, preparing, preserving, and eating native plant foods. They may even bring some delicious samples along to share.
Kristen is a biologist passionate about the conservation of local ecosystems, native plants, and restoration. She is the owner of Saanich Native Plants, a certified organic plant nursery specializing in native plants and seeds of southern Vancouver Island.
Paige Erickson-McGee is the Stewardship Coordinator at Habitat Acquisition Trust and loves native plants almost as much as she loves eating. She is also the new co-chair (along with Sharon McMillan) of the Native Plant Study Group.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 7pm

Native Plant Medicine for the Mind, Body & Soul
with Nathalie Dechaine BA, MEM

Nathalie will share her life-long learning experiences through native plants. She will start with the basics, drill down to the worm’s eye view and pop up to creating “big picture” habitats on her small urban lot to wider natural areas. Find out how native plants can nourish the mind, body and soul.

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7pm

What's in a Name? Dissecting Ecoliteracy for Children
with Chris Filler, PhD

Chris will share stories from his time spent coordinating the nature preschool at Swan Lake and all the fun had with wee learners. Specifically, parents, grandparents and educators will appreciate as Chris unpacks the term ecoliteracy, quite literally the need to be literate about our earth and its many inhabitants. He will delve into our need for naming, categorizing and labeling as seen from the lens of a four year old.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 7pm

Restoration & Propagation of Native Plants on W̱SÁNEĆ territory
with Judith Lyn Arney

Judith will share her experience using an ethnoecological approach to restoration and native plant propagation in W̱SÁNEĆ territory. Her restoration projects include SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet), ȾIX̱EṈ (Cordova Spit), and ȾIXEL (Maber Flats), all sacred places for W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. She will introduce us to her work at the PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ Native Plant Nursery and open up a discussion about respectful relations with First Nations and cultural knowledge. Judith will also highlight traditional food and medicines that dwell in W̱SÁNEĆ territory and emphasize the role of traditional food ecosystems in the larger dialogue around regional food security.

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7pm

Restoration of Playfair Park's Garry Oak Meadow: a work in progress
with Colleen O'Brien

Since 2010, Colleen has given more than 5,000 hours and lead Playfair Park's volunteer efforts to liberate camas and other native plants from the clutches of dense alien grasses. She has developed a method to control invasive annual grasses and herbaceous weeds and has even rescued a red-listed species in the process. Colleen will explain how to remove alien grasses and weeds while putting best restoration methods into practice.

Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 7pm

Herbaria in Botanical Science, Conservation and Education
with Erica Wheeler PhD

More than 350,000,000 preserved plant specimens are housed in herbaria all over the world. These specimens document the occurrence of plant species in space and time, and are used in conservation planning. Erica will speak about the vital role that herbaria play in botanical science, conservation and education, and about the particular role that the Royal BC Museum herbarium plays in British Columbia and beyond.

Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7pm

Prospecting for Botanical Gold in the Klondike
with Syd Cannings

Beringia, the unglaciated region stretching from the central Yukon to eastern Siberia, hosts a number of plants found nowhere else in the world. Some of these species have close relatives in the mountains to the south, but others are more Asian than North American, with siblings in Mongolia and Siberia. Some of these species are very sparse on the landscape, and may be threatened by development or by the habitat transformations being wrought by climate change. For the past decade, Syd has had the good fortune of travelling through the wilds of the Yukon in search of these plants, trying to understand their ecology and clarify their conservation status.

Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7pm

with Kiersten Brookes

Enlichenment will explore the many forms and uses of lichen through the years. Kiersten will identify lichen, how and where they grow, and explain their importance as air quality indicators. Strawberry Vale School has been home to this study since 2012 and has resulted in grade five student photographs being used on UBC’s eFlora website. Expect to see many varieties of lichen on display, as well as the study’s student works.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7pm

Protecting Victoria's Endangered Plants
with Thomas Munson

The City of Victoria has employed staff dedicated to protection and management of the natural areas of City's parks for more than a decade. A number of ecological restoration projects have been started in the natural areas since 2006, when the presenter started work with City of Victoria; many of these projects will be discussed, both the successes and failures, as examples of application of restoration science to Garry Oak ecosystems. Of particular focus will be a recent project in Beacon Hill Park, where Habitat Stewardship Program money has been received from Environment Canada over 3 years, to protect the habitat and enhance the populations of five red-listed plant species: Dense-flowered Lupine, Howell's Triteleia, Prairie Violet, Purple Sanicle, and Deltoid Balsamroot.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7pm

Restoring Garry Oak Ecosystems with Fire
with John Dick

Fire was used for thousands of years by First Nations to manage food plants like camas, which had the added benefit of supporting Garry Oak ecosystems and their plant communities. After the arrival of European colonists who began developing the land, this practice ceased, the land degraded and invasive species proliferated. Today, less than 10 per cent of this ecosystem remains with only 5 per cent in its natural condition. Join John Dick as he explains how this natural forest management practice can help us restore one of Canada's most threatened habitats.

Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7pm

How to Support Victoria’s Wild Spaces
with Amanda Evans

Amanda manages Greater Victoria’s Green Team (GVGT), a regional environmental volunteer group that runs hands-on activities to educate the public about our local parks and ecogsystems, environmental conservation and local food production. Following in the footsteps of the lower mainland’s green team, the largest environmental BC volunteer group in the province, the GVGT will highlight the successes of the first year of the Victoria program, its future plans and opportunities.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7pm

Putting Environmental Studies into Practice
with Erica Van Dyk

For the past forty years, the Environmental Studies program at the University of Victoria has been enlightening young minds to the wonders of our natural world and the urgent challenges we face in preserving it for future generations. One such graduate is Erica Van Dyk. While pursuing her studies, she has accomplished everything from managing ecological restoration projects to teaching elementary students about native pollinators. Erica will elaborate on these and other unique opportunities she engaged as a result of the program.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7pm

Education includes Native Plants at Strawberry Vale School
with Lenny Ross

Since 1989, students and teachers at Strawberry Vale have created a native plant garden, a vernal pond, and two Douglas Fir/Garry Oak ecosystem preservation zones in their neighbourhood. Through restoration efforts the school, students, families and staff have developed a strong environmental stewardship program. This presentation will review the history of these programs, how working with native plants provides high quality learning opportunities, and explore future potential for the school.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7pm

Novel Ecosystems and the Search for Appropriate Intervention
with Eric Higgs

The emergence of new combinations of species driven by many environmental and ecological pressures is creating challenges for responsible restoration of ecosystems and landscapes. In this lecture, Eric Higgs describes the emergence of novel ecosystems, the role of native species, the shifting role of historical knowledge in restoration, and some principles for responsible interventions in rapidly changing ecosystems.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7pm

Wetland and Meadow Restoration at Haliburton Community Organic Farm
with Kristen & James Miskelly (owners of Saanich Native Plants)

Haliburton Community Organic Farm volunteers have been working towards converting reed canary grass to healthy wetland habitat and agronomic grasses to native meadow. Kristen and James Miskelly will explain the various restoration techniques being used and how restoration activities have resulted in much greater native plant and wildlife diversity at Haliburton Farm.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 7pm

From Lawn to Lilies: Creating the Garry Oak Learning Meadow at Fort Rodd Hill
with Aimee Pelletier

Come and learn from Aimee Pelletier about how to bring back the native blossoms in your garden or restoration project. Through her experience as a restoration ecologist and from working in her own garden, Aimee has learned some tips and tricks to propagate native plants, give them what they need to thrive and provide them with important habitat requirements. The impressive Garry Oak woodland, rocky outcrop and wildflower meadow demonstration garden at Fort Rodd Hill is testament that Aimee and her hard working volunteers have learned what to do (and what not to do) when restoring native habitats.

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