Welcome to the Native Plant Study Group!

NEXT SPEAKER Thursday, September 15, 2022 7:00pm

Talk: Connecting Community to a Critical Urban Wild Space

with Dr. Cara Gibson, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary

Where: Zoom

When: Thursday September 15, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific

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TOPIC: Connecting Community to a Critical Urban Wild Space

Join us as Dr. Cara Gibson talks about some of the history of Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary and introduces current initiatives, including Junior Stewards, Wetland Waterkeepers, Pollinator Party and Adopt-a-Patch.(photos above are of the junior stewards)


Cara Gibson

Cara has a BSc in Biology from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s and PhD in Entomology from the University of Arizona. Cara taught in higher education for 20+ years and her background spans biodiversity monitoring, science research and management, instructional design, fundraising, community organizing and scientific illustration. Cara joined the Nature Sanctuary as a Board member in 2019 and stepped into the Executive Director role in 2020. She is happy to be here today to talk about the Nature Sanctuary’s history, as well as stewardship and restoration initiatives that are underway or getting started.

Meeting Agenda:
6:45-7:00 Arrive for Meeting
7:00-7:15 Welcome, Introductions
7:15-8:15 Presentation by Speaker (includes questions)
8:15-9:00 Announcements, Upcoming Events, Questions about Native Plants, Social Chat (optional)

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Who We Are

The Native Plant Study Group is dedicated to learning about the native plants of British Columbia as wild populations and in garden settings, while promoting their use and conservation. Our diverse membership ranges from biologists to hobby gardeners, from horticulturists to plant enthusiasts.
General meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month from September to May (except December) and feature a speaker, draw for native plants, and discussion.

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The Native Plant Study Group respectfully acknowledges that we meet on the unceded territory of the WSANEC and Lekwungen Peoples. We are a garden group with a strong interest in gardening with native plants for their aesthetic, intrinsic, and conservation values. We gratefully recognize the longstanding stewards of these plants and ecosystems, as well as their cultural significance.

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