Migratory Bird Sanctuaries of Victoria

Victoria is home to three Migratory Bird Sanctuaries which - along with Important Bird Areas and Ecological Reserves - make up our vibrant "Nature Hood." This amazing CRD-produced resource describes what a MBS is and maps out the different protected regions of our community. Most important, it describes how we can be stewards of our MBS. This resource packages features the general MBS info-sheet as well as information on each of the three individual sanctuaries. Visit for more information!  

BIG & little

BIG & little - for 3 to 5 year old children and their adult friends.

 Looking to share nature adventures with a little one in your life? These fun and interactive programs include hands-on discovery, an outside ramble, a story and a craft. Each session features a different animal theme.   COST Sanctuary Members $12 per adult/child pair and $4 for each additional child Non-Members $17/pair and $6 additional child Stay tuned for dates and topics for summer 2017!




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Beach Life Bingo

This fun activity harnesses and focuses student energy on the beach into a learning experience. Students use full-colour bingo cards to find and identify local beach creatures. All photos were taken in the intertidal zone of Mayne Island, BC by Stephanie Hurst.

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Introduction to Digital Microscopes

This activity will introduce the use of digital microscopes and teach the students to use them effectively. Will encourage students to see small details in their surroundings. One of my favorite things to do as a child was to wander the back yard with a magnifying lens, finding cool things to look at; especially insects. Speaking to others, I realized this is a common experience among many people, and possibly an important experience for sparking a life-long interest in nature.

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Introduction to Intertidal Exploration

This lesson gives students a hands-on introduction to intertidal ecology.  Following an introductory classroom lesson, students go to the beach at low tide to explore the intertidal zone.


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