Environmental Restoration

Big & Little

These fun and interactive natured themed programs include hands-on discovery, an outside stroll, a story and a craft.

For 3 to 5 year olds and their adult friend

Tuesdays 10:00 to 11:30pm

July 9   Terrific TurtlesJuly 16   Daring Dragonflies July 23   Dabbling DucksAugust 6   Busy Beavers August 13 Wild WoodpeckersAugust 20 Slithering Snakes Members    $16.20 per adult/child pair / $5.40 for each additional child Non-Members  $18/pair and / $6 additional child

 

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Junior Naturalist Program

This program is designed for budding young nature scientists. In this four part program, we will explore real research techniques that scientists use to observe and study lake and wetland environments, play games and explore the Nature Sanctuary. This hands-on, active class will get students outdoors, doing experiments and observing animals in their natural habitats.  Ages: 11-14 Dates: July 29-August 1stTime: 12:30 - 3:30pm Cost: Members - $108Non-Members - $120 

 

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Terrific Turtles

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Sunday, June 30, 2019 -
12:00pm to 3:00pm

Turtle nesting season is upon us. Find out about these scaly wonders with games, crafts, and visits with our biggest celebrity: the live Western Painted Turtle, Wrinkles! Admission by donation $5 per person suggested

 

Bee Day

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Sunday, May 26, 2019 -
12:00pm to 3:00pm

A honey of a program fit for the royalty of the insect world. What’s the buzz about bees? How can we encourage bees in our backyards? Join us and you’ll bee amazed, bee enchanted and bee happy. Bee there or bee square.

Admission by donation $5 per person suggested

Biology Buddies

Biology Buddies nature classes focus on the natural wonders around Swan Lake. Each class has a different nature theme, which we interpret through games, stories, crafts and an outside ramble. A joyful nature experience is always our goal. For naturalists 4 to 6 years old

Session #1 May 1, 8, 15, 22  Themes: Insects, Great to be green (plants), Snakes, Hummingbirds

Session #2 June 5, 12, 19, 26  Themes: Beavers, Egg-cellent adventures, Ladybugs, Marshes

Wednesdays 9:30-11:30am OR 1:00 - 3:00pm

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Spring Break Fossil Fair

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Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 10:00am

Fossil FairSat & Sun March 23 & 24 – drop in event, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Who lived here millions of years ago? Dinosaurs, trilobites, ammonites, enormous clams and sharks lived in the ancient tropical coral seas and palm tree forests that covered Vancouver Island. Paleontologists will share their personal fossil discoveries including many from this past year. Bring your family and your own fossils for identification.

Wildflower Wanderings

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Sunday, April 28, 2019 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Spring has sprung and the Sanctuary has never looked better. We celebrate the wonderful world of wildflowers with guided tours of our native plant garden, a hike up Christmas Hill, crafts & games for the kids, and native plants for sale.

Admission by donation: $5 per person suggested

Home-school Science

We take learning outside the classroom! This series of four 2-hour science classes is designed for home-schooled children. We provide nature-themed programs with games, discovery and activities which encourage science-based learning while socializing with other home learners. For home-schooled children 7-10 years. February - Fridays9:30-11:30am or  1:00-3:00pm 1st Geology and Archaeology 8th Ethnobotany15th Animal Behaviour22nd Geography and Mapping Cost: $72 for members $80 for non-members

 

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Oh Deer!

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Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 12:00pm

Oh Deer!

Sunday, November 26, 12 noon to 3 pm – drop in anytime

Join us as we celebrate all the members of the Deer family with Deer Bingo, deer crafts, deer games, and lots of touchable deer items. If you want to learn how to keep deer out of your garden and what to do about Victoria’s deer ‘issue’, you’re out-of-luck; we don’t have any new answers. But if you want to have some nature fun and learn about who’s who in the deer world, we can help!

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World Ocean's Day

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Saturday, June 3, 2017 -
11:00am to 3:00pm

Join us for World Oceans Day 2017 at Esquimalt's Gorge Park! There will be performances, food trucks, free activites, a silent auction, and for the first time ever in Victoria, the PLYWOOD CUP CHALLENGE! 

Come celebrate the ocean - the heart of our planet - and support the amazing initiatives in your community. 

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