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Wed 1, 12 noon-1pm Vigil For The Peace River Watershed. All who care about the Peace River watershed, Site C dam, and the issues raised by its construction are welcome to attend. Front Steps of Legislative Bldg.  Rolling Justice Bus.

Wed 1, 6.30pm - 9pm The Xploration Centre - a new school here on Vancouver Island for children ages 4-13 that enables the genius within each individual. Child-centered, permaculture, connected to the earth and technology. Our goal: children who are curious life-long learners with a grounding on the environmental rhythms of the planet and a thinking capacity that touches the sky and beyond. 529 Pandora Avenue, Solstice Cafe & Lounge

Wed 1, 7pm The Thinking Garden, a film about three generations of South African women sowing the seeds of change in the face of climate change, poverty, and HIV/AIDS. Free. UVic David Lam Auditorium (Maclaurin A144). Q&A with filmmakers following.

Thur 2, 12 Noon - 2 pm Rise up to End Poverty and Deprivation of BC's Disabled and Poor. Rally on the steps of the BC Legislature. Speakers, including politicians, labour leaders, leaders from civil society organizations, advocates, policy experts, community members. Hosted by the BC Disability Caucus

Thur 2, 7pm Earth Charter Initiative with Elizabeth May & Gerban Van Straaten. The Earth Charter is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the wellbeing of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. It is a vision of hope and a call to action. The Victoria Faith in Action Committee is asking local municipalities to endorse the Earth Charter.  To support this initiative, please sign the online petition.   St Aidan’s United Church, 3703 St Aidans St

Thur 2, 7pm Qualicum Beach - A Green, Sustainable Long Term Vision, with Guy Dauncey. What do we want Qualicum Beach to look like in 10 years? In 100 years? Can it evolve in a way that protects its village character and encourages a vibrant, sustainable economy for people of all ages? Civic 

Sat 4, 9-11am Friends of Cecelia Ravine Park volunteer work party. Meet Burnside Gorge Community Association building on Cecelia Street near Park. Remove invasive plants and help to restore Cecelia Ravine Park. Tools and gloves provided, students welcome. Friends of Cecelia Ravine Park. Rachel O’ 

Sat 4, 10-12pm Composting Basics (Free). Learn all the basics of composting and discover which system is right for you! Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St.  Please pre-register:  

Sat 4, 1-3pm Spring Planting: From Seed to Seedling. Spring is here and it’s time to get your hands dirty! Learn how to start seeds, transplant and harden off your seedlings, as well as care for your crops. This workshop also covers principles of crop rotation, soil building, and how to make your own organic fertilizers to maintain plant health. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St. Please pre-register:  

Sun 5, 10-3pm Nanaimo Seedy Sunday. District Senior Secondary School 355 Wakesiah Avenue Nanaimo, $3. Glenda 250-618-6323 

Sun 5, 10am-1pm DIY Laundry Line. Learn about harmful chemicals to avoid while doing laundry, and build an understanding of the soft water characteristics specific to Victoria, BC. Leave with 4 litres of homemade laundry soap, all-purpose lavender cleaner, and a set of 3 wool dryer balls. James Bay Community Centre.

Sun 5, 1-4pm Mary Lake Public Launch & Festivities. "Nature as Sanctuary". 1772 Millstream Road, Highlands. Lunch at the Coast Lunch Box Food Truck. Special guests Elizabeth May - Federal Green Party leader, Highlands Mayor Ken Williams, Tom Sampson - Tsartlip Elder, Jill Robinson - Habitat Acquisition Trust, Frances Litman - Founder of Creatively United for the Planet 

Sun 5, 7pm Documentary 'Primeval' by award-winning Vancouver Island filmmaker Damien Gillis. Film showcases one of the world's last untouched ancient temperate rainforests - the incomparable Incomappleux in the Kootenays, which could be logged at any time. VIU – B356, Room 109. By donation 



Mon 6, 6:30pm Movie Monday KONELĪNE our land beautiful. Winner of last year’s Hotdocs Best Canadian Documentary. Nettie Wild’s stunning feature about the BC Tahltan tribe’s dilemma over how to deal with mining interests taking over their gorgeous land  96min 2016 Pg  By donation - 1900 block Fort St. 

Mon 6, 7pm Documentary 'Primeval' by award-winning Vancouver Island filmmaker Damien Gillis. Film showcases one of the world's last untouched ancient temperate rainforests - the incomparable Incomappleux in the Kootenays, which could be logged at any time. Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. By donation


Mon 6, 7-10pm Nutsamaat = One Heart One Mind: Building Community in Cowichan. Local Cowichan Tribes teacher and community leader, Robert George will facilitate a night of learning and creating in relationship to the land we are on; Cowichan. Collective Space: 166 Station Street Duncan 

Tue 7, 10am-12pm New Cosmology Primer: Canticle to the Cosmos Part III with Margaret Walters. $75 or $20 drop in. First of four Tuesdays. Friends Meeting House (1831 Fern St.) Victoria  

Tue 7, 6:30pm Merchants of Doubt - Film and Discussion This documentary exposes “experts”-for-hire who present themselves in the media as independent scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of shaping policy, and spreading confusion about climate change. This by donation event  is hosted by Citizen’s Climate Lobby a non-partisan international group,  who "create the political will for a livable world”  Doing Centre  1307 Fairfield Rd. Victoria 

Tue 7, 7pm Documentary 'Primeval' by award-winning Vancouver Island filmmaker Damien Gillis. Film showcases one of the world's last untouched ancient temperate rainforests - the incomparable Incomappleux in the Kootenays, which could be logged at any time. The Vic Theatre, $10 

Wed 8, 10am to 12 noon. Wiring the Abyss: Adventures in Deep Sea Engineering. University of Victoria Continuing Studies and Ocean Networks Canada. Registration: 

Wed 8, 10am-3pm March Madness Weed Wallop at Matson Conservation Area. Seeking volunteers to remove invasive plants from the last Garry Oak Ecosystem on the Victoria Harbour. Meet on the West Song Walkway closest to Esquimalt End where the tall metal stairs meet the walkway (RSVP for map) – RSVP or 250-995-2428. Habitat Acquisition Trust. 

Wed 8, 6pm International Women's Day Gathering. Holland Point Park, 561 Dallas Road & South Turner St. Bring your pink/red hats and a candle, your music, to recognize women’s achievements and the challenges they continue to face in the quest for gender equality. Everyone is welcome. 

Wed 8, 7pm "Toad People". People, families and communities who are working together to save the wildlife in their backyards in BC. Whether it's western toads, mountain caribou, barn owls, Oregon spotted frogs or more, these grass-roots efforts to save species at risk in B.C. are inspiring and also a call to question why this is not being done and/or paid for by the provincial government and why B.C. has no endangered species laws. Suitable for children, as long as they don't mind the occasional shot of a toad killed by a vehicle.  Awareness Film Night. Edward Milne Community School 6218 Sooke Rd. Sooke.  By donation. Proceeds to Wilderness Committee. 

Thur 9-May 14th Homesteader And Permaculture Re-Skilling Program At Our Ecovillage. 10 week - includes PDC/Earth Activist Training and Permaculture Teacher Training. All your permaculture training certifications in one packaged experience including an incredible 6-week practicum in one of North America's most built out demonstration sites and education centre with a major focus on legalizing and approving your permaculture design project. 

Fri 10, 8-10am Resilient Region Breakfast, Victoria City Hall. The theme is high performance homes and buildings. These quarterly community breakfasts bring together business leaders, politicians, activists, bureaucrats, and academics to forge new partnerships, incubate ideas, and develop projects that contribute to a resilient, healthy and green capital region. Hosted by the Capital Regional District. Hot coffee and tea, light snacks and great conversation. 

Sat 11, 9-11am Friends of Beacon Hill Park volunteer work party. Meet at base of Totem Pole in Beacon Hill Park. Remove invasive plants and help to restore Beacon Hill Park.  Tools and gloves provided, students welcome. Friends of Beacon Hill Park 

Sat 11, 10-3pm Cobble Hill Seedy Saturday. Heritage seeds, organic seeds, locally grown plants, displays. Free Community Hall, Watson Ave. 

Sat 11, 10-12pm Worm Composting (Free). Everything you need to know about starting up and maintaining a worm bin compost system, also known as vermicomposting. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St.  Please pre-register: 

Sat 11, 1-3pm Zero Waste Living. In this workshop we’ll explore a typical home –bathroom to kitchen, garden to living room, and identify ways to go waste free. Bring something to write with. With Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park Road, 

Sat 11, 1.30-4.30pm IdeaFest: The Anthropocene is here! Living well in a ‘One Planet’ region. Panel presentation and discussion. New Horizons, James Bay. Trevor Hancock – Thancock@uvic.ca 

Sat 11, 2-5pm CRD Micro/Drip Efficient Irrigation Introductory workshop, Saanich.  250.474.9684 to register. 

Sat 11, 2:30-4pm ‘Hi! Conversation Changes Lives’ Book launch. Come meet Chris Bowers, the author, contributors, conversation with some very interesting people. An invitation, to conversation at a time.  RSVP appreciated. Fernwood Inn 1302 Gladstone 

Sat 11, 10am-1pm Repair Cafe Fairfield. Bring your broken toaster, lamp, toy, torn blouse (the possibilities are endless) and have it repaired for free by Volunteer Fixers. You can also meet like-minded people, learn new skills, have a cup of coffee, and change the world! 


Mon 13, 6:30pm When We Are Bold: an evening of storytelling, inspiration and conversation with four bold, persistent women. Rachel Vincent (editor of When We Are Bold, Nobel Women’s Initiative) Casey Camp-Horinek (actor, Indigenous Standing Rock activist) Helen Knott (Prophet River First Nation, Site C dam activist), Caitlyn Vernon (campaigns director, Sierra Club BC). Gibson Auditorium, Camosun College Lansdowne. Tickets $20 adv. at ($25 door / $12 students/low income) 

Tue 14, 5-7pm Green Drinks at The Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora. Great beer, great company! 

Tue 14, 7pm Climate Change, Militarism and Peace: Making the Links. Social Environmental Alliance free, public. Speakers Kasia Tokarska, Tamara Lorincz (International Peace Bureau) and Dr. James Tulley, Professor Emeritus of Political Science. UVic David Strong C118. 

Tue 14, 7:30pm Stewardship for Local Species of Special Concern: Blue-grey Taildropper Slugs and Western Painted Turtles. Biologists Kristiina Ovaska and Christian Engelstoft, working with Habitat Acquisition Trust, will be sharing insights into the natural history, efforts towards conservation of, and research on two intriguing native species. VNHS. UVic Fraser 159 

Wed 15, 10am to 12 noon. Pacific Warming: From the Warm Blob to El Nino and Back Again. University of Victoria Continuing Studies and Ocean Networks Canada. Registration: 

Sat 18, 9-11am  Friends of Moss Rocks Park volunteer work party. Meet at corner of Eberts Street and May Street near Park. Remove invasive plants and help to restore Moss Rocks Park. Tools and gloves provided, students welcome. Friends of Moss Rocks Park via Pat Johnston: 

Sat 18, 9:30-4:40 & Sun 19, 9:30-12:30pm Facing a Changing World: A Workshop for Resilience. In the face of the growing social, political and ecological challenges of our era, it is important for us to have focused times and safe spaces to anchor our connection with what deeply matters within ourselves and with the world we care about. This workshop, based in part on the work of Joanna Macy, will offer such an opportunity for sharing grief, gratitude and wisdom in a small group setting, integrating theory and creativity to help us find resiliency to move forward together.  Eventbrite

Sat 18, 12 noon - 2 pm Haliburton Farm Open House and Info Session. 741 Haliburton Rd, Victoria. Farm tour, complimentary farm snacks, meet EcoFarm instructors

Sun 19, 10 to 2pm
 Duncan Seedy Sunday. Cowichan Tribes Si’em Lelum Gymnasium (5574 River Rd)
Duncan. An event for local gardeners to source locally and ecologically grown seeds, garden starts, and perennials. Activities for children, gardening workshops. $2/person. Children under 13 years free. Cowichan Green Community:

Sun 19, 1:30-3:30pm Water on the Table. A film by Liz Marshall, An intimate portrait of International water activist Maude Barlow and the debate over whether water is a commercial good or a human right. Library, Island Savings Centre, 2687 James St., Duncan


Mon 20, 5-7pm A Conversation on a New Cooperative Economy for a One Planet Region. With Guy Dauncey, author of Journey to the Future: A Better World is Possible. Community Conversations at the Robert Bateman Centre, 470 Belleville St. 

Mon 20, 6:30-8pm Tasting your Skin's Experience. In partnership with Elate Cosmetics, this event allows you to try the full Miiko Skin Co product line & regime. Enjoy handmade treats that include our most common ingredients, and engage by asking questions about YOUR skin type! 26 Bastion Square, Victoria.  

Tue 21, 7pm Greening Your Vacation Travel, Salt Spring Public Library. Free. Feeling a bit guilty about your carbon footprint as you fly off on your vacation get away?  Join David Denning as he explains how we can enjoy both vacation travel and local transportation with a lower carbon footprint.  Discussion to follow. Co sponsored by Transition Salt Spring, The Community Energy Group, and the Salt Spring Public Library. 

Wed 22, 10am to 12 noon. Thunderbird and Whale: BC’s Next Big Earthquake and Tsunami. University of Victoria Continuing Studies and Ocean Networks Canada. Registration: 

Fri 24- April 1st Permaculture Teacher Training Certification (Ptt) at OUR Ecovillage. High quality deepening of teaching/facilitation skills for a wide range of situations, workshops, and learning environments.  International instructor Jude Hobbs and guest teachers support an immersed learning environment. 

Fri 24, 7pm & Sat 25, 9:30 – 3:30pm. John O’Donohue – The Four Elements; An exploration with Denis Donnelly. $70.00 Please bring lunch, refreshments served. Friends Meeting House (1831 Fern St.) Victoria 250-220-4601  

Sat 25, 10am-3 pm Havenwood Park Habitat Restoration: Habitat Acquisition Trust is looking for volunteers to help remove weedy invasive species from the recently planted native plants at Havenwood Park’s restoration site. Tools, training, carpooling, and lunch are all provided. – Located in Colwood with the park entrance off of Veteran’s Memorial Parkway – RSVP to or 250-995-2428 

Sat 25, 1-3 Agricultural Planning: From Balcony to the Back 40. How much food and land would it take to feed me? my family? every one?...With a broad understanding of our "foodprint", students will extend their planning skills in contexts as small as a balcony and as large as the back 40. zIt will make use of the "footprint toolkit" available here to envision the inputs, outputs and cycleputs of a nutritious and resilient personal food system. Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St.  Please pre-register: 

Sat 25, 7pm BC Green Party, party!  Local food and drink, DJ's, and dancing at the outstanding McTavish Academy of Art (1720 McTavish Rd)  -Admission by donation ALL WELCOME- RSVP 


Tue 28, 3:30pm Sifting through the Anthropocene: science and discourse in a human made epoch with Dr. James Syvitski. Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions free public lecture, Haro Room, Cadboro Commons, University of Victoria. Refreshments provided, please register to save your seat.   

Wed 29, 10am to 12 noon. Sound in the Sea: It’s Changing, It’s Revealing and It Will Affect Your Supper. University of Victoria Continuing Studies and Ocean Networks Canada. Registration: 

Fri 31, 8am- 11pm Duncan Climate Symposium. Speakers include Andrew Weaver MLA, Guy Dauncey, Regional Mayors and Directors. Hosted by Cowichan Estuary Restoration and Conservation 

Sat 1/Sun 2, 12pm-4pm BC SPCA Wild ARC Open House. Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to peek behind the scenes at one of BC’s busiest wildlife rehabilitation centres! Tours of the Metchosin facility can be reserved at 

All Month

CRD Parks hikes, explorations and events for all ages: 


Affinite Wealth Group:

Victoria Cycling Adventures:

Victoria Outdoor and Social Club:

Victoria Club Tread:

Victoria Nature Explorations:

Victoria Nature Walks:

Victoria Outdoor Club:

Victoria Sea Kayakers:

Vegan Victoria:

West Shore Cycling:

MEC Victoria Road-Ride Cycling:

Greater Victoria Green Team:

Net Squared Victoria:

Cowichan Valley Outdoor Club:

Cowichan Valley Walking/Hiking Group:


Biweekly. OUR ECOVILLAGE Educational Tours.10-12:30pm with option to stay on for lunch in OUR Zero Mile Meal Eatery. Learn all legal and regulatory work for permaculture, natural building, and sustainable community design while delving into the back of systems and inside cob/strawbale/solar/alt systems. Scheduled volunteer days also avail.   250-743-3067  

Biweekly. Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration at Fort Rodd Hill. Help us win the battle against invasive species and assist in our meadow project at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Scheduled volunteer days.  250-812-8133

Every day, 10am – 5pm Clothing for Conservation Fundraiser with Habitat Acquisition Trust: visit Hemp & Company, 1312 Government St. $10 from every purchase of the featured Celebration Top goes to HAT. Makes a great gift! 

Every day, 9am-4:30pm The forest is always ‘green’ here in Goldstream. With over 8 km of hiking trails you will be sure to find one of our unique trees, from Western Red Cedar, Black Cottonwood, Red Alder to Douglas Fir, Garry Oak and Arbutus. Stop in at the Goldstream Nature House for up to date trail information. 250-478-9414 or 

Every Day (except Monday) Victoria Public Market, Hudson’s Bay, Douglas St. Maryanne Carmack, 250 884 8552

Every Mon, 10am -12pm Brodick/Bow Parks (Saanich) Invasive Species removal. Volunteers needed. Training, gloves, and tools provided. No dogs. Judy 250-472-0515 

Every Tue, 9am Tuesday Morning Birding. Meet foot of Bowker Ave, waterfront off Beach Drive in Oak Bay. Bill Dancer 250-721-5273. Novice and experienced birders all welcome. 

Every Wed, 11-6pm Haliburton Food Box Program. Receive a luscious weekly box of certified organic seasonal produce from the farmers who grow the food. 741 Haliburton Rd (off the Pat Bay Highway), Victoria

Every Wed and Sun, 9am Bird Walks with naturalists, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd. Margaret Lidkea 479-0211 

Every Wed, 7pm Cultivating a Lifestyle of Harmony & Balance in Rhythm with Nature with Renee Lindstrom at Oneness Wednesday at the Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street (James Bay).  Free or by donation   

Every Thur and Sat. Volunteer events at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Charlotte Houston

Every Sat, 10-12 Moss Street Winter Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. Garry Oak Room, off Thurlow St, Fairfield. 

Every Sat, 8am Morning Birding. See for each week’s location. VNHS. Novice and experienced birders all welcome. 

Every Sat, 9-12pm Beacon Hill Park Ivy Pull. Volunteers welcome. Cornelia 250-920-3556

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