Discovering the Matson Conservation Area

Event Details

August 17th, 2016, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Matson Conservation Area, Victoria, British Columbia
Habitat Restoration

Meet conservation area manager Wendy Tyrell to learn about conservation activities at the last Garry oak ecosystem in Victoria Harbour, and help with the ongoing stewardship and restoration of this rare and endangered area. This is a great place for Victoria residents to get their hands dirty!

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About Matson Conservation Area, Victoria

Matson Conservation Area contains the last patch of Garry oak ecosystem in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Located in Esquimalt, Matson Conservation Area is a natural gem in the heart of the city, where purple martin swallows, Cooper’s hawks and a rare white variety of great camas find home. The Nature Conservancy of Canada holds a conservation covenant on this property, which is owned by Habitat Acquisition Trust.

What you will be doing

Volunteers will collect great camas seedpods that will be spread in places elsewhere on the property where invasive ivy and daphne have been removed. Volunteers will also identify and remove invasive plants from this sensitive habitat.

Why you will love it

Along with seed collecting and invasive plant removal, volunteers will learn about edible berries and be treated to a guided tour of this ecological rarity, where summer drought forces plants and animals to adapt in many ways. You are sure to learn lots!


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Please Note

We will meet at the end of Garret Place, off Dunsmuir Road in Esquimalt.

Moderate fitness level required
Out house/ bearbox
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

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Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Long sleeves
  • Long pants
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Gardening gloves, if you have them
  • Water bottle