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June 23rd, 2019, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve (Duncan), British Columbia
Habitat Restoration

Come collect seeds from the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve to help supply the native plant nursery. We will be harvesting by hand and hope to collect seeds from wildflowers including spring gold, white fawn lily and important grass species such as California oatgrass and Roemer’s fescue.

You will also have a special opportunity to learn from Phd Kirsten Prior who will be giving an ecological presentation about her research on an oak gall-forming wasp that is out-breaking into Garry oak ecosystems. This talk will include a closer look at galls, the abnormal growth on plants triggered by insect attacks.

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About Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve (Duncan)

The Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve is the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s flagship property in the Cowichan Valley, located just 7.5 km northeast of Duncan. This 23 hectare (57 ac.) preserve is one the last, best examples of deep soil Garry oak ecosystem left in Canada. The meadow and woodland portion of the preserve features centuries-old Garry oak trees towering over grassy meadows full of native wildflowers, including the endangered upland yellow violet. Dozens of rare and at-risk species thrive here, including many types of bees and butterflies, delicate flowers and small woodland animals.

What you will be doing

You will spend the morning harvesting seeds from native plants on the preserve.

Why you will love it

This is a special opportunity to learn from Phd Kristen Prior about her fascinating research focusing on species interactions within the Garry oak ecosystem.


Contact Travis Muir:

Please Note

If you are interested in carpooling (providing a ride or looking for a ride), please contact Travis (email below) for information.

People of all fitness levels can participate
Out house/ bearbox
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided
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:

  • Layers of clothing
  • Sturdy closed-toe shoes
  • Rain gear (weather dependent)
  • Lunch
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Any necessary medication