Garry Oak Conservation Workshop

Event Details

March 10th, 2019, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, British Columbia
Habitat Restoration

As a part of the Garry Oak Meadow Marathon, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is hosting a special conservation workshop at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve in Duncan. This free workshop is perfect for anyone interested in honing their skills in restoring and maintaining Garry oak habitats.

Come learn from leading experts about the ecosystem and the endangered species that rely on them, native plant propagation techniques, proper uses of tools and restoration management plans. You will learn through doing — hands on restoration activities will complement the expert presentations and will directly help maintain this living Garry oak laboratory.

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About Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve

The Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve is the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s flagship property in the Cowichan Valley. This 52-acre (21-hectare) 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. 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 learn a range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge about Garry oak ecosystems and their restoration while also gaining a hands-on opportunity to put this training to use at the preserve.

Experts include: Irv Banman (restoration technician at Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve); Genevieve Singleton (nature interpreter with Bring Back the Bluebirds project); Kristen and James Miskelly (biologists and founders of Saanich Native Plants)

Why you will love it

This is a unique opportunity to be in the field with Garry oak restoration experts, gaining skills and knowledge that you can take back to you own backyard or neighbourhood green space.


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Please Note
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 warm clothing
  • Sturdy closed-toe shoes
  • Rain gear (weather dependent)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Lunch