Garry Oak Meadow Marathon Finale

Event Details

February 28th, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Join us for the Garry Oak Meadow Marathon finale! This is the last event from a series of events that is taking place across Greater Victoria throughout February. Come celebrate the month’s efforts and take part in the ongoing restoration efforts at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve in Duncan.

The Preserve offers a very special location to wrap up the Meadow Marathon as it is one of the largest and most significant remnants of deep soil Garry oak sites left on the island.

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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

Volunteers will help with pulling invasives, working in the native plant nursery and planting seedlings. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the restoration techniques that have significantly restored the meadows on the preserve, and the ongoing academic studies and research taking place on the property that are helping to improve restoration success on this site and others across North America.

Why you will love it

Celebrate the efforts of the first ever Garry Oak Meadow Marathon! Prizes will be drawn for all volunteers who came to three or more events from the Meadow Marathon at three different site.


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Please Note

Directions: From Highway 1 in Duncan, travel east on Trunk Road. At the roundabout, exit onto Maple Bay Road. After 4 kms, turn left onto Aitken Road. The Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve straddles this road. Park at the pullout area at the end of Aiken Road on the right. We will meet at the greenhouse that you can see about 50 metres down the dirt drive that leads from the parking area into the preserve. Equipment will be provided. Please bring warm clothes, rain gear, snacks, water, and gardening gloves (if you have them).

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:

  • Sturdy shoes or boots
  • Rain gear
  • Gardening gloves (if you have them)
  • Water bottle