James Island Restoration Adventure

Event Details

May 3rd, 2017, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

James Island, Saanichton, British Columbia
Habitat Restoration

Help with the ongoing restoration of rare, endangered ecosystems on James Island and get the chance to see a beautiful part of Vancouver Island’s coast.

This is an excellent opportunity for students in particular, who are interested in restoration or species at risk ecology, to come explore an important coastal community in the Southern Gulf Islands, learn about restoration, and contribute to the work here!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About James Island, Saanichton

Located just twenty minutes by boat from the town of Sidney, James Island is home to the provincially-significant coastal sand ecosystem, which provides critical habitat for a number of rare and endangered species. The dynamic sand spit and dune ecosystem provides habitat for Yellow sand verbena, which is the exclusive host to the endangered sand verbena moth. The plants and wildlife of James Island rely on the dynamic processes of sand movement to create the unique conditions in which they can thrive.

What you will be doing

The group will travel by boat to James Island, leaving the dock at 9:00am and returning around 2:45pm. For this trip, we will be focusing our efforts on Melanie Spit, removing invasive plant species, such as Gorse and Scotch Broom.

Why you will love it

Volunteering is one of the few ways to see this beautiful island and its endangered coastal sand dune ecosystem. Removing these aggressive invasive species keep them them from crowding out other Species at Risk, like the Yellow Sand Verbena (important for Edward's Beach Moth) and the Contorted-pod Evening Primrose. The group will have the chance to learn from local Species at Risk and restoration experts from the Southern Gulf Island area, and contribute to these efforts first-hand!


Contact Melanie Kuzyk: melanie.kuzyk@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

The boat fills up fast! If registration is full, please contact bc@conservationvolunteers.ca to be added to the wait list.

Location: Volunteers will meet at the dock at the end of James Island Rd. in Central Saanich, BC (the boat leaves from there).

Directions: From Victoria, follow the Patricia Bay Highway/BC-17 north towards Sidney. Turn right onto Mount Newton Cross Road, left onto Lochside Drive and right onto James Island Road.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
All tools will be provided by NCC
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 for weather
  • Gum boots or hiking boots
  • Raingear (if necessary)
  • Work gloves, if you have
  • Lunch
  • Water in reuseable bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (optional)