Seedy Sunday at Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve

Event Details

July 21st, 2019, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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

Spend your Sunday at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve helping collect seeds to supply the on-site native plant nursery. These seeds will be carefully propagated and planted back into the preserve to help increase populations of native wildflowers, herbs and grasses.

Come join our conservation community! You’ll have the chance to meet new people, while learning about the endangered Garry oak ecosystem and its incredible diversity of native species.

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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 harvest seeds from wildflowers, herbs and grasses by hand. Species include Pacific sanicle, yerba buena, California oatgrass and blue wildrye.

Why you will love it

Not only will you have the opportunity to spend time among the stately gnarled oak trees, NCC staff and volunteers will also help you hone your plant identification skills as you collect seeds from a diversity of native plants.


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
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Rain gear (weather dependent)
  • Hat
  • Lunch
  • 2 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Any necessary medications