Weedy Wednesday – Planting the Preserve

Event Details

April 17th, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Calling all green-thumbs and greenhorns! Join us at this week’s Weedy Wednesday as we gear up for the upcoming annual In Bloom Wildflower Festival on Saturday, April 27. With spring upon us, we will be transplanting native plant seedlings that are ready to establish roots into the meadows of the preserve.

Every Wednesday a variety of hands-on stewardship activities take place at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, a living laboratory that is considered one of the best examples of deep soil Garry oak ecosystems left in Canada. First-time volunteers are always welcome to join this dedicated Weedy Wednesday group!

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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 be transplanting native plant seedlings that have been carefully tended in the on-site native plant nursery. These young plants are ready to establish roots in the meadow. By helping us plant them you will support local restoration, while also opening up space for new plants to be propagated in the nursery.

Why you will love it

Weedy Wednesday is an excellent opportunity to learn restoration tips and tricks from long-term stewards of the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve and become part of a welcoming community of nature lovers and restoration experts. You'll love being part of this conservation community!


Contact Travis Muir: travis.muir@natureconservancy.ca

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 (if necessary)
  • Hat
  • Gloves (if you prefer your own)
  • Lunch
  • Reusable water bottle (2L minimum)
  • Any necessary medications