Weedy Wednesdays at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve

Event Details

November 2nd, 2016, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Join this weekly event at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve to help with the ongoing stewardship and restoration of this beautiful and globally-important conservation area.

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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

Stewardship work on this conservation area is ongoing and varied, depending on the season. On Weedy Wednesdays, volunteers lend a hand with a wide range of activities: pulling invasives, working in the native plant nursery, planting seedlings in the spring, collecting seeds in the fall and helping to restore the wetlands on the lakeshore.

Why you will love it

Experience one of the last, best examples of the globally rare Garry oak ecosystem in Canada. 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.


Contact Melanie Kuzyk: bc@conservationvolunteers.ca

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
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water will be provided

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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:

  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Raingear if applicable
  • Gardening gloves if you have them
  • Water bottle