Nature House Events Week 3: July 12 - 17



Tuesday, July 12:


9:00 - 11:00 Harvest Hours at the PAG, Lot 62 North Cove Road (all ages)

Drop by the People’s Apothecary Garden anytime between 9:00 - 11:00 to take a wander, harvest some herbs, and learn about the PAG's 40 + medicinal plants. If you are feeling especially energetic, feel free to dig in. We are always looking for extra hands in the garden.


Wednesday, July 13:


9:00 am start: Wednesday Wander at North Cove Beach (all ages)

This week’s Wander will be an easy stroll along the coast, during the walk we will use iNaturalist to record bird, plant, and marine species we spot along the way! We will also talk about the shell midden present on this beach. Meet at the very end of North Cove Road for this hour long excursion!


2:00 pm start: How to Make Herbal Infused Vinegars & Sea Salt at the PAG, Lot 62 North Cove Road (all ages)

Make your own infused vinegars and sea salt using herbs from the PAG! In this 1 hour workshop, we will be using common herbs from the garden to make delicious garnishes. Infused vinegars can spice up a salad dressing and infused sea salt make a delicious addition to any meal! Come on down to the People's Apothecary Garden for a demonstration and take home your own goodies!


Thursday, July 14:


9:00 - 11:00 Harvest Hours at the PAG, Lot 62 North Cove Road (all ages)

Drop by the People’s Apothecary Garden anytime between 9:00 - 11:00 to take a wander, harvest some herbs, and learn about the PAG's 40 + medicinal plants. If you are feeling especially energetic, feel free to dig in. We are always looking for extra hands in the garden.


12:00 pm start: Seastar Count with Andy Lamb at 120 Clam Bay Road (all ages)

Help us monitor sea star health as we count the number of sea stars in Clam Bay. Expert Marine Biologist, Andy Lamb, will talk about the importance of sea stars, the impacts of the wasting disease, and the trends of the monitoring. This is an awesome intertidal event! Be sure to wear boots or wet shoes as well as pants or shorts that can get wet as well. Please park at the roundabout at the end of Clam Bay Road.


2:00 - 4:00: Seaquarium & Craft Drop-In at the Nature House (all ages)

Open time to visit with the sea creatures, come observe and learn about the fascinating crab, sea star, and fish species in the tank. For craft this week we will use leaves and flowers to create bookmarks and artwork!


7:00 pm start: Doc & Talk at the Nature House (adult)

This week we will watch a few videos about ecological restoration and trophic cascades, one is entitled “How Wolves Change Rivers” which focuses on the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone National Park which subsequently changed the landscape. The discussion following will be about local trophic cascades and how they impact our environment, and ideas for further restoration in BC.


Friday, July 15:


2:00 pm start: Junior Biologist - Slugsational at the Nature House (kids 8 - 12)

This week we will focus on the slimy creatures found on Thetis. We will learn about special adaptation of slugs and snails, their unique mating scheme. We will go on a walk to find our local species and study them in-depth, and we will make some nice snail art and take pictures with a snail silhouette!


Saturday, July 16:


10:00 am start: Seaweed Pressing at the Nature House (all ages)

Make seaweed art with seaweeds collected by Andy Lamb! This is a multi day process, today we will start the process by setting the seaweed on the paper and then pressing it. Later next week the resulting artwork will be ready!


Sunday, July 17:


10:00 am start: Plant Encounters with Steph Cottell at the Nature House (all ages)

Take time to connect with the plants that live around us with Steph Cottell. In this workshop we will practice embodied mindful inquiry, noticing with all our senses the unique details of local plant life to deepen our connection with place and nature. Please bring a notebook, and a pencil or pen, for sketching and writing about your plant encounter.


2:00 - 4:00: Family Nature Afternoons (all ages)

More drop-in time to visit the seaquarium, and hang out with the creatures! We will also do a bug hunt and ID session and maybe some shadow art if the sun comes out!


Notes:


Events that take place at the Nature House (The Portal, 254 North Cove Road) - Please park at Fairyslipper Forest parking area or at the Heneage House, the first red building you'll meet on the driveway and walk down to the Nature House, there will be lots of signage!


We also have lovely sheep neighbours around The Portal. Please do not feed them anything and do not touch the electric fence, the shock is not a fun zap, but a painful shock! Stay safe!


If you have any questions, please contact Connelly at connelly@thetisislandnatureconservancy.org