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Nature House Events Week 4: July 19 - 24


The mother of all stinging nettle patches!


Tuesday, July 19:


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 20:


9:00 am start: Wednesday Wander at Fairyslipper Forest (all ages)

Start your morning listening to the beautiful bird songs, identifying and learning about plant species in Fairyslipper Forest! We will use eBird and iNaturalist to grow the citizen science data of species on Thetis! Meet at the Fairyslipper parking lot at 9:00 am!


2:00 pm start: Stinging Nettle Deliciousness at Jollity Farm (all ages)

Albeit unpleasant if stung, stinging nettles are rich in antioxidants and are delicious when cooked! For this week's food security workshop, Linnea will be sharing the incredible benefits of stinging nettles. Linnea will explain how to identify the species and offer tips and techniques on how and when to harvest it. Participants will be introduced to stinging nettle cordage and will also take home a tasty nettle treat!


Thursday, July 21:


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.


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

Come learn about the marine life in the Seaquarium. Our feature creature is the Pink Tritonia nudibranch. Stop in to learn cool facts about this species! For craft this week we will make shell pendants using air dry clay and sea shells!


7:00 pm start: Doc & Talk at the Nature House - Undamming the Elwha River (adult)

For this doc and talk we will watch a short documentary made about the dam removal project that took place on the Elwha River in Port Angeles, Washington. This dam removal project was the largest in history, and days after the dam was removed salmon had already returned. This documentary discusses the barriers and conflicts associated with dam removal and inspires the notion that it is possible to restore rivers through successful dam removal. Come on down for some interesting environmental chats!


Friday, July 22:


11:30 am start: Forage Fish with Alanna Vivanni of MABRRI at the Nature House (all ages)

Learn about the importance of Forage Fish which are an essential part of the Pacific Salmon diet and are a critical base species of our marine web! Our volunteer team helps monitor two Forage Fish species, Sand Lance and Surf Smelt, every month to help identify where they are present. Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve Research Institute researcher Alanna Vivanni will demonstrate how samples are collected, talk about lab analyses that find the Forage Fish embryos, and discuss the findings of their research thus far!


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

This week we will discover the amazing world of microorganisms, which can only be seen through the microscope! First, we will collect samples from the ocean and forest, then we will set up the microscopes and discover what we found!


Saturday, July 23:


10:00 am start: Glass Sponge Reefs with Sheila Byers at the Nature House (all ages)

Discovered in 1987, Glass Sponge Reefs are an incredibly rare ecosystem, they are only found in BC and Alaska! Marine Biologist, Sheila Byers, is an expert in the ecology and conservation of these reefs and is here to talk about the uniqueness of these ecosystems! There will be colouring pages and displays of the sponges as well!


Sunday, July 24:


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

Open drop-in time to visit the amazing creatures in the Seaquarium! We will head out to the forest as well to make a troll community out of the materials nature provides!


Note: The Nature House is located at The Portal, 254 North Cove Road. Please park at Fairyslipper Forest or at Heneage House (large red building at The Portal).


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