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Nature House Week 2 Events: July 12 - 16

Ian Ralston examines a cutbank with workshop participants

Wednesday, July 12

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Herby-Essence (all ages)

Location: The People’s Apothecary Garden, Lot 62

How well do you know your herbs? This Wednesday we will be offering several tea samples that you can try out - but they will not be labeled! This blind test activity encourages you to use your senses of smell and taste to detect some herbs that are commonly used in cooking. After the guessing, there will be some info about each herb and what they bring to the table.

Please park at Forbes Hall or well off the road on the shoulder.

Thursday, July 13

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Wild Creatives: Hapa-Zome Printing (all ages)

Location: The Nature House at The Portal, 254 North Cove Road

Join Erica to do this fun craft, appropriate for any age interested! Hapa-Zome, literally meaning ‘leaf-dye’, is a Japanese printmaking technique that uses the natural pigments of leaves and flowers to make beautiful printed designs. This is done by smashing them into a fabric, usually cotton or linen. We will provide materials but feel free to bring any flowers and/or fabric you feel inspired to use.

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ThINC Tank: Screening of Island of the Sea Wolves - Episode 2: Summer (youth, adults)

Location: The Nature House at The Portal, 254 North Cove Road

Join us for the second episode of Island of the Sea Wolves (2022)! If you missed the first episode about spring on the coast last week, no worries! You can join us for Episode 2 about the summer. This series explores the wildlife of the Vancouver Island coast and sheds light on the unique species of sea wolves that inhabit the coast. This documentary provides exceptional cinematography and insight into the world of the sea wolves. It will be followed by a discussion of the episode.

Friday, July 14

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Young Naturalists: Dive Demo & Critter Collection

(All ages welcome!)

Location: Telegraph Harbour Marina

Local marine extraordinaire, Andy Lamb will be leading a dive demonstration and critter collection at Telegraph Harbour Marina. Andy will first show us his dive gear and the process of getting ready to go underwater - including the importance of safety! We will then aid Andy in the collection of various (seaquarium friendly) species brought to the surface. Lots of buckets of cold water will be sloshing about! This event is exciting for all ages, and you never know what critters we might find!

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Expert Excursions: Soil Walk with Ian Ralston (all ages)

Location: 412 Klahowya Road, Meadow Valley

We will visit a cut bank and learn about different soil profiles and their various uses. We will also explore soil texture sheets and learn about hand texturing soils. This program will give you the tools for considering sites for growing or building based on the soil characteristics. We will explore the vast world beneath our feet and begin to understand just how vital soil is for sustaining life. Come on down to learn about this integral part of all of our lives!

Saturday, July 15

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Seaquarium Drop-in

Location: The Nature House at The Portal, 254 North Cove Road

Come by the Seaquarium at the Nature House to see what new species we have collected from Friday’s dive demo! We will feature a new creature of the week, and feed some shrimp and mussels to the new residents..

Sunday, July 16

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm S4: Global Climate (In)Justice with Eden Luymes

Location: Forbes Hall

Join Eden for a presentation and discussion about Climate Justice - What is it? How can we work towards it? She will also be discussing her research on the Paris Agreement, global climate governance, and the potential of a new treaty to ban fossil fuels - the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. Eden's research focuses on the impacts of neoliberalism and (neo)colonialism on climate policy, and reframes addressing climate change as an opportunity to heal our relationships with the earth and each other.

General notes:

Parking: For events taking place at The Portal, 254 North Cove Road, please park at the Fairyslipper Forest parking area or at 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!

Sheep: We also have lovely sheep neighbours around The Portal, but 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 and please leave your dog at home!


Kids under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


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