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Guided Birdwalks
Every Sunday @ 9:00 a.m.
Bring your binoculars and walking shoes and meet in the parking lot for this informal and informative walk around the lake area. Donations are appreciated. Download a copy of the sanctuary bird checklist here.

Embracing the Wild: Gardening with Native Plants

Jay Rastogi, expert gardener and Site Manager at Swan Lake, will explore the many benefits of planting, propagating and harvesting of native plants in your yard this fall. Find out about the benefits to wildlife and water conservaion, cultural history, and edibility of many of our local shrubs, wildflowers and trees during this practical 3 hour workshop.


Saturday, September 23 - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 1 - 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 11 - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Free - sponsored by the Capital Regional District. Pre-registration required. Please call 250-479-0211 or register in person at the Nature House.


Wild Mushrooms - an introductory course for adults

A joint presention by: SVIMS - Southern Vancouver Island Mycological Society & Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary


Wednesday, October 4, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Introduction to Mushrooms
- The essential elements of mushroom biology, uses and ID. Students should
bring mushrooms to class for identifi cation and discussion. Instructor: Andy MacKinnon


Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Mushroom Field Taxonomy 1
- An exploration of morphological features used in mushroom identifi cation.
Students should bring mushrooms to class for identifi cation and discussion. Instructor: Juliet Pendray


Wednesday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Edible Mushrooms
- Delicious ideas for bringing wild fungi into your kitchen.
Tasting samples included. Instructor: Bill Jones


Wednesday, October 25, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Mushroom Cultivation
- Learn tips and techniques for growing your own mushrooms at home.
Instructor: Scott Henderson


Saturday, October 28, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm
Mushroom Field Taxonomy 2
- Techniques for fi eld identifi cation of wild mushrooms.
Location of the field trip will be announced to participants closer to date. Instructor: Kem Luther


$20 per individual class for Swan Lake and SVIMS members
$25 per individual class for non-members
10% discount if you register for all 5 classes - BEST VALUE!
$90 for members/$112.50 for non-members
Please call 250-479-0211 or visit the Nature House to register


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