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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.

FREE Introductory Native Plant Gardening Workshops

Residents of the Capital Region are invited to participate in a FREE workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants. Instruction on native plant identification, their benefits and how to use them will be included. An overview of CRD Water Conservation programs will be provided and participants will be given a tour of a native plant garden. These informative workshops are held at Swan Lake Nature House. See Workshops for dates and times. Classes fill quickly, so pre-register soon to avoid disappointment.



Wild Mushrooms

An Introductory Course for Adults


Watch this YouTube Video - Swan Lake's Site Manager Jay Rastogi talks about the fascinating world of mushroom.


Presented by Southern Vancouver Island Mycological Society (SVIMS) & the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary.


Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Introduction to Mushrooms - The essential elements of mushroom biology, uses and ID. Students should bring mushrooms to class for identification and discussion.

Instructor: Andy MacKinnon


Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Mushroom Field Taxonomy 1 - An exploration of morphological features used in mushroom identification. Students should bring mushrooms to class for identification and discussion.

Instructor: Juliet Pendray

Thursday, October 6, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Cooking with Wild Mushrooms - Delicious ideas for bringing wild fungi into your kitchen. Tasting samples included.

Instructor: Bill Jones

Saturday, October 22, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Mushroom Field Taxonomy 2 - Techniques for field identification of wild mushrooms. Location of the field trip will be announced to participants closer to date.

Instructor: Kem Luther


Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

(postponed from October 12)
Mushroom Cultivation - Learn tips and techniques for growing your own mushrooms at home.

Instructor: Scott Henderson


$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 drop by the Nature House to register.


For a printable version of the Mushroom workshops (PDF) select here.



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