Adult Programs

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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


Fawn Lily


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. Find out about the benefits to wildlife and water conservation, cultural history, and edibility of many of our local shrubs, wildflowers and trees during this practical 3 hour workshop. An overview of CRD Water Conservation programs will also be provided.


Choose from:
Friday, March 23, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 7, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 26, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


All workshops are free for residents of Greater Victoria, but you must pre-register to attend. Please call 250-479-0211 or register in person at the Nature House.

The Bird Course

Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29

Friday - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday - 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

COST: $250 - Sanctuary Members; $275 - Non-members



This three-day course, led by renowned bird experts, Drs. David Bird and Rodger Titman, is perfect for bird enthusiasts from novice to expert!

Be prepared to discover how birds do what they do; learn about their fascinating behaviours; delve into their biology to investigate how their bodies work; and last but not least, how to identify the vast array of these feathered marvels.

On each of Saturday and Sunday morning, attendees will be going on a guided field trip to see local birds and check out some more exotic spots on the peninsula.


Drs. David Bird and Rodger Titman, retired professors of ornithology from McGill University, have taught The Bird Courses together for several years with great success. Not only are they knowledgeable about the subject, they present the course in an approachable and fun-loving environment.

Located in beautiful Victoria, BC, the Sanctuary is only 15 minutes from the downtown core and is easily accessible by public transit, bike or car. Parking is free. Maximum of 20 people. No qualifications or prior knowledge necessary. The Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary reserves the right to refuse applications.

For more information or to register, please call 250-479-0211 or visit the Nature House.



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