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Guided Birdwalks
Every Wednesday and 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. Binoculars are available for loan at the Nature House office on Wednesdays.  Donations are appreciated. Download a copy of the sanctuary bird checklist here.

Native Plant Gardening Workshops: Fall 2014

A joint presentation by the Nature Sanctuary and CRD Environmental Sustainability.

In these 3 hour workshops, Pat Johnston teaches how to incorporate native plants into your garden, which plants suit which environments and the many values of using native plants in your yard.

Choose from one of the following dates:

September 27Saturday9:30 am - 12:30 pm
October 5Sunday1 - 4 pm
October 8Wednesday9:30 am - 12:30 pm
October 19Sunday1 - 4 pm
October 22Wednesday9:30 am - 12:30 pm
November 1 Saturday9:30 am - 12:30 pm

All workshops are free, but you must pre-register. Please call (250) 479-0211

Wild Mushrooms - An Introductory course: Fall 2014


Wednesday, October 15th - 7pm to 9pm

Introduction to Mushrooms - The essential elements of mushroom biology, uses and ID. Students should bring mushrooms to class for identification and discussion.

Instructor: Shannon Berch


Wednesday, October 22nd - 7pm to 9pm

Mushroom Field Taxonomy 1 - An exploration of morphological features used in mushroom identification. Students should bring mushrooms to class for identification and discussion.

Instructor: Juliette Pendray


Wednesday, October 29th - 7pm to 9pm

Identifying Mushrooms with Keys - Hands-on experience using keys to identify mushrooms. A free copy of MatchMaker mushroom ID CD will be given to all workshop participants. Instructor: Ian Gibson


Saturday, November 1st, 2pm to 4pm

Mushroom Field Taxonomy 2 - Techniques for field identification of wild mushrooms as well as collection of mushrooms for the Wild Mushroom Show. Location to be announced.

Instructor: Kem Luther


Sunday, November 2nd, 10am to 4pm

Wild Mushroom Show - Drop-in event open to the public. Bring in your own mushrooms for identification or view the vast array of fungi on display. Admission by donation.


Wednesday, November 5th, 7pm to 9pm

Cooking with Wild Mushrooms - Delicious ideas for bringin wild fungi into your kitchen. Instructor: Bill Jones


Wednesday, November 12th, 7pm to 9pm

Mushroom Cultivation - Learn techniques for growing your own mushrooms. Instructor: Scott Henderson



$20 per class for Swan Lake and SVIMS Members

$25 per class for Non-Members


*10% disount if you register for all 6 classes.


Please call 250.479.0211 to register.

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