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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 Native Plant 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 will be held at Swan Lake Nature House. Please call 250.479.0211 to register.


2015 Workshop Dates:

Saturday, September 26th

9:30am to 12:30pm


Sunday, October 4th

12:30pm to 3:30pm


Thursday, October 8th

9:30am to 12:30pm


Saturday, October 17th

9:30am to 12:30pm


Thursday, October 22nd

9:30am to 12:30pm


Sunday, November 8th

12:30pm to 3:30pm


Wild Mushrooms

An Introductory course for Adults


$20 per class for Swan Lake and SVIMS Members

$25 per class for Non-Members - 10% discount if you register for all 5 classes.


Please call 250.479.0211 to register.



Wednesday, October 14th, 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 21st, 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 - Juliet Pendray.


Wednesday, October 28th, 7pm to 9pm

Cooking with Wild Mushrooms

Delicious ideas for bringing wild fungi into your kitchen. Tasting samples included. Instructor - Bill Jones.


Saturday, October 31st, 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 1st, 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 4th, 7pm to 9pm

Mushroom Cultivation

Learn techniques for growing yor own mushrooms. Instructor - Scott Henderson.


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