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Volunteering at Swan Lake

Over the years Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary volunteers have been critical for maintenance, aiding in programs, helping with administration, serving on the Board, and in many other ways, including special events. We could not operate to the level we do without the help of our dedicated volunteers.


This year we had two significant events honouring our volunteers. Read more.

Nature House Reception / Administrative Support (indoors)

Shifts are at the same time during the week:

Mon-Fri *Morning Shifts (9am-12pm)

Mon-Fri *Afternoon Shifts (1pm-4pm)

Sat-Sun *Afternoon Shifts (Noon-4pm)


Please make a commitment to 36 shifts, same day each week. Duties include answering phones, taking program registrations & payments, assisting with the preparation of program materials, general secretarial support, and assisting visitors

to the Nature House.


Email volunteer@swanlake.bc.ca.

Complete the Volunteer Application Form.


Senior Nature Ambassador Program (SNAP ) (outdoors)
Shifts: daily, year round, between dawn and dusk. Shifts are 2 hours per site (Swan Lake or Christmas Hill)

SNAP volunteers love to be outdoors walking and taking in the natural surroundings. They support the well-being of Swan Lake’s ecosystems by walking the trails around the lake or up to Christmas Hill, reporting issues noticed to our site manager. As well as spotting issues, SNAP volunteers are trained to greet guests, offer general information, and answer questions about the Sanctuary. Snap volunteers may also assist at the Sanctuary booth present at Swan Lake and other community events.


Emai lsnap@swanlake.bc.ca.

Complete the Volunteer Application Form.



Site Maintenance (outdoors)

The volunteer site crew primarily pulls invasive plants from the Sanctuary in addition to maintaining the trails and grounds. Tuesday morning and Saturday morning volunteer groups are currently running but if those times don't work with your schedule, we are happy to organize alternative shifts that would be more convenient.


Email volunteer@swanlake.bc.ca or complete the Volunteer Application Form.



Silver Swans (Martelli House at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary)


Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Join our quilt group led by Margaret Lidkea to learn to quilt, have fun and make items to sell for Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. It's free -- all materials are supplied. Held at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary.


For more information call Betty at 250.590.9276 or Margaret at 250-595-8084.

Special Event Staff (outside)

The last Sunday of each month during the school year we host a special event celebrating a special part of Swan Lake: Bees, Wildflowers, Spiders, Reptiles, etc. If you enjoy people and like sharing your knowledge and love of nature let us know. We can always use help with nature crafts, face painting, and our education programs.


Email programs@swanlake.bc.ca.

Complete the Volunteer Application Form.


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