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Greenways Land Trust 

Project Update | Ecological Education & Stewardship

Greenways’ ecological education and stewardship programming continues to be in high demand, despite the wild weather we’ve had this winter! School groups have been out learning about what makes a healthy creek and how they can play their part in improving the waterways in their community. Of course, they’ve been getting their hands dirty in the process: picking up garbage, painting yellow fish next to storm drains, removing invasive species, and even doing water quality monitoring! 
 
Our interactive watershed model has been an engaging platform for students to start thinking about the water cycle and their place in the watershed. Other fun training has included plant scavenger hunts (to get to know our native and invasive species), the “web of life” game (an interactive activity that focuses on the interconnections between species in our ecosystem), and an in-depth exploration of the Campbell River watershed hosted by local environmental educator Luisa Richardson.
 
It is so rewarding (and fun!) to do this work with the amazing students in our community. We gratefully acknowledge the support from our funders Environment Canada, the Province of British Columbia, and the City of Campbell River
 
Interested in getting your students involved?
Get in touch by emailing volunteer@greenwaystrust.ca or calling us in the office, 250-287-3785.

2nd Gardening Workshop | A success!

Around 60 gardening enthusiasts attended Elaine Codling's "Feed Your Garden: Soil & Fertility" workshop on February 15 at the Anchor Inn.

Oh yes, you could actually HEAR SOIL during a soil sampling session! Elaine Codling amazed us once more with her knowledge about growing food. We learned how to best feed our garden in order to enable it to feed us.

HANDS-ON
During the soil sampling session Elaine explained how we can test our garden soil’s condition by using vinegar and baking soda. Easy, affordable & effective! Knowing, what you are working with, facilitates your next steps to improve your soil to the best it can become.

SAVE THE DATE
"Edible Landscaping & Ornamental Kitchen Gardens"
Saturday, April 18
10 am until noon
Advanced registration required!

Introduction to Birding | Workshop | May 2-16

 
Only a few spots left! Ever wondered which bird species it is that you are frequently watching in your yard, along the shoreline or in the forest? On each of our birding walks we hear of people who would love to dive deeper into the feathery topic. Are you one of them? We've got you covered! In May Greenways will put on a three-day birding course for beginners. The course will be taught by our fabulously knowledgeable and entertaining birding expert Ray Allan.

The workshop will teach:
> which kinds of birds you can spot in the Campbell River area
> how to identify them
> and where to find them.
 
Visiting different bird watching spots around town, the course takes place over three Saturdays in May: 2, 9, and 16, from 9 – 11 AM. All three workshop days will start off at our Greenways office [1195-C Fir St / enter the office off of 12th Avenue]. There is a fee of $60 [$50 for members], which covers all three sessions. Advanced registration is required - attendance is limited to 10 seats. Get your workshop ticket HERE. Sign up for your Greenways 2020 membership HERE.

For more information and to register, contact the Greenways Land Trust [250-287-3785 or info@greenwaystrust.ca]. Participants must provide their own binoculars.

Be Part of the Change | Get Involved

If you are interested in volunteering with Greenways, please e-mail us at volunteer@greenwaystrust.ca, call us at 250-287-3785, or come by our office - > 1195-C Fir Street. Volunteers needed for:

  • Greenways Conservation Team
  • Streamkeeping [Nunns, Woods & Simms Creek]
  • Mountain View Community Food Forest

Annual General Meeting

w/ Project Watershed


DATE        Wednesday, March 4
TIME         Doors: 6PM, Meeting: 6.30PM
WHERE    Maritime Heritage Centre, CR
 
Join our upcoming AGM to mix and mingle with the Greenways Board and staff. The highlight of the evening will be a guest talk held by Jennifer Sutherst, Project Manager & Estuary Coordinator, and Dan Bowen, Technical Director from the Comox Valley's Project Water-
shed
 Society
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We can't wait for Jennifer and Dan to share some exquisite watershed wisdom! The organization is tackling similar projects in the Valley as Greenways is working on in Campbell River. Our neighbor's mission is "to promote community stewardship of Comox Valley Watersheds through education, information and action".

Come see us at Seedy Saturday | March 21

Get inspired for the gardening season 2020 & seed up your pockets: "Seed vendors, plant sales, gardening accessories. Trees, shrubs, bushes...it will all be there! Time to get ready for Spring. We will also have a L'il Sprouts corner for the young ones. Free for shoppers." [Recreation and Culture Department, City of Campbell River].

WHEN
Saturday, March 21
10 AM - 1 PM

WHERE
Campbell River Community Centre,
401 11 Ave, Campbell River

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Edible Landscaping & Ornamental Kitchen Gardens | April 18

Gardening Workshop w/ Elaine Codling
 

Get ready to move out of the back yard and into the sun. Cottage gardens make the most of small spaces, combining beauty and productivity. Harmonious blends of food, flowers, and herbs can increase the health and vigor of plants, improve pollination, and discourage pests. Perennial beds and companion planting are the themes for this session.


DATE             Saturday, April 18
TIME              10AM until NOON
WHERE       
Campbell River Community Centre,
401 11 Ave, Campbell River
ADMISSION  $20 [+$2.23 service fee]
REGISTER    Click here to sign up. Advanced registration required!

Broom Bash 2020 |
May 9

Everyone is welcome to help us clip Scotch Broom along the Myrt Thompson Trail in the CR estuary on Saturday, May 9. Going back there year by year and cutting back the invasive plant species has led to successful growth of native trees and shrubs. Some of them are mature now and hinder the invasives from spreading. It is great seeing this happening. There are still numerous little native plants along the trail that need our on-going care.

All gloves and cutting equipment will be provided, as well as coffee, water, and snacks for volunteers. Please dress for the weather!

WHEN
Saturday, May 9, 10 AM - Noon

WHERE
Myrt Thompson Trail [off the end of Maple Street]

This is a family friendly event & a great chance to share the outdoor classroom with all ages!

Local Hero Awards | Nominate before Mar 1

Who comes to your mind when thinking about local heroes? Has anyone you know done extraordinary work enhancing our natural environment?  The Campbell River Mirror is accepting submissions until March 1, 2020. Here some of 15 categories:

- Environmental Leadership
- Educator
- Seniors Champion
- Community Builder
- Community Volunteer
- Hero Of The Year
- Youth Volunteer
- Animal Advocate
- ...

Click here to submit a nomination.

Visit our website and check out the NEWS section. You will find Greenways' recent media coverage listed.

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