Cowichan Valley Weekend Club

Volunteer Co-leaders: Boleyn Relova and Krista Crowther

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Meet your volunteer club leaders: Boleyn recently moved back to the West Coast from Calgary. No matter where she is, she loves to be surrounded by nature. It is a familiar place that gives her serenity. Boleyn looks forward to getting to know all the NatureKids members. These days, her favourite spot is a private stretch of beach on Shawnigan Lake where she loves to watch her three children immerse themselves in the water and in the nearby grove.

My name is Krista Crowther and I'm very excited to be the co-leader for the Cowichan NatureKids Weekend group.  My family and I are relatively new to the valley as we moved here from Vancouver in 2013 (and we absolutely love it here!) I have two young children and together with my husband we are a nature-loving family. We can be found working and playing in our yard and garden at any time of the year. I am an elementary school teacher of 7 years, now home with my busy boys. I look forward to getting to know you all and having more adventures on Explorer Days!

NatureKids is a nature discovery and environmental action club-based program for kids 3-12 years and their families. We normally meet on the 4th weekend of each month on a Saturday or Sunday for two hours somewhere in the Cowichan Valley, except July/August. Our Explorer Days are facilitated by a Naturalist or biologist/scientist.

The Cowichan Valley NatureKids are proudly supported by Cowichan Valley Naturalists' Society (CVNS) and the Cowichan Land Trust. NatureKids members and their families are invited to attend the CVNS Winter Solstice Extravaganza every December and the CVNS Summer Solstice Picnic each June.

Please note: There is also a Cowichan Valley NatureKids Club for Home Learners that meets once per month on a Tuesday, for more information please click here.  Home learners are also welcome to join the weekend group if that is a better fit for the family.


We will send emails a week before each event- RSVPs are appreciated. Hope to see you at these great events. Thank you for arriving 10 minutes in advance so that we can arrange for name tags, signing of your passports, etc

Saturday, November 28th
10am - noon
Nature Walk
Eves Provincial Park Crofton 

Please meet at the main entrance of Eves Park (by the caretaker's house) once you park your car.
Nature Mentors: Cowichan Valley Docents

Nature Walk with a focus on changing of seasons, how do animals store food for the winter, plants changing with Eves Park of the Cowichan Valley Docents in Crofton. 
We will be divided up into smaller groups. This is one of the Cowichan Valley’s best kept secrets. It is a 45 acre, Class C Provincial Park (meaning it was donated to the province but is managed by a volunteer board and receives no government funding), gifted to BC in 1961 by Janet Goodall. If you haven't been there before, it is a quaint park that has a rain forest, railroad tracks AND even a cave!
Donation to Eves Park is appreciated! Co-leader Krista will have a small tin to pass around at the beginning of the walk.

There are portable potties onsite. Dress in layers and bring a small snack for your kids.

Tuesday, December 15th
5 - 8 pm
Potluck Winter Solstice Party
with the adult Naturalists Group (CVNS), one of our sponsors.

It is always a fun night out with crafts, a ukelele trio serenade over dinner and a special visit by Mrs. Claus.

Each family is asked to bring a gift that will be handed out to a NatureKid.

Upcoming Tentative Explorer Days

January 23rd, 2016 - Mason Bee Harvesting with Bee Enthusiast Eugene Fleck
Feb - Water Conservation
March - Farm Tour
April - Survival Skills in Nature
May - Low Tide Day
June - Garry Oaks Preserve Stewardship Project

Past Explorer Days

Sunday October 25
1-3 pm  
Bluebird Talk
Garry Oaks Preserve, meet at the end of Aitkin Rd off Maple Bay Rd
RSVP and please arrive 10 minutes before the nature walk starts

The Bring Back the Bluebirds Project is an effort to re-establish a population of Western Bluebirds to our home in the Cowichan Valley. Join us and learn about Western Bluebirds and other cavity nesting birds, like chickadees and swallows, as we share how we went from zero bluebirds four years ago to over 80 today!

Come out for a nature walk with Nature Mentor Reanna S, part of the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team Society (GOERT) and learn about the Garry Oaks and the bluebirds.

Rain or shine. Please dress in layers and bring a snack.

Tuesdays Oct 6 & 13th
Amphibian Road Surveys
For 8+ year olds
NEW TIME 6:30  - 7:30 pm

(see below)
Please RSVPs 
for the Frog Survey so we can be on the lookout for you.

Rain or no rain, rain is better since the frogs will be hopping!

We are inviting all 8+ year old NatureKids members to come and participate in two frog surveys in October with NatureKids Co-Leader, Krista. We have put the age minimum as a guideline since kids will be out in the dark and will be using some scientific apparatus.

Sunday, September 27th 
Shoreline Cleanup
1-3 pm (pre celebration at noon) 
Cowichan Bay with Cowichan Land Trust (see below)

We will joining one of our club sponsors, Cowichan Valley Land Trust, to participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up at the Cowichan Bay Estuary. There will be a little celebration noon - 1pm to celebrate the 35th anniversary of BC Rivers Day. Light snacks and refreshments will be available.

Then our cleanup as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline cleanup will begin at 1pm.

Meet at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. What interesting 'treasures' will we find this year? Dress in layers, bring gloves and wear boots. Rain or shine.

Saturday, June 27
1241 Maple Bay Rd, Duncan. 
Planting Garry Oaks with Nature Conservancy Canada
10am - noon
Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada for a day gathering native seeds in the Garry oak woodlands of the Cowichan Valley. 

Garry oak meadows and woodlands are home to numerous endangered flora and fauna. Come and assist in the preservation of these species by collecting seeds which will be propagated in the Native Plant Nursery at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve

Saturday, May 16
Low Tide Day at Cowichan Bay
Low Tide Day at Cowichan Bay is open to the public and will be lots of fun. Try to come out to any part of the festivities starting 9:30am. Dress in layers since it is normally windy by the beach. Boots are a must! Plus extra shoes for the kids on the ride home. Bring snacks and a picnic lunch.
The science activities will again be at Kil-Pah-Las beach (by OceanFront Suites Hotel) beginning at 9:30. This is a great opportunity for families to learn all about the critters who live near and under the shore. A group of biologists from the Department of Fisheries (DFO) normally conducts these events.
The community beach cleanup for adults and older youth begins at 9:30 at Hecate Park near the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. This is an opportunity to help with environmental stewardship.
At noon both groups will meet up at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre for lunch, fun, and a birthday party for the Cowichan Land Trust.

Tuesday, June 16th - Potluck with adult Naturalists

Saturday, April 26 
Fairburn Water Buffalo Farm 
Come for a nature walk with us and taste some special cheeses at Fairburn Water Buffalo farm. The tranquil setting is a naturalist paradise: walking trails alongside the meandering creek, access to the Trans Canada Trail, and wildlife and farm life at your fingertips.

Saturday, March 28th
Somenos Marsh Nature Walk
10 - 11:30am
RSVP for meeting place
Somenos Marsh is a wonderful wild area on southern Vancouver Island. Learn about waterfowls, fertile lowlands, and the history of the area. Nature interpreter, Genevieve Singleton, will be leading this discovery nature walk. Come join us, rain or shine.
Turn off Lakes onto Trillium. Take Trillium to the end which is York. Turn left at York and go to end and park. No bathrooms available.
RSVPs appreciated!

Saturday, March 14th 
Seedy Saturday in Cobble Hill

Amphibian Survey
Sunday March 8th – 1:00 -2:00pm  (NOTE: daylight savings time begins today)
Daytime club Road Survey and Salamander Hunt event - all members welcome
Meeting location: Belvedere Crescent (Directions - turn south off Cowichan Lake Road off Jordan's Lane, right on Appaloosa Way, Left on Pinto Rd, Left on Belvedere Crescent = Dead end road - park here.

Sunday, March 8th 
Seedy Sunday in Duncan
Come say hello at our booth!

Friday, March 6th - 6:30 -7:30 pm
Evening Pilot Road Survey - 8+ members only 
(meet at the end of Jordan’s Lane)
Remember to dress warmly!

Saturday, January 24th
Mason Bees
10am - noon
Freshwater Ecocentre, 1080 Wharncliffe Rd, Duncan (indoor talk)
Bee Enthusiast Eugene Fleck will be sharing information about the importance of mason bees. They are a crucial part of gardening through pollination. Eugene will teach us how to take care of a bee house and how to harvest bees.
If you would like to have four bees and a small starter bee house ($5) that will hold 300 cocoons, please let me know so we can be sure to have enough. Eugene is making them by hand.