Cowichan Valley Home Learners
Homelearners NatureKids club conducts Explorer Days once a month during the school
year. The Explorer Day usually falls on the 4th Tuesday of the month,
though there are some exceptions so please check below, or email us for
our current schedule. This club is
great for home learning families as parents are required to stay with their
children and young/ older siblings are welcome!
the CVNS Winter Celebration in December and the CVNS picnic in June.
|Photos of our October 2013 visit to Eves Provincial Park in
Westholme with the Cowichan Valley Docets. We learned about the local mining
history and explored the trails through this beautiful park.
Fossil Dig & Walk
Exact time to be determined
Salmon Walk & Talk
Saturday, November 22, 2016
10am – noon
Meet at Freshwater Ecocentre at 1080 Wharncliffe Road in Duncan (Where we did the shoreline cleanup)
We are very lucky to have Nature Interpreter Genevieve Singleton, a Parks Canada 2015 Volunteer of the Year, to help lead this Salmon Explorer Day. She will be taking half the group on a nature walk to special spots to see salmon spawn. Genevieve will talk about what they are doing here and how they got here. Learn about their amazing life cycle.
The other group will watch Department of Fisheries officers talk about the similarities between salmon and humans. Did you know that salmon have many body parts like humans do?? They will dissect a salmon while going over its parts. Kids young and not-so-young are amazed at seeing the dissection.
Tuesday September 27
Tuesday September 20
Meet at 10:00am, Fresh Water Hatcheries Parking lot, Wharncliffe Rd
Tuesday May 24 at 10am
Low Tide Day
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
10am – 12
Nature House in Cowichan Bay
This month we are heading to the Nature House in Cowichan Bay. We will get to explore the nature house, do a carb hunt, bird watching and explore the touch table. If you would like to bring a picnic lunch there is a low tide in the afternoon that would be fun to explore!
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Many Hands Farm is a permaculture farm located in Westholme in the Cowichan Valley. It is also a permaculture education farm where children and families learn hands-on permaculture skills! On our 5 acres we have almost 3 acres of hugelkultur beds, swales, food forests and more. We will be doing a farm tour and looking at the systems as well as peaking at the bees if the weather is sunny an they are out! We will play a few games and plants some seeds for you to take home too!
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Tuesday, December 15th
5 – 7.30 pm
Potluck Winter Solstice Party with the adult Naturalists Group (CVNS), one of our sponsors.
The Freshwater Ecocentre – Trout Hatchery 1080 Wharncliffe Rd, Duncan, BC.
Featuring: The Musical Middy Buddies singing and strumming winter songs, Nature Crafts, Stories and Songs, A Potluck supper, a nature scavenger hunt, and ssshhhhh better watch out for you know who.
Tuesday October 27th
10 am – noon
Garry Oaks Preserve, meet at the end of Aitkin Rd off Maple Bay Rd
Please RSVP and 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 wear gumboots. This is not the best terrain for a stroller.
Tuesdays Oct 6 & 13th
Amphibian Road Surveys
For 8+ year olds
6 – 7pm, after dusk
Duncan (see below)
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.
Please watch the three training videos before the survey starring our our own NatureKids members! A big thank you to Amphibian Biologist Elke for putting together these videos with the Cowichan Valley Weekend club members who did the spring pilot!
Remember to dress warmly and in reflective clothing. Bring gloves, touque, headlamp/flashlight (if you have one).