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June 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PDT

Wandering Willows Beach Clean-up
Time to enjoy the beach and keep it enjoyable for generations to come! On this Explorer Day we will meet up with our nature mentor Jacquelyn Cantwell, Combing the Coast Coordinator with the Surfrider Foundation (Vancouver Island Chapter).  The Surfrider organization works as a team on a number of campaigns and programs with the common goal of protecting the ocean and our beaches through education and environmental stewardship.
Jacquelyn will teach us about the impacts of garbage, especially plastic, on the ocean and talk about things we can all do to reduce plastics at home, at school, and in our communities. After a short talk, we will clean the beach for about 30 minutes and then examine what we have found.
We live in a world of plastic but also in a beautiful environment that we would like to preserve for future generations.   It is up to us to educate ourselves and spread the word about plastic pollution.  Here is a website with some interesting facts about plastic.  Website:
Location: We will meet at the TEA HOUSE at Willows Beach right next to the playground.
COME PREPARED: Please bring your own work gloves (reusable) and small buckets if you have them for collecting garbage.  We will have a few extras on hand for people who don’t have any. Don’t forget to Slip on a shirt, Slop on some sunscreen, and Slap on a hat (as they say in Australia) as we will be walking along the beach.
DIRECTIONS to Willows Beach, Oak Bay: If coming south on Highway 17 or Highway 1, turn left (heading east) on Hillside Avenue.  Hillside Avenue turns into Landsdowne Road. Follow Landsdowne Road past Shelbourne and Foul Bay Road and then turn right (head south) on Cadboro Bay Road. Turn left Bowker Avenue, left on Beach Drive.  Take the first right onto Dalhousie Street and the parking lot is right next to the tea house.


June 8, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PDT

Explorer Day Etiquette:

  • Be prepared to HAVE FUN!
  • Pre-registration with your Club Leader is required for most Explorer Days (Friends are welcome if space permits).
  • Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the scheduled start time to ensure enough time for passport stamping and organization. Starting times are firm, and Leaders cannot wait for late-comers!
  • Please stay with the Leader and let them know if you are leaving early.
  • Children must always be accompanied by an adult guardian, who is responsible for their behaviour. Children consistently disrupting the experience of others may be asked to leave.
  • Bring appropriate weather gear, sunscreen, snacks, water, and other useful tools like binoculars, sketch books, cameras, and magnifying glasses.