Water to Earth Month 2017

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Thanks to everyone who participated in all our water education activities during Water to Earth Month 2017, celebrating during the month between World Water Day in March and Earth Day in April. Hundreds of participants and dozens of partners made it all a great success!

Archived event info listed below....

Parksville Water Day

Celebrate Water Day on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Parksville Water Day, a free festival-style community event at the Parkville Community and Conference Centre from 11am -3pm. There will be something for everyone with workshops, demos, interactive community displays, children’s activities, food vendors, and live music all honuoring our precious resource – water.

Workshops @ Parksville Water Day Please pre-register!

  • WaterWise Gardening -- 11:30am - 12:15pm Convert yard space to food production! – Learn how to get started growing fruits and vegetables year-round to improve your self-sufficiency and nutrition, even in drought conditions. Topics include planning for year-round food production, pesticide free gardening, soil enrichment and a healthy ‘Soil Food Web’. Presented by Connie Kuramoto, master organic gardener.

  • Efficient Irrigation -- 12:30 - 1:15pm Do you have an in-ground irrigation system? There may be leaks, clogs and inefficient nozzles that are wasting water and costing you money! Learn how to get your system ready for the summer: ensure it delivers water effectively, schedule it efficiently and utilize water-saving hardware for a water smart system. This workshop is co-hosted by Kevin Luterbach, owner of Irritex Pumps and Irrigation, and the RDN’s Julie Pisani

  • Rain Gardens -- 1:30 - 2:15pm Slow it, spread it, sink it! In our communities we can put rainwater run-off to good use by creating beautiful rain gardens that help protect creek health and improve drainage issues. Learn about what a rain garden is, how they work, and their many benefits. Optional after-workshop activity: walk over to the rain garden at the firehall next door to see a great demonstration. Presented by landscape architects Nigel Gray and Cara MacDonald.

Nanaimo Earth, Water & Wild Foods Festival

On Sunday , April 23rd 2017, come celebrate Earth, Water, and Wild Foods at a free festival-style community event at Bowen park from 11am -3pm. The festival will feature vendors of local wild food products and chefs offering unique samples of foods made with local wild plant ingredients. This event will also include a focus on water and earth, with information booths from related community groups, demonstrations, workshops, live music, kids activities, guided plant identification & stream walks through Bowen Park and much more.

Workshops @ the Earth, Water & Wild Foods Festival Please pre-register!

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  • Lawn Alternatives -- 11:30am - 12:30pm Water use doubles in the summer, often as people try to keep up with thirsty landscaping. Discover ways to adopt edible and native plants, beautiful rock gardens, lush groundcovers, and permeable surfaces into your gardening plan. Have your yard look vibrant without chemicals or excess water. Presented by horticulturalist Amy Robson of Nature’s Choice Design.

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  • Millstone River Walk -- 2:00 - 3:00pm Explore the Millstone River as it passes through Bowen Park and learn about local stream habitats and native, edible plants from guides whose expertise will both educate and entertain!

Other Upcoming Events

Nanaimo River Watershed and Water Treatment Plant Guided Tour

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Come see the amazing journey our drinking water takes from the mountains to our homes! Enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the upper Nanaimo River Watershed, followed by a tour of Nanaimo’s innovative new Water Treatment Plant. Forestry representatives and City water staff will be on hand to discuss forestry, water quality, future plans and answer questions. Don't forget your camera!
  • Wed. March 22, 2017 10am–4pm $10/person
  • Meet at the lower Bowen Park parking lot off Wall Street.
  • Bring a lunch and wear suitable clothing for rugged ground and weather.
  • Fee: $10.50 (bus costs)
  • Note: if you just want to tour the Treatment Plant you can register for that separately, no cost involved. Meet @ 2500 South Forks Rd. at 2pm.

Little Qualicum River Walk

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Walk along the Little Qualicum River to explore what native plants and animals thrive there. Observe first-hand the many natural processes that are at work in this beautiful river system. Learn about the "Little Q" from Dave Clough, a skilled biologist who specializes in the waterways of Vancouver Island. Wear boots for muddy walking!
  • Sat. March 25, 2017 11am – 1pm
  • Meet at the Little Qualicum River Fish Hatchery (1391 Claymore Rd W, Qualicum Beach) at 11am

Nanaimo River Rafting Adventure

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Explore the Nanaimo River Estuary – the biggest estuary on Vancouver Island! Experience the rich history and natural beauty aboard a guided rafting tour. Dress warmly and bring a lunch for this exciting and educational day trip guided by an outdoor recreation expert from VIU.
  • Thurs. March 30, 2017 10am-2pm $25/person
  • Meet at Living Forest Campground Main Entrance (6 Maki Rd., Nanaimo) at 10am

Departure Creek Stream Walk

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Walk along Departure Creek to learn about the value of this urban stream. Explore what native plants and aquatic species thrive here and learn about Departure Creek’s restoration success story from a expert biologist. Wear boots for muddy walking!
  • Sat. April 1, 2017 11am – 1pm
  • Meet at Woodstream Park (1555 Bay St., Nanaimo) at 10am

Dive-In Theatre Presents: Finding Nemo

  • Saturday April 8, 2017 7:00-9:00pm.
  • Nanaimo Aquatic Centre (741 Third Street, Nanaimo)

VIU "Water Documentaries" Film Night

Enjoy a selection of short films relating to all things water. Appreciate the beauty of aquatic ecosystems and learn about the ongoing efforts to protect our most precious resource, around the globe. There will be something for all interests!
  • Wed. April 12, 2017 7:00 - 9:00PM
  • VIU Campus, 900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo in Building 356, Room 109

Wild Foods Harvest

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Come join the Nanaimo & Area Land Trust (NALT) as they gather wild foods for the Wild Foods Festival. Learn how to identify and ethically harvest some of our local wild food plants, help supply the wild ingredients used by chefs at the festival and take some home for yourself.
  • Thursday April 20th, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Call NALT at 250-714-1990 for details & location.

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Other Related Courses and Workshops

  • Permaculture BC
    Permaculture is a design system that is inspired by nature and rooted in science and ethics. It covers everything from organic agriculture to rainwater harvesting to greywater reuse to community building. Check out the courses offered at: http://permaculturebc.com/
  • Gaia College
    Gaia College offers online and in-class courses in the areas of organic gardening, holistic land management and environmentally sustainable technologies. If you are interested, visit: www.gaiacollege.ca
  • Nanaimo Community Gardens Association
    The Nanaimo Community Gardens Association offers workshops on a variety of gardening topics. For more information visit: www.nanaimocommunitygardens.ca