Upcoming Walk: Sunday, July 1st 2018, Lake Helen MacKenzie

SUN. July 1, 11:00 am: Lake Helen Mackenzie/Battleship Lake loop

Naturalists will lead this easy hike around the Battleship/ Helen Mackenzie Loop ( 4 hrs, 8.5 km round trip). Pack a lunch. Meet at the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre, Paradise Meadows at 11:00 am. Sturdy footwear is essential – be prepared for sudden changes in the weather in the mountains. Always carry water. No dogs, please. Participants should always check the SWI website for  any changes in scheduling or trail conditions, 24 hours before the scheduled hikes. (http://strathconapark.org). For more information and to pre-register email: strathconawilderness@gmail.com

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Upcoming Walk: Saturday, June 30th 2018, Elk River Valley

SAT. June 30, 9:00am: Elk River Valley, Buttle Area – 9:00 am at the Trailhead on Highway 28, Gold River Highway.

Naturalist Loys Maingon will lead a long day hike up the Elk River valley. The parking lot at the trail head is about 28 km past the bridge over Upper Campbell/Buttle Lakes, and drive time from Comox Valley is about 2 hours. Pack a lunch. This is a strenuous all day hike (24k round trip to Landslide Lake). Sturdy footwear is essential – be prepared for sudden changes in the weather in the mountains. Always carry water. No dogs, please. Participants should always check the SWI website for  any changes in scheduling or trail conditions, 24 hours before the scheduled hikes. (http://strathconapark.org). For more information and to pre-register email: strathconawilderness@gmail.com

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Upcoming Walk: Saturday, June 23rd 2018, Paradise Meadows

SAT. June 23, 1:00 pm: Nature Walk – Early Blooms in Paradise Meadows #1

Naturalist Alison Maingon will lead an easy, 2-2 ½ hour walk around the Meadows loops identifying the subalpine plants now in bloom.
Meet at the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre, Paradise Meadows at 1 pm. Sturdy footwear is essential – be prepared for sudden changes in the weather in the mountains. Always carry water. No dogs, please.  Participants should always check the SWI website for  any changes in scheduling or trail conditions, 24 hours before the scheduled hikes. (http://strathconapark.org) For more information and to pre-register email: strathconawilderness@gmail.com

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The Marine and Shoreline group formed in February

The Marine and Shoreline group just formed in  February  of this year and has not got a regular meeting time or location yet.  This is being worked on currently so watch this site for updates. However we have had one meeting to assess member’s interests and one very successful field trip to explore different habitats and organisms at Air Force Beach and assess the health of Sea Stars at this location. 
Another outing is scheduled for  Bates Beach in mid-June to conduct an intertidal survey and examine shoreline deposits and erosion.  We plan to have future presentations by knowledgeable naturalists on such topics as marine flora and fauna and factors affecting them, processes impacting our shoreline, First Nations use of marine resources and others; and will be exploring close to home with occasional outings further afield.

For further information please contact Randal Mindell at cvnshoreline at gmail dot com.

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