Cowichan Valley YNC

Volunteer Leader: Boleyn Relova

**Presently seeking an additional volunteer co-leader**
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For information about the club please email us or visit our Facebook page at the link above and click "Like" to follow news/updates on club events. 

Leader Bio: Boleyn Relova is the new leader for the YNC Saturday Club. She 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 YNC 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.

We offer a new opportunity to engage children (5 -11) in nature activities one Saturday per month. Please feel free to bring younger children along with you as well. The Cowichan Valley Young Naturalists are proudly supported by Cowichan Valley Naturalists' Society (CVNS) and the Cowichan Land Trust. Young Naturalists 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 Young Naturalists Club for homlearners that meets once per month on a Tuesday, for more information please click here.  Please note that homelearners are also welcome to join the Saturday group if that is a better fit for the family.


We will send emails a week before each event-RSVPs are appreciated always.  
  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

****Please note new location****
April 26, 2014 - Wildflower Walk!  Let's see chocolate lilies with vegetation ecologist/biologist,Tracy Fleming at Garry Oaks Meadow  10am-noon

Walking Conditions: Easy, well packed paths. Gentle hill.  The walk itself is about 40 minutes on flat terrain. Our facilitator Tracy will talk about the wildflowers we will be seeing. She will point out any interesting birds, too. And she will speak about First Nations history to the site.

Below are the directions to our meeting place.
Directions: Hwy 1 southbound: Beverly Corners (Thrifty Foods); turn left onto Beverly Road eastbound. Proceed to second round-about at Lakes Road. Exit northbound on Lakes Road. 

Hwy 1 northbound: Trunk Road (Chevron Station); turn right onto Trunk Road eastbound. Proceed to Lakes Road (7-11). Turn left on Lakes Road. Proceed to round-about. Exit northbound on Lakes Road.


From Lakes Road at round-about. (Exit northbound.) At top of hill turn left onto Trillium Terrace and follow to its end at York Road.  Turn left onto York Road and drive a short distance to the end of the cul-de-sac. Park here.

There are no toilet facilities at Garry Oak Meadows. So please keep that in mind.

May 17, 2014 - Low Tide Day at Cowichan Bay, 12:24pm

June 2014 - Year end picnic

June 28, 2014 - possible Nature Conservancy Canada outing

July/Aug - no Explorer Days

September 27, 2014- shoreline cleanup at Cowichan Bay with Land Trust

October 26, 2014 - Wildwood Ecoforest in Ladysmith (Jay Rastogi) from 1pm

November 2014 - Salmon walk - EcoCentre (Dave Clough)

November 2014 - Sea lion boat tour - Cowichan Bay (Tim)

Past Explorer Days

March 22, 2014 - Learn about composting in this interactive workshop by Green Community.   Freshwater Ecocentre

February 22, 2014 - Cedar of Life with the Cowichan Valley Docents at the Nature Centre
Saturday, January 25th, 2014 10am - 12pm
"Watershed Program and Beach Walk" at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at 5:15pm: Solstice Party at
 Fresh Water Eco Centre 1080 Wharncliffe Road, Duncan
Come one, come all for a Winter Solstice celebration.  Bring a merry dish to share.  We will be celebrating with the Cowichan Valley Naturalists and the YNC Homelearners Club, along with Mrs. Claus! 

November  - Sea Lion Viewing **Event Cancelled** Will try to reschedule for Nov.2014
Extra outing. Nighthawk Charters out of Cowichan Bay will be giving us a closer look at the sea lion populationais they follow the salmon run.  A scientist will be invited to talk about the relationship between sea lions and the salmon run.

Saturday, November 23, 2013 - **Change of event** Bird Walk
Past leaders of Cowichan Valley YNC Linda Hill and ecopsychologist John Scull have agreed to do a bird walk with us on this day. At Freshwater Ecocentre, 1080 Wharncliffe Rd, Duncan

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - Eves Park Nature ExplorationFacilitated by Eves Park Co-Chair and Cowichan Valley Docent, Genevieve Singleton.  Will give us insight on the faune and flora while we take a walk through the rainforest, pond, old railway tracks and even a cave!

Saturday, September 28, 2013  10am-noon
"Bees" at Cowichan Estuary Centre to hear about native bees.
Did you know BC has 450 species of native bees in its pollination web and each species has a place that must be protected and cared for?  Did you know most bees do not sting? Ted L, biologist from Plan Bee Now will teach us how we can be part of protecting bees.

Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 1pm

We will be joining the Cowichan Land Trust for the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up.
Meet at the Cowichan Estuary Centre. Dress for the weather, bring your mud boots or sturdy sandals, plastic gloves, etc.

Saturday, June 8,2013, 10-2:00 

**The Cowichan Valley Naturalists and Young Naturalists Club will be attending this instead of the usual June evening picnic event.**
Eves Provincial Park Board of Directors invites the YNC to Eves Park 50th Birthday Party!

Where: Eves Provincial Park, 8107 Little Mountain Road, Westholme
Please bring your own picnic, Eves Park Board will supply cake and beverages
10-12 Work bee and Nature walks
12-2:00 Picnic, Speeches, children’s and adult activities

Low Tide Day, Saturday, May 25, 2013
Low Tide Day is open to everyone and is not just for Young Naturalists, so invite your friends, neighbours, and classmates. 

Saturday April 20th, 2013 10:00 Inside The Hive at Bees n' Glass Lake Cowichan

Tuesday March 26th, 2013 March Break Wildfoods Walk, location TBA

Saturday February 16th, 2013 10:00 am Bird House Building/ Backyard Bird Count at The Freshwater Eco-Centre Duncan

Saturday January 26th, 2013  10:00 am Mason Bee House Building at The Freshwater Eco-Centre Duncan