Cowichan Valley YNC

Volunteer Leaders: Boleyn Relova and Krista Crowther

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 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. 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
Potential salmon talk in early November, to be confirmed.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Sea lion walk and talk

Meet at Cowichan Bay. Under the Oceanfront Hotel sign on Cowichan Bay Road.  Please RSVP to reconfirm the meeting place.
Naturalist Eric Marshall will be engaging our young naturalists in Cowichan Bay to get a closer look and understanding of sea lions. He will engage our young naturalists on what the sea lions are doing, why they are here, what they are all about, what their relationship with the salmon run is, etc. 

Tues, Dec. 16/14 - Solstice X'mas party with adult Naturalists
Sat, Jan. 24, 2015 - Bee talk with bee enthusiast Eugene Fleck - Duncan

Past Explorer Days

Sunday, October 19th, 1-3pm at Wildwood Ecoforest in Ladysmith.  
Wildwood Ecoforest is widely recognized as a model of ecoforestry. The 77 acre property is diverse with areas of steep slopes, marshy areas and dry ridges. Come and join us for an interpretive nature walk amongst old growth trees.

Wildwood Naturalists will be moderating the afternoon. Donations appreciated. FREE event.

September 27, 2014- Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

10am - noon. Rain or shine. Cowichan Estuary Centre in Cowichan Bay.
The Cowichan Land Trust will be with us.
Please wear boots, layered clothing, hat, etc. Gloves, garbage bags and snacks will be provided.

From coastal beaches to inland riverbanks and lakeshores, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup provides a fun and easy way for  youth to make a difference in their local community, while learning about the impacts of litter on our environment.

Saturday, June 28th - Planting Garry Oaks with  Nature Conservacy Canada
Join us in planting young Garry oak trees at Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, a 52-acre conservation area home to one of the last and best remnants of Garry oak ecosystems and its associated biodiversity in the world. Garry oaks are the only native oak trees in western
Canada, so come on out and help us to restore this incredibly diverse habitat together!

This will be a great opportunity for the kids to feel like they are part in making a difference in preserving nature. Detailed instructions on where we will be meeting will be emailed about two weeks before the event.

June 17, 2014 - Year End Picnic - 5pm with all Young Naturalist Families and Cowichan Valley Naturalists.
Bright Angel Park is still under construction, so the Cowichan Valley Naturalists June Potluck Picnic will be held in Hecate Park by the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. It is a potluck beginning at 5 pm on Tuesday, June 17. YNC members and their families are all invited. There will be fun nature activities and a chance to meet the senior naturalists.

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

Just a friendly reminder of the upcoming Low Tide Day at Cowichan Bay.
There are TONS of stuff to participate in from 9:30 am till 5 pm. See attached poster.
YNC will be taking part in the BEACH SEINE and CRITTER COUNT. This year, there will be live music and BBQ. The official low tide time is 12:24pm.
This event is open to the public. Yes, non-members and adults with no kids can come! Feel free to pass on the attached poster to your friends. Everyone is welcome.
Dress in layers, bring extra clothes/shoes for the kids in the car and wear boots.

Tuesday May 28 at the Kinsmen Park in Duncan. We are doing a composting workshop with the Cowichan Green Community.

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

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