About Us

Building a legacy of healthy streams and shorelines

Our goal is to achieve healthy aquatic habitat that supports self-sustaining populations of native species in both freshwater and marine environments. Since our formation in 2002, we have worked to accomplish this objective through research, restoration, innovative projects, public education and private land stewardship.

Restoring salmon stocks through stream restoration and habitat conservation is central to our purpose. For large, complex salmon enhancement projects, such as fishways, we plan, fundraise for and implement these in partnership with local stakeholders and stewardship groups.

We provide our associated stewardship groups with technical expertise, training and other resources to help them restore and protect aquatic habitats. Volunteer members of these groups are the heart and soul of our organization, donating thousands of hours each year to restoration and enhancement projects.

We also offer environmental education programs in local schools. Delivered by our staff and volunteers, these programs reach over a thousand students annually. By providing fun and engaging indoor and outdoor activities, we raise awareness of the various natural habitats around Greater Victoria.

Peninsula Streams Society is a registered charity, charitable registration #865001457 RR0001

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Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization, donating thousands of hours each year to restoration projects.

Our Purposes

Our Constitution sets out our three purposes:

  1. To develop, organize and participate in environmental projects and programs on the Saanich Peninsula and surrounding areas that will:
    • monitor, preserve and restore flora and fauna
    • monitor, preserve and restore rivers, creeks and watersheds, marine environments and near-shore environments
    • conserve, reuse and reduce water and waste
    • improve the urban and rural/agricultural environments
  2. To educate and increase the understanding of the public, environmental organizations, government and the press about environmental preservation and restoration and their importance, by offering workshops, seminars, training and lectures.
  3. To conduct research relating to the environment and disseminate the results of such research.
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We all know how important it is to help kids connect with nature. This connection fosters awareness, knowledge, hope, and a sense of responsibility for our natural world. Most importantly, it inspires action, advocacy, and a greater commitment to conservation and stewardship.

Through immersive experiences in local natural areas, Peninsula Streams and Shorelines works to cultivate a deep sense of environmental connection and knowledge among students. From indoor classrooms to nearby streams, shorelines, and rain gardens, our programs leverage our local environments as learning hubs. By providing hands-on, place-based education, we're nurturing a generation that understands the impact of their actions and believes in their ability to effect positive change.

Our engaging and adaptable K-12 programs are delivered to over 1,200 students annually from 18 schools across Greater Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula. We also provide education opportunities to local community groups upon request. Programs are curriculum-aligned and available at no cost for public schools.

Our Programs

Creatures of Habitat Program! Grade 6 and 7 students removing invasive English Ivy

A full day of hands-on restoration activities for grades 5/6/7! Can include invasive plant removal, salmon fry releases, native species planting, and more. Adaptable for secondary students.

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An interactive, outdoor presentation and game for grades 2/3/4. Students engage with large-scale watershed models, salmon life cycle presentations, and a fun-and-fast game of "Salmon Tag"!

Photo by Darren Stone, Times Colonist
Photo by Darren Stone, Times Colonist

Adaptable for any grade, our hands-on BEACH program gets students engaged in learning about their nearby shorelines. Beach cleanups, forage fish spawning surveys, crab identification, beach seining, and more!

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Adaptable for any grade, our Rain Gardens for Headwaters Program gets youth thinking about native plant species, pollutants in stormwater, and ways to mitigate it--like rain gardens! Students may even plan their own rain garden proposal.

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In partnership with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans' Stream to Sea Program, we support grades 4 and up as they mark nearby storm drains and raise awareness in their communities about fish habitat and stormwater pollution!

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Get ready to learn about these spineless creatures, their place in the food chain, and what they tell us about water quality! This program is under construction, but it'll be awesome--trust us.

Cultural Respect: We teach and learn in the Traditional Territories of the Lekwungen-speaking Peoples, known today as Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, and the W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples, known today as W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), SȾÁUTW̱ (Tsawout), W̱SIḴEM (Tseycum) and MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat) Nations. We believe that all education programs about the ecology of these Traditional Territories must honour and meaningfully draw upon the knowledge, values, and stewardship practices of the First Nations these lands belong to.

Inspiring Action: We believe in the power of people in ecology. Our focus isn't just on teaching facts; it's about fostering a genuine sense of belonging, responsibility, and hope, and empowering youth to take action. Our programs are student-centred, solution-oriented, optimistic, and fun!

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility: We believe that everyone belongs, and has a role to play in conservation. Our programs are designed to foster a safe, welcoming, and accessible environment, and to ensure that all students receive the same quality of education, regardless of their age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, sex, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, language, education, income, and geography. We work collaboratively with each teacher and school to adapt programming, ensuring equitable and accessible experiences for all students.

Ready to Get Involved?

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Ready to sign up for one of our education programs? Fill out this booking form and we'll be in touch to coordinate the perfect environmental education day for you and your students.

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Want to find out more? Book a quick call with Deb Deacon, our Environmental Education Coordinator. Or, send her an email at [email protected]

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Our education programs would not be possible without our incredible volunteers. But we need more! This is a great opportunity to get outdoors, give back to your community, and encourage our next generation of environmental stewards.

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Join partners like the Canadian Red Cross and the Victoria Foundation to support our Education Programming, and ensure we can reach as many students as possible, for as long as possible.