Volunteers Needed for 8th “Creatures of Habitat” program!

VICTORIA, B.C.: APRIL 22, 2009 -North Saanich Middle School students(left to right)Fiona Kelley, Kali McDougall and Quiana Foster sift through the sand to pick up garbage from Patricia Bay in Victoria, B.C. April  22, 2009.  'Creatures of HabitatÍ Day of Action 2009 is timed with Earth Day. This event involves 700 Grade 6 students from School District #63, as well as over 100 volunteers: high school and university students, seniors, non-profit organizations and corporations. (DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST). For City story by Lindsay Kines

“Creatures of Habitat” is an environmental education program that we deliver annually to Gr. 6/7 students to coincide with Earth Day. We will visit three schools over four days in April 2016. This year we are at Bayside, North Saanich and Colquitz schools.

We deliver this program, free-of-charge, to the schools. We’ll visit each of these schools for 1-2 days and engage the entire Gr. 6 (and sometimes Gr. 7s) class in both indoor and outdoor educational activities. (We only require volunteers for the outdoor activities.) Outdoor activities comprise hands-on restoration activities on or near the school property (this has included invasive species removal, mulching, planting and weeding, fry releases at a nearby creek, garbage pick-up)

The events will take place on the following dates in APRIL:

North Saanich – Thursday 14th AND Friday 15th
Bayside – Tuesday 19th
Colquitz – Friday 22nd

Google Map of school locations

Volunteer Activity Description

We are looking for enthusiastic and responsible adult volunteers to work with and supervise youth (ages 11-12) at the school ground and/or park location. Depending on the school (each school has slightly different bell schedules), volunteer shifts are from ~8:30am-2:45pm. No restoration experience necessary…we will teach you everything you need to know at the training session (info below). The outdoor activities will consist of supervision of a small group of Gr. 6-7 students (5-7 students) doing invasive plant species removal, garbage pick-up, weeding, tree mulching, and similar tasks. Training will be provided (see below).

Volunteers are absolutely VITAL to this program, to provide instruction and supervision to the students during the outdoor activities. Depending on the number of students at each school, we require anywhere from 12-16 volunteers/day. You don’t need any special skills related to ecological restoration; as we will hold training sessions for each of the school locations (see below). You are Most welcome to volunteer for more than one day; and if you can be there for only a morning or afternoon shift, we are flexible.

So you’d like to Volunteer?…Contact us at PeninsulaStreams at Gmail dot com or 250-363-6480. Please indicate which day(s) you would like to help out on.

Training Sessions

North Saanich School Training Session –
Tuesday April 5th from 5:30-6:30pm
Meet in school parking lot at 5:25pm (10400 McDonald Park Rd, North Saanich, V8L 0A3)

Bayside School Training Session –
Thursday April 7th from 5:30-6:30pm
Meet at Benvenuto entrance to Gowlland Tod Provincial Park at 5:25pm (see Google Map link below)

Colquitz School Training Session –
Monday April 18th from 5:30-6:30pm
Meet in school parking lot at 5:25pm (505 Dumeresq St, Victoria, BC V8Z 1X2)

Google Map of Training Session locations