Help Saanich Peninsula students help the Environment!

Please consider volunteering for our 10th Annual Creatures of Habitat events this spring! Volunteers are absolutely VITAL to this program, to provide instruction and supervision to the students during the outdoor activities.

About Creatures of Habitat

Over the course of four days this April and May, we will engage over 500 students in this year's Gr. 6/7 "Creatures of Habitat" Program. This year we will visit Bayside, Colquitz and North Saanich Schools.

With our team of Volunteers, we will engage local Gr. 6/7 students in 4 full days of environmental education, consisting of both indoor and outdoor activities. The indoor activities include EnviroJeopardy and workshops.

Outdoors, students will undertake hands-on ecological restoration activities on or near their school grounds, including invasive plant species removal, mulching, native species plantings, etc. It is for these outdoor activities that we need volunteers to help provide supervision for the students.

This year the four (4) events will take place on:

1) Monday April 30th from 8:35am-3pm at COLQUITZ Middle School 
Restoration site: Colquitz River Park
2) Wednesday May 9th from 8:45am-2pmat BAYSIDE Middle School
Restoration site: Gowlland Tod Provincial Park
3) Thursday May 10th from 9:05am-3pmat NORTH SAANICH School (Day 1/2*) 
Restoration site: School grounds and Lillian Hoffar Park
4) Friday May 11thfrom 9:05am-3pm at NORTH SAANICH School (Day 2/2*)
Restoration site: School grounds and Lillian Hoffar Park
You can volunteer for one day, or more if you are really keen! If you can be there for only a morning or afternoon shift, please let us know as we can accommodate this as well.
* There are two dates for North Saanich Middle School as both their Gr. 6 and Gr. 7 students are participating. At Bayside and Colquitz Schools, only the Gr. 6 students participate.

Volunteer Activity Description

We are looking for enthusiastic and responsible adult volunteers to work with and supervise youth (ages 11-12) at the school grounds and/or park location. No restoration experience or plant knowledge necessary; we will teach you everything you need to know at the Volunteer Orientation/Training Sessions (see dates below). As a volunteer, your role will entail supervision of a small group of 5-7 students doing invasive plant species removal, garbage pick-up, weeding, planting, mulching and/or other outdoor activities. You will be supported at the site by the teachers and Peninsula Streams’ staff.

Volunteer Orientation/Training Sessions

Please attend the Volunteer Training/Orientation Session for the school that you will be volunteering at. Each session is site-specific. (If you can't make it to the training session, you can still volunteer! We will send you an information package before the event that will cover all of the important details.)

a) COLQUITZ Middle School – Monday April 23rd from 5:30-6:30pm.
Meet at school parking lot at 5:25pm (505 Dumeresq Street, V8Z 1X2)

b) BAYSIDE Middle School – Tuesday April 24th from 5:25-6:30pm.
Meet at Wallace Drive entrance to Gowlland Tod Provincial Park at 5:20pm.
*Note - We do NOT meet at the school for the Bayside training session.

c) NORTH SAANICH Middle School – Wednesday April 25th from 5:30-6:30pm.
Meet at school parking lot at 5:25pm (10400 McDonald Park Road, V8L 0A3)

We deliver this program annually thanks to support from: