Ecosystem restoration programs are a specialty of ours.

It’s that time of year!

Welcome back to school, teachers. We’re looking forward to another year of hands-on outdoor education programs with you here on beautiful Galiano Island.  The Galiano Conservancy Association specializes in curriculum-based, local, environmental science programs. We are a leader in creating experiential programs about Garry oak and Douglas fir forest ecology, sustainable agriculture, intertidal life, and […]

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Galiano: A Hub for Innovative Ecological Restoration

Experiential Field Schools Some of the most advanced and community-driven restoration programs in the region are offered here on Galiano Island. For four summers, Professor Eric Higgs has brought UVic students to the island for a field course in Advanced Principles and Practices in Ecological Restoration. Students can choose from a variety of projects—summer 2016 […]

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UVic Environmental Studies at Millard Learning Centre
UVic Environmental Studies students explore the Learning Centre fields UVic Photo Services

2017 Welcomes an Exciting UVic-GCA Partnership for Experiential Education and Collaborative Research

It may still be cold out for February in the Islands, but coming into the new year has also brought some very heart warming developments for post-secondary experiential education and collaborative research at the Galiano Conservancy which I would like to share. Over the years, the Galiano Conservancy has collaborated with various universities to host […]

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Cedana in the Food Forest
Cedana in the forest garden. Photo: Christopher King

An Edible Forest

An introduction to Galiano Conservancy’s remarkable forest garden. Everything in a forest garden serves multiple functions.  A permaculture forest garden mimics the architecture and beneficial relationships of the natural plant and animal community that occurs in that climate. Forest Gardens are not “natural”, but are designed and managed ecosystems that are very rich in biodiversity […]

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Photo: Christopher King

A Successful Harvest

by Suzanne Fournier Editor’s note: Suzanne Fournier is a Galiano writer and Conservancy board member. Welcome Suzanne.  The 2016 Harvest and Herbal Workshop was a success! This mid-November weekend created a wondrous world of nature experience for 16 people of all ages. Coming from Finland, Germany, Vancouver, Galiano and other islands, participants all shared a […]

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Kids camping

Galiano Kids’ Campout

August 3 – 5, 2016 Ages 9 – 12.  Registration deadline is July 15, 2016. Join us for a fun filled 2 night / 3 day camping adventure at the Galiano Learning Centre! Kids will be sleeping in tents, hiking, playing outdoor games and learning camping skills. Campout fee is $200 (food is included).  Bursaries […]

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Learning Centre: August 2015

Programming and planning continues steadily at the Learning Centre The past month has seen several programs actively using the Learning Centre land and facilities, including a very successful third installment of a UVic Environment Studies Restoration field course in early July, and the second annual Gailano Kids Campout, which doubled its registration from last year’s […]

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solar array millard learning centre

Learning Centre: June 2015

Solar system up and functioning at the classroom building We have installed 18 panels on the roof of the classroom building, and they are working great. The first field program to use them will be on July 3-11, when 19 UVic Environmental Studies students will join professor Dr. Eric Higgs for the Restoration and Sustainability […]

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Learning Centre: January 2015

Solar systems aren’t just for astronomers With a new year quickly underway, we are heading up our renewable energy projects with renewed vigour, focusing on getting the solar panel system up and functioning. With the help and expertise of board members and friends in the community with experience using solar, we are in the process […]

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