Conservation and Deer on Galiano Island

Background The Gulf Islands are home to populations of native Columbian black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus hemionus) and, in some cases, introduced fallow deer (Dama dama).  Due to the near-extirpation of native predator populations (including wolves, cougars, and bears) from the islands, and decreasing human hunting pressure over the past century, local deer populations have expanded […]

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Native Plant Inspirations Program

On October 9th and 10th, we had some fabulous days with 50 kids from Claremont Secondary School – Institute for Global Solutions. The kids spent two days at the Millard Learning Centre, participating in the Conservancy’s new Native Plant Inspirations education program and the Coastal Forest of Pebble Beach program. We started day one with […]

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Relaxing after a hard days work in a patch of Mt. Sutil’s Garry Oak Ecosystem

Teacher Pro-D Camp 2020

Discover new techniques for engaging students with science and nature Teach at the Beach Discover the intertidal life of the Gulf Islands, and get your feet wet with techniques for connecting students to the life on our shores. The Wisdom of the Trees Walk the Millard Learning Centre’s Coastal Forest and learn how to engage […]

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Inspired by Native Plants

Come try our new NATIVE PLANT INSPITATIONS education program Native Plant Inspirations is a new education program centred around the Nuts’a’maat Forage Forest, at the Millard Learning Centre where we introduce the students to a variety of native and naturalized plants. The Nuts’a’maat Forage Forest is a garden and restoration learning space, where native plants which […]

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Belmont Secondary’s Backcountry Experience

On May 22nd, 2019, educators Emily, Ria and Syd greeted 16 students from Belmont Secondary at the Millard Learning Centre. Throughout the following three days, they participated in the Galiano Conservancy Association’s Backcountry Experience program which aims to teach students about “leave no trace” camping and wilderness safety.  On Day one, students are taught how […]

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Our Renewable Energy Program is Live!

The Galiano Conservancy Associations has now debuted our new Renewable Energy in Action program! GCA educators Emily, Ria and Reed with special help from Tom Mommsen (our solar energy expert) have been devoted to the development of this new program. From thought showers to hands-on building and trouble shooting of the experiments, they did it […]

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Coastal Forests: A Student Video

Students were from Edward Milne Secondary School joined us for an unforgettable three- day program with us. First day was the Mount Galiano hike on a very sunny day; the second day was our popular Coastal Forest hike, where we did a teaching train and created this video, and third was a hike into Dionisio […]

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Coastal Forests with a Snap

A School Adventure Our Coastal Forest Program with the SJ Willis Alternative School was a huge success! Experiencing Galiano’s coastal forest, comparing a mature forest with a non-mature forest and learning about the forest floor was so much fun for everyone. Students especially enjoyed the teaching train, exploring the intertidal, and pulling down a tree […]

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Renewable Energy in Action Sneak Peek

Galiano Conservancy educators Ria & Emily showed off our new “Renewable Energy in Action” education program to eager teachers at the School District 64 Professional Development Day on Salt Spring Island. For the first session, teachers put their thinking caps on and played a game to identify forms of energy in everyday objects. Using interactive […]

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