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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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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Salmon Egg Delivery and Salmon Dissection

On February 5th, 2019, we received Chum Salmon eggs from Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Galiano Community School students, teachers and Galiano Conservancy educators were excited to introduce the salmon eggs to their temporary home: a small freshwater aquarium set up at the Galiano School. In the end of February, all of the salmon eggs hatched, […]

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Rockheights Sees under the Sea!

Throughout October, four grade 7/8 classes from Rockheights Middle School joined us for a special edition of the Conservancy’s popular marine program, “Marine Investigations.” Meet Desiree – Marine Conservation Specialist The Conservancy had the privilege of working with Desiree Bulger, a University of Victoria Masters candidate in Marine Biology for this series of marine education programs. With […]

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Rainforest Rangers—Claremont Secondary’s 2-Day Adventure

For a second year in a row, Claremont Secondary’s explorers braved the rain while discovering the phenomenal biodiversity of Galiano’s temperate Coastal Douglas Fir rainforest!  Day 1:  Swamps and Ridges of Eco-Safari  While hiking the peaks and valleys of the Vanilla Leaf Nature Reserve lands, students actively studied the links between topography and plant diversity.  In […]

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Pollinator Power! – Salt Spring Island Elementary’s Busy Bees

Salt Spring Island Elementary buzzed around the Millard Learning Centre Forest Garden and Forage Forest  having participated in the GCA’s new People, Plants and Pollinators education program!  The students flexed their green thumbs while building “lasagna” planting beds – a soil bulking method where nitrogen and carbon-rich organic materials are layered on top of each other. On top […]

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Shell Middens and Sea Stars: What a Marine Life!

Last Monday, Fireside Adventures / SOS Children’s Village joined us for our Marine Investigations program. We were also joined by Indigenous interpreter Levi Wilson, who gave us insight into the ancient habitation of Montague Harbour or Sum’nuw, the harbour’s Hul’qumi’num name. Sum’nuw’ meaning “a hidden place” in Hul’qumi’num, is shared by many nations – like much of the Southern Gulf […]

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Off the Beaten Path – Cambie Secondary Treks Galiano’s Wilderness

Cambie Secondary School students ventured boldly forward into the lush Galiano wilderness for a 3 day and 2 night Backcountry Experience. These keen explorers—the majority of whom were completely new to backpacking—were introduced to the basics of navigation, bush-camp life & wilderness safety. Day 1 – The Hike Upon their arrival from Richmond, BC the students […]

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Bees and Seed Bombs with Rockheights Middle School

This past Thursday and Friday we were excited to welcome Rockheights Middle Schoolers from Esquimalt for a Two-Day, One-Night Adventure. This enthusiastic group of grade eight students participated in a pilot of our new People, Plants, and Pollinators program followed by our established Forest Ecology Program. Our pollinator program kicked off with an introduction to […]

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