Join us for our 8th Annual Musical Walkalong for Learning – a magical event with live music along forest and seaside trails

Experience the natural splendor of some of the oldest Coastal Douglas-fir forests in the Southern Gulf Islands as you are serenaded by Galiano’s musical talent. 

As you walk among 300+ year old cliff side trees, discover edible and medicinal native plants with local interpreters, view nature-inspired art produced by Galiano youth and artists and tour our abundant Food Forest and Nuts’a’maat Forage Forest gardens.

Musical Walkalong for Learning is a fundraiser for the Conservancy’s Bursary Fund; a unique fund that offers access to nature, environmental education and outdoor recreation for BC’s underprivileged children and youth. 

By donating to and attending this event, you make it possible for kids who have never had the chance to beach-comb, hike in a forest or camp underneath the stars to connect with nature – all at a critical time for climate action and environmental stewardship!

Every step you take brings a child closer to nature

Support local!

Walkalong is the perfect end-of-the-summer opportunity to witness the magnificence of your own backyard, spend time with your friends and family, and support local kids’ growth and learning alongside nature!

The Galiano Conservancy Bursary fund supports nature-based learning programs with the Galiano School and other local community programs delivered by the GCA education team.

COVID-19 Ready

We’ve made a few changes to this year’s Walkalong to make sure all our event attendees and the Galiano community stays safe, happy and healthy! Click here to learn more

New! Ticketed Walking Time Slots

This year we are introducing, four musical walk times spaced throughout the day to encourage social distancing. With four different start times visitors will have more time and space to enjoy the music, art and scenery at the Millard Learning Centre. 

To prevent mass-gathering, only walkers with tickets will be admitted. Please purchase your Walkalong tickets in advance

Three Ways to Get Involved

Attend

Get your tickets and join us for the event: Experience live music and the natural melodies of Galiano’s ancient forests. Ticket proceeds fund nature-based learning for Galiano kids.

Donate

Can’t attend on the day? Make a direct donation to support environmental education for Galiano’s children and youth.

Fundraise

Become a Walkalong fundraiser and have your friends and family pledge your walk. Support Galiano’s next generation of environmental change makers!

Every $30 donated brings one child to Galiano to experience and connect with nature.


Tax receipts for gifts of $25 or more


Walkalong – What’s new this year?

Four Musical Walk Times 

This year we are introducing, four musical walk times spaced throughout the day to encourage social distancing. With four different start times visitors will have more time and space to enjoy the music, art and scenery at the Millard Learning Centre. 

The Music

Playing this year along the trails, perched atop rocky bluffs, or deep in the cedar —will be several islanders, plus Galiano-tied musicians from Victoria and Vancouver.

Stay tuned – 2020 musical line up coming soon!


Nature and Art

Art will be displayed along our musical walk trail loop and will feature pieces created by local young artists. View Galiano kids’ creations alongside a naturally picturesque backdrop.

Watch artists in action! Live scenery paintings will occur at select locations along the trail. Walkers will have the opportunity to bid for the paintings created during the Walkalong after the event. All bidding proceeds will go towards children & youth’s nature education supported by the GCA Bursary fund.

Fun for the Kids!

Participate in our Walkalong Nature Scavenger Hunt & Eco-Challenge. See how many cool creatures and plants you can find hidden along our musical walking route. Create your own instruments, art and dances using pieces of the forest around you as inspiration.

Ask us for the Nature Scavenger Hunt & Eco-Challenge sheet at the registration booth and place it inside our Scavenger Hunt Mailbox at the end of your walk to be entered to win a prize! Four lucky winners (one for each walk time slot) will be mailed their prizes after Walkalong.

Interpretation Areas

Learn about permaculture, Galiano’s flora & fauna, renewable energy and more as you tour the Learning Centre’s interpretation areas facilitated by GCA staff and local experts.

Step into our Groundwater Conservation Area and discover how you can preserve and create natural landscaping features to keep your home and its surrounding ecosystems wet during Galiano’s driest months.

Join the Zero-Net Energy Club with Solar! Solar photovoltaic technology is evolving rapidly – learn about the amazing new tech that is making solar power generation cheaper and more efficient way to power the world.

Visit the Food Forest to enjoy Forest Garden Tea while and explore its astonishing abundance, with over a hundred edible plants carefully chosen to grow together, and all producing food from tree-tops to below ground.

Tour the Nuts’a’maat Forage Forest and learn about wild foods and medicines and their importance to the traditional way of life for Penelakut and other Hul’qumi’num-speaking indigenous peoples who have lived on and cared for Galiano Island for thousands of years.

Celebrating 20 Years of GCA Environmental Education

Since 2000, the GCA has delivered hundred of hours of nature-based, experiential education programs to over 38,0000 participants from the Southern Gulf Islands, Vancouver Island, the lower mainland and beyond.

Our programs focus on bringing children and youth closer to nature through hands-on games, skill-building activities and fun, social learning outdoors. By guiding kids through their first camping experience, their first time beach-combing or hiking up a mountain we hope to inspire a sense of wonder and love of nature in our youth participants.

Learn more about the environmental education programs we offer

YOUR DONATION MAKES ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH POSSIBLE: INSPIRE AND ENABLE THE NEXT GENERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE MAKERS.

Now is the time to make a difference and get kids outside

With COVID-19 disrupting normal life and keeping kids and families cooped up, now is an extremely important time to encourage outdoor play and learning. Nature exploration relieves mental and physical stress in kids and adults alike and it also helps us understand more about the plants, animals and ecosystems human life and society depend on. 

In a time of climate-crisis it is vital that kids are aware of and are inspired by their natural surroundings so that they can help protect them as they get older. With the youth of today becoming the climate-leaders of tomorrow, it is our duty to help them along the way by providing equal opportunities for all. With your attendance and generous donations to the 8th Annual Musical Walkalong for Learning, we can ensure that all kids can access, learn and play in nature.

FUNDRAISE: By becoming a fundraiser, and having your friends and family pledge you to do the walk, you make it possible for children and youth to attend nature-based learning programs on Galiano. We are at a crucial point in our relationship with the natural environment, there is no better time than to do your part in supporting nature-based learning for the next generation. Set up your fundraising page here.

Rockheights Middle School Teacher speaks about GCA bursary program

Galiano Conservancy Bursary Fund

Developing a passion for nature is of vital importance for the next generation.
Our Bursary Fund enables children and youth to experience hands-on environmental learning on Galiano Island. Join the Walkalong on August 29th to make nature programs accessible for children and youth.


For more information please contact:

Call the GCA Office at 250-539-2424 or email walkalong@galianoconservancy.ca


Tax receipts for gifts of $25 or more.

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From those who have come before you

Carrie B.

Teacher

“Receiving the bursary from the Galiano Conservancy Association’s Quest for the Mountain Top program made this trip possible for our class. Coming from an inner-city school in Surrey, many of our students had never hiked a mountain let alone been on a ferry[…] Not only was it a new experience for all of them, they all became more aware of native and non-native species in the ecosystems around us and what we can do to play a role in protecting the environment.”

Carol Pucci

Seattle Times

“Never have I hiked through the woods and come upon a bass player standing in a clearing, or a harpist perched on a bluff above a crystal blue bay.”


Thank you for your generosity.