1pm: Registration & Walk
Millard Learning Centre
10825 Porlier Pass Road
Galiano Island, BC
Bring your friends and family to the 7th Annual Walkalong, a magical event with live music along forest and seaside trails.
Discover native and medicinal plants and the forest garden along an untouched Douglas-fir coastline and deep into acres of ancient Cedars.
Delicious food for purchase; licensed Celebration to follow, including a Silent Auction stacked with local goods. There will be activities for kids, plus free homemade ice cream!
Bring: a waterbottle for yourself, be ready for the weather (rain or shine!), and a sense of adventure!
Shuttle transportation available:
PICK UP – Ferry: 12:30 / Lions Field: 12:35 / Daystar: 12:45
RETURN – from MLC: 4:30pm (drop off all locations)
RETURN – from MLC: 5:45pm (drop off all locations)
Three Ways to Get Involved
Register and join us for the event: experience the wonder of music in the forests of Galiano followed by a celebration with food and drink.
Can’t attend on the day? Make a direct donation to support environmental education for children and youth.
Become a Walkalong fundraiser and have your friends and family pledge your walk. Support the next generation of environmental change makers!
Tax receipts for gifts of $25 or more.
Experience the Walkalong
This unique event fundraises for children and youth of British Columbia to attend the Conservancy’s nature-based learning programs set on Galiano Island. By donating and attending this event you make it possible for kids to attend these programs – this at a key turning point in global climate change.
The Walkalong trails trace the coast and heartland of the Galiano Conservancy’s 188-acre Millard Learning Centre, the site of the GCA’s central schoolhouse. The GCA has purchased or protected over 1,000 acres on Galiano, and has reached over 37,000 schoolchildren to date with its multifaceted programs.
Playing this year along the trails, perched atop rocky bluffs, or deep in the cedar —plus on the outdoor stage—will be several islanders, plus musicians from Victoria and Vancouver. Kathryn Wiebe and Tyson Doknjas together play violin; Wolfgang Matthes and Alex Catona will be on synthesizer and mesmerizing cello; Joan Robertson, Annie Brown, Mike Brown, and Ben Brown will harmonize instruments with flute, violin, clarinet, and percussion in a single setting; Esther-Ruth Teel and Elanor Teel will capture you with harp and vocals; Karlin Love on leather horn and clarinet; Kathy Kwon, Jenny Banai, and Bre McDaniel bring violin, guitar, and voice; Lydia Dant will play Celtic fiddle; Rob Butterfield has a blues guitar and a haunting voice, and will play unique compositions with Phillip Buller on upright bass and harmonica.
You can also visit the Food Forest to enjoy Forest Garden Tea while exploring its astonishingly abundance, with over a hundred edible plants carefully chosen to grow together, and all producing food from tree-tops to below ground.
Upon finishing the hike (the trails are graded by difficulty and designed to accommodate both individuals and groups), participants are invited to join the celebration: food and drinks for purchase, free hand-cranked ice cream, and more musical performances, plus kids activities and some heartfelt words from the team at the Galiano Conservancy. A cash bar is available this year, featuring a wonderful selection of wines, cider, and beer (with thanks to Storied Wines, Tod Creek Cider, Merridale Cider, and Postmark Brewing). A Silent Auction will feature some of Galiano’s best-loved artists: Keith Holmes, Susan Lambert and Jeanne Erickson, who will create a painting of a beautiful Conservancy scene especially for the Walkalong. Galiano restaurants, services and visits also will be up for auction. We accept credit card, cash, or cheque.
YOUR DONATION MAKES ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH POSSIBLE: INSPIRE AND ENABLE THE NEXT GENERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE MAKERS.
The Islands Trust, the governing body for the Gulf Islands including Galiano, has like many local BC governments declared a climate emergency. Research shows that students learn better in nature and that outdoor experience is critical to gaining an understanding of the urgency of addressing the impacts of climate change.
The Galiano Conservancy Association owns and manages over 1,000 acres on Galiano, and offers a wide range of science programs, including, The Edible Forest, Trek to the Mountain Top, What a Marine Life, as well as cutting edge courses in renewable energy, including a demonstration solar project that has drawn hundreds of students and rave reviews this year alone.
With schools all over BC experiencing sharp cutbacks in funding, and many parents struggling to cover the high cost-of-living in the Lower Mainland and Victoria, the Conservancy’s paid bursaries offer hope.
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. Additional resources to help populate your personal fundraising page can be found here. You have 30 days to raise as much as possible – GO!
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 31 to make nature programs accessible for children and youth.
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From those who have come before you…
“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.”
“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.