~ THANK YOU FOR JOINING US ~

Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far to Walkalong fundraising efforts and to those who were able to attend on Saturday!

Lucky scavenger hunt winners will receive their prizes in the mail shortly.

Fundraising efforts for the Walkalong are open until Saturday, September 12th. If you enjoyed the event (either in person on through our virtual tour below) please consider adding to your donation to support kids’ environmental education.

Painting Auction

Bid on scenic Chrystal Cove paintings by local artists Jeanne Erickson and Stefan Brunhoff. Auction closed. Paintings & Artist info can still be viewed.

BOOST your Donation

Add to your donation to support environmental education for Galiano’s children and youth. Donations open until Saturday, September 12th

Contribute to a fundraising page

Determine this year’s Walkalong fundraising champion by donating to a friend’s fundraising page (or to your own). Fundraising open until Saturday, September 12th

GCA Education Team Members – Emily & Ria
Walk this way!
Eric Higgs – Interpretation Station
Roxanne – Chimes at Chrystal Cove
Jeanne Erickson acrylic live painting
Stefan Brunhoff watercolour live painting
Jessica Léger (voice)
Ben Brown (drums)
Mike Brown (clarinet)
Phillip Buller (string bass & harmonica)
Danny on guitar
Elanor (bodhran) and Cayleigh (cello )
Tayphun (harmonica)
An array of harmonicas
Thank you Karen, Kate, Sarah, Ted from the NGVFD for keeping Walkalong safe!

Share your event photos with us!

Tag and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @galianoconservancy and use the hashtag #galianowalkalong in your photos

Share your Google Photo and iCloud photos with walkalong@galianoconservancy.ca. Photography credits and other intellectual property rights will be upheld for any photos that are shared with us.

Virtual Walkalong 2020

Couldn’t attend on the day? Take a virtual tour of the 8th Annual Musical Walkalong for Learning. Make sure you have your sound all the way up to listen to the musicians’ magical melodies and the forest’s natural rhythms.

Enjoy the show? Consider supporting our Walkalong fundraiser! All proceeds go towards our Bursary Fund, which helps underprivileged kids get outside through nature-based learning experiences on Galiano.

Every $30 donated brings one child to Galiano to experience and learn in nature for one day!


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 local 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 50 walkers permitted within each time slot. Get tickets to reserve your spot or register in-person on the day of the event (walk spot not guaranteed).

Three Ways to Get Involved

Painting Auction

Bid on scenic Chrystal Cove paintings by local artists Jeanne Erickson and Stefan Brunhoff. Auction closed. Paintings & Artist info can still be viewed.

BOOST your Donation

Add to your donation to support environmental education for Galiano’s children and youth. Donations open until Saturday, September 12th

Contribute to a fundraising page

Determine this year’s Walkalong fundraising champion by donating to a friend’s fundraising page (or to your own). Fundraising open until Saturday, September 12th

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.

Musical Line Up

Kurt Ward-Theiss (fiddle, mandolin; bagpipes; voice)
Ben Brown (percussion)
Elanor Teel and Cayleigh Aalders (cello, bodhrán, voice)
Mike Brown (clarinet) and Annie Brown (violin)
Phillip Buller (string bass, harmonica, voice) and Rob Butterfield (guitar, voice)
Tayfun Sozer (harmonicas)
Gustavo Santos (flugelhorn), Yare (voice) and Octavio (guitar)
Lyra Higgs (Flute)
AND MORE!!



Nature and Art

Watch artists in action! Live scenery paintings by Galiano local artists Jeanne Erickson and Stefan Brunoff 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.

Bids open until August 31st – SEE HERE FOR FINAL PICTURES OF PAINTINGSContact walkalong@galianoconservancy.ca

Fun for the Kids!

Participate in our Walkalong Nature Scavenger Hunt 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 sheet at the registration booth and drop it off at our merchandise table (by GCA office) before you leave! 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.

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.