Thanks to you we’ve exceeded our fundraising goal!

Every Step you Take Brings a Child Closer to Nature

The Education Bursary Fund

Walkalong is a fundraiser for the Conservancy’s Education 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. Every $30 donated brings one child to Galiano for the day.

With $34,583 in funds raised this year, you have supported a one day field trip to Galiano for ~ 1,153 children and youth.

Meet our Matching Fundraisers

Zita and Mark Bernstein Family Foundation – Matching up to $10,000!

I am delighted to be able to support the GCA’s 2021 Walkalong through the Zita and Mark Bernstein Family Foundation.

My involvement with the GCA dates back to the early 1990s, when thanks to Rose Longini’s organization and hospitality, I was able to join baroque violinist Monica Huggett in several benefit concerts for the GCA. These were the highlights of my admittedly very short performing career, and it has been wonderful to follow the Conservancy’s amazing work since then.

The Zita and Mark Bernstein Family Foundation is named after my parents, and was established in 2019 through a bequest of my late father. The Foundation’s mandate is broad, but my two sisters and I share a commitment to charities that support education, the environment/land stewardship, social justice, the performing arts, and quality of life for the elderly.

I wish you all the best for this year’s Walkalong, and look forward to taking part in one when the pandemic has passed!

Tamara Bernstein, Zita and Mark Bernstein Family Foundation

Live Paintings Auction

Auction now closed. Thank you artists and bidders!

Jeanne Erickson

Painting Name: “Grandmother Cedar”
Description: Unframed 11 14/16″ X 36″ x 1 5/16″ acrylic painting on gallery wrapped canvas
Value: $1,200
Reserve: $200
Minimum Bid Increment: $10

Final Bid: $1050

Jeanne Erickson Website
Email Jeanne

Stefan Brunhoff

Painting Name: “Chrystal Cove Outlook”
Description: Unframed 11” x 26” Watercolour painting on Arches 140 lb. Cold pressed paper.
Value: $1,200
Reserve: $400
Minimum Bid Increment: $10

Final Bid: $575

Stefan Brunhoff Website
Email Stefan

Bruce Dolsen

Painting Name: “Salish Sea Coastline Forest”
Description: Acrylic on Canvas. Depicts mixed forest on the Appleby Trail with Alder, Arbutus and Big-leaf Maple
Value: $ 250
Reserve: $ 50
Minimum Bid Increment: $10

Final Bid: $ 175

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Walkalong 2021

Thank you for coming!

Our staff and board would like to resonate our gratitude towards the 251 event attendees, 15 volunteers, 25 talented musicians, artists and performers, event sponsors (Ox Eye Galiano, Sea Cider, Lighthouse Brewing, Draughtwise, Galiano Corner Store and the Galiano Garage) and funders (CRD)!  

We hope to see you again next year in late August 2022 for our 10th Annual Musical Walkalong for Learning at the Millard Learning Centre.

Musical Walk

Listen to acoustic musicians, watch live local painters in action and learn a thing or two about native flora & fauna, permaculture and climate action as you “walk along” scenic forested trails at the Millard Learning Centre. Kids can participate in a wacky Walkalong Scavenger Hunt and be entered in a prize draw at the end of the day (prizes will be mailed to those who cannot stay).


Watch live musical performances on the Celebration mainstage while you enjoy yummy ice cream, food and adult beverages (19+). The Celebration area also has a kids play zone, silent auction and more!

Virtual Walkalong 2020

Watch what took place last year at our 8th Annual Musical Walkalong for Learning to see what’s in store for 2021! Make sure you have your sound all the way up to listen to the musicians’ magical melodies and the forest’s natural rhythms. Please note if you have an older computer, the Kula Tour below may not work for you.

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 9th Annual Musical Walkalong for Learning, we can ensure that all kids can access, learn and play in nature.

DONATE: Make a one time donation to the GCA’s Bursary Fund.

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.

For more information please contact:

Call the GCA Office at 250-539-2424 or email

Thank you for your generosity.