The Musical Walkalong for Learning is a family and leashed dog-friendly event!
Experience the natural splendor of the Galiano Island’s coastal forests and rocky bluffs as you are serenaded by local and regional musical talent. Walk among 300+ year old cliff side trees, discover edible and medicinal native plants with GCA interpreters, view nature-inspired art produced by Galiano-based artists and tour our abundant Food Forest and Nuts’a’maat Forage Forest gardens.
Kids can have fun with an epic Walkalong Scavenger Hunt and giggle with our nature-puppet pals – Fergus & Friends. Plus this year, we are bringing back the Celebration portion of the event which features a live music mainstage, ice cream and other delicious food, drinks (19+), kids play zone, silent auction and more!
Every step you take brings a child closer to nature
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.
Support Local! – 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. By the end of 2021, we will have dedicated over $4,000 to Galiano kids participating in Galiano School and Activity Centre programs.
Make a One Time Donation
Help us reach our $30,000 fundraising goal! Make a one time donation to the Education Bursary Fund here.
Become a Peer-to-Peer Fundraiser or join a fundraising team! Increase your impact by raising funds with help from your friends and family.
Experience the Walkalong – Walk the Musical Trail and attend the Celebration at the Millard Learning Centre. All ticket proceeds go towards fundraising for our Education Bursary Fund.
Tickets include admission to both the Musical Walk and the Celebration, but you also have the option to attend only the Celebration.
Fixed ticket prices are suggested donations. While our aim is to fundraise $30,000 we want to make the Walkalong accessible to everyone in our community. Please select the “Sliding Scale” ticket option if you would like to give a different amount (whether this is less or more) than the suggested donation prices.
We STRONGLY encourage those planning to attend to pre-register by purchasing tickets. Walk-in registration on the day of the event is available, however we cannot guarantee admission if we reach event capacity.
Meet our Matching Fundraisers
Zita and Mark Bernstein Family Foundation
I am delighted to be able to support the GCA’s 2021 Walkalong through the Zita and Mark Bernstein Family Foundation.Tamara Bernstein, 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!
Walkalong 2021 Preview
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).
Musical Trail Lineup: Coming Soon
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!
Mainstage Lineup: Coming Soon
Event Registration and Check-In
Pre-register for the event by purchasing tickets. Please bring a digital or printed copy of your ticket with you when you attend the event .
Musical Walk Check-In: Check-in at the registration booth within 30 minutes of the Musical Walk start time on your ticket (eg. if you are attending the 1PM Walk, please show up anytime between 1PM -1:30PM).
Celebration Check-In: Check-in at the registration booth upon your arrival if you are only coming to the Celebration.
What you missed in 2020
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 email@example.com
Thank you for your generosity.