Events

Wildlife Tours

DINE FOR NATURE

Pacific Prime Restaurant at the The Beach Club Resort will be donating 15% of food and beverage sales every Wednesday during the Brant Wildlife Festival.
Call 250-947-2109 for reservations.

Opening Event
Sat. Mar. 19, 5 to 9 p.m.
Join The Nature Trust of BC to kick off the festival with a buffet dinner, live music, silent auction, and youth nature photo display at the Beach Club Resort. $40 per person. Reserve your spot by calling 1-866-288-7878 or e-mailing rrivers@naturetrust.bc.ca.

Artisanal Bread Cooking Class
Sat. Mar. 19, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Learn how to make a braided Easter loaf, focaccia, the best pizza dough and rainforest crisps at VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station.  $75 per person. For more information call 250-740-6611. Register online at www.rdn.bc.ca/recreation or call 250-248-3252

Birds Art Show
March Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Throughout the month of March, there will be two art shows featuring birds at the McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville.

Brant in the Bay
Sun. Mar. 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
View Brant geese and other birds through spotting scopes set up by the Arrowsmith Naturalists at Parksville Community Park and have all your nature questions answered. Free

Spring Break Nature Camp
Mon. to Thurs. Mar. 21-24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Children aged 6 to 11 are invited to join our amazing park naturalists for four days of fun in nature including digging in the dirt, learning to camp, playing games and creating art at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park hosted by RLC Park Services. $150, pre-register at 250-478-9414

Spring Break Ocean Adventures Camp
Mon. to Thurs. Mar. 21-24, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Children aged 8 to 12 can have fun as they learn about marine biology, try mad science experiments, head to the beach and take a boat trip at VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station.  $55 per day or $200 for 4 days. For more information call 250-740-6611. Register online at www.rdn.bc.ca/recreation or call 250-248-3252

Easter High Tea
Tues. Mar. 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enjoy an elegant afternoon tea with dainty sandwiches, fresh pastries, seasonal sweets and artisanal tea at VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station. $25 per person. Call 250-740-6611 to reserve.

Culinary Student Dinner Event
Fri. Apr. 1
This very special dinner will allow you to savour the skills of VIU graduating culinary students as they prepare outstanding seafood and other dishes at VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station. Call 250-740-6611 to reserve.

Water Day
Sun. Apr. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Celebrate Canada Water Week with a free community event at the Qualicum Commons. There’s something for everyone with speakers, workshops, interactive community displays, children’s activities and live music all honouring our precious resource – water.

High Tea Basics Cooking Class
Sun. Apr. 3, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Chef Lila Ruzicka will teach you how to make perfect the scone, gourmet tea sandwiches and charming sweets at VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station. $75 per person. For more information call 250-740-6611. Register online: www.rdn.bc.ca/recreation or call 250-248-3252.

Karen Barry
Sun. Apr. 3, 7 to 9 p.m.
Biologist and restoration technician Karen Barry will speak about some of the amazing wildlife found on Vancouver Island at Parksville Museum & Archives.

The Sandpiper and the Falcon
Thurs. Apr. 7, dinner 5:30 p.m., lecture 7 p.m.
Enjoy an amazing dinner and then listen to Rob Butler, ornithologist, author and artist, speak about sandpipers and falcons at VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station. Call 250-740-6611 to reserve.

Freedom Flight–Eagle Release
Sat. Apr. 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Eagle release at 2 p.m.
Come for lunch, see glove-trained birds and many wildlife booths at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Errington. By donation.

Foraging for Wild Edibles on the Seashore
Sat. Apr. 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join us on an intertidal foraging excursion on the beach, learn harvesting techniques and sample ocean delicacies before enjoying a shellfish themed meal paired with Vancouver Island wines at VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station, $125 per person. For more information call 250-740-6611. Register online at www.rdn.bc.ca/recreation or call 250-248-3252

Pacific Brant Carving and Art Show
Apr. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Apr. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
View the outstanding carvings and artwork in this show hosted by the Vancouver Island Woodcarvers Club at the Parksville Community & Conference Centre. $5 admission.

Brantastic Observations Tour
Sun. Apr. 10, noon to 4 p.m.
Join Gary and Ronda Murdock of Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours to view Brant geese and other seabirds from hot spots in Oceanside with field ornithologist Christopher Stephens. $20 per person (transportation not included). Register by calling 250-248-3667 or mail@rainforestnaturehikes.com

Spring Songs
Fri. Apr. 15, 7 p.m.
The Cantando Chamber Singers will be performing at Knox United Church, Parksville. Refreshments will be served. $10 per person.

Brantastic Observations Tour
Sat. Apr. 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join Gary and Ronda Murdock of Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours to view Brant geese and other seabirds from hot spots in Oceanside with field ornithologist Christopher Stephens. $20 per person (transportation not included). Register by calling 250-248-3667 or mail@rainforestnaturehikes.com.

High Tea Advanced Cooking Class
Sat. Apr. 16, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Learn how to make French macarons, chocolate ganache, glazing, icing and piping as well as lemon curd at VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station. $75 per person. For more information call 250-740-6611. Register online at www.rdn.bc.ca/recreation or call 250-248-3252

BioBlitz
Sun. Apr. 17
Join expert scientists to help identify and count plants and birds on a special property, hosted by the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Research Institute. No experience necessary!

Hamilton Marsh Tour
Sun. Apr. 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bring your friends and family to explore this amazing marsh outside Qualicum Beach and learn about the interesting plants and wildlife with the Friends of French Creek and Arrowsmith Naturalists. By donation

If you would like more information, want to volunteer or run an event, or have any questions, please call Robin Rivers at 1-866-288-7878 (604-924-9771 in Vancouver) or email rrivers@naturetrust.bc.ca.