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Nature walks Sunday

BRACTED LOUSEWORT or Wood Betony is an example of the varied plantlife you can see in Strathcona Provincial Park. Betony comes from a Gallic word meaning medicine plant. - PHOTO SUBMITTED
BRACTED LOUSEWORT or Wood Betony is an example of the varied plantlife you can see in Strathcona Provincial Park. Betony comes from a Gallic word meaning medicine plant.
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The next nature talk and walk for the Strathcona Wilderness Institute at Paradise Meadows will be this Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre, adjacent to Mount Washington’s Raven Lodge.

There is a slight program change for this event — the guide will be Alison Maingon, a retired archeologist and member of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society, who has hiked in Strathcona Park for over 25 years.

Her talk and walk titled Plantlife in Paradise Meadows will be an introduction to the flora of a sub-alpine ecosystem and some of their uses.

“My passion for plants, cultivated and wild, has been lifelong,” says Alison, “and I am especially interested in how cultures, ancient and modern, have made use of them.”

Guided nature walks and talks are free, though donations to Strathcona Wilderness Institute are always appreciated, to help with ongoing operations of the Wilderness Centre. The Centre is open on summer weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well as most weekdays for park and trail information.

SWI has nature programs most weekends during the summer.

For more information, visit the SWI website at www.strathconapark.org and check updates on the blog at www.strathconapark.blogspot.com.

— Strathcona Wilderness Institute

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