The Vanier Garry oaks are one of Vancouver Island’s natural heritage treasures which have been around for about 8,000 years. They are the remnant populations of some of the northernmost distributions of Garry oaks in North America, and a vestige of the rich and complex Pentlatch culture that flourished in the Comox Valley along the estuary and the Tsolum River prior to the colonization of British Columbia.
Part of this heritage has now been set aside as a new municipal public park. As it does every year as part of its effort to preserve this natural heritage, Comox Valley Nature is therefore happy to host a free public interpretive natural and cultural history walk around the Vanier and Mission Hill sites.
This walk will be lead by Dr. Loys Maingon (RPBio). Dr. Maingon is past-president of Comox Valley Nature and is also a member of the recovery implementation groups of the Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team. Additionally he heads the Comox Valley Garry oak recovery project and manages the only major Garry oak nursery outside of Victoria, which is currently growing about 4,000 saplings for restoration projects around the valley. This is an opportunity to discover and celebrate the wealth of the Comox Valley’s rich diversity.
This walk is scheduled for this Saturday, July 30 from 9:00 to 11:00 (approximate slow walk time, 2 hours. Participants should meet at the Vanier Recreation Centre (Ice Rink) parking lot at 9:00 am.
Comox Valley Nature is a non-profit society affiliated to BC Nature. It fulfills its educational mandate by hosting monthly lectures, organizing free weekly guided hikes for members, and undertaking a variety of environmental projects. Aside from its main activity as a non-profit, Comox Valley Nature also supports specialized groups ( Birding, Botany, Garry Oak Restoration, Wetland Restoration, Photography and Young Naturalists Club) which have separate monthly activities. Membership in BC Nature and Comox Valley Nature is $30 per adult and $40 for a family.
Founded in 1966, it is one of the oldest environmental societies on the North Island. Meetings and lectures of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society are held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton, Courtenay. Meetings and guided walks are open to the public, including children and youth. Lecture is free, though a $3 contribution from non-members is appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed.
Anyone interested in this lecture or participating in CVNS activities can also contact us at the website http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/ or Loys Maingon at 250-331-0143.