Postponed AGAIN Due to Site Flooding – Stay Tuned!
Looking for something to do this Wednesday morning?
Join CVRD Parks & Trails and the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre to remove Himalayan blackberry from Jack Fleetwood Memorial Park on the beautiful Koksilah River! This will help to make way for the native species that grow in the area and prepare the site for school groups who will be coming out to the park later to take part in experiential learning events hosted by the Nature Centre.
Accessibility and Safety: The work site is accessible by stairs and is partially on a slope. There is no washroom facility at this park. Sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants and long sleeves are required. Please dress for the weather as the event will go on as long as conditions remain safe and workable. Safety glasses, gloves and tools will be provided but please feel free to bring your own.
The safety of volunteers and staff is our priority. Face masks will be worn during this event when appropriate physical distancing is not possible. Each person in attendance must self-assess prior to the event to ensure that they have no cold or flu-like symptoms before attending the event.
Sign-up: Please sign up for this event through your volunteer account by clicking here. Prior sign-up is required for this event as space is limited. Please be in touch if you’d like to sign up by phone or email instead.
How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume by April 20th via email, mail or in person to:
Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre
Box 5 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cowichan Bay, BC V0R 1N0
IMPORTANT NOTE: Positions are contingent on Canada Summer Jobs funding and may change in response public health directives on group activities related to Covid 19. This may affect employment contracts.
Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre thanks all applicants for their interest.
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Job interviews may be conducted online via Zoom.
Are you an educator or energetic retired educator interested in working with children in grades K-9? We are looking for inspiring nature educators to join our team and bring the Cowichan Estuary to life for school groups in K-9 at our Centre on the shores of the Cowichan Estuary this fall! Join us and get a chance to delve into an amazing community doing great work here in the Cowichan Valley.
JobTitle: Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre Educator
Term: Contract position with flexible term beginning Sept 2022
Hours: dependent on school bookings and restoration programming, typically 2.5 hrs- 4 hrs weekday mornings.
As a Nature Centre educator you would lead or co-lead (dependent on class sizes) 1hr – 1.5hour nature and ecology programs for learners predominantly in Grades K-9. Our programs focus on hands-on experiential learning, include time outside in nature and covers topics such as: estuary wildlife, watershed health, climate change, environmental science, nature conservation, biology, etc., and may include social studies and historical content. At low tide activities may include mud digs, micro-plastic surveys and beach seines in the intertidal zone to explore resident sea life.
We are so excited to invite youth aged 15 to 20 to apply for a paid restoration internship this Spring Break!
From March 21st to 25th at Bright Angel Park, youth will gain valuable work experience in ecological restoration techniques that will help propel them into employment fields such as Environmental Sciences, Biology, and Ecology. Each 5-hour day will be a mix of invasive species removal, native species planting, and daily Lunch-and-Learns where they will be mentored by local experts.
Position: Restoration Intern Organization: Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre Location: Bright Angel Park
Hours: 9:00am-2:00pm (27 hrs total)
Position Type: Temporary, March 21st to 25th, 2022 (with paid 2hr orientation Friday, March 18th)
Application Deadline: March 11, 2022
Invasive species identification and removal techniques
Native species identification and planting procedures
Ecological restoration techniques and theory
Daily Lunch-and-Learn workshops from local experts
Restoration monitoring and surveying skills
Valuable work experience to help propel you into a related field
Enthusiasm for environmental restoration
Strong work ethic
Ability to perform physical duties of the job in all outdoor weather conditions
Where: Meet at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre car park in Cowichan Bay
Organised by the local Cowichan Valley Naturalists this is a Citizen Science project for Birds Canada. An hour of counting the birds that use the estuary happens every month from September to May at high tide. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are honoured to present the 2021 Volunteer of the Year Award to Roger Southern!
Roger is part of our volunteer team who keeps our Nature Centre maintained in a myriad of ways. He unfailingly comes to the rescue to fix, mend, build and paint anything and everything including doors, sheds, locks, cabinets, heaters you name it! Always with a sense of humour and good cheer which we appreciate to no end. Thank you Roger! From all our team – we are grateful for all the big and small ways you have kept this place looking great and running smoothly.
Local physician Dr. Katharine Bell invited the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre to be part of a Canada Wide College of Family Physicians Family Medical Conference this November which was zoomed over the airwaves from Ontario! The Nature Centre joined a group of organizations including the Toronto Zoo as part of their family-zone entertaining children while their parents attended important medical lectures.
We are so grateful to our incredible team; Kerrie Talbot (Storytime host), Jim Wisnia (MC and sing-a-long host) and Lyn Wisnia (puppet-master) and Madeline (technical wizard and touch tank show-and-tell host)! Together, they put on a fabulous show for the kids including a magical journey through the estuary using songs, a puppet show of local critters and a wonderful touch-tank show-and-tell with Madeline. Some of our audience members may never have seen a live hermit crab or been to our coast and feedback from the FMF organizers has been lovely saying:
“We appreciate all the hard work and time spent making this component of FMF a great success! The storytelling, sing-a-long and exploring of the touch tank created a lot a buzz among the attendees.”
Today we joined 200 nature groups from across Canada in calling on Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030, support Indigenous-led conservation, restore ecosystems and advance environmental justice. Help us amplify this call to action by sharing this letter!
Many thanks to the Pacific Salmon Foundation for this beautiful Mark Hobson print
as seen above with our lead aquarist and educator Madeline Southern!
We are grateful for the support of the Pacific Salmon Foundation over the past 10 years since the Centre was first created. PSF has been supporting our work in educating children, and the whole community, about on the importance of our local watersheds, and especially the key role of salmon in our watershed ecosystems. PSF’s ongoing support of our youth riparian habitat restoration program – inspiring young people to make a hands-on positive difference in our local streams and rivers – is having an impact we’re proud of.