Beer & Burger Fundraiser: Return of the Great Blue Heron – Feb 24, 5-8pm Cow Bay Pub… stay tuned

Return of the Great Blue Heron – Welcome back the Herons and
support The Work of The Cowichan Nature Centre, with an evening of songs, stories,
and memories about Herons – plus beer and burgers! And a special Heron Guest!!
We’re gearing up for a busy spring season of nature education and restoration and
need YOUR help.Join us for a Beer & Burger fundraiser at the Cow Bay Pub featuring
great food, a silent auction, fantastic live music AND storytelling from local naturalists and nature lovers about our Return of The Great BlueHeron

Do you have a local heron story to share? It can be personal, epic or amusing, poem,
song or story – email before February 10th and be included
in the storytelling circle.

Don’t miss our silent auction featuring local art, gift certificates from local businesses,
and more.

Tickets includes a burger (chicken, beef, or veggie), side of fries or salad, and a drink
(domestic beer, wine, or cider).

$25 per ticket, available here online, or at Volume One Books, the Cowichan Estuary
Nature Centre (1845 Cowichan Bay Road)

An evening of stories, music, a silent auction, and delicious food – all for a good cause!
Hope to see you there!

All proceeds will support local nature education and restoration at the Cowichan
Estuary Nature Centre.

Humpback Comeback – Nov 21, 7-9 pm – with Eric Marshall

Humpback Comeback – Humpback whales in the North Pacific
Come hear a FREE Public talk by retired marine biologist Eric Marshall Wednesday, Nov 21st from 7 to 9 pm at the Nature Centre. (Doors open at 6:30.)

Whaling in BC waters had reduced the humpback whale population by almost 90%.

Now their numbers in the North Pacific are close to the level they were before whaling started! Humpbacks are even being seen regularly in the Salish Sea for the first time for many years.

Come learn about this important species, as well as the science behind the story of how Humpbacks in the North Pacific have recovered.

Donations always gratefully accepted.
Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre, 1845 Cowichan Bay Road (at Hecate Park) , Cowichan Bay

The Nature Centre is hiring!

The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is hiring!

The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre Administrative Support person works under the direction and supervision of the Cowichan Land Trust Executive Director and the Chair of the CENC Operations Committee, reporting to and being supported by the ED and the Operations Committee, including attendance at the Committee’s monthly meetings.

15 hours a week at $18/hr to start.  
Depending on funding, hours could expand or this could develop into a Centre Coordinator position at a higher hourly wage with benefits.

Please submit applications by November 6th at 12:00pm.
Anticipated start date: November 15, 2018.

Click here to view the Job Posting – CENC Administrative Support Oct 2018


Happy B’Earth Day at the Nature Centre!

Did you know that this Earth Day (April 22) the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre will be turning 6 years old?! To mark this occasion, we are having a Spring benefit concert, “Sounds of Springtime” by the Camerata String Orchestra at 7pm at Sylvan United Church. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Kids under 12 are FREE! Tickets available online here or at the Nature Centre during open hours (or contact me directly). Poster attached.

Earlier that day, from 12pm-3pm, we’re hosting a “6th B’Earth Day Party” at the Nature Centre, complete with FREE cake, nature activities for kids, and music from the Muddy Buddies! Schedule for the music etc to be posted on our website shortly.

I sincerely hope that you are able to join us in some way on April 22nd to mark 6 years of nature education, stewardship, and community through the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. Although I’ve only been a part of this community since the Fall, I’ve seen how hard everybody works together for nature, and I think celebrating that hard work is important! With cake!

The Work that Reconnects – Renew, Re-engage & Reconnect to Life – A Transformative Process for Difficult Times – Feb 10th-11th

The Work that Reconnects – Renew, Re-engage & Reconnect to Life – A Transformative Process for Difficult Times – Feb 10th-11th

A “Work that Reconnects” Retreat – Feb 10th -11th, 2018 at Providence Farm

Weekend Workshop/Retreat Feb 10-11th, 9–5 pm, Providence Farm (on the traditional and unceded territory of the Quw’utsun People), St. Anne’s Building.

The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre and Transition Cowichan and are pleased to bring Jackie Larkin and Maggie Ziegler back to the Cowichan Valley to lead a two-day “Work That Reconnects – Reconnecting to Life” Retreat February 10th – 11th.  Maggie and Jackie – educators, activists and facilitators who trained with eco-Buddhist philosopher Joanna Macy — have co-facilitated this experiential process for over sixteen years.

Rooted in a pioneering form of group work developed by Joanna Macy, this workshop/retreat will integrate a wide range of ideas and experiential processes, as well as time in nature. Participants will be supported to engage heart, mind and spirit in the task of renewing our connection to ourselves, our community and all life on earth.  “The Work that Reconnects” emerges from the historical movements for social justice and for environmental sustainability as well as from spiritual traditions that honour the earth as sacred. It draws on the ideas and processes of deep ecology, systems theory and modern science.

If you’ve been overwhelmed by the unraveling of our world over the past year (..or years) – the climate crisis, environmental destruction, species extinction, violent conflict, increasing inequality  – this is a time for connection and renewal. Through experiencing our full range of feelings about our planetary crisis and deepening our understanding about our connection to all life, we can find courage and resilience to support ourselves and each other through these challenging times – and find meaningful and nourishing ways to continue to engage in the work that is needed.

We hope you will join us.

This two-day non-residential retreat on Feb 10th-11th is $140 per person. Some partial bursaries (up to 50%) are available.  Space is limited so registration is required. We ask that participants bring their lunches. Coffee, tea and healthy snacks will be provided. For information and registration contact:

If you need a place to stay in the Cowichan Valley, billeting can be arranged.

For more information about Jackie and Maggie and their work see:

“The Wisdom to Survive” – Film & Discussion – Thurs, Jan 18th, 7pm

Join us on Thursday January 18th at 7pm at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre in Cowichan Bay to watch and discuss this film on climate change and adaptation.
It asks the thought provoking question “Will we have the wisdom to survive?”

The film features breath-taking photography and inspiring activists and thought leaders from science, economics and spirituality, including eco-philosopher Joanna Macy who developed “The Work that Reconnects” – a pioneering form of group work that engages heart, mind and spirit in such questions.

This moving film sets the stage to discuss how we can take action, locally and globally in the face of climate disruption, while also opening ourselves to connecting with each other and the beauty that surrounds us.

Admission by donation to support the work of both the Nature Centre & Transition Cowichan.

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