Restoration Workshop with Dave Polster

Do you want to help restore wild spaces? To feel a part of nature, your community and make a difference? Join us for a 1.5 day workshop.







Workshop Details:


Day 1 online, using Zoom, focusing on theory (1-5pm) *sounds long but Dave’s presentation is very engaging and there will be a break midway through!*

Day 2 will be spent in the field  (9-3pm)

ALL AGES. minors 16 and under must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

This is a 1.5 day workshop to learn and refine skills in the field of Ecological Restoration. By renewing and restoring degraded, damaged, or destroyed ecosystems and habitats in the environment we will work as a group to learn the skills and transfer them into key techniques out in the field.

The goal is to bring together people who are already working in the field of restoration or are excited to learn more about it. No experience is necessary for this course.

The first day will be spent on Zoom setting the context. The second day we will travel to a field site (likely Stoltz Bluffs – but TBD) and take part in learning some key bioengineering techniques to enhance the success of restoration projects.

Our teacher, David Polster, is a plant ecologist with over 35 years of experience in vegetation studies, reclamation and invasive species management. He graduated from the University of Victoria with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in 1975 and a Master of Science degree in 1977. He has developed a wide variety of reclamation techniques for mines, industrial developments and steep/unstable slopes as well as techniques for the re-establishment of riparian and aquatic habitats. He has authored numerous papers and teaches graduate level courses on these topics.


Cost: $89 per person (includes Dave’s restoration workbook)



Honouring Eric Marshall’s 90th Birthday!

The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is proud to honour Eric Marshall in the event of his 90th birthday!

We are hosting a drop-in birthday “party” at the Nature Centre to celebrate a lifetime of dedication to nature and community. Come and drop by to speak with Eric and Dorothy, view a slideshow of images from his adventures and community work and tour the Nature Centre.

In lieu of gifts Eric is asking that you consider making a donation to the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. Click the link below to be redirected to our Canada Helps donation Page.  On behalf of Eric and the Nature Centre, thank you for your donation.

Donate to Eric’s 90th Restoration and Nature Education Fund

We look forward to seeing you here!



Spring Break Restoration Camp – Cancelled

Spring Break Watershed Restoration Camp – Mar 19th & 20th – Cancelled


We are sad to announce that the Restoration March Break Camp scheduled for Thursday and Friday, March 19th and 20th, is now CANCELLED, consistent with increasing Corona virus health advisories.

Saturday’s World Planting Day on the lower Cowichan River is also CANCELLED.  We have made these decisions in consultation with our leader team and our restoration partner, the BC Conservation Foundation (BCCF).

We are looking forward to rescheduling the restoration camp on a weekend in June (watch for dates)  and will be working with BCCF and the Earth Guardians – Cowichan Valley to reschedule the World Planting/Restoration Day on the same beautiful site on the North Arm of  Cowichan River in the late spring or early summer, when we hope that our contribution to “flattening the curve of the Corona Virus” will again be allowing us to gather together in nature.

Stay tunes for these upcoming events – there will be opportunities for children and youth to get outdoors, soak up the beauty and joy of nature, and make a difference in the Cowichan Watershed by putting on their gloves and boots and getting to work with our education team, restoration biologist David Polster at Stoltz Bluff, and with BCCF biologist Danny Swainson where the North Arm of the Cowichan meets the Estuary.

Participants will learn about and explore native vegetation, river ecology and learn about planting native species and about the process of “live-staking” for restoring watersheds.  Children and youth will come home with new skills and inspired by nature and their experience of working together to restore a natural ecosystem!  It will happen!  And in the meantime wash you hands and take care of each other.

Questions?  Contact Or phone:  250-597-2288

Welcome new interim- coordinator, Amy!

We would like to warmly introduce and welcome our new interim – coordinator who will be helping to look after the Nature Centre in the coming months as Alicia Taylor commences her maternity leave.

A few words from Amy:

Hello to the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre community. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you all. I have recently joined the Nature Centre team as the interim coordinator. Thank you for the lovely welcome I have received so far! As someone who feels passionate about the Cowichan Valley and Estuary, I am eager to learn all I can about its history, people and environment.

I look forward to learning from all of our volunteers and educators and helping to coordinate all of the wonderful events, camps and educational programs we will offer during the upcoming year.  Thank you for your patience with me as I take in the vast array of outreach programming that we offer!






Please feel free to contact Amy at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Center at:


Massive Thanks To Larry and his community of friends! Over $5000 raised in one month


A deep appreciation to Larry and his community of friends who raised over $5000 to support the operations of the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. General operations rarely hit the spotlight, but with the dedication of Larry to keep our centre going, and the support of his friends, we are grateful to be launching into 2020 with this extra support. May all of you who donated know you kindness and funds are well received! Happiest of the New Year to you!

July 25/26th LakeKeepers Workshop – Buy your tickets soon!

The wonderful Cowichan Land Trust is hosting a LakeKeepers Workshop
Together with the British Columbia Lake Stewardship Society (BCLSS) and the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society, The Cowichan Land Trust is running a two-day LakeKeepers workshop for citizens to learn how to care for, monitor, and manage our beautiful BC lakes.
Facilitated by Dr. Rick Nordin of BCLSS, this workshop will take place on July 25th from 9-4pm and July 26th from 9-noon at the Duncan Community Lodge on Quamichan Lake.
Check out the poster below for more info on the lessons and information covered in the course!
It is available to everyone 14+, and is free for students and $25 for adults.
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