What we're about

~ Restore, Conserve, and Connect to our Environment throughout Greater Victoria ~

The Greater Victoria Green Team is a regional-wide environmental volunteer program and is part of the National Charity Green Teams of Canada ( http://www.GreenTeamsCanada.ca ). We are a group of people from all over the Greater Victoria area who get together to help restore our local environment in the Capital Regional District. We work with Municipal and Provincial Parks, Charities, Non-profit organizations, Societies, Stewardship and Watershed groups to tackle environmental issues through co-operation and teamwork. We also volunteer at farms to promote local sustainable agriculture. Gloves and tools will be supplied as well as refreshments! All ages are welcome* and no experience is necessary. If you care about the environment, local food security, and meeting other passionate people then this is the group for you!

* Volunteers 18 years and under wishing to volunteer are required to have a parent/guardian sign the Greater Victoria Green Team waiver prior to volunteering with the Green Teams. Please fill in form here: http://bit.ly/2GEDEO9 . Failure to have your parent/guardian sign this before the activity will prevent you from participating at our event.

The GVGT is a program of Green Teams of Canada charity: http://www.greenteamscanada.ca

Our mission

To inspire stewardship of nature by connecting diverse individuals through hands-on educational environmental activities.

Activities include:

• Removing invasive plants that are out-competing and overtaking natural habitat

• Planting native species

• Picking up garbage (especially from shorelines)

• Preparing and harvesting veggie beds

• Unique activities that improve the environment (building trails, monitoring, building nest boxes for birds, etc)

Restoring our environment is a two way street! You will also benefit in many ways:

• Learn first-hand about the environmental issues faced in parks

• Find out about invasive plants and how they are threatening our ecosystems

• Build stewardship and habitat restoration skills

• Conserve, restore and enhance local green spaces

• Spend time outdoors

• Meet like-minded interesting people

• Build knowledge and skills related to local food security

• Get your hands dirty and be active in something you believe in

• Learn to be a leader and work as a team

• Learn about all the amazing work being done by different groups and organizations in the CRD

• Explore places in the CRD you may have never been to before

• Gain volunteer hours (a letter to confirm your hours will be emailed to you as requested)

• Get exercise and have fun!

Contact the GVGT Program Manager, Amanda Evans at greatervictoriagreenteam@gmail.com

Donating to the Greater Victoria Green Team

If you love the work we do and want to support us through a donation please click here (http://www.greenteamscanada.ca/support/donate/). The money goes to organizing and running GVGT activities, volunteer management, native plants and trees, snacks, tools and communication materials

History

The Greater Victoria Green Team (GVGT) is a new program of Green Teams of Canada, a charity founded by Lyda Salatian in 2013. The GVGT is the second Green Team to be formed, after the success of the Lower Mainland Green Team. Founded in 2011 by Lyda, the Lower Mainland Green Team has since grown to 6000 volunteers who have removed 88,000 pounds (about 7 elephants) and 2,000 cubic meters of invasive plants, planted 11,000 native plants and trees and picked up 5,000 pounds of garbage, especially from shorelines.

Amanda Evans is the Program Manager of the GVGT and believes that fostering a connection between people and nature is key to taking care of our environment. She plans to motivate and encourage the community in the Capital Regional District to get their hands dirty and restore habitat.

Regular Updates

If you want to stay up-to-date with latest Greater Victoria Green Team happenings check out our Facebook Page ( https://www.facebook.com/greatervictoriagreenteam ), Twitter Page ( https://twitter.com/GVGreenTeam ) and Instagram ( https://www.instagram.com/gvgreenteam/)

Check our Youtube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCf2MM0x2a... (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCf2MM0x2af-GAVRxAmZ-dQ)?

We have been in the news - a LOT!

See the entire collection of Green Teams of Canada media here: https://app.box.com/s/za9fizmlks6jd7npfgcl47h9g8zyd5j8

Sooke News, September 25, 2019. Green Team cleans up Broomhill Park in Sooke (https://www.sookenewsmirror.com/community/green-team-cleans-up-broomhill-park-in-sooke/)

Victoria News, April 6, 2019. Invasive species removed from Roberts Bay Park (https://www.vicnews.com/community/invasive-species-removed-from-roberts-bay-park/)

Victoria News, March 20, 2019. Volunteer green team joins forces to restore local habitats (https://www.vicnews.com/community/volunteer-green-team-joins-forces-to-restore-local-habitats/)

Sooke News, January 31, 2019, Green Team expands activities in Sooke (https://www.sookenewsmirror.com/news/green-team-expands-activities-in-sooke/)

Carina Pogler (2018, Nov 8) BC’s biggest environmental volunteer organization partners with UVic’s Campus Planning and Sustainability Office, Martlet: http://www.martlet.ca/greater-victoria-green-team-launches-pilot-project-in-mystic-vale/

Shalu Mehta, October 24, 2018. Community plants trees in Colwood (https://www.sookenewsmirror.com/community/community-plants-trees-in-colwood-creek-park-this-weekend/), Sooke News.

Victoria News, December 8, 2018, Greater Victoria Green Team a Cleanup Machine (https://www.vicnews.com/home/greater-victoria-green-team-a-cleanup-machine/)

Coles K. (2018, May 16) Green Team Tackles Trash alongside Youth (https://www.oakbaynews.com/news/fun-society-and-green-team-tackle-trash-at-gonzales/), Oak Bay News, p.A3: https://www.oakbaynews.com/news/fun-society-and-green-team-tackle-trash-at-gonzales/

Blackpress TV, November 5, 2017. "Bowker Creek Restoration" (http://www.blackpress.tv/video.php?id=26714)

Shaw TV South Vancouver Island, October 11, 2017. "Ruby Creek Restoration" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b95SAU8W-_I&feature=em-share_video_user)

Victoria News, August 14, 2017. "Green Team gives Gonzales Beach a going-over" (https://www.vicnews.com/community/green-team-gives-gonzales-beach-a-going-over/)

Oak Bay News, August 5, 2017. "Team clears brambles from Brighton" (https://www.vicnews.com/community/greater-victoria-green-team-clears-brambles-on-brighton/)

Peninsula News Review, June 9, 2017. "Lillian Hoffar Park gets a little love from North Saanich youth" (https://www.peninsulanewsreview.com/community/lillian-hoffar-park-got-a-little-love-from-north-saanich-youth/)

Peninsula New Review, March 18, 2017. "Eco volunteers help remove invasive species from Sidney Spit" (http://www.peninsulanewsreview.com/news/416359734.html#story)

CBC Radio, March 6, 2017. On the Island show

CHEK News, April 23, 2016. 5pm news.

Sooke News Review, April 11, 2017. "Green Team tackles Ayum Creek" (http://www.sookenewsmirror.com/community/green-team-tackles-ayum-creek/)

CHEK News, December 4, 2016. 5pm news

November, December 2016. "Greater Victoria Green Team— Engaged Communities that Care for Nature" (http://files.meetup.com/16465902/Victoria%20Naturalist%20Magazine%20November%202016%20.pdf)Victoria Naturalist Magazine. Article written by Connie Larochelle Page 6.

Goldstream News, November 25, 2016. "Tis' the day and season for giving" (http://www.goldstreamgazette.com/community/402902446.html?mobile=true)

Goldstream News, November 15, 2016. "View Royal students take classroom outdoors with Green Team" (http://www.goldstreamgazette.com/community/401325345.html)

Saanich News, November 2, 2016 (A26). "Green thumbs" (http://www.saanichnews.com/eeditions/?iid=i20161102054836864)

Fall, 2016. "A big green idea" (https://continuingstudies.uvic.ca/news/a-big-green-idea) Continuing Studies article University of Victoria

Oak Bay News, July 28, 2016. "FUN Society and Green Team tackle trash at Gonzales" (http://www.oakbaynews.com/news/388488491.html)

Goldstream Gazette, June 17, 2016. "Volunteers show up en masse for Colwood Project" (http://www.goldstreamgazette.com/community/383306321.html)

Victoria News, April 5, 2016. "Green team gains momentum in Victoria" (http://www.vicnews.com/community/374619681.html)

Victoria News, March 2, 2016. "Scene and Heard. Victoria Leadership Awards" page A10.

Victoria News, February 26, 2016. “Everyday heroes receive prestigious awards” (https://issuu.com/blackpress/docs/i20160226044928805)

Goldstream News Gazette, December 3, 2015, "Shoreline students lend an outdoor hand (http://www.goldstreamgazette.com/community/360450041.html)"

Oak Bay News, September 25, 2015, "Trial Island pull puts Green Team to use FRONT COVER (http://www.oakbaynews.com/community/329560011.html)"

Oak Bay News, July 3, 2015, "Volunteers build fences for buttercups on Discovery (Page 3) (http://www.oakbaynews.com/news/311043451.html)"

Saanich News, June 12, 2015, "Volunteers of all ages pull together at Playfair (http://www.saanichnews.com/community/307661521.html)"

Vancouver Sun, January 5, 2015, article about the LMGT and the GVGT HERE (http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Green+Team+takes+invasive+species/10701229/story.html)

Goldstream News Gazette, October 31, 2014, "Planting trees for tomorrow's generations (http://www.goldstreamgazette.com/community/281020262.html)"

Oak Bay News, October 16, 2014 Uplands Park article, "Bushwhacking to better Uplands Park" (http://www.oakbaynews.com/news/279492072.html)

Goldstream Gazette, September 10, 2014 news article, "Portage Park to receive more TLC" (https://issuu.com/blackpress/docs/i20140910091030825)

Photos/Video

We may take photos and/or videos at the events. These may be posted here on meetup and/or other sites like youtube. The photos may also be used for communication materials. If you prefer to not be on camera make this clear to whoever is pointing a camera your way and/or duck out! Also please note, photos may be taken of you with products businesses have donated to GVGT volunteers and posted on their facebook pages.

Liability (please read before attending any of our events!)

The organizer and each and every one of its hosts and volunteer participants are in no way responsible and liable for your personal safety and health state, or the safety of your children before, during and at anytime after each event. By RSVPing "Yes", for Greater Victoria Green Team events, you acknowledge that you fully understand the nature of the activities, are aware of risks, and are sufficiently fit and capable of performing the activities, assuming all risks associated with those activities. All attendees hereby release and shall forever hold harmless the Greater Victoria Green Team organizer, all Greater Victoria Green Team hosts and other volunteers attendees and unconditionally waive any liabilities resulting from attending and/or participating in any Greater Victoria Green Team events. By attending our events you are taking personal responsibility for yourself and any minors in your care. Anyone under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

RSVP'ing and not showing up

There are two rules:

1. Because equipment, tools and refreshments are brought to each event based on the number of people coming, it is important for those who have RSVP'd to show up. If you are no longer able to attend an activity, simply "un-RSVP" and leave the activity to make room for another participant. To "un-RSVP" go to where you had originally clicked on "join us" on the event page and click on "change RSVP". Please do this by the day before the event.

2. If you don't show up to an event that has a restricted number of participants, and there is a waiting list for that event, you will be removed from the GVGT unless you have an appropriate reason. You must un-RSVP at least 2 days before an event, especially if that event has a waiting list (to give other members a chance to take your vacated spot and participate). This ensures everyone interested in participating has that opportunity.

Groups we collaborate with

BC Parks (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/)

Bee Creek Restoration at Coast Collective (http://www.coastcollective.ca/bee-creek.php)

Capital Regional District (http://crd.bc.ca)

City Harvest Coop Farm (http://cityharvestcoop.ca)

Colwood (http://www.colwood.ca)

Creatively United for the Planet (http://creativelyunited.org)

District of Oak Bay (https://www.oakbay.ca)

District of Saanich (http://saanich.ca)

District of Sooke (http://www.sooke.org)

Ducks Unlimited (http://www.ducks.ca/)

Esquimalt Lagoon Stewardship Initiative (https://www.crd.bc.ca/ELSI)

Evergreen, Uncover your Creeks (http://uncoveryourcreeks.ca/tag/victoria/)

Fairfield Food Forest (http://fairfieldcommunity.ca/events-projects/fairfield-community-garden/)

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2.aspx)

Friends of Anderson Hill Park

Friends of Colquitz Creek Park

Friends of Cuthbert Holmes Park (https://www.facebook.com/CuthbertHolmesPark)

Friends of Dominion Brook Park (http://www.dominionbrookpark.ca)

Friends of Havenwood Park (https://havenwoodpark.wordpress.com/)

Friends of Knockan Hill Park (http://www.knockanhillpark.ca)

Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society (http://mountdouglaspark.ca)

Friends of North Saanich (http://fnsp.ca)

Friends of Tod Creek Watershed (http://todcreek.rd123.ca)

Friends of Uplands Park (https://friendsofuplandspark.wordpress.com)

Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) (http://www.hat.bc.ca)

Haliburton Farm Biodiversity Project (http://haliburtonfarm.org/wp/environmental-stewardship/urban-biodiversity-project/building-a-wetland-haliburton-farm-biodiversity-project)

Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (http://www.goert.ca)

Gorge Waterway Initiative (https://www.crd.bc.ca/gwi)

Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society (http://www.jdftrails.ca)

LifeCycles Project Society (http://lifecyclesproject.ca)

Mason Street Farm (http://masonstreetfarm.com)

North Saanich (http://www.northsaanich.ca/)

Pacific People's Partnership

Parks Canada (http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/index.aspx)

Portage Park Ecological Restoration Volunteer Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/portageparkvolunteers/)

Restoration of Natural Systems (UVic Department) (http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/sustainability/programs/)

Rithet's Bog Conservation Society (http://www.rithetsbog.org)

Royston Reclaimers

Saanich Pulling Together Volunteer Program (http://www.saanich.ca/parkrec/parks/natural/pullingtogethervolunteerprogram.html)

SeaChange Marine Conservation Society (http://ckc.victoriafoundation.bc.ca/org/seachange-marine-conservation-society)

Spring Ridge Commons (http://springridge.rd123.ca)

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary (http://www.swanlake.bc.ca)

The Land Conservancy (http://blog.conservancy.bc.ca)

Town of View Royal (http://www.viewroyal.ca)

Township of Esquimalt (http://www.esquimalt.ca)

Welland Legacy Park (http://wellandlegacypark.tumblr.com)

Woodwynn Farms (http://www.woodwynnfarms.org)

More to come...

Other volunteer opportunities

We hope that you will consider volunteering more regularly with the groups hosting our events once you've checked out what they do.

Please check this LINK (http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team/pages/More_Environmental_Opportunities__in_the_CRD/) for more environmental volunteer opportunities.

Upcoming events (4)

Remove invasive species at Ocean View Park, Colwood 1st Session!

We will be removing invasive plants like Blackberry, Daphne and English Ivy from Ocean View Park in Colwood! We will be working rain or shine. There are two sessions to choose from: 1st session (9:45am-11:30am): https://bit.ly/303YbIj 2nd session (12:00- 1:45pm): https://bit.ly/3i4AoOk REGISTER AS A GREEN TEAM VOLUNTEER HERE: http://bit.ly/2GEDEO9 (If you are under 19, have your parent fill in this form) Meeting Spot/Parking We will meet at the playground area at the corner of Hope and Mary Ann cres with the basketball court just up the path along Hope rd. https://bit.ly/2RVXfkI COVID-19 protocols - please review carefully. We want to ensure the safety of everyone while enjoying the benefits of being together in nature! We ask that you do not participate (and to un-RSVP) if: 1. You feel ill, including experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as a sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell 2. You or a member of your family have travelled internationally in the last 14 days 3. You have been exposed to someone in the last 14 days who has been diagnosed with or is suspected to have COVID-19 Safety protocols to be followed at the activity: ● Physical distancing etiquette (at least 6 feet apart from those not in your household) ● There will be a hand sanitizing station. Please sanitize your hands when you arrive & before you leave ● Please cough/sneeze into a tissue or into the bend of your arm ● Avoid touching your face ● We encourage you to wear a non-medical / cloth mask to help reduce the spread of this virus (we will have some on site) ● If you start to feel ill to inform staff and leave immediately ● Please bring your own gardening gloves, tools, safety glasses (we will provide clean ones to those who don't have their own). ● Those with children, will be asked to take extra care to ensure they maintain physical distancing ● Dogs must be on leash (or please don't bring your dog) ● Do not share items with those not in household ● There will be safety volunteer leaders at the event ● Anyone not practicing physical distancing or who are exhibiting known COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to leave. ● We encourage those who are in the high risk category to stay home if they feel it necessary FLOW OF THE ACTIVITY • Meet at 9:45am for sign-in, introductions (please be on time) • If you can't find us, please call me at[masked] • Remove invasive plants • Volunteer until 11:30am then sign-out at end, take home an eco-gift from one of our sponsors! REGISTER AS A GREEN TEAM VOLUNTEER AHEAD OF TIME ONLINE • If you haven't yet, register online: http://bit.ly/2GEDEO9 Get your parent to sign the form if you are under 19 WHAT TO BRING: • Rain jacket in case it rains. • Refillable water bottle. Please bring water and snacks! We will have water bottles for those who forget their water, and packaged refreshments. • A hat, sunscreen • Your own gardening gloves, tools, safety glasses • Mask (we encourage everyone to wear a mask so try and bring your own. We will have paper masks available and cloth masks for sale at sliding scale ($0 -$20)) • Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty • Long sleeves and long pants to protect you from thorny plants and ticks • Sturdy, comfortable closed toe shoes/boots. Gum boots work too especially if it's wet!! WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU: • Gloves, tools, safety glasses if you don't have your own • Packaged refreshments • Instruction on what to do. You don't need to have experience to participate! • An opportunity to meet people, have fun! WHAT HAPPENS AFTERWARDS? • A follow-up survey will be sent • If you need to confirm your hours for school or another program a volunteer letter emailed • Photos taken will be uploaded here: http://bit.ly/2oWAT3G • A summary of activity uploaded here: http://bit.ly/2Db7d7W PARTNERS City of Colwood (www.colwood.ca)

Remove invasive species at Ocean View Park, Colwood 2nd Session!

We will be removing invasive plants like Blackberry, Daphne and English Ivy from Ocean View Park in Colwood! We will be working rain or shine. There are two sessions to choose from: 1st session (9:45am-11:30am): https://bit.ly/303YbIj 2nd session (12:00- 1:45pm): https://bit.ly/3i4AoOk REGISTER AS A GREEN TEAM VOLUNTEER HERE: http://bit.ly/2GEDEO9 (If you are under 19, have your parent fill in this form) Meeting Spot/Parking We will meet at the playground area at the corner of Hope and Mary Ann cres with the basketball court just up the path along Hope rd. https://bit.ly/2RVXfkI COVID-19 protocols - please review carefully. We want to ensure the safety of everyone while enjoying the benefits of being together in nature! We ask that you do not participate (and to un-RSVP) if: 1. You feel ill, including experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as a sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell 2. You or a member of your family have travelled internationally in the last 14 days 3. You have been exposed to someone in the last 14 days who has been diagnosed with or is suspected to have COVID-19 Safety protocols to be followed at the activity: ● Physical distancing etiquette (at least 6 feet apart from those not in your household) ● There will be a hand sanitizing station. Please sanitize your hands when you arrive & before you leave ● Please cough/sneeze into a tissue or into the bend of your arm ● Avoid touching your face ● We encourage you to wear a non-medical / cloth mask to help reduce the spread of this virus (we will have some on site) ● If you start to feel ill to inform staff and leave immediately ● Please bring your own gardening gloves, tools, safety glasses (we will provide clean ones to those who don't have their own). ● Those with children, will be asked to take extra care to ensure they maintain physical distancing ● Dogs must be on leash (or please don't bring your dog) ● Do not share items with those not in household ● There will be safety volunteer leaders at the event ● Anyone not practicing physical distancing or who are exhibiting known COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to leave. ● We encourage those who are in the high risk category to stay home if they feel it necessary FLOW OF THE ACTIVITY • Meet at 12:00pm for sign-in, introductions (please be on time) • If you can't find us, please call me at[masked] • Remove invasive plants • Volunteer until 1:45pm then sign-out at end, take home an eco-gift from one of our sponsors! REGISTER AS A GREEN TEAM VOLUNTEER AHEAD OF TIME ONLINE • If you haven't yet, register online: http://bit.ly/2GEDEO9 Get your parent to sign the form if you are under 19 WHAT TO BRING: • Rain jacket in case it rains. • Refillable water bottle. Please bring water and snacks! We will have water bottles for those who forget their water, and packaged refreshments. • A hat, sunscreen • Your own gardening gloves, tools, safety glasses • Mask (we encourage everyone to wear a mask so try and bring your own. We will have paper masks available and cloth masks for sale at sliding scale ($0 -$20)) • Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty • Long sleeves and long pants to protect you from thorny plants and ticks • Sturdy, comfortable closed toe shoes/boots. Gum boots work too especially if it's wet!! WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU: • Gloves, tools, safety glasses if you don't have your own • Packaged refreshments • Instruction on what to do. You don't need to have experience to participate! • An opportunity to meet people, have fun! WHAT HAPPENS AFTERWARDS? • A follow-up survey will be sent • If you need to confirm your hours for school or another program a volunteer letter emailed • Photos taken will be uploaded here: http://bit.ly/2oWAT3G • A summary of activity uploaded here: http://bit.ly/2Db7d7W PARTNERS City of Colwood (www.colwood.ca)

Remove invasive species at Mystic Vale, Uvic! 1st session

UVic Parking Lot 1

We will be removing English Ivy from Mystic Vale at the University of Victoria. 1st sess (9:45 - 11:30am): https://bit.ly/2Zr6SMe 2nd sess (12:00pm - 1:45pm): https://bit.ly/32iM6R3 Please fill in Volunteer Registration if this is the first time you are volunteering with the Green Team: http://bit.ly/2WdZeAT We will be working rain or shine. Meeting Spot/Parking Meet in the far corner in Parking Lot 1 at UVIC here: https://bit.ly/3aTgMe6 (It is the far back corner of parking lot 1. Turn right into parking lot 1, go straight to the back of the lot and turn left and head to the far corner on the left side of the lot). Look for GVGT signs! COVID-19 protocols - please review carefully. We want to ensure the safety of everyone We ask that you do not participate (and to un-RSVP) if: 1. You feel ill, including experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as a sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell 2. You or a member of your family have travelled internationally in the last 14 days 3. You have been exposed to someone in the last 14 days who has been diagnosed with or is suspected to have COVID-19 Safety protocols to be followed at the activity: ● Physical distancing etiquette (at least 6 feet apart from those not in your household) ● There will be a hand sanitizing station. Please sanitize your hands when you arrive & before you leave ● Please cough/sneeze into a tissue or into the bend of your arm ● Avoid touching your face ● We encourage you to wear a non-medical / cloth mask to help reduce the spread of this virus (we will have some on site) ● If you start to feel ill to inform staff and leave immediately ● Please bring your own gardening gloves, tools, safety glasses (we will provide clean ones to those who don't have their own). ● Those with children, will be asked to take extra care to ensure they maintain physical distancing ● Dogs must be on leash (or please don't bring your dog) ● Do not share items with those not in household ● There will be safety volunteer leaders at the event ● Anyone not practicing physical distancing or who are exhibiting known COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to leave. ● We encourage those who are in the high risk category to stay home if they feel it necessary FLOW OF THE ACTIVITY • Meet at 9:45am for sign-in, introductions (please be on time) • If you can't find us, please call me, Emily, at[masked] • Remove invasive plants • Volunteer until 11:30am then sign-out at end, take home an eco-gift! REGISTER AS A GREEN TEAM VOLUNTEER AHEAD OF TIME ONLINE • If you haven't yet, register online: http://bit.ly/2GEDEO9 Get your parent to sign the form if you are under 19 WHAT TO BRING: • Rain jacket in case it rains. • Refillable water bottle. Please bring water and snacks! We will have water bottles for those who forget, and packaged refreshments. • A hat, sunscreen • Your own gardening gloves, tools, safety glasses • Mask (we encourage everyone to wear a mask so try and bring your own. We will have paper masks available and cloth masks for sale at sliding scale ($0 -$20)) • Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty • Long sleeves & long pants to protect you from thorny plants and ticks • Sturdy, comfortable closed toe shoes/boots. Gum boots work too especially if it's wet! WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU: • Gloves, tools, safety glasses if you don't have your own • Packaged refreshments • Instruction on what to do. You don't need to have experience to participate! • An opportunity to meet people, have fun! WHAT HAPPENS AFTERWARDS? • A follow-up survey will be sent • If you need to confirm your hours for school or another program a volunteer letter emailed • Photos taken will be uploaded here: http://bit.ly/2oWAT3G • A summary of activity uploaded here: http://bit.ly/2Db7d7W PARTNERS University of Victoria Campus Planning and Sustainability Office: https://www.uvic.ca/campusplanning/

Remove invasive species at Mystic Vale, Uvic! 2nd session

UVic Parking Lot 1

We will be removing invasive English Ivy from Mystic Vale at Uvic. 1st sess (9:45 - 11:30am): https://bit.ly/2Zr6SMe 2nd sess (12:00pm - 1:45pm): https://bit.ly/32iM6R3 Please fill in Volunteer Registration if this is the first time you are volunteering with the Green Team: http://bit.ly/2WdZeAT We will be working rain or shine. Meeting Spot/Parking Meet in the far corner in Parking Lot 1 at the University of Victoria here: https://bit.ly/3aTgMe6 (It is the back far corner of the parking lot. Turn right into parking lot 1, go straight to the back of the parking lot and turn left to the far corner on the left side of the lot). Look for GVGT signs! COVID-19 protocols - please review carefully. We want to ensure the safety of everyone. We ask that you do not participate (and to un-RSVP) if: 1. You feel ill, including experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as a sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell 2. You or a member of your family have travelled internationally in the last 14 days 3. You have been exposed to someone in the last 14 days who has been diagnosed with or is suspected to have COVID-19 Safety protocols to be followed at the activity: ● Physical distancing etiquette (at least 6 feet apart from those not in your household) ● There will be a hand sanitizing station. Please sanitize your hands when you arrive & before you leave ● Please cough/sneeze into a tissue or into the bend of your arm ● Avoid touching your face ● We encourage you to wear a non-medical / cloth mask to help reduce the spread of this virus (we will have some on site) ● If you start to feel ill to inform staff and leave immediately ● Please bring your own gardening gloves, tools, safety glasses (we will provide clean ones to those who don't have their own). ● Those with children, will be asked to take extra care to ensure they maintain physical distancing ● Dogs must be on leash (or please don't bring your dog) ● Do not share items with those not in household ● There will be safety volunteer leaders at the event ● Anyone not practicing physical distancing or who are exhibiting known COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to leave. ● We encourage those who are in the high risk category to stay home if they feel it necessary FLOW OF THE ACTIVITY • Meet at 12pm for sign-in, intros (please be on time) • If you can't find us, please call me, Emily, at[masked] • Remove invasive plants • Volunteer until 1:45pm then sign-out at end, take home an eco-gift from one of our sponsors! REGISTER AS A GREEN TEAM VOLUNTEER AHEAD OF TIME • If you haven't yet, register online: http://bit.ly/2GEDEO9 Get your parent to sign the form if you are under 19 WHAT TO BRING: • Rain jacket in case it rains. • Refillable water bottle. Please bring water and snacks! We will have water bottles for those who forget their water, and packaged refreshments. • A hat, sunscreen • Your own gardening gloves, tools, safety glasses • Mask (we encourage everyone to wear a mask so try and bring your own. We will have paper masks available and cloth masks for sale at sliding scale ($0 -$20)) • Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty • Long sleeves and long pants to protect you from thorny plants and ticks • Sturdy, comfortable closed toe shoes/boots. Gum boots work too especially if it's wet!! WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU: • Gloves, tools, safety glasses if you don't have your own • Packaged refreshments • Instruction on what to do. You don't need to have experience to participate! • An opportunity to meet people, have fun! WHAT HAPPENS AFTERWARDS? • A follow-up survey will be sent • If you need to confirm your hours for school or another program a volunteer letter emailed • Photos taken will be uploaded here: http://bit.ly/2oWAT3G • A summary of activity uploaded here: http://bit.ly/2Db7d7W PARTNERS Uvic Campus Planning and Sustainability Office: www.uvic.ca/campusplanning/

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