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" (https://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 (https://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 in Portage Park! Youth Event, Community Welcome!

We will be removing invasive plants including English Ivy from Portage Park. We will be working with students from Shoreline Community Middle School! Community members are also invited to participate and can come for any part of the day, or all day!

Volunteer Registration
Please fill in this form is the first time you are volunteering with the Green Team: http://bit.ly/2WdZeAT. You only need to fill out this form ONCE.

PARENTS, please fill out the consent form here: https://greenteams.formstack.com/forms/greater_victoria_green_team_volunteer_registration_form_guardian

We'll be at the park volunteering rain or shine.

MEETING LOCATION AND PARKING

We will meet in the park by the grass area and playground, and there is parking just behind the 4 Mile Pubhouse in View Royal. Parking and entrance to the park found here: https://bit.ly/3MGWmXG

If you need to take the bus or cycle; find out the best route from where you are, please go to BC Transit https://www.bctransit.com/choose-transit-system. Portage Park is just off the E&N rail trail, so a perfect place to save the gas and bike there! If you would like a carpool, please comment at the bottom of this event to ask other community members if they are available.

Look out for GVGT Signs and tent!

FLOW OF THE ACTIVITY

• Meet at 8:45am for sign-in and introductions (please be on time)
• If you can't find us, please call me at[masked]
• Remove invasive plants, clear trails
• Finish around 3pm

Don't forget to get your parent to sign the parent consent form.

This is a youth event, so if you are a community member, please be aware that there will be school aged youth at this event! There will be multiple different sessions, so it will be a little different to our usual community weekend events. It's still an awesome time, and a great way to engage with youth in your community!!

WHAT TO BRING:

• Rain jacket in case it rains. Don't let the rain scare you off!
• Refillable water bottle
• If it's sunny bring a hat and sunscreen
• Your own gardening gloves if you prefer them (we provide them otherwise)
• 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:

• Gardening gloves if you don't have your own
• Tools
• Refreshments at the break
• Instruction on what to do. You don't need to have experience to participate!
• An opportunity to meet new people and have a fun experience in a beautiful park!

WHAT HAPPENS AFTERWARDS?

• Photos taken will be uploaded into a photo album on Meetup.com
• A summary of how this activity went along with before and after photos
• A volunteer letter will be emailed to you if you need to confirm your hours for school or another program

COLLABORATORS / PARTNERS

Thanks to the Town of View Royal for helping fund this activity and other Green Team activities in View Royal!

Remove Invasive Species in the Uvic Queenswood Campus!

Needs a location

We will be removing invasive English ivy from this beautiful forest!

Please fill in Volunteer Registration if this is the first time you are volunteering with the Green Team: http://bit.ly/2WdZeAT. You only need to fill out this form ONCE.

We will be working rain or shine.

MEETING SPOT/PARKING

Meet by the Ocean Networks Canada parking lot here: https://bit.ly/36Vif6h
There is free parking along Haro Rd and Arbutus Rd. There is a yellow metal gate off of Haro Rd with a trail to walk to the Ocean Networks Canada. We will be meeting inside this yellow gate by the gazebo.

Bus: There is a bus station right outside the entrance to the Queenswood Campus. Check BC Transit Schedules to plan your route here: https://www.bctransit.com/victoria/home

Look for GVGT tent and signs!

WHAT TO BRING

• Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty
• Long sleeves and long pants to protect from thorny plants and insects
• Rain jacket in case it rains
• Refillable water bottle. Please bring water and snacks! We will have water bottles and packaged refreshments for those who forget.
• A hat, sunscreen
• Your own gardening gloves, tools, safety glasses (We provide them if you don't have your own)
• Mask
• Sturdy closed toe shoes/boots

FLOW OF THE ACTIVITY

• Meet at 9:45am for sign-in, introductions (please be on time)
• If you can't find us, please call[masked]
• Remove invasive plants
• Take break for refreshments half way through
• Volunteer until 1 pm 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 (You only need to fill out this form once): http://bit.ly/2GEDEO9

• Get your parent to sign this form if you are under 19: http://bit.ly/parentguardianform

PARTNER

Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability, The University of Victoria

Remove Invasive Plants from Uplands Park, Oak Bay!

Needs a location

We will be returning to Uplands Park in Oak Bay to remove invasive English ivy and Daphne! This park is home to 20 threatened and endangered species. The Garry Oak ecosystem found in this park is also among the most endangered ecosystems in Canada, so the work we do here is significant!

Volunteer Registration
Please fill in Volunteer Registration if this is the first time you are volunteering with the Green Team: http://bit.ly/2WdZeAT. You only need to fill out this form ONCE.

We will be working rain or shine.

MEETING SPOT/PARKING

Park in Cattle Point Parking lot, or along Beach drive (2969 Beach Drive) near the entrance to Uplands Park here: https://bit.ly/2UxVBdt
(Photo Below)

Bus: Check BC Transit Schedules to plan your route here: https://www.bctransit.com/victoria/home

Look for GVGT tent and signs!

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
• Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty
• Long sleeves and long pants to protect from thorny plants and ticks
• Sturdy closed toe shoes/boots

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, Ali, at[masked]
• Remove invasive plants
• Take break for refreshments half way through
• Volunteer until 1 pm 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 (You only need to fill out this form once): http://bit.ly/2GEDEO9

• Get your parent to sign this form if you are under 19: http://bit.ly/parentguardianform

PARTNER

Oak Bay, Friends of Uplands Park

Environment Day with Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea!

Needs a location

Join us for World Environment Day with the Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea for an interactive day learning how to live sustainably in the face of climate change.

The Greater Victoria Green Team will be occupying a table at this event, exchanging knowledge and dialogue with community members and other organizations bringing about positive environmental action!

Want to come?
This event will be happening from 8:30am until 4:15pm, and tickets are $15 at the Mary Winspeare Centre in Sidney. There will be presentations, display booths, group discussions and fun throughout the day, and you can come for as long or as short as you would like!

Want to help?!
Come join our display booth! We can give you information about GVGT and what to say to community members if you're not sure. Please message me, Ali, or give me a call or text at[masked] if you would like to join us behind the display booth!

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