What we're about

~ Restore, Conserve, and Connect to our Environment in Victoria, BC ~

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, 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/

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)

Plant native trees and remove invasive plants from Quarry Park in North Saanich!

We will be working with Friends of North Saanich and North Saanich Parks to remove invasive plants from Quarry Park! REGISTER AS A GREEN TEAM VOLUNTEER HERE: http://bit.ly/2GEDEO9 UNDER 19? Please ensure the PARENT CONSENT FORM is signed (available online at the link above when you register as a volunteer) You only every have to register as a volunteer ONCE We'll be at the park volunteering rain or shine MEETING LOCATION Meet at Quarry Park near 8520 E Saanich Road. The park is just south of Leal Road and North of Bengordan Road (on the right side of the street driving north on E Saanich Road). Limited parking at Quarry Park and a little more parking along Barrett Drive. Here is the map link: https://bit.ly/2N6d2h2 DIRECTIONS Transit/Cycling. To find out the best route from where you are, please go to BC Transit (http://bit.ly/2DakrC2) or use Google Maps (http://bit.ly/1hSWCQ7) Carpool. If you need a ride log into your Meet-up account, RSVP and leave a message at the bottom of this event page describing where you need a ride from. FLOW OF THE ACTIVITY • Meet at 9:45am for sign-in and introductions (please be on time) • If you can't find us, please call me at[masked] • Remove invasive plants • Take a break after 1.5 hours with refreshments! • Volunteer until 1:00pm, sign-out, then grab your eco-gift from one of our SPONSORS (https://www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team/sponsors/) REGISTER AS A GREEN TEAM VOLUNTEER AHEAD OF TIME ONLINE • If you haven't yet, register online: http://bit.ly/2GEDEO9 Don't forget to get your parent to sign the parent consent form WHAT TO BRING: • Rain jacket in case it rains. Don't let the rain scare you off! • Refillable water bottle (we have extra cups in case you forget yours!) • 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? • If you need to confirm your hours for school or another program a volunteer letter emailed • Photos taken will be loaded up in a photo album: http://bit.ly/2oWAT3G • A summary of how this activity went along with before and after photos: http://bit.ly/2Db7d7W • A volunteer letter will be emailed to you if you need to confirm your hours for school or another program COLLABORATORS / PARTNERS We are working with the District of North Saanich: https://www.northsaanich.ca And also the Friends of North Saanich http://fnsp.ca/ This activity was partially funded by the District of North Saanich through a fee-for-service partnership!

Ivy Removal & Native Species Planting at Gorge Park (Esquimalt)

To participate, please fill in Volunteer Registration (if you have participated before, you may have already signed this form. You only need to fill it in once): https://greenteams.formstack.com/forms/greater_victoria_green_team_volunteer_registration_form We will be planting trees and/or native shrubs, as well as removing invasive plants like English Ivy from Esquimalt Gorge Park. Be sure to spend a bit of time before or after the work party exploring this beautiful park that contains North America's first Japanese garden (established 100 years ago). Rain or Shine! Meeting Spot We will meet in the parking lot at Gorge Park HERE (https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Esquimalt+Gorge+Park/@48.4457134,-123.4042254,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x548f7314ba89a343:0x99a39ceb7c3cdb43?hl=en) How to get to the location Transit/Cycling. To find out the best route from where you are, please go to BC Transit (http://www.bctransit.com/regions/vic/?p=2.list) or use Google Maps (https://www.google.ca/maps/preview). Carpool. If you need a ride log into your Meet-up account, RSVP and leave a message at the bottom of this event page describing where you need a ride from. Flow of Volunteer Activities • Meet at 9:45am for sign-in and introductions (please be on time) • Walk to site (follow the arrows/flagging tape if you are late) • Remove English Ivy, plant native plants! • Take a break after about 1.5 hour with treats and refreshments • Volunteer until 1pm then sign-out at end What to bring • If you're under 19, you must bring a waiver form signed by a parent or guardian in order to participate. Fill in form here: https://greenteams.formstack.com/forms/greater_victoria_green_team_volunteer_registration_form • Refillable water bottle • Dress for the weather. Rain jacket/pants if it rains, hat/sunscreen if it is sunny • Long-sleeved shirt and long pants to protect you from thorny plants and ticks • Clothing you don't mind getting dirty • Sturdy, comfortable closed-toe shoes/boots. We will provide • Gardening gloves if you don't have them • Tools • Instructions on what to do. You don't need to have experience to participate! • A fun experience, meeting new people in a beautiful park! Host Township of Esquimalt (http://www.esquimalt.ca)

Habitat restoration and ivy pull in Mystic Vale at the University of Victoria!

Step 1. If you haven't done so, please register as a GVGT Volunteer and sign the waiver here: https://greenteams.formstack.com/forms/greater_victoria_green_team_volunteer_registration_form Join the Greater Victoria Green Team and the UVic Sustainability Office to help restore a section of forests at the University of Victoria in Mystic Vale Forest! This event is on rain or shine! Meeting Spot and Parking Mystic Vale Forest entrance in Parking Lot 1 (far right corner of parking lot). Here is meeting location: goo.gl/oGou8Z The address to the location is University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd. Parking Lot 1 is off Ring Rd. If you turn from University Dr - is the first parking lot on Ring Road to the right. Please follow signs! How to get to the location Transit/Cycling. To find out the best route from where you are, please go to BC Transit (http://www.bctransit.com/regions/vic/?p=2.list) or use Google Maps (https://www.google.ca/maps/preview). Carpool. If you need a ride log into your Meet-up account, RSVP and leave a message at the bottom of this event page describing where you need a ride from. Flow of Volunteer Activities • Meet at 9:45am for sign-in and introductions. • Walk to site (follow the arrows/flagging tape if you are late) • Remove invasive plants like English Ivy • Take a break after about 1.5 hours with refreshments and snacks. • Volunteer until you can and sign-out at end, plus take home an eco gift provided by one of our sponsors: https://www.greenteamscanada.ca/supporters/in-kind/ What to bring • If you're under 19, you must bring a waiver form signed by a parent or guardian in order to participate. Please have your parents fill in this form: https://greenteams.formstack.com/forms/greater_victoria_green_team_volunteer_registration_form • Refillable water bottle • Dress for the weather. Rain jacket/pants if it rains, hat and sunscreen if it is sunny. • Long-sleeved shirt and long pants to protect you from thorny plants and ticks • Clothing you don't mind getting dirty • Sturdy, comfortable closed-toe shoes/boots. We will provide • Gardening gloves if you don't have them • Tools • Instructions on what to do. You don't need to have experience to participate! • A fun experience, meeting new people in a beautiful park! Host University of Victoria Sustainability Office https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability

Havenwood Park invasive plant removal in Colwood

Havenwood Park

We will be removing invasive plants like Blackberry from Havenwood Park! REGISTER AS A GREEN TEAM VOLUNTEER HERE: http://bit.ly/2GEDEO9 UNDER 19? Please ensure the PARENT CONSENT FORM is signed (available online at the link above when you register as a volunteer) You only every have to register as a volunteer ONCE We'll be at the park volunteering rain or shine MEETING LOCATION We will meet at the main entrance to Havenwood Park off of Veteran’s Memorial Highway here: http://bit.ly/2G41xzB DIRECTIONS Transit/Cycling. To find out the best route from where you are, please go to BC Transit (http://bit.ly/2DakrC2) or use Google Maps (http://bit.ly/1hSWCQ7) Carpool. If you need a ride log into your Meet-up account, RSVP and leave a message at the bottom of this event page describing where you need a ride from. FLOW OF THE ACTIVITY • Meet at 9:45am 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 • Take a break after about 1.5 hour with lunch and refreshments! • Volunteer until 1pm then sign-out at end REGISTER AS A GREEN TEAM VOLUNTEER AHEAD OF TIME ONLINE • If you haven't yet, register online: http://bit.ly/2GEDEO9 Don't forget to get your parent to sign the parent consent form WHAT TO BRING: • Rain jacket in case it rains. Don't let the rain scare you off! • Refillable water bottle (we have extra cups in case you forget yours!) • 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? • If you need to confirm your hours for school or another program a volunteer letter emailed • Photos taken will be loaded up in a photo album: http://bit.ly/2oWAT3G • A summary of how this activity went along with before and after photos: http://bit.ly/2Db7d7W • A volunteer letter will be emailed to you if you need to confirm your hours for school or another program COLLABORATORS / PARTNERS Friends of Havenwood Park (https://havenwoodpark.wordpress.com) and Habitat Acquisition Trust (http://www.hat.bc.ca) Thanks to the City of Colwood for helping fund this activity and other Green Team activities in Colwood!

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