Come work your muscles and your mind with Saanich’s Pulling Together Volunteer Program. Volunteers work on high rocky outcrops, creek side forests, wetlands, wildflower meadows and waterways. This hands-on, inclusive, ecological restoration program has been in place since 1999 and is now active in 55 different parks and natural areas. Teams work with a lead steward in each park to remove invasive species, plant native trees and shrubs, improve wildlife habitat, plan and monitor the progress of ecological restoration work and to educate others about parks, invasive species and ecological restoration. To find out in which parks Pulling Together teams will be working and on which days and times, check here
A recent Huffington Post article suggests seven ways each of us can contribute to a more sustainable future. These include stopping eating (or eating less) meat, unplugging our devices, driving less, not buying ‘fast’ fashion, planting a garden, eating local (and organic) and line-drying our clothes.
There are so many ways in which you can become involved in your community on a volunteer basis. Your CA is always on the lookout for people with an interest in shaping the future of our special corner of Saanich. Perhaps your interest lies in mitigating the effects of climate change, enhancing arts and culture in the region, transportation issues or land use . . . whatever your particular passion, we would love to hear from you. The possibilities are almost limitless for volunteerism throughout the region, whether it is through Saanich’s Pulling Together program in the parks, with Saanich Rec, as part of the District’s Emergency Preparedness Program, with Blockwatch or on Saanich Archives.