Chase Woods, June 9 2019

The Greater Victoria Green Team co-organized a community engagement activity in the wetland of Chase Woods with the Nature Conservancy of Canada! This was Green Teams of Canada’s first volunteer activity in the Cowichan Valley! In total we had 19 volunteers attend!

Thank-you to everyone for participating: Anamika, Andre, Barbara, Bruce, Carly, Conway, Dawn, Dorothy, Jaden, Jan, Judy, Kris, Lesley, Marilyn, Melissa, Morgan, Nova (Yixuan), Rheona, Riley, Robert and Susan.

Thank you very much to Nature Conservancy of Canada for partnering with the Green Teams. Thank you for recognizing the importance of collaboration and partnership! Your support made it all possible.

Thank you to our in-kind sponsors for providing thank-you gifts to our volunteers: LUSH for providing natural perfume, West Coast Seeds, and dog poop bags from Earth Rated!! Granola bars were donated by the awesome Nature’s Path



  • 19 volunteers participated and contributed 96 volunteer hours!
  • 19 volunteers had never been to Chase Woods before!
  • 15 volunteers had never removed Reed Canary grass before!
  • We removed 3 cubic metres of invasive Reed Canary Grass
  • We cleared an area of habitat approx. 80 square metres
  • 6 volunteers came from Cowichan Valley and rest from Greater Victoria!

What people said about their experience

I think this program has a tremendous impact not only on the communities it serves but also for the people that volunteer. It’s a great way to connect people with their surroundings and the history of where they live.

Amanda was an awesome leader for the Victoria Green Team!! Very organized and easy to approach and communicate with. She kept to the timing of the project which ran smoothly.

I felt welcomed today, people were really friendly. I also learned how invasive plants affect the environment, I’m so happy that I can help to protect our environment.

The way the day was arranged. The positive attitudes of everyone. Making a difference at Chase Woods. Breaking up the day with the hike. Staying on schedule. The appreciation expressed.

The sandwiches and the hike to the Split Rock was much appreciated.

I enjoyed getting out in nature and getting hands-on in the dirt. I also loved the company of everyone there. Even though I didn’t know anyone before coming I felt very included and accepted.

Before and After photos



Volunteers in Action

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