UVic Mystic Vale January 26, 2020

The Greater Victoria Green Team organized their first volunteer activity of 2020 in Mystic Vale at the University of Victoria! Over 30 people were in attendance, more than half of them UVic students! They worked hard to remove close to 20 cubic metres of invasive ivy from the forest floor.


Thank-you to everyone for participating: Andre, Barbara, Breila, Brendan, Colin, Colleen, Darrin, El, Ethan, James, Jan, Janey, Jenn, Kaley, Keelie, Kurt, Larissa, Lucas, Mary, Natalie, Paul, Sally, Sarah, Scott, Siena, Soph, Sophia, Spencer, Steven, Tom and Zi!

Thank-you very much to the University of Victoria Sustainability Office for partnering with us and recognizing the importance of collaboration in community engagement and ecological restoration!

Join ongoing restoration volunteer activities on campus with the Ecological Restoration Volunteer Network



  • In total, 31 volunteers participated and contributed 95 volunteer hours.
  • 19 volunteers were UVic students!
  • 11 volunteers had never been to Mystic Vale before, while 7 never had removed invasive ivy before!
  • We removed 18 cubic metres of invasive plants from an area measuring approximately 200 square metres
  • We found a Rough-Skinned Newt which is a blue listed species (a species of special concern)
  • We saved about 10 trees from ivy growth!
  • There were many native plant species growing amongst the ivy including Trailing Blackberry, Sword Fern, Indian Plum and Snowberry.
  • Breila, the coordinator of the Ecological Restoration Club made us native plant tea that included grande-fir needles. It tasted amazing and was a perfect addition to the day! Thanks Breila!

What people shared about their experience

Making a difference in Victoria’s parks, and making more people aware of the importance of combating invasive species.

Many small acts result in big accomplishments.

Before and After photos







Volunteers in Action

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