Youth Activity: Invasive Ivy Removal – Portage Park, View Royal

Group photo of Ms. Bjork’s Grade 3 class from View Royal Elementary School!

Group photo of Ms. Neudorf’s grade 3 class from View Royal Elementary School!

What a fun day we had connecting people to one another and nature, all while restoring habitat! Keep on reading to find impacts, highlights and more from the day…


  • 40 enthusiastic students, 2 teachers, and 7 teacher aids & parents engaged
  • 60 hours contributed to habitat restoration
  • 4 students removed invasive plants for the first time while many of them were excited to return to this park after having fun removing ivy here last year! 
  • 2 cubic metres (almost 13 bathtubs full) of invasive  English ivy removed
  • 200 square metres of habitat revitalized
  • Countless smiles, laughter, and stories were shared!


  • Students from View Royal Elementary have been able to take part in continuous ecological restoration and many of them returned with knowledge, skills, and determination to remove invasive species!
  • Councillor Don Brown stopped by to show his support, chat with the students, and help inspire them!
  • Students and passersby enjoyed the additional education and decorative designs provided by the plant signs, learning about identification in a fun, creative way!
  • We had a little friendly competition with longest ivy strands! The winner of the competition was Ms. Neudorf’s class with the longest strand measuring in at 5.6 metres long! 
  • It was a very fun day filled with great teamwork and lots of enthusiasm!
  • Students enjoyed playing skip rope with the long ivy strands they pulled out of the forest! 
  • We are so grateful to be back working this gorgeous View Royal park that is walking distance from the school and feature a Garry Oak Meadow, beach access, and a fun playground!

Community Investment Partner

A huge THANK YOU to the Town of View Royal for partnering with our charity, Green Teams of Canada, and making this activity possible with their financial support and direction!

Together we are achieving our common goals and creating connected, healthy and resilient communities engaged in environmental stewardship.

Why We Do This Work

The Greater Victoria Green Team organizes hands-on educational activities that have a positive environmental impact to empower people. Through activities such as invasive plant removals, plantings, litter cleanups and more, we are fostering connections with others and nature so that health and well-being is prioritized, lifelong environmental stewardship is promoted, and community members are enabled to take care of themselves, each other and the places they live. We all have the power to make a difference!

We all experience mental and physical health benefits from spending time in nature, including reduced stress and anxiety, and improved mood, focus, memory and more. While doing so, we can also have a positive impact on the environment as demonstrated through this activity!

Staff Who Made This Activity Possible

Kaitlin (left), Severine (right)

 Greater Victoria Green Team Program Manager, Kaitlin Warren and Program Coordinator, Severine Tyszewicz, work hard behind the scenes to bring these high-quality activities to you.

Partnership building, outreach, social media, activity logistics, leading on-the-ground, reporting on impacts and more – they can do it all!

Severine was hired as part of Green Teams of Canada’s Youth Leadership Program, intended to empower the next generation of environmentally-focused community organizing.

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