Come join the fun and learn lots about our beautiful natural area.
Wild Nature Summer Day Camp – fun, hands-on and active outdoor adventures
July 22 to 26
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Seton River corridor and surrounding areas
Register by sending us an email. Add your child’s name and age, and your email address and we will get back to you with a registration package.
Save the date for the
SALMON IN THE CANYON FESTIVAL
Saturday 17 August
4:00pm to 10:00pm
Cayoosh Creek Campground at the bottom of Station Hill
Enjoy a salmon feast, salmon inspired games and activities and check out all the environmental work happening around our region.
This video was made by Royal Roads University – Rural Opportunities Network. It highlights some of the work we do. Check it out!
Early spring is a great time to plant native plants in your garden. Using native plants in your garden benefits wildlife and you! There is less maintenance, less watering and less bugs when you plant with native species. Why not make a small section of your garden just for native plants and watch them grow. We have a wide selection of potted plants and seed mixes. We can also help you design a naturescape garden for your home.
Naturescape Gardening is all about enhancing wildlife habitat in our homes, while also planting a garden that is low-maintenance, low in water use, and is beautiful all at the same time!
Xeriscape is landscaping using little water and plants that are adapted to drier climates.
Follow these 10 steps to create a successful Naturescape Garden!
- Plan and design: Design your garen to include native plants and wildlife structures, such as rock piles, logs and dead-standing trees. Take a look at what you already have and make a map of the area to be converted to a naturescape.
- Minimize your lawn: During the planning phase decide to remove some lawn and replace with native plant species that require little maintenance or water.
- Remove invasive species: Hand pull weeds from your planting area. Avoid the use of pesticides and herbicides.
- Add hard structures such as boulders, rock piles, and wildlife trees. A small pond, as well as bat and bird houses, can also be included.
- Improve the soil: Even though native plants are adapted to our hot dry climate, it is a good idea to add organic matter to your soils to give them a fighting chance. Add compost and manure.
- Water efficiently: Plan an irrigation system, especially drip or soaker hoses. Water only in the early morning or evenings so that evaporation is not a problem. Avoid wet and windy days.
- Select the appropriate plants: Groupe plants according to their ecological and watering needs. Plant a variety of plants to ensure diversity.
- Plant your native plants: Dig a hole twice the size, water the hole, plant level with the ground surface and cover with soil. Water occasionally for the first year or until roots are well established, then minimize or stop watering based on plant needs.
- Mulch: Mulches reduce evaporation and weed growth, cools the root zone, slows erosion, and gives a finished look to your new garden.
- Maintain your garden: No garden is totally maintenance free, so you will still have to weed out exotics as soon as you see them. Prune and deadhead as you go. That should be it!
Restoration of wildlife habitat happens gradually, one yard at a time.