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Calypso Woods Covenant

December 22nd, 2017

Conservation Covenant on the Calypso Woods Nears Completion

Nearly six acres of ecologically sensitive environment, bordering Sooke Hills Wilderness Park, will be preserved in perpetuity thanks to the generosity of Nitya and Scott Harris, and the collaborative support of the Metchosin Foundation, the Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) and the Cowichan Land Trust.

         “Scott and I call thi ...

Confounding Fungal Expectations at the Fifth Annual Metchosin MycoBlitz

December 22nd, 2017

Confounding Fungal Expectations

by Kem Luther

                  The fifth Metchosin MycoBlitz took place on Saturday, November 4, 2017. A sharp frost and a light snow on Friday, combined with an unusually bad year for mushrooms in general, had the organizers of the MycoBlitz wondering whether they would find much at Metchosin’s fifth MycoBlitz event. A record crowd showed up, however, and t ...

Metchosin Foundation Receives Bequest

October 18th, 2017

Metchosin Foundation Receives $20,000 from the Charles Priester Estate

By Carol Carman

It is with great gratitude and respect that the Metchosin Foundation has received a bequest in the amount of $20,000 from the estate of long-time Metchosin resident Professor Charles Priester.  We who serve on the board of this Foundation will honour this bequest as his true bond with the future of this l ...


October 18th, 2017

Metchosin Foundation Awards High School Scholarships


Four $500 scholarships have been awarded by the Metchosin Foundation to Metchosin High School students who plan on furthering their education to a post-secondary level. The funds are available thanks to the generous donation of a Metchosin resident who has asked to remain anonymous. 

         The scholarship for Academic Achievement h ...

Nature Cards!

October 18th, 2017

Nature Cards Designed for Metchosin Kids
Kem Luther

A deck of cards can be fun.  Can they also be educational? The Metchosin Foundation’s new set of plant cards, featuring 50 of the most common plants around Metchosin, feels to the hand like a pack of overly large playing cards. The cards are printed on glossy, water-proof, heavy stock paper.  But there the resemblance ends. Instead of su ...

Resources and Tools to Better Understand Metchosin's Biodiversity

April 20th, 2017
Nature Cards and Maps of Metchosin:
The Metchosin Biodiversity Project and its sponsor, the Metchosin Foundation, have developed tools to help both young and old Metchosin residents monitor and appreciate the natural environments of Metchosin. This page describes and provides access to a set of 50 Nature Cards and maps of both Hans Helgeson and W ...

Metchosin Foundation Outreach

April 20th, 2017

Metchosin Foundation Outreach to All Age Groups

Environmental education for youth is a major focus of the Metchosin Foundation activities this year, involving both of our local elementary schools as well as Belmont and Royal Bay High Schools. 

In February, teachers and students at Westmont Montessori School were presented with an outdoor environmental education backpack to support student o ...

2016 AGM

December 17th, 2016
2016 AGM

Metchosin Foundation President Chris Pratt welcomed Canadian journalist, environmental activist and former host of CBC’s All Points West radio program JoAnn Roberts as the feature speaker at their eighth Annual General Meeting last May 29 at St. Mary’s Church. Her speech titled If Not Now, When? was backed by an excellent power point presentation and ranged from the need to act on g ...

Mark your calendars!! Saturday Halloween Dance on October 24th

October 10th, 2015

Come dance the night away on Saturday, October 24th at the Metchosin Community Hall.  Get into the spirit of Halloween early and support the Metchosin Foundation’s work on environmental protection and education in our community.  The local band Fine Spirits will get you rocking, rolling, and shaking off any stresses of the season.  There is a sixties theme to inspire your costume choice or yo ...

Update on 2015 Metchosin Bioblitz

August 19th, 2015
On Friday evening, June 12, 2015, more than seventy guests crowded into the Metchosin Council chambers to mark a major milestone. They were celebrating the fifth year of the Metchosin BioBlitz, the fifth year of counting the District's non-human species.


Vancouver Island Ringlet - a red-listed species found in the 2015 Metchosin BioBlitz                                          

The Friday eve ...
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