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5 eco-friendly ways to celebrate Earth Month in and around Victoria this April


April represents many things: a new beginning, the blooming of flowers or disappearance of snow, and honouring community in a number of ways!

Plus, as many of you may already know, it is also Earth Month—the time to celebrate the natural beauty we enjoy every day being on this planet.

There are many ways in which we can do this too, including going for a spring walk, helping the Victoria Green Team with invasive species removal, beach cleanup and more!

Here’s 5 ways to celebrate Earth Month in and around Victoria this April:

Victoria Green Team April Activities

Team up with the Victoria Green Team and other community members to help out the local ecosystem!

The Greater Victoria Green Team is a program of the charity Green Teams of Canada, and they plan a series of activities to both foster connections between participants and have a positive impact on the environment.

April is jam-packed full of meet-ups to partake in, including removing invasive species and planting native species.

Their full list of activities and registration can be found here.

(Greater Victoria Green Team)

Go on a Spring walk

One of the best ways to enjoy the warming weather and budding flowers is embarking on a nature walk or two!

Luckily, Victoria offers a number of prime walking locations that satisfy every nature need—whether it’s ocean views, flowers and/or wildlife you’re looking for, there’s something for everyone.

To celebrate the essence of spring and the increasing appearances from our pal, the sun, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite spots for you!

Full article: 7 refreshing spring walks to take as Victoria’s weather warms

(Photo by Travis Devonport Photography )

Screening of “Wings Over Water”

Check out this special screening available only on April 22nd—the official Earth Day. For school groups, bookings are available up until May 31st.

75 theatres across Canada have partnered with Ducks Unlimited to provide exclusive screenings of the film, Wings Over Water, narrated by Academy Award-Winning actor Michael Keaton and produced with the support of Ducks Unlimited Canada

Wings Over Water was filmed on location in the Prairie Pothole Region, which is a huge swath of connected rivers, lakes and wetlands across three Canadian provinces and five US states.

With gorgeous cinematography and attention to detail, it follows the migratory journeys of three bird species.

Watch this exceptional film for only $6.99—with proceeds supporting conservation through Ducks Unlimited Canada!

To find a theatre near you that’s screening, check out the Ducks Unlimited website.

  • Where: At a Cineplex or Landmark Cinema near you!
  • When: Monday, April 22nd—times will vary

Visit a garden

Springtime brings a reminder of the city’s sparkling beauty—everywhere we turn, we see green grass, budding leaves and flowers scattering the ground and blooming in trees.

Definitely beats the snow that still blankets other areas of Canada, that’s for sure!

So, get outside, count your blessings and sniff some flowers at a number of different gardens around the city.

We’ve even included the iconic Butterfly Gardens just in case you’re looking for a sprinkle of tropical in your garden adventures (especially while it rains outside)!

Full article: 5 glorious gardens to explore in and around Victoria this Spring

(Abkhazi Garden / Facebook)

Beach Cleanup with Surfrider South Vancouver Island

Surfrider South Vancouver Island is a group of members and volunteers that dedicate time and energy into month beach cleanups across local shorelines.

They’re partnered with Atlas Junk Removal, so you know everything is being recycled and/or disposed of properly.

Their Earth Month cleanup will take place on April 14th and Willows Beach, and you can sign up here. Just don’t forget to sign the waiver attached to each trip.

If you miss Willows Beach, no worries! There’s another in June, July, and so on.

(Mystic Beach / Photo by Ethan Morneau)
  • Where: Willows Beach
  • When: Sunday, April 14th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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