March 22 2018

Parksville World Water Day Swim

March 22 is World Water Day, join our swim leaders at Ravensong Aquatic Centre to celebrate. Take part in games and activities that will teach you swim to survive skills. Plus the inflatable toys, rope swing and diving board will be available. Thursday, March 22 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm. Regular admission.

Phone RDN, Recreation and Parks 250-752-5014 or view skate and swim schedules online at

March 22 2018

Nanaimo River Watershed and Water Treatment Facility Tour

Come see the amazing journey our drinking water takes from the mountains to our homes! Enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the upper Nanaimo River Drinking Watershed, followed by a tour of Nanaimo's innovative new Water Treatment Plant. Experts will be on hand to discuss forestry, water quality, future plans and answer questions. Don't forget your camera! Expert guides from TimberWest, Island Timberlands, the City of Nanaimo, and the RDN will be on hand. Meet at the lower Bowen Parking Lot off Wall Street. Bring a lunch and wear suitable clothing and footwear for rugged ground and weather. 

9:30am - 4:00pm

To register please visit:

March 24 2018

WaterSmart Workshop Day

Learn amazing water conservation and gardening tips on Saturday March 24, 2018 at WaterSmart Workshop Day taking place at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre! Expert-delivered presentations will take place from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Your $10 registration fee includes four workshops, a catered lunch and a free native plant from the Nanaimo and Area Land Trust! Registration is preferable but walk-ins are welcome for this fun and educational full day event. ($15 charge for walk-in participants). Please let us know which workshops you plan to attend.

Workshops include:

Lawn Alternatives 10am - 10:45
Water Wise Gardening 11am - 11:45
Efficient Irrigation 12:45pm - 1:30
Rainwater Harvesting 1:45pm - 2:30

To register please visit:

March 24 2018

Earth Hour Starlight Skate

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement where individuals, communities, households and businesses turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol of their commitment to the planet. The 2018 Earth Hour is on March 24  from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Come join us on Saturday, March 24 from 7-9 pm for a Starlight Skate at the Nanaimo Ice Centre (750 Third St.) to celebrate Earth Hour!

March 27 2018

Englishman River Watershed Tour

Come see the amazing journey our drinking water takes from the mountains to our rivers!
Enjoy an exclusive family-friendly guided tour of the Englishman River Watershed, featuring fun games, activities, and hands-on learning. Experts will be on hand to answer questions. Don’t forget your camera!

Event goes from 10am - 2pm. Please meet at Englishman River Regional Park at the end of Allsbrook Rd. in Parksville.

To register please visit:

March 28 2018

Dive-In Theater - The Spongebob Movie

Take in a film set in the water…on the water! Soak up some family fun at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and watch the film The SpongeBob Movie from the pool! Bring your own floatie or use one of the inner tubes provided.

1:00-3:00pm at the Nanaimo Aqautic Centre.
General admission rates apply.

April 05 2018

VIU Water Film Night

VIU invites you to what's sure to be an amazing evening of whales and water!

Mark Leiren-Young will be coming by to read from The Killer Whale Who Changed the World (2016 Science Writers and Communicators Book Award winner), and we'll be screening The 100-Year-Old Whale. Mark is a passionate environmentalist, three-time finalist for the Writers Guild of Canada Awards - most recently for the screenplay for his movie, The Green Chain, which he wrote and directed; Stephen Leacock Medal winner for Humour for his memoir Never Shoot a Stampede Queen; award-winning playwright--his most recent play, Bar Mitzvah Boy debuts at Vancouver's Pacific Theatre in late March; and he hosts Skaana, a podcast about orcas, oceans, and the environment -- and that's just the tip of the iceberg!

Find out more at:

“Mark Leiren-Young, who has a background in pretty much everything — journalism, television, comedy, theatre and film — is without a doubt one of the most talented, multi-disciplinary voices in Canada.” – Vanessa Farquharson, National Post

Building 250, Room 125

This is a free event, but seating is limited, so please register at:

April 11 → April 12 2018

Nanaimo Water Stewardship Symposium

This two day educational event will feature a guided field trip and public lecture on day one. Day two is comprised of a full day, catered symposium with many interesting speakers, held in Nanaimo. Register early for this unique opportunity to network and hear water stewardship stories from collaborators in our region!

To register and for details on the program please visit:
April 14 2018

Nanaimo River Rafting

Experience the rich history and natural beauty of our area aboard a guided rafting tour of the Nanaimo River. Dress warm and bring a snack and water for this exciting and educational trip. Be prepared for some paddling. Guide: Matt Kellow (VIU) Note: Meet at the Corner of Raines Road and Cedar Road by the bridge at 9:00am (not Living Forest Campground).

To register, please visit:

April 14 2018

Nanaimo River Estuary Float

Explore the unique flora and fauna of Vancouver Island's largest estuary by river raft with members of the VIU Recreation Department. A fun way to learn about the natural beauty and values of this Vital ecosystem. Be prepared for a little paddling. Guide: Matt Kellow (VIU) Meet outside entrance to Living Forest Campground on Maki Road at 2pm - look for the rafts. Float will take approximately 2 hours.

To register, please visit:

April 17 2018

Walk on the Wild Side Native Plant Walk

Local Herbalist and Plant Enthusiast Stephanie Mills will guide you around Buttertubs Marsh and introduce you to the wild plants you can eat.  Discover how to grow, harvest, prepare and incorporate them into your own back yard. Dress for the weather.  (meet at the Miner's Cottage of the Jingle Pot Road parking lot).

$15 Registration fee.

To register please visit:

April 21 → April 22 2018

Streamkeepers Course

Come and join us for a NALT sponsored Streamkeepers Workshop this spring on April 21st & 22nd.The weekend course will be held at the Pacific Gardens Co-housing complex at 347 Seventh Street in Nanaimo from 9 am to 4pm each day.

The Streamkeepers Workshop was developed in 1995 by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in partnership with the BC Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. The program is administered by the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation. The workshop will be presented by well-known local fish biologist and friend of NALT, Dave Clough.

This two-day workshop teaches some of the easy-to-understand indicators that determine stream health—with both in-class and in-stream lessons (literally in-stream – bring your rubber boots!). You’ll come away with a better understanding and appreciation of our local waterways, both big and small, and an increased interest in community stewardship.

Thanks to our funders and NALT’s Stewardship budget, the cost of the course is free this time; however, there is a Streamkeepers Handbook (a must for the workshop and a valuable resource tool for any future Streamkeeper work that may carried out), which will cost participants $20.

Please sign up early as there is limited space.

If you have any questions, or would like to sign-up for the workshop, please call 250-714-1990 or email
April 21 2018

Earth Day Nanaimo

On April 21st come celebrate Earth Day with a free festival-style community event at John Barsby High School. There will be something for everyone with workshops, demos, interactive community displays, and local sustainable food vendors all honuoring our precious resources and environment.
April 22 2018

Invasive Plant Drop Zone

Let's Pull Together! Maintaining our natural areas and restoring the integrity of our native ecology depends on you. Join our invasive species work parties with other like-minded individuals. Please pre-register for the work parties, wear sturdy shoes, and bring gloves if you have them.

Visit for more details.