BC Invasive Species Month

May 1, 2018 Webinar

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May is Invasive Species Action Month in BC

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Central & West Kootenay Events

Submit your event to events@bcinvasives.ca!

May 12, 2018 - Nelson Garden Festival

CKISS will once again have an outreach booth at the 17th Annual Nelson Garden Festival hosted by the West Kootenay Eco Society happening on Saturday, May 12th, 2018, 10-3 pm, 200 block of Baker Street and Kootenay Street in downtown Nelson.  We will be promoting the PlantWise program so we encourage you to stop by and pick up some FREE resources from us. Make your garden invasive free this year! #BCinvasivesmonth 

Always free to attend.60 booths of veggies, flowers, perennials and annuals, shrubs and bulbs, and many items to spruce up your gardens, patios, walkways and decks from some of the region’s best gardeners and crafts people. This is a rain or shine event.

Read more here.

May 12, 2018 - Critter Day

Location: Beaver Creek Provincial Park, Trail,

Overview: Come to this free event and learn about all the special critters that call the Trail area, and Pend d’Oreille Valley, home. In addition as part of “Invasive Species Action Month” CKISS will be there to show you some invasive species that should NOT be there!

Get up close to some local amphibians, snakes, reptiles, aquatic bugs, native plants, insects and more. See the juvenile White Sturgeon to be released into the Columbia River! Talk with biologists, take in a bat presentation, and enjoy the kids’ activities.

Critter Day is co-hosted by: Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) and Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP)

Critter Day is sponsored by: Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Power Corporation, FortisBC, Teck and Kootenay Conservation Program

Special thanks to:Kiwanis Club, BC Parks, Trail Wildlife Association, Province of B.C., AND Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C.

To see full details on Critter Day please visit the FWCP website and KCP website.

May 23, 2018 – Youth Water Festival

The Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society in partnership with the City of Nelson is hosting the first annual Youth Water Festival on May 23, 2018.

This festival is aimed at educating and inspiring local youth on the importance, function, history, and stewardship of freshwater in the Kootenays, specifically Kootenay Lake.

Various activity booths will be set up at Lakeside Park in Nelson, BC for children and youth to rotate through. Each booth will focus on different aspects of water importance and health. We will host various school groups ranging from grade school to high school.

CKISS will be there with our outreach booth that will focus on aquatic invasive species! Let’s protect our waters and keep zebra & quagga mussels out of B.C.!

Participation in this event is free but sign up is mandatory. Sign up today as spots are limited!

Please contact us to sign up either as an activity leader or school group to attend: 

May 26th, 2018 – 9th Annual Castlegar Garden and Nature Fest


May is Invasive Species Action Month! What can you do? Why not come visit the CKISS booth at the Castlegar Garden and Nature Fest to ask us what simple actions you can take in your garden to prevent the spread of invasive species. We will have valuable PlantWise resources for you to choose non-invasive plants for your garden this year. [Plantwise Logo]

Location: Castlegar Community Complex, 2101 6th Ave

Date: Saturday May 26th from 10:00 am – 3:00pm

Overview: The Castlegar Garden Club and Castlegar Communities in Bloom partner to sponsor this open-air fest that takes place annually in May. The prime focus is the abundance of local gardening talent and nature resources. Plants and gardens (wild and cultivated) are featured, as well as farming, food production, organic growing, sustainable living, invasive plants, composting, hikes and trails in the area, local conservation areas; anything to do with nature and the environment. This potent mix of energies benefits us all, especially our environment; we hope to encourage a wider worldview of your garden!