Join the Cumberland Community Forest Society and Friends for a week long celebration of forests, wetlands, creeks, biodiversity, and ecological resilience in the forests, creeks, wetlands and watershed’s surrounding our community!
Registration (by donation) is open now – follow the links below to secure your spot!
Spring Morning Bird Walk
Saturday April 16th 8:00 am
w/Conservation biologist and CCFS director Jason Straka
Jason is an ecologist with the BC Conservation Data Centre. He has been an avid naturalist since endochondral ossification and was keenly keying carabids as a volunteer at Trent University by the age of 12. He now has tomentose mandibular bristles and a deeply furrowed frons (mainly from the peer-review process). He and his partner live in Cumberland with a growing collection of bikes, orchids, and species rhodos. REGISTER HERE
Nocturnal Adventures in the Forest
Sunday April 17th (International Bat Appreciation Day) – dusk
Join conservation biologist Jason Straka and CCFS Executive Director and bat naturalist Meaghan Cursons. Owls, Bats, Moths and other creatures of the night! Time and start location to be sent to registered attendees. REGISTER HERE
Vernal Resurgence in the Cumberland Forest
Tuesday April 19th 5:00 pm w/ With Dr. Kent Brothers
Dr. Kent Brothers is an amateur mycologist who has had a keen interest in biodiversity in general and macrofungi in particular for nearly 20 years, not only in the Pacific Northwest but also in the neotropics. Through guided walks in forests he enjoys sharing knowledge of the extensive diversity of fungi in ecosystems and the valuable roles that they play in the environment.
Meet at the Chinatown Pavilion in Coal Creek Historic Park. REGISTER HERE
Eat, Cook, Learn: Waste Free Lunches
Join Tina Willard-Stepan, facilitator and environmental educator for this fun family session presented in partnership with the Cumberland Community Schools Society.
Tuesday April 19th 6:30- 8 PM. REGISTER HERE
Understanding Place – Indigenous Context in the Comox Lake Watershed
Join K’ómoks First Nation archaeologist Jesse Morin and indigenous cultural advisor and cross cultural trainer Wedlidi Speck to learn more about the unceded indigenous territory where we all live, play and learn.
Wednesday April 20th 7:00 pm Cumberland Masonic Hall. REGISTER HERE
This bud’s for you – Spring in the Cumberland Forest
Join intrepid forest explorer, storyteller and CCFS observationist in residence Dawn Copeman to discover the amazing beauty and biodiversity of spring in the Cumberland Forest.
Thursday April 21 5:00 pm. Meet at the Swamp Bridge Crossing (below 2nd street) REGISTER HERE
Exploring the Lower Perseverance Corridor: History, Ecology and Conservation in Action.
Join CCFS Executive Director Meaghan Cursons for an engaging walk and talk to learn the story of the community conservation efforts in the Lower Perseverance Corridor
Saturday April 23rd 4:00 pm, Japanese #1 Town Parking Lot. REGISTER HERE
Comox Valley Land Trust tour of the Bevan Forest.
The Comox Valley Land Trust invites the public to a guided walk to learn about the ecology of the Puntledge Forest and why CVLT considers this area a high priority for conservation.
The Puntledge Forest is 250 acres containing a 120-year-old second-growth forest. It is made up of conifer and deciduous trees situated on a rich low-elevation site with many tall Douglas-fir and Western Red Cedars. It is a great example of a biologically rich, maturing, naturally regenerated coastal forest.
Saturday April 23rd 1-3 pm register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Coal Creek Hand-in-Hand Nature Education Roots Program is creating a ‘village’ of tiny houses made from natural materials somewhere in the forest. This will be an interactive installation where people are encouraged to add to the village, check it out, or play with / in it! To introduce the village to you, the Roots will put out a mini film telling the story of the creatures