Join the Cumberland Forest and friends for a creative, informative and engaging week of projects, street art, a Stewardship Action Auction, watershed walks, talks, trivia, webinars and fun filled community activities to celebrate Earth Week!

Whether you live in the Village, the wider Comox Valley, the Salish Sea region or across the globe – you are invited to connect and join forces for this celebration ❤

Celebrate Earth Week with the Cumberland Forest and friends and collaborators from across the Valley, April 19-25th. Join us for online and real world events all focused on deepening our connection with the natural world and inspiring its protection AND restoration.

The global theme for Earth Day 2021 is “Restore the Earth”.

What does that mean for Cumberland? The Cumberland Forest community has been hard at work for over 20 years protecting 500+ acres of forest, wetlands, creeks and watershed lands through direct purchasing from timber companies – and trust us, we’re not done yet! 😉

But at the same time, we have important work to do to build climate resilience, restore protected areas impacted by human use, build ecological knowledge and stewardship culture, protect sensitive ecosystems and support biodiversity in the Cumberland and beyond.

What's happening?

All week long

Celebrate Earth Week with an outdoor scavenger hunt and nature inspired crafts! Instructions provided in this take home kit with supplies sourced from the great outdoors and your recycle bin! Recommended for ages 7 to 10.

  • Created by Kate Ashton
  • Kits will be sent by email April 19
  • No cost but pre-registration is required.

REGISTER HERE

By purchasing viewing tickets through this link, CCFS will receive a portion of proceeds. Use code NAVIGUIDECORP10

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The CCFS Spring Stewardship Auction is all part of Cumberland’s Earth Week Celebrations. Joins us for a fun filed online auction in support of critical land protection, restoration and stewardship projects in the Cumberland Forest and the Perseverance Creek Corridor.

Like many non profits, the CCFS has been hit hard by the cancellation of a full year if fundraising events. But we are also hearing from forest loving friends each and every day who want to support our work with donations of goods or services.

So we’re setting up an online auction filled with awesome goodies. We’d love your donations, or your bids! Auction opens Monday April 19th and runs for a full week till Sunday April 25th at 9 pm.

WANT TO MAKE A DONATION? We would LOVE your support. Message sarah@cumberlandforest.com or info@cumberlandforest.com to set that up! 

START BIDDING HERE

Join us to help identify Invasive or exotic plants observed in Cumberland, BC. These observations can help us identify and plan removal of high priority invasive species in the Cumberland Forest in partnership with the Village of Cumberland. 

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/cumberland-forest-invasive-or-exotic-plants

https://www.facebook.com/events/299575421698218/

Download the Hunt on Monday April 19th and spend the week learning (real world and online) and about important local conversation history, ecology, projects and locations!  Created by the Cumberland Community Forest Society specifically for Earth Week. Great for families or individuals! Challenge your friends!

DOWNLOAD IT HERE

IMPORTANT NOTE

This will likely not come as a surprise, but we have to cancel the in person walks for Cumberland’s Earth Week Festival.

This kind of gathering is not in alignment with current Public Health Orders. We organized this programming back in March with optimism but sadly, it’s not to be.

Thank you so much to the folks who volunteered to lead these walks and we look forward to working with you in the future. Please be sure to join us for the independent and online program every night this week at 

Monday April 19

Presented by

Protecting forests and wetlands is an essential strategy in the fight against climate change that has not received the attention it deserves. Trees and wetlands capture and store massive amounts of carbon.  They provide Natural Climate Solutions that help address climate change.  And unlike some strategies for cooling the climate, they don’t require costly and complicated technology.

The webinar will explore the role trees and wetlands have in reducing atmospheric carbon, and compare climate impacts of forest conservation to forest harvesting and wood manufacturing.  We will look at the many additional benefits that Natural Climate Solutions provide such as reduced species loss, flood and forest fire mitigation and increased access to green space. We will wrap up the webinar with Comox Valley Land Trust Executive Director Tim Ennis and Program Manager Erin Nowak who will share info about local Natural Climate Solution projects and programs happening right here in the Comox Valley. The webinar will include a Q & A session.

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Tuesday April 20

Reduce waste and help bees and butterflies with this recycled paper art workshop! Seed packets, envelopes, compost bin liners and more. Participants will receive a supply kit in advance of the online workshop. Recommended for Cumberland residents aged 9 to 11.

  • Instructor: Robin Konstabaris
  • Tuesday, April 20th. 3:15- 4:30 PM. Online via Zoom.
  • No cost but pre-registration is required.

REGISTER HERE

A fun family interactive workshop about reducing waste!

Zoom in and learn about the landfill, do a waste audit and talk about waste free lunches. This workshop includes a cooking class with some lunch treat ideas. An ingredient list will be provided. If you are unable to purchase supplies, please contact us for a supply kit. Appropriate for children ages 5 and up with adult.

One screen per family please! The workshop has a limit of 15 families.

Facilitator: Christina (Tina) Willard-Stepan, Facilitator and Environmental Educator for Comox Strathcona Waste Management

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Presented by First Credit Union and Cumberland Business Association

Circular Economy workshop in partnership with the Cumberland Business Association for Earth Month celebrations.

40min long free zoom presentation with Project Zero

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Wednesday April 21

Join us to learn what green burial is, where it can take place, how much it costs, and why it’s a wonderful disposition option. Hosted by local green burial advocate Madeline Christie, with special guest speakers Catherine Valentine of Salt Spring Island Natural Cemetery, and Sita Then of Evergreen Coffin Company.

REGISTER HERE

Thursday April 22

Join the CYCC for an afternoon filled with storytelling about how the climate crisis impacts different aspects of our lives.

Members of the Comox Youth Climate Council share personal stories on topics such as eco-anxiety, health, nature-based solutions, political engagement, food security, and many more. A panel of guest local elected officials is invited to react and respond to the youth stories. The event will be streamed on different platforms.

Advance registration required for this FREE event. 

Register HERE.

Join 10 special community guests for 10 visually centered presentations, each 10 minutes long!

The 10 x 10 x 10 “Resilience Round-Up” is a #climatehope initiative of the Cumberland Community Forest Society and Resilience Comox Valley to celebrate projects and initiatives that are underway right here in the Comox Valley and helping to build connections, inspiration, action toward community climate resilience. (def. the ability of an organism, system or community to prepare for, recover from, and adapt to these impacts of climate change is called “climate resilience.”).This event will be presented by Zoom.

Presenters include:
  • Serina Allison – Environmental Education Coordinator, SD #71
  • Tim Ennis – Latitude Conservation Services, Comox Valley Land Trust
     
  • Meaghan Cursons – Cumberland Community Forest Society, Elevate
     
  • Tina Willard Stepan – Curriculum Developer CVRD/CCFS
     
  • Arzeena Hamir – Area Director, CVRD Farmer, mentor, teacher
     
  • Anna Rambow – Lake Trail Community Education Society
     
  • Comox Youth Climate Council

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Friday April 23

The epic extravaganza you’ve been waiting for! 

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Saturday April 24

Water Play by Tim Sutherland 
 
 
“A multi-layered exploration of human-to-water related entanglement; from the physical to the alchemical/chemical to the socio-geo-political. It is, after all, the truth.”
 
“We are mostly water; water connects us to our world and to each other. In a not-too-distant future where water has become THE commodity, a woman, her parents, and a doctor converge as the result of a freak storm, bringing them face-to-face with what lies beneath the surface…”
 

Sunday April 25

The Cumberland Forest’s Earth Week Festival wraps up on Sunday night with an online exploration of the stories, science, and community actions that connect us through water in the Comox Valley.

Presented as part of the CVRD’s Connected by Water program to build community capacity, encourage action, and create a legacy toward watershed and drinking water protection in the Comox Valley.

From the Vancouver Island Range and the Perseverance Watershed to Comox Lake, Cumberland Lake Park Campground, the Puntledge River, community creeks, ground water, shorelines and estuaries – learn how the waterways of the Comox Valley connect us all and how we can work together to build a healthy climate resilient watershed.

Presented by Meaghan Cursons and Tina Willard-Stepan from Connected by Water.

REGISTER HERE