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Welcomes all Hikers, Walkers, and Ramblers

The purpose of the Salt Spring Trail and Nature Club is:

  • To stimulate interest in hiking and related outdoor activities and natural history.
  • To study flora and fauna in their natural habitats.

 

The Club is affiliated with BC Nature and Nature Canada.

Club activities are announced in the Driftwood on the last Wednesday of each month and on the website. Calendar of Events

Weekly hikes, walks and rambles are organized from September to June. Club activities take a break over the summer.

The monthly Trail and Nature presentations are open to the public.

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SEPTEMBER, 2020 – THE NEW NORMAL

Like most organizations and businesses in B.C., in March 2020, the Salt Spring Trail and Nature Club cancelled all of its programs in accordance with provincial measures to protect the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Beginning this Fall, the club will resume its activities with a modified program designed to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread.

Outdoor activities will start on September 15, 2020 with scheduled hikes, walks, and rambles on Tuesdays.

Nature outings, such as early morning bird walks, are being planned and will be announced on the website under the Nature Outings tab.

Participation in club activities will be open to members only.  A maximum of 10 people will be permitted to take part in each activity so that we can maintain appropriate physical distancing.  Co-leaders will be available, as necessary, to accommodate larger groups that need to be split up into smaller numbers.  Everyone will be asked to further reduce risk by following basic hygiene measures and preventative practices consistent with Provincial orders and guidance and as suggested on the website under the Events tab.

Once health protocols can be met, the club looks forward to providing indoor evening presentations to its members.  Stay tuned!

Membership registration for the SSTNC year (September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021) is happening now.  Membership fees are $30 per person with a $5 discount for those members who renew prior to September 30.  Application forms are available on the website under the Membership tab.  Please send your completed form to the Salt Spring Trail & Nature Club, PO Box 203, Salt Spring Island, B.C., V8K 2V9 or drop if off at the Salt Spring Visitors Information Centre in Ganges.  Payment may be made by cheque, to be included with submission of your form, or via e-transfer to info.sstnc@gmail.com.  The SSTNC membership fee includes membership in BC Nature, a province-wide federation of local natural history groups.

The Blackberry Social, traditionally the club’s first event of the Fall season, will take place on Tuesday, September 15, at 12 noon in the group camping area at Ruckle Provincial Park.  This year, rather than a potluck, we will each bring our own lunch and blackberry delight to enjoy while we catch up after our long hiatus apart.  We will also take a vote regarding a minor change to the wording of the club’s bylaw regarding its annual financial audit, as per the email notice recently circulated to members.  We wish to make this change because the work “auditor” was inadvertently used instead of “reviewer”; the club has never hired an auditor.

Prior to our noon get together, if you would like to participate in a ramble, walk, or hike, please meet at 10:00 a.m. at the group camping area.  If convenient, you’re welcome to bring along your completed membership registration forms and payment to the Blackberry Social.  See you there!

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*****  NOTE: UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES, THE CLUB ALLOWS VISITORS TO PARTICIPATE IN EVENTS AS OUTLINED IN THIS SECTION. 

HOWEVER, DUE TO COVID-19, FOR THE CURRENT YEAR, EVENTS WILL BE FOR MEMBERS ONLY

PLEASE CLICK ON THE MEMBERSHIP TAB TO LEARN HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE SALT SPRING TRAIL & NATURE CLUB.

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If a Tuesday activity is cancelled due to weather or other reason, we will try to email the group before 9:00 am Tuesday at the latest.

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