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Please note: Participants need to bring a lunch and wear appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing.
We encourage every hiker to lead one hike a year, which still leaves enough for those who wish to lead more.
|Tues May 21||Ashley Hilliard leads a moderate hike on rural roads and pathways from Beaver Point to Fulford. Meet at ArtSpring at 0945 to carpool to Southridge Drive, the first right up the hill off Beaver Point Road after the intersection with the Fulford ferry road. Please bring double the normal number of cars as we will leave half the cars at Southridge. Southenders meet at Southridge at 10.00.||An easy walk with Yvonne Gibbon through Duck Creek Park and then a leisurely walk down to Vesuvius Beach for lunch. There is a beach store on the way if you want to purchase food or drink to take to the beach. We will then walk back to Duck Creek Park to our cars. Meet at Artspring at 10:00 to carpool or at 10:20 at the park entrance on Sunset Drive.||Meet EARLY at Centennial Park at 8.45am to carpool to the 9.50 Fulford ferry. Walk on, then walk to Canoe cove, and lunch at the Stonehouse pub.|
|Tues May 21||Tuesday, May 21, Tao Orion will give an illustrated talk on her ground-breaking approach to apply permaculture techniques to the issue of invasive species. The FREE event, starting at 7:00 pm in the Library Program Room, is sponsored by the Library, Transition Salt Spring, and the Trail and Nature Club. A number of important questions will be addressed:
How do we deal with the rising tide of invasive species spreading throughout our island and our world? What role are these plants and animals playing in the ecosystem and how did they get here? We live in an era of unprecedented concern for the damage being done to the natural world, but also an almost equal level of concern about plants and animals out of place. In a world beset by pollution and climate change, are invasive species just one more nail in the coffin, or a sign that life will find a way?
Tao Orion is the author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration. She teaches permaculture design at Oregon State University and at Aprovecho, a 40-acre nonprofit sustainable-living educational organization. Tao consults on holistic farm, forest, and restoration planning through Resilience Permaculture Design, LLC. She holds a degree in agroecology and sustainable agriculture from UC Santa Cruz, and grows organic fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and animals on her southern Willamette Valley homestead, Viriditas Farm.
|Tues May 28||Leslie Gardiner will lead a long but moderate hike to the summit of Mt. Sullivan and then to a scenic lookout over Sansum Narrows for lunch. The return trip will include the summit of Mt. Bruce. Meet at ArtSpring parking lot at 9:45am or Drummond Park at 10am to carpool to the trailhead.||Charles Kahn leads us on walk around the beautiful shoreline trails of Maracaibo to suit the abilities of the participants. Expect some up and down and uneven ground, as this is Salt Spring. This is a private reserve, not accessible to non-residents without sponsorship by a resident; Charles has this permission. Meet at Artspring at 10:00 a.m.||Meet at Centennial Park at 10.00am to carpool to Duck Creek with Sterling and Maureen McEachern. Lunch at Seaside Restaurant.|
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|Tues June 18||The hiking season ends with the Strawberry Festival in Ruckle Park. This year's event is being organized by the Walkers. Meet at noon in the lower picnic area to enjoy a scrumptious dish of strawberries and ice cream. Remember to bring a dish and spoon! Short walks will be scheduled before lunch.|