2019 events

This year brings us many opportunities to connect with our regional, national, and international communities. We hope that you'll be able to join us for one of our upcoming events.

Plant Phenology Monitoring Training Session

May 25, 2019

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that will get you outside with other plant enthusiasts regularly? Join us in collecting plant data for a research project!

The Plant Phenology Monitoring and Research Project is a collaboration between Milner Gardens & Woodland, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute, and Vancouver Island University.

We are studying the relationship between microclimate and plant phenology (or the timing of seasonally reoccurring events, such as bud break and fruit development), and we need volunteers to help us do in-person observations on our plant species.

Essentially, this project aims to understand how shifts in climate may impact plant productivity over time. We have been monitoring 3 sites at Milner Gardens & Woodland since 2017, but we also monitor a site on Mount Arrowsmith and at Thetis Lake Regional Park (Victoria) remotely via field cameras. Collecting in-person data is vital to this project as it allows us to ground-truth what we see on camera. It is also a great way to involve local citizens in hands-on real-life research!

Volunteering for this project is an opportunity to learn and share knowledge of native plants with other citizen scientists, students, and researchers. No experience necessary - just come out and learn!

If you are interested, join us for a free training session at Milner Gardens & Woodland by registering here!

2019 Regional Research Conference

June 12 to 14, 2019


The 2019 Regional Research Conference will bring together individuals conducting research projects or initiatives related to the three pillars of sustainability -- Economic, Environmental, and Social and Cultural -- within the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region and surrounding areas.

We often think of sustainability as the desire to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability for future generations to do so -- in other words, to not use more than what is necessary today. But what does this mean for each of the pillars of sustainability? And what does this look like in mid-Vancouver Island? Through keynote presenters, breakout sessions, and poster series, join us as we learn about the research occurring in our own backyards. This event will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with local researchers and professionals and to find ways how you may get involved with their initiatives.

The Regional Research Conference will be hosted from June 13 to 14, 2019 at the Parksville Community Centre (132 Jensen Avenue East, Parksville). An additional workshop will be offered to participants of the Conference on June 12.

For more information including the agenda for the event, click here. Or you can register for the event here!