Wildwood is a nature reserve off Yellow Point Road in Cedar, south of Nanaimo. It was founded in 1938 by Merve Wilkinson and is currently managed by The Land Conservancy. Wildwood has two events coming up in November, 2010. From 10 am to noon on Saturday, November 20, 2010, you can share an inspirational walk through Wildwood with BC’s own internationally-distinguished ethnobotanist Nancy Turner where you’ll enter a whole new realm of awareness about our relationship with plants and the natural world around us. Says Turner, “All of us, no matter where our heritage or roots are, have in our own history a deep relationship with plants and the ecosystems they support.” This activity involves a fee of $35 for TLC members or $45 for non-members.
On Sunday, November 21, 2010, there will be a workshop intended to increase your skills at identifying plants. This could be for using edible plants or for enhancing your experiences in natural settings. The focus will be on trees and shrubs including many edible species and the participants will look at leaves, buds, bark, fruit, form, and habitat to know plants better. This workshop is repeated several times a year, but the plant list and focus changes with the seasons. The current workshop is designed for those new to identification of native plants, although those with some basic knowledge will also find it useful. Tuition is free for TLC members or $25 for non-members. Registration is required for either event. Call Jay Rastogi at 250-816-1816 for more information.