|Fri May 24||
Photographing and Observing the Birds of Salt Spring Island, presented by Farley Cannon 7pm, Lions Hall, by donation. Farley Cannon is a young naturalist and grade 12 student at GISS. As an independent study project this semester, he has undertaken to write a book about Salt Spring birds and illustrate it with his own photographs. This presentation will reveal some of the many superb photographs Farley has taken over the last three years and will give insights, tips and tricks for watching birds and getting great photographs. This presentation is co-sponsored by the SS Conservancy & SS Trail and Nature Club.
|Tues May 28||We'll tackle Mt Bruce with Fred Powell leading. It's a longish hike with some "up" bits but not as steep as hikes used to be with Fred, who has "mellowed". Meet at Artspring at 9:45 am or Drummond Park at 10:00 am.||Harry Burton leads his annual south end walk on the old Monk property, once a farm extending from King Rd to the water at the bottom of Stevens Rd. Visit the Grandmother tree and have lunch by the water. Carpool from Artspring at 10:00 am to meet the leader at Beaver Point Hall at 10:20 am.||Off Island Trip. Anke Smeele will take the Ramblers on a walk in Victoria to see the Rhododendron blooms. Meet at 8:45 am at the ArtSpring Parking Lot for carpooling. Ramblers should organise their carpool before hand.|
|Thurs May 30||
SS Conservancy Zodiac Trip - Guided marine trips hosted by Ian Gidney (Outdoor Visions tours and charters). This journey will feature Robin Annschild, Conservation Director, describing special island habitats and rare species as well as land conservation areas we can see from the water. We'll travel from Ganges to Isabella and Musgrave and back for 4 hours or so, starting at 12 noon. Cost is $120/person, with proceeds going to the Conservancy. Call or e-mail Kathryn Luttin, Conservancy office coordinator, to reserve a space: 250/538-0318, email@example.com. Only 10 spaces, so book soon as these trips are popular! The second trip will be in September or early October.
|Tues Jun 4||Mary Hof leads a new hike to Mt Braden, near Sooke. Be aware that hikers must be capable of a 5 hour hike at a fairly quick pace. Meet at Portlock Park at 8:30 am to car pool on the 9:10 ferry to Crofton. It will be a late day so some may decide to stay for supper. Contact Mary Hof firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Notify Lynn Thompson email@example.com if you are coming.||Anne Beaumont leads a (rescheduled) off island walk to Newcastle Island near Nanaimo. Meet at Portlock Park at 8:40 am to catch the 9:10 ferry from Vesuvius. Foot passenger ferry to Newcastle is $9.00 round trip ($8.00 for seniors). The Island is a treasure trove of history, from First Nations people to the present day. Return on the 3:40 pm ferry from Crofton.||Leaders Choice Ramble with Sterling and Maureen McEachern. Rain or shine, the Ramblers meet at 10 am in Centennial Park.|
|Tues Jun 11||Kees Visser leads a long hike around Hope Hill with a few steep sections. Lunch will be a bit later than usual, around 12:45, depending on the group. Meet at ArtSprings at 9:45 or Drummond Park at 10:00 am.||Back by request, Linda Quiring leads us on a different walk in the Musgrave area. Explore the largest grove of first growth forest on Saltspring in a private reserve deep in the Musgrave. Some short rough sections, with a very moderate pace. Meet to carpool at ArtSprings parking lot at 10:00 am or at Drummond Park at 10:15 am.||Ramble with Bill and Marilyn in the Quebec Drive Area. Rain or shine, the Ramblers meet at 10 am in Centennial Park.|
|Tues Jun 18||
The 2012-2013 hiking season ends with the Strawberry Festival at Ruckle Park (organized by the Hikers). 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 prior to the festival.
|Tues Jun 18||Susan Hannon leads a moderate hike in Ruckle Park before the Strawberry Festival.Leave ArtsSprings at 9:45 am or meet at the lower parking lot in Ruckle Park at 10 am.||Curt Firestone leads a short walk before the Strawberry Fest. Come to Ruckle Park and visit the ocean, the trees, the ferns and landscape of a Gulf Island beauty! Meet to carpool from ArtSprings at 10:00 am or at the lower parking lot (after the farm) at 10:20 am.||Choose a Leader for a short Ramble prior to the Strawberry Festival. Rain or shine, the Ramblers meet at 10 am in Centennial Park.|
|Tues Sept 10||
The 2013-2014 hiking season begins with the Blackberry Festival at Ruckle Park. Meet at noon in the lower picnic area. Remember to bring your favorite blackberry goodie, a bowl and spoon. Short walks will be scheduled prior to the festival.
|Thurs Oct 24||
Dr Donald McQueen will talk about Salmon Enhancement experiments in the Okanagan.
|Thurs Nov 28||
John Neville will talk about Raptors, co-sponsored by the Salt Spring Conservancy.