April 27, 2015
by KapteinK
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“The Land of Heart’s Delight”

On Friday May 1, Strathcona Wilderness is hosting our next community presentation: author Michael Layland on: “The Land of Heart’s Delight: Early Explorations & Mapping of Vancouver Island”.

Michael Layland was born and educated in England and trained as an officer and a mapmaker in the Royal Engineers, serving for seven years. He then worked on civilian survey projects in Peru, Central America, Nigeria, Mexico, and North and West Africa.

Michael Layland

Michael Layland

He has lived in British Columbia for over 30 years, the last 24 in Victoria. Michael serves as the past- president of the Friends of the BC Archives, is a former president of the Victoria Historical Society, and is on the committee of the Historical Map Society of BC.

Book Cover

Book Cover

He has collected and researched old maps of the region, many of which were included in his well-received 2013 book “The Land of Heart’s Delight” — a cartographic history of Vancouver Island — and he is currently completing a companion book of stories of the early explorers of the island, for publication in the fall, 2016.

Central Vancouver Island Map Detail

Central Vancouver Island Map Detail

The presentation will start at 7 pm at the theatre at North Island College, 2300 Ryan Road in Courtenay. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $10 at the door.

April 26, 2015
by KapteinK
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Annual General Meeting

The Strathcona Wilderness Institute Annual General Meeting (AGM) is coming up on Wednesday May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Evergreen Lounge of the Filberg Centre in Courtenay.

The mission of SWI is to inspire awareness, appreciation & stewardship of the natural world in general, and Strathcona Park in particular, through education and participation. SWI is in its 20th year of helping people connect with Strathcona Park.

Director roles include Chair, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and Correspondence Secretary, and additional roles include minor building maintenance; special events; and fundraising . Additional skills & interests on the Board are needed, such as communications & social media, youth education, grant writing, and volunteer coordination.

Volunteers for the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows or the Buttle Information Hut are also always welcome. Potential roles include: staffing the Centres; inventory & sales management; guiding nature walks, talks & hikes; program planning & management; volunteer coordination& management; website administration & publicity.

The evening will include reports of past & future activities, a slide show by director Lindsay Elms, and refreshments!

To find out more about SWI visit the ‘About Us’ page for the SWI constitution & mandate, and bios of the current directors.

April 24, 2015
by KapteinK
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Buttle Lake Nature Camp

Strathcona Wilderness Institute is once again hosting a Nature Camp! This year the location is the Buttle Lake area of Strathcona Park, with accommodation at Strathcona Park Lodge. The dates are June 19-22. Topics of interest will be botany, birding, geology, and Strathcona Park history.
Details & registration forms are here.

More detailed notes about the walk/hike locations are on the BC Nature Viewing Guide website here.
Information on essential items for day hikers, and important guidelines for participants & leaders are here.