Summer 2023

June 29, 2023

Summer is here! We hope you have been able to spend time outdoors in nature lately and are making fun plans for your upcoming vacation. Take a look at some of the events and courses available on the west coast this season, and learn about our popular Fibre Art Retreat coming up this fall.
Many local organizations and businesses are currently offering incredible outdoor opportunities sharing their knowledge about the local history and ecosystems as part of their place-based learning programs. Make sure to visit our website to explore all the available courses and events.

Exploring Knitting Techniques
As part of the 2023 Fibre Art Retreat, instructor Faye Kennington aka UkeeKnits will be teaching how to read charts, knit lace, add beads to your knitting, make a simple fringed edge and more. Instructor Catherine Knutsson will also be joining us for this year's retreat where she will teach about a variety of little stitches using a multiple techniques to create a shawl that’s warm, squishy, and customizable!
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Beading with Sea Wolf and Sage
During this workshop, students will learn about the design process and techniques used to create brick stitch fringe earrings. The class will walk through the steps of ladder stitch, brick stitch and fringe design. You don't want to miss this, be sure to register for our 2023 Fibre Art Retreat to be able to learn with Sea Wolf and Sage!
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Cedar Weaving Workshop
Another great opportunity for our 2023 Fibre Art Retreat participants is to learn the art and skill of cedar weaving with Rose and her son Brian Wilson of Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ. Join us and create a cedar craft while hearing about the many aspects of cedar and grass weaving such as how fibres are prepared.
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Sea Star Surveys with Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society
Join Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society (SIRMS) for their 2023 Sea Star Surveys at Tonquin Beach! Come and help SIMRS monitor the health of our colorful star-shaped friends as part of their 9-year citizen science monitoring project on our coastline.
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Fishy Forests Interpretive Walk - Redd Fish Restoration
Join Redd Fish Restoration on the Wild Pacific Trail to investigate the relationship between salmon and the forest. Meet them at 10am at the Whale Parking Lot map (Lighthouse Loop trail) for this FREE interpretive walk.
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Saltwater Kayak Fishing – Level 2
Join this course from SKILS to learn several techniques for targeting Coho, Chinook, Ling Cod, Sea Bass, and Halibut. During the course, fishing techniques and tactics will be balanced with seamanship (navigation, weather interpretation, etc.), and kayaking skills such as boat handling, rescues and safety.
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Join us in November to meet, mingle, and learn with other fibre art enthusiasts during a series of workshops led by local and visiting instructors. Nestled in cozy, ocean-side rooms on the beautiful west coast, you will have the chance to learn how to knit lace, add beads to your knitting, do tiny stitches, weave with cedar, and learn about the design process and techniques used to create brick stitch fringe earrings. Stretch your legs and experience the coastal rainforest with a local naturalist while taking in spectacular views from the Wild Pacific Trail, explore products from local vendors, and still have your own time to explore the region further or relax by the ocean. To learn more, make sure to read all about our 2021 retreat below!