Experts Talk on Adapting to Climate Change: December 2nd at 7 pm at the Monterey Community Centre

Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture, the Community Association of Oak Bay and Friends of Uplands Park invite you to an Experts Talk on Adapting to Climate Change on December 2nd at 7 pm  at the Monterey Community Centre

Dr. Richard Hebda, long-time BC climate researcher, will present on:

Climate Change, Ecosystems, and Adaptation for Southern Vancouver Island

Richard Hebda is the former Curator of Botany and Earth History at Royal BC Museum. He has a PhD in Botany and has taught in various environmental science departments at the University of Victoria. He studies plant fossils and their distribution over time and place in order to shed light on the condition, history and evolution of BC’s landscape and climate. He also studies ethnobotany of BC First Nations, restoration of natural systems and processes, ecology and origins of Garry Oak and alpine ecosystems and botany of grasses.

Dr. Stephen Sheppard,Director of UBC’s Bachelor of Urban Forestry Program, will present on:

The Citizens Coolkit: Fun ways to climate-proof your forest and your “hood”

Dr. Stephen Sheppard, PhD., ASLA, is a Professor in Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia, teaching landscape and climate change planning, community engagement and visualization. He has served as Director of UBC’s Bachelor of Urban Forestry program and directs the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP), an interdisciplinary research group which works with communities on developing climate change and energy solutions. He has published four books, including Visualizing Climate Change from Earthscan/Routledge. He leads UBC’s Research Cluster of Excellence on Cool Tools: Social Mobilization on Climate Change using Digital Tools.

Question period to follow.

Poster PDF: Climate Presentation-02Dec19

Uplands Park: Volunteers needed for Willows School Projects in November 2019 – FOUP program


Ecole Willows Elementary School has been doing a restoration project in Uplands Park for the last 3 years.  Students have removed invasive English ivy and other invasive plants, and then planted native species around a surviving 250 year old Garry oak tree…a Grandparent tree.  See the photos below.

This area was originally plowed in the mid 1800’s to allow grain to be grown for cattle, arriving at Cattle Point, and vegetables to be grown for the soldiers at Fort Victoria.  An aerial photo from the 1920’s shows a ploughed field with only a large Garry oak tree and a Black hawthorn tree.
Since then it has been overrun with invasive plants with only 4 species of plants left…invasive English ivy, Daphne laureola (stinky rat food plant – toxic), Himalayan blackberry and Norway maple trees.  These plants support only rats, not native animals. The trees blocked the sun so that even the invasive blackberry died. In the last 2 years Oak Bay Parks staff has removed most of the invasive Norway maple, opening the area up to sunshine.
In November the Willows students, in 28 classes, will be planting 4 Garry oak trees, the “Grandchildren” and over $3000 of native plants in this area.  Oak Bay Parks will dig the 4 holes for the trees on Hallowe’en.   Sally Hallam’s K class 2018-19 raised money from their calendar to pay for the K/1 tree.  Many thanks to those talented students.
Days are:
Tues Nov 5 for Gr 4/5 with 2 classes at the same time – for 1 hour – 6 classes for the day 9am to 2:45pm
Wed Nov 6 for Gr 2/3  with 2 classes at the same time – for 1 hour – 6 classes for the day
Thurs Nov 7 for Gr1/K – with 2 classes at the same time for 45 minutes – 10 classes for the day
Fri Nov 8 – with 2 classes in the afternoon from 1:15 to 2:15
Thurs Nov 28 for Gr 2 – 5 with 2 classes at the same time – for 1 hour – 6 classes for the day.
Thanks to Heather Grant, Sandra Gabaglia, Shari Alexander and Sondra Showers for organizing the classes.
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED before the classes start to get instructions:  …parents, grandparents and friends…check your child’s time.
* TO MEET classes on Dorset across from Lincoln, take them to the site, direct them to 2 separate areas and have students put on gloves.   Area 1:  One class will line-up, walk to the tree and put a handful of soil on the tree and then plant native species around the tree; Area 2:  the other class will plant native species in holes in a different specified area.  Classes will then trade areas.  Walk them back and meet the next 2 classes.
*to help students plant around the tree (trowels and plants provided)  and to dig “holes” for the next group.
*to help students plant in the other specified area (trowels and plants provided) and to dig “holes” in this area for the next group.
Thank you to Myles Wardell and his Grade 3 Ecosystem Stars for helping to prepare the area on Thursday for our planting!  Rakes, loppers, a saw and Hori-hori transplanting knives were used safely and effectively.   Thanks also to Oak Bay Parks staff and  Friends of Uplands Park volunteers for past Rake the Chips events.

Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day: Uplands Pake Sunday Nov 3 10am -1pm

Oak Bay Parks, Recreation & Culture, Friends of Uplands Park and the Oak Bay Community Association invite you to:
Tree Appreciation Day .
Sunday November 3rd
10 am to 1 pm.
Cattle Point Entrance at Uplands Park, Beach Drive in Oak Bay
(remember to put your clocks back).
Community Tree Walk-11:30 am
Uplands Park Tour- 10:30am
Learn about:
Grow the Oaks in Oak Bay Campaign
Tree Display- Right Tree Right Place
Tree Climbing Demonstration
Learn How to Plant Trees Properly
Pest and Disease- Banding Demonstration
Small Tree Pruning Demonstration
Question and Answer Table


The Great Rip Off in Uplands Park. Oct 19 & 20, 2019. 1-4

All invited to The Great Rip Off in Uplands Park. Oct 19 & 20, 2019 from 1-4. Ripping off the English Ivy. Family friendly. Meet at Beach Drive entrance to Cattle Point. Hosted by the Friends of Uplands Park. Tools, gloves, and instructions provided. See poster for details.


Poster by Margaret Lidkea.

Rake the Invasive Norway Maple Chips in Uplands Park – Sunday September 8, 2019 [1 – 3 pm]

Sunday September 8
1 to 3pm
Meet at Dorset entrance by Lincoln Road

Bring your leaf rake and help rake the wood chips of the invasive Norway Maple.  Oak Bay Parks staff removed many of the invasive maples that were totally blocking the sun so that the only plants left alive underneath were the invasive English ivy, evergreen Daphne and Himalayan blackberry.  Even some of the blackberry couldn’t survive.  Habitat for rats.

Willows studentshave been restoring this area by removing ivy and planting native species.  A large meadow awaits more planting by these wonderful students and teachers this fall.  The wood chips will hinder these plants and seeds from growing.

We have some rakes available.
Contact: Margaret Lidkea, 250-595-8084


FOUP at Bowker Creek Brush-Up Sunday August 11,2019 from 11:00 – 4:30

Friends of Uplands Parkare guests at the BOWKER CREEK BRUSH-UP

Sunday August 11 from 11am to 4:30
SILENT AUCTION of 2 donated art works:  signed lithograph of a Canada Lynx by Canadian artist Jack Grundle donated by Louise Goulet
original watercolour of Willows Beach painted in 2019 and donated by Patricia Lortie
ACTIVITIES:   Native Plant Leaf prints on fabric with acrylic paints
Rock Painting with acrylics
We will be at the bottom of Armstrong Road.
Hope to see you there,
Margaret Lidkea, President of Friends of Uplands Park Society


Bugs Abound at Garry Oak Cafe: Wed August 7, 2019 [10-Noon]

Bugs Abound at the Garry Oak Cafe

Wed August 7, 2019 from 10:00am to noon

Uplands Park grassy field entrance to Cattle Point

Did you know that Garry oak trees are a favourite café to over 800 insects?  Join naturalist Stephanie Weinstein and UVic entomologist Steve Perlman to collect bugs and explore the Garry Oak Ecosystems of Uplands Park, one of the oldest “restaurants” of Victoria. Bring your family, use our equipment and make a crafty insect to take home.  All ages, donations welcome.  Picnics desirable.

Tide Pool School at Kitty Islet on August 3 big success [163 participants]. See Photos!

THANK YOU EVERYONE!  From Margaret , FOUP President 
Tide Pool School at Kitty Isleton August 3 was a big success with 163 participants!  Many thanks to our expert, Tina Kelly, marine educator from the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea.  Thank you to our registration volunteers, Elizabeth Garrett and Penny Cassidy, and to our volunteer team of leaders and helpers on the site:  Cathy Savage, Joanne Thomson, Susan McRae, Marissa Waddell, Sarah Bennett, Margaret Boyes, Ann Finlay and Rick Marshall.
People said they really appreciated learning about the challenges of living in the intertidal zone, the diverse species, and how people can be respectful, have a small footprint and still have fun.  Highlights included the large red rock crabs, porcelain crabs, a white sea cucumber, and tiny lined chitons.
The generous donations will help us to run more programs and buy equipment for restoration.

Please take your family to the wonderful Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea in Sidney and say hi to Tina.

FOUP’s TIDEPOOL SCHOOL @ Kitty Islet, Oak Bay [Sat. Aug 3, 11:00am-12:30pm]

11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Kitty Islet, Oak Bay

A low tide of 0.3m presents an amazing view of the diversity of low intertidal marine life. Tina Kelly, marine educator, and Friends of Uplands Parkwill present the challenges for life here, the tides and zonation in this rocky ecosystem.  Respect for and preservation of the Kitty Islet’s marine life will be a focus.   Look at specimens in large containers under our tent on the shore and ask questions. For part of the program, you will be able to use a small net and container to catch creatures, watch and ID them and then return them to the same place.

Using a smart phone, you can take photos and put them online at  All ages.

Sign in at the Welcome Table.  DONATIONS APPRECIATED.