Royal BC Museum Fieldtrippers: In-seine Sailfins, Shrimps and SeaSlugs – Willows Beach – Saturday, June 16 at 12 PM – 2 PM

Royal BC Museum Researchers will conduct an AM beach seine at Willows Beach. Friends of Uplands Park will be their with nets and containers to help aid collection of creatures. See Poster for more details.

PDF of Poster: 2018 June 16 Royal BC Museum Fieldtrippers


FOUP Hosts Tide Pool School at Cattle Point – Saturday, May 19 at 1 PM – 2:30 PM

Friends of Uplands Park invites families to explore tide pool creatures at low tide Cattle Point. Biologists and local guides will help with identification. See poster for details.

PDF of poster: 2018 May 19 Tide Pools

Volunteer help needed: Cattle Point Carpet Burweed Crawl – Sundays May 6,13,20 [1 – 3pm]

Join Friends of Uplands Park to remove the extreme invasive carpet burweed on Cattle Point. Although small, it can cover and destroy the colourful wildflowers. Prickly seeds in May and June stick on shoes, clothes, fur and dog paws to spread to your yard and to sports fields. This is a real nasty weed. We need your help to weed. [Text and poster by Margaret Lidkea, FOUP Steering Committee Chair.]


Margaret Lidkea, Chair of Friends of Uplands Park sends a heartfelt thanks. We all owe Margaret and Amanda (Greater Victoria Green Team) a huge THANK YOU for their work in planning and coordinating this very successful event .  [Photos will be available in a few days.]

Here is Margaret’s thank you:


Thank you to Mayor Nils Jensen and Parks representative, Hazel Braithwaite for opening words and to the Oak Bay Council, Oak Bay Parks Recreation and Culture Commission and Oak Bay Parks Manager, Chris Hyde-lay, for their permission and all their support.  Also attending were Councillors Michelle Kirby, Tara Ney and Kevin Murdoch and Commissioners Matt Fairbarns and Suzanne Weckend-Dill.

Partnering with Amanda Evans, leader of the Greater Victoria Green Team was absolutely the best!  We enjoyed every thing we did together.  Having her Green Team at Uplands Park events is also so much fun. By using social media so much, she brings in new volunteers of all ages, especially the young teaching them to love their Naturehood. 
The Bald Eagles were excellent…their music providing a sense of joy, a rhythm to the afternoon and happiness in everyone’s soul.
Thanks to my incredible Friends of Uplands Park Steering Committee, Chris H-L, Ron, Chris G, Elizabeth, Anna, Cathy, Wylie, Matt and Rick who always “steer me in a corrected direction” and who were responsible for their own areas.  Thanks to Kathleen Matthews for being our Social Media Manager and photographer and to Ida Spader for helping with family activities.  Thanks to all who set up, took down and hosted tables.
Thanks to our families…Tom, Eric, Jorey and T.J. for doing whatever they were asked.
Thank you to the leaders of our Wildflower Walks, Matt Fairbarns and Wylie Thomas and to the leaders of the Bird Walk, Geoffrey, Jean and David Newell.
Thanks to Oak Bay News for their excellent article,  recording interviews at the event and for their continued support of community events.
Thanks to the partners who created displays and activities and to their hosts:
Parks Canada – Fort Rodd Hill
CRD Bowker Creek Initiative
OB Artists Community Society
OB Heritage Commission
Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Orca Whale Awareness
Nature Kids for removing ivy and growing and planting baby fawn lilies
We were sorry that HAT and Nature Conservancy of Canada were unable to come at the last moment
Thanks to all the organizations that provided food:
Thrifty’s – $400 including a cake  and 3 tents!
Dominos on Foul Bay near OB Avenue provided 40 large pizzas!
Fairways on OB Avenue
Save On Foods on Fort Street
COBS Bread Hillside for scones
Hide + Seek Coffee on OB Avenue for coffee
Starbucks on OB Avene for coffee
Everything was eaten!!!
Thanks to all the organizations that donated prizes:
Dig it – Handwear
Friends of Uplands Park
GardenWorks OB Avenue
Greater Victoria Green Team
Hide + Seek Coffee OB Avenue
If You Care Products
I.O.N. Clothing, Government St.
Ivy’s Bookshop OB Avenue
LUSH Soap Government St.
Mason Street Farm
Nicholas Randall OB Avenue
Oak Bay Recreation Centre
Oak Bay Flower Shop OB Avenue
Penny Farthing Olde English Pub
Rogers’ Tudor Sweet Shop OB Avenue
Saanich Native Plants on Haliburton Rd
Serious Coffee OB Avenue
The Soap Exchange Hillside Ave
Township of Esquimalt
and to Home Hardware, OB Avenue for tool discounts throughout the year.
We can thank them best by being their customers!
Margaret Lidkea, Chair of Friends of Uplands Park
Camas Blossom: Photo by Kathleen Matthews


Oak Bay News Stories Feature Uplands Park and FOUP Events in April 2018

The Oak Bay News has been featuring Uplands Park throughout April 2018. Below are stories posted online and in the print newspaper editions. Click on links to read the full story and to enjoy the photos.

Apr. 25, 2018

Tucked away in the corner of a Garry oak meadow, artist Jeremy Herndl creates a conservation in paint.

April 3, 2018

Camas Day takes on an air of thanks this year in Oak Bay.

Friends of Uplands park hosts Volunteers in the Camas this year to celebrate those working to maintain and restore natural habitats in the south Island.

“There are volunteers all over south Vancouver Island that goes into parks and help restore ecosystems and remove invasive species as well as maintaining trails,” said Margaret Lidkea, chair of Friends of Uplands Park. “All of this is essential for preserving our natural areas.”

April 4, 2018

Bird nesting season means leashed dogs in Uplands Park. Dogs must be on leash April 1 to June 30 each year in the Oak Bay natural space, primarily to protect feathered wildlife.

April 5, 2018

Barred owl comes out for daylight visit during Oak Bay birding

A crowd of just over 30 participants gathered at the still cold hour of 8 a.m. recently, to listen to the knowledgeable bird expert, Geoffrey Newell. The reason for the early start was to hear more bird calls. In fact it is possible to hear between fifty and sixty different species of birds here.

Volunteers in the Camas – A Celebration – Please share attached poster

Please share this poster for the Volunteers in the Camas celebration. Uplands Park. April 29, Noon – 3:00PM. There will be all kinds of activities for children and adults, music, tours of the meadows and displays from the many participants listed on the poster. Volunteers and interested folks from all across the CRD are invited.

Leprechauns & Friends Celebrate Green in Uplands Park – March 17-2018

A green treasure hunt for shamrocks, eye spying for green plants along the trails, making green chia animals, and a pot of gold  .. all part of the St. Patrick’s Day family event hosted by the Friends of Uplands Park in Uplands Park on March 17-2018. A wonderful turnout and Chief Leprechaun (Margaret Lidkea, Chair, Friends of Uplands Park) shared fun activities and plant lore with so many leprechauns, big and small.

Photos by Kathleen Matthews.