Volunteer

We look for opportunities for riparian habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, garbage cleanup, planting native plants for Bowker Creek (also known as Thaywun).

Friends of Bowker Creek Members (including FoBC Streamkeepers – Chum Salmon Recovery project volunteers)

We are very pleased to announce some new opportunities for FoBC Members, FoBC Streamkeepers, FoBC Watershed Stewards action groups, and other Friends of Bowker Creek work. Take a look at the following options and tell us which ones you would like to join in or know more about.


Habitat Restoration Work Sessions 2022

Volunteers at the Oak Bay creekside restoration site between the high school and running track.

Habitat restoration sessions at Oak Bay High School

Invasive plant removal at the Oak Bay High School pathway on the last Sunday of the month from 10 a.m.– noon, except for January and December. The last session this year will be on November 27th, 2022.

Join us on the stream bank for this EXTRA APRIL SESSION on Saturday, April 23rd from 11-1. The regular monthly session is April 24th from 10-noon. Tools and gloves will be provided. Sign-In required with name and contact number.

COVID protocols of the day will be in place.
Please dress for weather and bring water and sun/rain protection.
Gloves and Tools: will be available, though everyone is welcome to bring their own.
Work Vest: bring a brightly coloured work vest if you have one
Meeting Place: along the walkway at Bowker Creek at the Oak Bay High School running track. Look for the FoBC sandwich board sign.

Looking forward to seeing old friends and to make new acquaintances!

Hi everyone,

There are two separate restoration on April 23rd and 24th at Bowker Creek.

On Saturday, April 23 from 11-1, there will be a planting and weeding work party at the two uppermost Bowker Creek duck ponds in Bowker Creek Park. We can meet at the footbridge just downstream of Oak Bay High School. This week’s plantings will mostly be native sedges and grasses, with a couple native wildflowers. Please bring your own waterproof boots and gloves. Tools will be provided. This will likely be the last planting session at the duck ponds for the spring season until fall, but there will be invasive removal sessions throughout summer.

On Sunday April 24, from 10-12, there will also be a planting and weeding session along Bowker Creek at Oak Bay High School, which is regularly scheduled for the last Sunday of every month. In addition to invasive removal, I will be bringing some thimbleberry, Sitka willow, black twinberry, and red elderberry to re-establish vegetation in an area recently cleared of reed canary grass. Gloves and tools will be provided.

Plants are funded by a grant from Coastal Collaborative Sciences, through Peninsula Streams Society. Other donors of plants that we have planted this month are Louise Goulet and the Victoria Horticultural Society. Friends of Bowker Creek Society greatly appreciates the plants and materials, and we are committed to
making the best possible use of them.

Native willows were planted from cuttings at Bowker Creek in 2020. Most of them are thriving and many have grown over 4 metres tall since then.

FoBC Streamkeepers – Chum Salmon Recovery Project

Thanks to everyone who expressed an interest in helping and providing tools and resources FoBC Salmon Recovery project.
We are pleased to be working with the Peninsula Streams Society and their volunteers on this project.

Water Quality Monitoring

The FoBC Streamkeepers will lead an extensive survey of water quality in the Oak Bay sections of the creek over the next year, staring this summer. We will track down pollution sources, investigating exactly what pollutants are involved, where the enter the stream and when.

  • We regularly test the water quality in the Oak Bay sections of the creek, and are always looking for additional volunteers to help out.  Previous experience not required – we will train you.
  • In 2022, we are also organising to address pollution sources we’re seeing. Action can be anything from building a rain garden to petitioning the municipality.
  • In future we hope to add a second water quality testing team focussing on the Saanich sections of the creek.
  • If you are interested in helping with any of these, contact Eldan at: eg@eldang.com

Ways and Means/Fundraising for Fencing Projects:

  • Gerald is assembling a little fundraising group for Streamkeepers projects. We will work closely with the Finance group of Friends of Bowker Creek, which we are part of.
  • Split-rail cedar fence is needed to guide people away from trampling the streambank vegetation. We can build fencing, but we need to find the money and/or materials. Other projects will also appear over time and will need funding and friends to make them happen, so we need to grow our fundraising capacity. 

Do you want to participate? Do you want to know more? 

  • RSVP to Friends of Bowker Creek at friendsofbowkercreek@gmail.com with the Subject: Volunteer Opportunities
  • Tell us which project(s) you want to participate in and we will forward your message to Brandon, Eldan or Gerald.

CoVid-19 Protocols for Friends of Bowker Creek volunteer sessions:

  • Maintain a minimum of 2 metres physical distance.
  • Those who want to wear masks are certainly welcome to do so, though we are not providing them.
  • The gloves are washed after each session. Volunteers are more than welcome to bring their own.
  • There are enough tools to go around. Volunteers are more than welcome to bring their own.
  • Volunteers will need to bring their own hand sanitizer and water bottles.
  • Please do not attend if you have a fever, cough or are having difficulty breathing.

Habitat restoration sessions at Monteith in Oak Bay

2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month, 1:00-3:00 pm

Volunteer tea break at the Monteith restoration site.
Join us in restoring streambank habitat in the most natural section of the stream. Meet at the creek where it passes under Monteith Street to the east of Firemans’ Park. Tools supplied. Bring your own mug for tea-time after the work session. We’d love to see you there!

Contact us for more information:  friendsofbowkercreek@gmail.com

Gloves for Volunteer Hands and Hearts

Cedar Hill Park Volunteer Opportunity

Every Monday morning from 9:00 am until 12 noon

Cedar Hill Park is in the Bowker Creek watershed and is a headwater source for Bowker Creek. The Friends of Cedar Hill Park have been active in maintaining the natural areas of the Park since 2006. Their work is done in the natural areas of the Park outside golf course boundaries under the Saanich Pulling Together Volunteer Program.

Join weekly invasive species removal at preplanned areas of the park, under the direction of Lead Steward, Jim Moores every Monday morning from 9:00 am until 12 noon.

This is the link that shows where you can find the work site on Monday mornings from 9 to noon. Please go to the meeting point, or let them know if you would like to join the FoCHPS through their email address: FriendsofCedarHillPark@gmail.com​.