Program of Events
Events to Engage, Entertain & Educate
Mayne Island residents and visitor alike are welcome to attend our workshops, talks, field trips & movie nights. The Conservancy is proud to co-sponsor, or participate on Community Events such as the Annual Beach Clean up, the Fall Fair and Festival Active Pass 2015.
May Day Fun
The Quicks Bottom Morris Dancers bring traditional costumes, props & movement to Mayne Island's May Day Celebrations which were inaugurated 7 years ago and continue to be organised by the Conservancy.
Talks and WalksLearn about mushrooms, life in tidal pools, the spiders of B.C., sea stars, migrating birds and many other conservation-themed presentations & field trips.
Community ActionThe Mayne Island Recycling Society and the Conservancy get together to clean up the island's coves, bays and beaches on a Spring Sunday with suitable tide conditions.
Festival Active Pass 2015The spirit and energy of Spring on the shoreline is palpable and the communities of Mayne and Galiano islands invite you to a celebration. The inaugural Active Pass Nature and Arts Festival 2015 will launch this annual celebration April 17-19, 2015.
The Things We Get Up To! Here is a general description of events sponsored or co-sponsored by the Conservancy. There are links to further details of happenings in the body of this page or via the "Programme Quick Links" appearing in the sidebar. Each individual Programme page describes current and recent events as well as carryung links to the Conservancy Gallery of images. For a sequential listing of the current year's events please visit our Calendar page or, to see what is upcoming, go to Events at a Glance
The Mayne Island Conservancy began organising May Day Celebrations on the island six years ago and they quickly became the biggest draw, and a significant fund raiser for the Society's more down-to-earth activities. The Morris Dancers, a Piper, Buskers of many sorts, a skilled Master of Mirth and a Queen of the May, complete with Consort and Attendants have engaged and delighted Mayne kids and the inner child of most everybody else.
For details and pictures from our May Day collections visit the May Day page. The appointed day for the 2014 outbreak of merriment is Saturday May 17th at the close of the "Farmers Market."
Mayne Island Farmers' Markets are a weekly event during the summer months. Come to the grounds of the Ag hall on Fernhill for a look at and taste of Mayne's local produce, art literature & handicrafts. Mayne Island Conservancy will have a table their most Saturdays. For more information visit our Farmers' Market
The Mayne Island Agricultural Society organizes a Fall Fair every year in August. The Mayne Island Conservancy Society is delighted to staff tables informing visitors and residents of ptograms and projects. Memberships are taken for the current year and your donations are gratefully accepted. when available. Meanwhile you will find a little blurb about Mayne Island's Fall Fair and an illustration of our table at the 2010 gathering and a story about one of our presentations in 2011, please click here
. This year the fair is scheduled for Saturday August 17th.
Come to the Ag Hall on a Saturday evening for a private showing of conservation-themed movies. Sometimes the evening is hosted and lively question and answer sessions ensue.
Admission is free and your donation gets you popcorn and occasionally other refreshments. Program information here
From time to time the Conservancy invites experts to examine topics of current concern in short, sometimes illustrated talks. Refreshments are usually available and admission is by donation. These evening events are most often at the Ag Hall - all are welcome to visit us and join the discussion that follows the presentation. You can join MICS or renew your membership at the door - details here
As an adjunct to our Shoreline and Stewardship Action projects we offer several workshops throughout the year. Recent topics include "soft shore" ptreservation in a time of rising sea levels, native plant propagation. More information here
or on the project pages
. Space is usually limited so reservations are recommended. It is sometimes necessary to charge for materials provided, but otherwise donations are welcome.
MICS regularly offers educational field trips on a wide range of topics. Here
is a sample of past events.