If you enjoy the outdoors, and want to spend time in your watershed while making a difference to its health, contact us! We are looking for dedicated stewards to help conduct fish surveys, assess and restore fish habitat, monitor water flow and quality, remove invasive species, and plant shrubs and tree seedlings beside creeks.
Check out the ongoing activities below to see where MVIHES members can volunteer.
Subscribe to our newsletter to see updates on projects and to see how you can volunteer for short term projects, ranging from a few hours to a few days.
Volunteer opportunities will also be posted on the MVIHES Google Calendar – add it to your calendar so you don’t miss anything.
community watershed monitoring network
Every Tuesday for 5 weeks in August and 5 weeks during the fall flush (October/November), we measure water quality using meters on behalf of the Regional District of Nanaimo Drinking Water and Watershed Protection program. We have two teams: one which monitors 9 sites on the Englishman River and its tributaries and takes between 4 and 5 hours to complete; one which monitors 5 sites on Nanoose Creek, Lantzville, and Craig Bay and takes about 2 hours.
Forage Fish SpAwning Habitat Monitoring
Once a month we monitor 11 sites on our local beaches for the presence of Pacific Sand Lance and Surf Smelt eggs in partnership with the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute. We have two teams: one team monitors 6 sites while the other team monitors 5 sites. There are two steps to the process. The first step involves collecting sand samples from specific sites on the beaches which takes about 2 hours.
The second step is sieving the samples to isolate the fine sand grains where the tiny eggs are found. This step also takes about 2 hours.
Rain Garden Leader
Are you an avid gardener wanting to volunteer your skills? We are looking for someone to help us maintain the rain garden we built in partnership with the City at the Parksville Firehall in 2012. Your role would be to schedule dates for pruning sessions for the garden and direct our volunteers on the work to be done. We will round up the volunteers (with equipment). You can learn more about rain gardens and their role in providing good water quality for salmon here.
We are looking for a volunteer who can connect us with teachers involved in courses or programs where MVIHES can contribute to the learning experience of students through a classroom and/or outdoor session. Your role would include communicating with teachers to find out how best MVIHES can contribute to the teacher's program and helping us to schedule these sessions. We are interested in both elementary and high school education.
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, would include:
- communicating with teachers to find out how best MVIHES can contribute to the teacher's program and helping us to schedule these sessions.
- developing games and puzzles to engage kids in learning about salmon and aquatic habitat. We will provide funds for the materials needed for this purpose.
You need to be a member ($10) and covered under our Streamkeepers Insurance to volunteer. You can join here.
Healthy ecosystems for future generations – your mark on your community.