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trees to seas ecofair

Join Pender Islands Conservancy, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and PenderPOD for a weekend of restoration, education, and environmental action from October 22-23

 

This fall, Pender Islands Conservancy and Raincoast Conservation Foundation, alongside PenderPOD, are hosting a weekend full of conservation, education, restoration, and fun on S,DÁYES. The EcoFair will span two days from October 22-23, 2022 featuring events across North and South Pender Islands. This event is open to Pender Island residents and visitors of all ages.

ecofair tickets

Attendance at EcoFair requires a wristband reservation. Wristbands are free with an option to make a donation. Some EcoFair events require pre-registration and/or payment. Any proceeds raised through event registration and other activities will support the permanent protection of KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest. Wristbands will be available online through EventBrite by the end of August and can be picked up at the Pender Islands Conservancy Nature Centre at Hope Bay starting in early October. Those coming from off island can pick up their wristband any time during EcoFair weekend. Members of the W̱SÁNEĆ Nations are invited to attend all events free of charge, while members of other Indigenous communities are welcomed on a sliding scale.

events

Saturday October 22, 2022
 

SUNDAY October 23, 2022

eco-expo

On Saturday, October 22, there will be an EcoExpo at the Pender Islands Community Hall from 9AM to 2PM. Entrance to the Eco-Expo is free and will not require a wristband. Attendees can visit informational tables hosted by representatives from a variety of organizations doing environmental work across S,DÁYES including Raincoast, the Pender Islands Conservancy, PenderPOD, Pender Earth, Parks Canada, and others. There is still time to participate as a table host! If you are interested in being involved, please fill out this survey before the end of the day on September 23, 2022.

Throughout the EcoExpo there will be Q&A-style talks scheduled with local conservation and sustainability experts. A schedule of talks will be posted in the coming weeks.

silent auction

A silent auction will take place throughout the weekend and will feature items from stores such as Patagonia and Fjällräven, experiences with local tourism operators including Tree of Life Eco Tours, and services provided by businesses and practitioners from around the Capital Regional District such as North Park Bikes. A full list of auction items will be made available online this fall, but bids can only be made in person during EcoFair.

business sponsorship

In addition to gaining access to the many planned EcoFair activities, those who make a donation to participate will have exclusive access to discounts and deals at participating businesses across S,DÁYES! A full list of discounts is available below and will be periodically updated in weeks to come.

50% discount on guided and self-guided wine tastings throughout the EcoFair weekend (Oct 21-23)

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One free used book of your choice with the purchase of any new book

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about
KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest

The Pender Islands Conservancy and Raincoast Conservation Foundation are working together to raise $2.18 million to purchase 45 acres of intact Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) habitats near Razor Point on North Pender Island, a place we call KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest. The CDF biogeoclimatic zone, characteristic to the Gulf Islands and southeastern Vancouver Island, is the smallest and most biodiverse of 16 such zones in British Columbia, yet also the most threatened. So far we have raised $1.4 million, bringing us 65% of the way to our final goal. This fundraising campaign must be completed by December, 2022.

The idea for Eco Fair originally came from Andy MacKinnon, forest ecologist and retired professional forester, but it really came to life during a Pender Earth meeting early in the summer of 2022. Since then, many organizations have pulled together to make the idea a reality. The purpose of EcoFair is to give local organizations a platform to increase public awareness of the work they do, while also advancing the KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest land protection campaign.

Over the next two months we hope to receive donations in support of KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest’s permanent protection. We are also accepting donations for our silent auction. We encourage local businesses, artists, and artisans to connect with us if they are interested in supporting our conservation work.