• 14 Aug
    Fieldwork Fridays 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM

     Stewardship Volunteer Crew needed Starting August 7, the Stewardship Team will be operating Fieldwork

  • 15 Aug
    Ice Cream Member's Social 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM

    “HAT Ice Cream Social” at the Gardens at HCP UPDATE: Registration for this event is now full (as

  • 21 Aug
    Fieldwork Fridays 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM

     Stewardship Volunteer Crew needed Starting August 7, the Stewardship Team will be operating Fieldwork

  • 28 Aug
    Fieldwork Fridays 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM

     Stewardship Volunteer Crew needed Starting August 7, the Stewardship Team will be operating Fieldwork

  • 29 Aug
    Habitat Restoration Day in Sooke 10:00 AM to 02:00 PM

    Where:  Sooke, BC -  privately owned conservation land Time:  10-2pm   Please Register Here:  

Swan Lake Native Plant Sale

Join HAT and many others at Swan Lake on April 17th and 18th for their annual Native Plant sale.  The sale is a great way to get those hard-to-find native plants, and connect with other gardeners.  More information at http://www.swanlake.bc.ca/plant-sale.php.  See you there!

Swan Lake Native Plant Sale



Listen to CBC Radio 90.5 FM Friday at 7:15am

UPDATE: If you missed it, download the Friday, April 9th episode from CBC at http://www.cbc.ca/ontheisland.

Todd Carnahan speaks with Gregor Craigie about painted turtles at 7:15am Friday morning on CBC Radio 90.5 FM Victoria. Learn more about the five baby turtles found at Beaver Lake and what HAT is doing to help this endangered species. Listen to

On the Island morning show at CBC Radio One Victoria 90.5 FM


Watch for Western Painted Turtle Hatchlings

We got some bad news from Beaver Lake Road yesterday - 5 baby Western Painted Turtles had been run over.  This particular stretch of road is one of the worst in Victoria, with records of road kill hatchlings every year since 2008.

In an effort to reduce the number of turtles killed on this stretch, HAT and the District of Saanich have installed "Turtle Crossing" signs to alert drivers.  This signs will only be up during crossing seasons, so if you see one, please keep an eye out for turtles.  If you do see a turtle, please let us know by calling the HAT Office at 250 995-2428 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Pacific population of Western Painted Turtle is an endangered species. Road mortality has been identified as one the major threats to their survival in our region.  Picking turtles up almost never helps them, even if they seem lost (they probably aren't!), but turtles on roads is the exception.  Help them cross the road in whatever direction they are going, so that less cautious drivers do not hit them accidently.



Gala Dinner a Success

Thank you to everyone who attended the Gala Dinner, and made it such a wonderful evening.  We hope that you can join us again next year!



Tickets to Gala Dinner available now

SOLD OUT. If you missed the Gala Dinner, we hope you can join us at the next HAT event!

Join us for this Green Tie event at McMorran's Beach House on February 25th. Doors are at 6:00 pm, Introductions at 6:30 pm and Dinner is at 7:00 pm. McMorran's Beach House is located at 5109 Cordova Bay Road.


HAT is pleased to announce its Gala Dinner on February 25th at McMorran’s Beach House. This Green Tie Dinner is HAT’s premier fundraising event of the year, and we are pleased to be joined by such distinguished guests as keynote speaker Ben Parfitt, noted jazz guitarist Rob Cheramy, and ‘A’ News reporter Erick Thompson.


Other highlights include a silent auction featuring unique items donated by local businesses (see a sneak preview of auction items below), and the  presentation of HAT’s Conservation Legacy Award to Andy MacKinnon. Andy is best known for his work on the widely used resource book "Plants of Coastal British Columbia", and through the many students that have attended his Temperate Rainforest Ecology course in Bamfield.


Our keynote speaker, Ben Parfitt, is an award-winning journalist and author who has been writing on  environmental issues in British Columbia for nearly 24 years. He has an abiding interest in the health of the province’s forests and the many conflicts that have arisen over how BC’s abundant natural resources are managed or mismanaged. Over the years, he has had many memorable adventures including watching bears feed on salmon in a pitch-black forest on Haida Gwaii at 2 in the morning; tromping though forests above Cowichan Lake in search of elusive and extremely valuable matsutake mushrooms; and encountering more than a few unsavory characters in the province’s waste disposal business.


Ben is a coauthor with Michael M’Gonigle of Forestopia: A Practical Guide to the New Forest Economy, author of Forest Follies: Adventures and Misadventures in the Great Canadian Forest, and a winner of numerous national and provincial journalism awards for investigative features written for Vancouver’s weekly news magazine, The Georgia Straight. Ben will talk about the tremendous challenges that climate change poses to forest conservation, and the important role that forests play in storing carbon, and what we may have to be prepared to do in future years to ensure that forests do not become lasting sources of carbon releases.

Contact the HAT office for tickets or for more information- 250 995-2428, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Sneak preview of some of the items up for auction:

Sea Kayaking Tour on Gabriola Island (Gabriola Sea Kayaking)

Song - written & produced by Jeremy Fisher on the winner's topic of choice!

Pallet of Sea Soil (Foenix Forest Technology Inc)

1.5 hour native plant gardening consultation with Pat Johnston

Certificate for wine tour and tasting for up to 20 (Merridale Cidery)

$100 Gift Certificate to Blue Crab Restaurant

Cooking class package for 2 (Chef Heidi Fink)

Energy Audit (cityGreen)

Personal training session (Capital City Boxing)

Gift basket of assorted bottled beer (Lighthouse Brewing Company)

Orchid & organic orchid fertilizer (Gardenworks)

Designer cake by pastry chef Tamara Batori (Tiffin Treats)

Zero-mile diet seed kit and book (Salt Spring Seed Co.)

Gift Certificate to Sapphire Day Spa

Two $50 gift certificates, sports bag and stainless steel travel mug (New Balance)

$50 gift certificate to the Shine Cafe

Pottery item (Chosin Pottery)


Donate Now




Subscribe to The Fern, HAT's e-newsletter and stay up to date!


Upcoming Events

14 Aug 2020
11:00AM - 05:00PM
Fieldwork Fridays
15 Aug 2020
03:00PM - 06:00PM
Ice Cream Member's Social
21 Aug 2020
11:00AM - 05:00PM
Fieldwork Fridays
28 Aug 2020
11:00AM - 05:00PM
Fieldwork Fridays
29 Aug 2020
10:00AM - 02:00PM
Habitat Restoration Day in Sooke
04 Sep 2020
11:00AM - 05:00PM
Fieldwork Fridays

Login Form