Free Workshops


Free Workshops in 2020/21. All members of the community welcome!

Please note, due to COVID-19 all of our in person workshops are currently on hold.  We hope to be able to hold our workshops on campus again soon.  Please stay safe and check back soon!

In the mean time, please check out our new YouTube channel where you can learn all about our urban ecosystems right from the safety of your own home! 

March 12, 2020

Don't Mess With Bugs! Hunting a Garden Killer

Don't Mess With Bugs Poster

Is it spring yet?  As the flowers begin to bloom, join us in the Sol garden to learn about our insect friends and foes.  Event will happen rain or shine, meet at our Sol garden out front of the David Lam campus and then we will move indoors for a presentation by Dr. McGregor.


February 20, 2020

Free Movie Night Open to All

Free Movie Night Open to All Poster

Did you know Vancouver Island's west coast is home to one incredibly unique ecosystem? The coastal temperate rain forest surrounds the beautiful beach towns of Tofino, Ucluelet and more.  Join us for a FREE screening of "Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, British Columbia" a documentary about this one of a kind ecosystem and what the people living there are doing to help protect it.

You don't have to be a student to attend our free workshops!  Hope to see you there!


January 16, 2020

2020 NY Resolution, No More Plastic 

2020 NY Resolution, No More Plastic Poster

Did you resolve to make a difference this year?  Do you want to help the environment and cut back on the amount of waste humans dump into landfills each year?  Come learn about bees, the environment and plastic pollution at our first workshop of the new year!


Past Events

November 21, 2019

Herbal Teas From Your Backyard Poster

Herbal Teas From Your Backyard Poster

GOT WEEDS?!?! Don't fret, weeds are our friends and we'll show you why! Food for pollinators, teas and more! Let's make weeds great again!


October 17, 2019

Bats Are Going Extinct

Bats Are Going Extinct Poster


September 19, 2019

Sol Garden: Sustainability, Outreach and Learning

Sol Garden: Sustainability, Outreach and Learning Poster


November 15, 2018

From Paper to Nature: Make Homemade Seed Paper

From Paper To Nature Make Homemade Seed Paper Poster

Brighten up your day with a free workshop on seed paper making. You can grow your own beautiful flower bed or gift them to a friend!


October 18, 2018

Birds Of Winter

Birds of Winter Poster

Did you know that some birds stay here for our Canadian winters? Hosted by the Institute of Urban Ecology at Douglas College, in this workshop, we will have a short talk about the different types of birds that live with us during the winter. After which, participants may make suet-type birdfeeders to take home. Join us in Room C1008 and help make things a little easier for our Feathery Friends! 


September 20, 2018

Aboriginal Culture; Herbal Teas And Sweet Grass

Aboriginal Culture; Herbal Teas And Sweet Grass

Celebrate Aboriginal culture at the Sol Garden! In this hands-on workshop, learn how to use native plants to make traditional herbal teas and sweet grass smudge braids with our guest speakers, renowned Aboriginal herbalist, Lori Snyder and Douglas College alumni and cultural expert, Rae-Anne LeBrun. This is a FREE workshop and everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. 


July 19, 2018

A Walk To Remember - Hoy Creek Salmon Hatchery Tour

A Walk To Remember - Hoy Creek Salmon Hatchery Tour Poster

Join IUE – the Institute of Urban Ecology - at Hoy Scott Watershed Society for a casual and interactive tour of their salmon hatchery. Observe and admire the beautiful salmon and hatchlings in the creek! Conclude the tour with a wonderful walk down Hoy Creek Trail.

This event is family friendly, so everyone is welcome! 


June 21, 2018

Celebrate the Solstice!

Join IUE- the Institute of Urban Ecology at Douglas College in the Sol Garden- at a free workshop where you'll learn about the ecology of native BC plants and their indigenous uses by Aboriginal peoples.  This workshop will feature our guest speaker, Lori Snyder, a renowned Aboriginal herbalist.  We will also be celebrating National Aboriginal Day 2018!

This event is family friendly, so everyone is welcome!


March 8, 2017

How to Make Bee Water

While bees are busy pollinating our flowers we often forget they need to stay hydrated. A great way to ensure the bees working in your garden stay hydrated is to create a bee waterer.

What you need:

  • Pie tin

  • Marbles

  • Water

Put the marbles and water in the tin and voila you have a safe space for your bees drink.


March 6, 2017

Seed Paper Workshop

Are you looking for a creative way to recycle paper? Then the seed paper making workshop is for you. Seed paper is a great gift idea or activity to do with friends and family. During this workshop you will learn how to re-purpose paper in a brand new and sustainable way. The waste paper you have accumulated will be used to create new paper with embedded seeds. The possibilities are endless: you can create bookmarks, cards, posters, notepads and much more. Once you are finished with your creation, go ahead and plant it and watch it grow!


August 15, 2016

Winding Down for the Summer

It's that time of year again; UNIBUG is transitioning from our busy, active summer to a busy, active fall. For a few weeks, we'll be pretty quiet with someone in the office only sporadically. Call or e-mail ahead if you need to get in contact. We really appreciate your patience; we'll be back in September to tell you more about native and local pollinators, beneficial insects, and the joys of gardens.