Learn the basics of how to effectively use Inaturalist to not only identify organisms in your backyard or on a hike, but to build a deeper connection to the ecology in your community, communicate with and learn from experts and naturalists all over the world and make valuable contributions to citizen science projects. Though it is not required, it is recommended you bring a smart phone or tablet to this workshop and download the app inaturalist before you arrive.
Bio: Elora (she/they) is a queer white settler with Dutch, British and Irish ancestry and was raised on Treaty 1 territory. She has been living on Lkwungen and WSÁNEĆ territories for the past 5 years and holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of Victoria.
Elora became involved in work surrounding food waste, food security and social and environmental justice through students groups while at University. Through these experiences she has gained experience organizing large scale events, hosting and planning workshops and developing learning opportunities for youth.
Elora is committed to building accessible and just food systems, and places a lot of value on community building and healing through this work. They bring a decade of experience working with youth to the CEC and has spent the last 6 years working specifically in outdoor and environment education in a non-profit setting. She is keen to take initiative and has developed strong organization skills that she hopes to use to build on the education program offerings at the centre.
Outside of the CEC, Elora organizes with Community Food Support and is excited about working to build interdependency, creating community led solutions to food insecurity and removing barriers to make food free and accessible to anyone who needs it. When she’s not at work, you can find her fine tuning her plant ID skills, swimming, doodling and taking care of her house plants.
This workshop is happening in person only. Any health and safety protocols will be emailed to you 24 hours in advance. Please dress appropriately for all types of weather, the workshop may be outside or in our unheated strawbale building.
Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.
There are a limited number of Pay What You Can tickets available for folks who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC), and people who are facing significant financial barriers to their involvement in our programming. The Compost Education Centre is continually in the process of examining the ways in which our program accessibility can be improved for all members of our community. This ticket gesture is by no means a fulsome examination of the systems of oppression that exist for people inside and outside of our community. We welcome your ideas and feedback.
You must pre-register for this event.
Customers can request a refund within 30 days of ticket purchase. After 30 days refunds and workshop exchanges are not permitted due to administrative staffing capacity. Please be in touch if you are no longer able to attend but hold a ticket so we can make your space available to someone else.
You can also register for the event by calling our office at 250 386 9676 or via email by contacting email@example.com
Accessibility info: The Compost Education Centre site has paths made of stone gravel (20%), and wood chips (80%). Mobility devices with wheels (such as wheelchairs, walkers etc.) are sometimes difficult to use on site, especially on the gravel paths. The strawbale learning classroom is accessed via a wooden ramp and has a wide double door and a ramp leading up to it. Once inside everything is flat.
There is a single-stall gender neutral washroom on site. The washroom is not wheelchair accessible and has a small step up from the gravel pathway, and another small step up from the washroom boardwalk.
The Compost Education Centre is located on unceeded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen people— specifically the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa’wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.
Compost Education Centre memberships get you free workshops, discounts at garden centres around town and more great perks! Sign up or learn more on our website.