PROJECTS & ACTIVITIES
Check back to this page regularly to keep up-to-date on the projects and activities that the National Trust is involved with.
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES
Most of our work at this time is focused on public engagement, in order to build interest in and understanding of the need and importance of the conservation of special places. In particular, we have concentrated on working with children to help introduce them to the conservation work that we and other National Trust organizations do, and to encourage them to find out more. It is our hope that we can help inspire them to develop a “conservation ethic” within themselves, and begin a lifelong journey as citizens who truly care about their environment, their culture, their history and heritage, and become leaders in making the world around them a better place.
Our Community Treasures
Our key activity is a targeted school program called “OUR COMMUNITY TREASURES.” This program brings together elementary school-aged children with selected conservation areas/projects to explore the sites and learn about their conservation needs. It also enables the children to use their innate creativity and imagination – through photography and storytelling – to reflect what they have seen and learned, and to pass on their experiences to others. The children’s selected photographs and completed stories are collected into an on-line commemorative book.
- “EXPLORING THE LIGHTHOUSE” is ongoing, in partnership with the Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society, and assisted by our operating partners Change Canada Consultants Ltd. For more details, please click here.
Our school program evolved from a pilot project undertaken in partnership with the Fountain of Peace Project. The “WORLD CHILDREN’S SUMMIT ON PEACE AND NATURE” was organized in 2015. For more details on the this project, please click here.
Members of the National Trust team have ongoing consultations with individuals and groups concerned with the conservation of specific properties that are currently at risk. We are not, at this point, in a position to take on most of these conservation projects directly, we continue to keep a close watch on circumstances as they develop and will stay in contact with those involved. For more details of these projects, as they progress, please check back to this page or to our “News & Updates” page. Following are some key projects we are working on:
Langley Farm Site Protected
The National Trust has assumed the lease on Black Dog Farm (formerly Nathan Creek Farm) in the Township of Langley. The property is owned by the Province of B.C. who are working with us to keep it in agricultural production rather than see it be consumed by residential development, as with so much of the fertile Fraser Valley lands. NTLCBC leases the land from the government and, in turn, sublets it to the Black Dog Farm Society (farmer Kirk Immel) who work the land. Black Dog Farm operates a small CSA program in partnership with KALE. Work on the farm is currently focused on rebuilding/restoring the farm and establishing a more reliable water supply.
Preservation of Hermann’s Jazz Club
Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria is the longest continually-operating jazz club in Canada. It has been a Victoria institution since 1985 when it was opened by its founder Hermann Nieweler. When Hermann passed away in 2015, the future of the club was put in doubt, as was the future of the performance facility that housed the club. However, a group of jazz enthusiasts, as well as arts, cultural and heritage advocates and others gathered to try and preserve this significant live-music and performance-arts facility and ensure the continuation of the iconic jazz club itself. The group became known as the “Jazz on View Society,” and was established as a not-for-profit organization. NTLCBC was asked for advice and, as time was very short before the facility would be in jeopardy, we also agreed to work with and support the efforts of the Jazz on View Society. Negotiations with the owners are ongoing, but an option has been secured to lease the facility over the next number of years, and the groups are now in the fundraising phase to help make this happen.
Protection of a Rare Maternity Colony of Bats
NTLCBC is working with a private BC-based mortgage company that has acquired a property containing a derelict building that houses one of only three known maternity colonies on Vancouver Island of Townsend’s Big-eared bats. The population of this threatened species is collapsing all across western North America, and only a handful of maternity colonies have been documented in BC. We are working with biologists at the BC Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy to develop strategies to protect this colony over the longer term, and will be taking actions over the next year to secure the colony’s protection. For more details, and further updates, please click here.