Join us in the community in 2017!

Please click here to find out about all of the events happening in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region.

International Journal of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves

 The third issue of the online International Journal of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves ( will be a special issue that focuses on the work of UNESCO Chairs working in or with Biosphere Reserves.  We wish to highlight the work of Chairs and colleagues through this call. 

A publication in the journal may be a research article, note, case study, video, photo essay, or in another digital format.  Topics can include any aspect of your work, from applied to theoretical research, community engagement, student focused projects, or innovative programs. 

The journal remains, in perpetuity, an interdisciplinary, digital, Open Access, subscription-free publication. 

We look forward to your submissions: publishing criteria are available on our website at   The deadline for submission of materials for the next issue is January 20th, 2018, for publication in February 2018.  

If you would like to submit a publication for this special issue, or have any questions, please contact Pam Shaw at


Upcoming Events & Presentations

Keep checking back for more upcoming MABRRI events!

Past Events

Tool Drive: Snaw-Naw-As First Nation Garden of Spiritual Healing

Tool drive poster

The 2017 MABR BioBlitz

The 2nd Annual MABR BioBlitz was a great success! Thank you to all of the community members, local experts, and VIU students that joined us to inventory plant and animal species in the biosphere.

This year we hosted 2 locations: Experts blitzed at Oak Leaf Drive Community Park in Nanoose from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Beginners blitzers gathered at Milner Garderns & Woodland from 9:00 am - 4:00pm.

Stay tuned for MABRRI's data and summary report which will be released on the website at the end of May.

"Exploring the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region" VIU Elder College Course

The first ever Elder College course was a complete success with 24 students enrolled eager to learn about the local Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region, one of only two UNESCO-designated biosphere reserves on Vancouver Island. The four week course ran from September 16th-October 7th and explored amazing Places within the MABR, MABRRI, and the diverse relationships between people and nature. Students participated in hands-on activities, discussions, workshops and mini lectures. Elder College was taught/facilitated by faculty, staff, and student researchers from the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute, including Research Director Dr. Pam Shaw, Monica Shore, and Graham Sakaki. 

MABRRI's 2nd Birthday BBQ at Rathtrevor Beach

Friday, July 27th, 11am to 3pm

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, Picnic Shelter S-1

 There was a plentiful turn-out of community members, staff, student researchers, and partners of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region and its affiliated Vancouver Island University research institute--MABRRI--at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park for a casual celebration and community gathering.  

We thoroughly enjoyed connecting with all who joined us for a delicious salmon and burger BBQ  in a festive outdoor environment in the heart of one of the core areas of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region. Thank you for celebrating MABRRI's 2nd Birthday with us and we look forward to many more exciting years of growth to come.

BCLSS LakeKeepers Workshop

MABRRI hosted a BC Lake Stewardship Society LakeKeepers workshop at VIU from 30 Apr - 1 May 2016. Participants learned about lake stewardship, monitoring, and basic limnology from BCLSS instructor Rick Nordin and then tested their field skills out on Long Lake.

MABR BioBlitz at Milner Gardens

MABRRI organized the 1st Annual Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region BioBlitz at Milner Gardens on April 17th, the final day of the 2016 Brant Wildlife Festival! This was a local citizen science event, in which teams of community members and Vancouver Island University students worked together to identify plant and bird species in the area. All of the information collected from the day was compiled into a species inventory, which will be compared to future years' BioBlitz data and provide a snapshot of biodiversity in the region. Our goal is to host an MABR BioBlitz each year that will eventually expand to include several locations within the region.

This event was part of the Brant Wildlife Festival and was supported by Vancouver Island University, The Nature Trust of BC, and Milner Gardens & Woodland.

MABR Newsletter

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Check out our Facebook page on a regular basis for information about many of the region's incredible events. We share info about sustainability-related lectures and festivals, community events, and recreation opportunities that connect people and nature within the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region.

PQB Tourism Website

Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association also has an excellent events page and anything you find there is within the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region. View the calendar by week or by month and submit an event for  free here as well!

Harbour Living Events tells you about events across Vancouver Island. You can select a region and an interest area or search for events by date. You can also submit your own event for free right here.

RDN Programs

The RDN offers recreation and culture programs throughout the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region. Check out their website for current opportunities.