Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events and Presentations

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MABR BioBlitz

Join in on the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region’s (MABR’s) annual BioBlitz! The event is free and open to everyone at all ages and levels of knowledge. Check back for more information about the 2024 BioBlitz!

MABR Youth Program

Have you heard about the MABR Youth Program? 

This program is designed to teach students the importance of environmental, social, cultural, and economic sustainability on a local scale.

Learn more about the MABR Youth Program

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Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism

Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association Events is within the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region. View the calendar by week or by month and submit an event for free as well!

Harbour Living Events

Harbour Living lists events across Vancouver Island. You can select a region and an interest area or search for events by date. You can also submit your event for free

RDN Programs

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

Past Events

Traditional Plant Workshop - March 15, 2022

On March 15, MABRRI’s third Traditional Plant Workshop was held at the Qualicum Beach Community Hall. The workshop brought together over 50 participants, including community members, Elders, and Vancouver Island University faculty and students.

The afternoon was jam packed, including presentations from four knowledge holders: Geraldine Manson, Dr. Nancy Turner, Kim Recalma, and Les Malbon. Participants learned about traditional plant names, techniques and tools for harvesting, as well as the cultural, nutritional, and medicinal properties of native plants and how they are prepared. All guests were also able to take home a Devil’s club salve, used to treat deep tissue inflammations and skin issues.

Participants also had the opportunity to attend a Garden Café event held during a break at the workshop. The Garden Café was hosted by Chef Sean Wiens to demonstrate how to make simple, healthy recipes – and offer a snack to anyone interested.

Thank you to our event sponsors, NutritionLink Services Society, Mosaic Forest Management, Vancouver Island University, and the Town of Qualicum Beach for making this workshop possible, and to everyone who participated!


Getting to Know the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) Symposium

The Getting to Know the SDGs Symposium focused  on raising  awareness and knowledge  of the  United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  within the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR).   

The symposium took place via Zoom on February 23 and facilitated conversations about the SDGs, and how we are contributing to them within the MABR. This event included six presentations from local groups and organizations, and a total 48 participants. The event was open to all with no previous knowledge of the SDGs required.  

As a UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve, the MABR inherently  aligns with various SDGs. Presentations highlighted this connection between the MABR and the Goals. Local groups and organizations presented on their work, which led into facilitated discussions of why the SDGs are important, and how the MABR can further advance the Goals. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this event! If you would like to view the recording from the symposium, please email the MABR Coordinator, Mandy Hobkirk, at

Sustainability Development Goal (SDG) Training Session

In collaboration with the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship, MABRRI hosted the SDG Training Session on November 30, 2019. This all day event aimed to educate individuals on the UN 17 SDGs and challenge them to develop an action plan to implement the SDGs locally.

ETHOS - Live discovery lab

For the month of August MABRRI participated in the ETHOS live discovery lab at the McMillian Arts Centre. The lab was a free public display with associated workshops that ran from Tuesday to Sunday and offered visitors fun interactive activities including aquariums, microscope lab, touch tank and crafts. Other partners involved in the ETHOS discovery lab included: The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, VIU Deep Bay Marine Station and Waters' Netted GArtbage Display.

2019 Regional Research Conference

From June 12 to 14, 2019 MABRRI hosted the Regional Research Conference entitled Understanding our Biosphere Region: Collaborating on Initiatives for Sustainability.

This event provided an opportunity for researchers to showcase their projects that aim to increase sustainability, in all its forms, within the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region and surrounding area.

Brant Wildlife Festival 2019

Celebrate the return of Brant geese on eastern Vancouver Island with a festival of events in March and April.

See the Brant Wildlife Festival poster for more information or visit the Brant Wildlife Festival.

2019 MABR BioBlitz

Thank you to all who attended the 2019 MABR BioBlitz, we had a great turnout! The fourth annual MABR BioBlitz was held on Saturday April 13, 2019 at Milner Gardens & Woodland in Qualicum Beach. This event allowed beginner BioBlitzers to learn how to identify plant and animal species alongside Vancouver Island University students and local knowledge holders with expertise in various fields of natural science. 

See the BioBlitz Event poster

2018 MABR BioBlitz April 21, 2018

Come join us and get outdoors for the third annual Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR) BioBlitz! Conduct a rapid biological survey of plant and animal species on April 21, 2018 at either Milner Gardens & Woodland or Englishman River Regional Park/Top Bridge Park Trail Head. Whether you’re new to BioBlitzing and would like to gain some new skills or if you are already experienced and want to contribute your expertise to biodiversity research in the MABR, there is a BioBlitz event for you!

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

Snaw-naw-as First Nation Garden 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. Beginners blitzers gathered at Milner Gardens & Woodland.

"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 16 to October 7 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.

VIU elder course exploring Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere region

MABRRI's 2nd Birthday BBQ at Rathtrevor Beach

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.

MABRRI's 2nd Birthday BBQ at Rathtrevor beach

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.

BCLSS Lakekeepers Workshop

MABR BioBlitz at Milner Gardens

MABRRI organized the first Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region BioBlitz at Milner Gardens on April 17, 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.