Students in the lower grades at Hans Helgesen School regularly visit the outdoor sites around the school building. Their contact with natural systems, however, is more limited in the rainy winter months. To make outdoor excursions possible in rainy weather, the Metchosin Foundation has donated a dozen sets of rain pants and a dozen pair of rain boots to the school. These will be kept in a special locker for whatever classes need to use them. On Tuesday, October 8, Metchosin Foundation Chair Chris Pratt formally presented the outfits to the school. Principal Stoutley writes “Diana Wakelin and I are very grateful for the Metchosin Foundation’s continued support of outdoor learning at Hans Helgesen Elementary!”

Last 3 weeks for Metchosin, Naturally! nature photography contest.

I see mushrooms are starting to poke up their beautiful heads in our area.  You’ve got just 3 weeks to capture some of them in pictures (as well as other natural subjects) and submitting the mounted/framed pictures to Metchosin Naturally! Seasons Through the Lens, a juried nature photography contest and exhibit:

http://metchosinbiodiversity.com/menu_photocontest.php

Pictures can be submitted in person on October 19, 20, and 21, 10-3 pm at MACCA, 4495 Happy Valley Road. Note that there are some restrictions–the photographs must have been taken IN METCHOSIN and IN 2018. Prizes and a special reception for the winners.