Category Archives: Camas Day Celebration

Camas Day in Uplands Park with Native Plant Garden Tour – Sunday May 3, 2015.

Please join the Friends of Uplands Park as we celebrate our 5th Annual Camas Day Celebration in Uplands Park on Sunday May 3, 2015 from 10:00AM – 4:00PM. The Camas Meadows are in bloom, along with many Garry Oak Meadow plants.

Tours of Uplands Park, one of the venues on the Native Plant Garden Tour, organized by the Habitat Acquisition Trust [HAT], start at 10:15AM and will run every 45 minutes, or so. [View Native_Garden_Tour_Guide_2015]

The “official opening” of our Uplands Park Camas Day Celebration happens at 1:00PM. Bring a picnic, and a blanket to sit on, and enjoy live music by Ron Carter’s Bald Eagles Band. Rain or shine, we will be there with Silk Road Tea, displays of native plants for your garden, bubbles, juggling, and a wild flower colouring station for children. [View 2015 Camas Day & Tour poster]

2015 Camas Day & Tour poster


Annual Camas Day Celebration Photos – May 4 – 2014

Photos from 2014 Camas Day Celebration at Uplands Park – May 4-2014. Thanks to all the volunteers and all the visitors.

Uplands Park Camas Day Celebration & Victoria Native Plant Garden Tour

Friends of Uplands Park is hosting its annual Camas Day Celebration and at the same time partnering with the Victoria Native Plant Garden Tour on Sunday May 4 from 1 to 4 pm in the grassy field at the entrance to Cattle Point on Beach Drive. Oak Bay Parks has a nice web page announcing this event at

 PDF of 2014 Camas Day NPG Poster

2014 Camas Day NPG Poster -1We also need volunteers to help with organizing activities, putting up and taking down 8 tents, tables, signs and activity materials  and helping with running activities:
*dressing up as Garry Oakley
*face painting
*bubbles, sidewalk chalk, colouring/drawing with crayons etc
*parachute games
*making leaf prints with acrylic paint on fabric & hanging them up
*Un-nature Trail
*Making displays:  including one of native plants and another of invasive plants…include brochures
On the grass: *dancing *juggling *sketching, painting, & other inspirational activities!
*looking after invasive removal tools & getting people to sign up how many hours
*showing people some of the invasive plants and why they need to be removed
*removing invasive ivy and helping people do it the right GOERT way
*showing people how to make ivy crowns
*helping at the Information Table:
Poster for Garden Tour 2014Also volunteers to help with the Native Plant Garden Tours around Uplands  Park
*giving out information for the NPG Tours
*organizing people for the next tour
*looking after tea and goodies & donations
*enrolling people as friends
*talking to people as a native plant expert to talk about how the plants would grow in a garden


Baking or other snacks & drinks also appreciated: To go with the Silk Road Tea and to encourage donations to FOUP.
Please contact Margaret Lidkea, or Kathleen Matthews, kathleenmatt@gmail as soon as you can.

Uplands Park Featured in 2014 Victoria Native Plant Garden Tour – May 4, 2014 [1- 4pm]

Uplands Park is one of the Native Plant sites featured on the 2014 Victoria Native Plant Garden Tour and compliments the Friends of Upland Park Annual Camas Day Celebration, also taking place, at Uplands Park, on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 1-4pm. Friends of Uplands Park volunteers look forward to guiding visitors around Uplands Park. Gather at the entrance to Cattle Point where Camas Day displays and activities will be happening. Listen to the music of Ron Carter and the Bald Eagles. Native plant tours in Uplands Park will depart every 30 minutes.

Todd Carnahan, of Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT), and host for the Victoria Native Plant Garden Tour,  sends the following message:[click on poster image to see full size]

Poster for Garden Tour 2014Several of our members and partner groups have started promoting the garden tour and have asked for a poster. Please print the attached poster for public spaces. Victoria News recently covered the event: . Thanks also to NPSG, Tourism Victoria, Harbour Living, and the Victoria Horticultural Society, for promoting the event on their websites.  If you are a facebook user, please consider joining our event on this page. Thank you all for making this the LARGEST Victoria Native Plant Garden Tour ever!
Todd Carnahan | Habitat Acquisition Trust | tel 250.995.2428  | cell 250.893.6099  |  | Creating Conservation Legacies since 1996


A Wonderful Celebration! Camas Day: Celebrating 20 Years of Girl Guides in Uplands Park.


From Margaret Lidkea, Co-chair, Friends of Uplands Park
Dear Friends.. Thank you all so much for your support and participation of Camas Day – Celebrating 20 years of Girl Guides helping in Uplands Park. I loved the Bald Eagles band and watching the girl guides run around having so much fun and learning things too. They seemed to greatly appreciate the new Girl Guides of Canada Garry Oak Restoration crests that they earned, especially since it is the 20th Anniversary. I believe that this connection with the current Chatham Guiding members of Oak Bay will increase the involvement of the girls, leaders and families for our Fall 2013 Broom Bash Oct 19 and 20. Mark your calendars! Remember that the Municipality of Oak Bay needs our restoration project. There would never be enough taxpayers’ revenue to do this “Extreme Weeding”. This Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration project involves leadership, community involvement and environmental stewardship. These are the pillars of Guiding. Cheers to all of you!

Uplands Park_2012_05_08_KathleenMatthews_IMG_6880Kathleen Matthews, Co-chair, Friends of Uplands Park, also expresses her appreciation for a wonderfully successful event. The music of the Bald Eagles was fabulous. The Girl Guides were so inspiring. All of our volunteers were incredible. CAOB, our Community Association of Oak Bay, once again, became a wonderful partner in our annual Uplands Park celebration event, looking after all things tent related. The Opening Welcome from Oak Bay Councillor, Tara Ney, and Acting Mayor, Michelle Kirby was so supportive our work in Uplands Park. The help and enthusiasm from Chris Hyde-Lay at Oak Bay Parks continues to be so appreciated. Special mention of Silk Road Teas who donated our wonderful tea And, to everyone, volunteers and visitors who came out to celebrate with the Friends of Uplands Park and the Girl Guides.. a big THANK YOU. And a thank you to the weather for giving us an absolutely beautiful warm sunny (not too windy) day.

Here are some photos from Camas Day 2013. (Please let me know if you want any of these taken down.) Please send me your photos, if you like, and I will add some them to our website.

















Friends of Uplands Park Camas Day Celebration – Sunday May 5, 2013

Join us for the Friends of Uplands Park Camas Day Celebration
Celebrating 20 years of Girl Guides in Uplands Park
Sunday May 5, 2013
12:30 to 3 pm
Beach Drive at Cattle Point entrance

Camas Day Poster May 5 2013 Screen CaptureBring your family and a picnic to listen to the Bald Eagles Band, enjoy Silk Road Tea and join in the Chatham District Girl Guides’ activities:
Invasive Ivy Removal
Wildflower ramble
Under the Oaks Bingo
Active games
Leaf Printing
Face Painting
Bubbles, Sidewalk chalk, Parachute, Garry Oakley

Partnering with Oak Bay Parks & Community Association of Oak Bay
Camas Day May 5-2013 Poster  (PDF)