Take the Canada 150 Naturescape Challenge!

Join your neighbourhood in Naturescaping.

To celebrate Canada 150, we are aiming to have 150 participants in the Naturescape Challenge.  There are so many ways to create habitat on your property.  You may already have a native tree or a water feature--so what can you add?  If you would like to participate, here is what to do:

  1. Print out the Naturescape 150 Challenge checklist [PDF - 794 KB]  and fill it out.
  2. Take the pledge to try something new.  You will receive a Naturescape 150 Challenge fridge magnet to hang up your checklist.
  3. Look for quarterly emails from Saanich Environmental Services with information about Naturescaping. 
  4. Start Naturescaping!


Naturescape BC provides educational support to protect, maintain and enhance wildlife habitat. It encourages creating diversity, layers and edges and using native plants to design and retrofit landscapes. Saanich Council endorsed the principles of Naturescape and a plan for implementation in 2000.

Basic principles

  • Stewardship
  • Create and preserve habitat
  • Preserve biodiversity
  • Conserve water     

While we encourage you to use native plants, the main goal is to create habitat. We do recommend many non-native plants.

Please see our Naturescape brochure [PDF - 7.8 MB] for more information.

Design ideas

You can make something as small as a window planter box or a larger butterfly garden plot with bright colours and interesting textures to create habitat. You can also create naturalistic designs to cover a large spread of land and recreate the feel of a natural meadow or woodland.

Your urban yard can become an extension of natural areas and provide valuable habitat for wildlife.

More benefits

  • Save water.
  • Reduce use of fertilizers.
  • Eliminate pesticides and imported peat moss.
  • Reduce mowing cost.
  • Improve air quality and human health.
  • Reduce cost of buying, planting and tending annuals.
  • Reduce impact of invasive plant species.
  • Support for regional plants and animals at risk.
  • Help to define an image unique to our region.