- Plant some habitat in your outdoor space
- Support community gardening
- Plant a tree on your property
- Build homes for birds, bats and bees
Plant some habitat in your outdoor space
Attract and enjoy wildlife in your own backyard or balcony area. Create your unique Naturescape:
- Planter or container gardens using native plants (check out examples of native plants)
- Play areas for the kids using naturalized logs
- Remove ivy or other invasive species from your property
- Take a workshop on planting native plants (check out an example)
- Join the Native Plant Study Group
- Learn about Saanich's Naturescape Program
Support community gardening
By gardening in community, you can learn more about our seasons and what food plants need to grow well and meet like-minded people. You can share your knowledge with new gardeners.
Learn more about community gardens in Saanich.
Plant a tree on your property
Trees provide so many benefits: from cooling our homes, slowing down heavy rains, cleaning the air, absorbing carbon, to providing habitat for birds and insects and more.
Check out some planting tips as well as learn about our Boulevard Partnership Tree Planting Program.
Build homes for birds, bats and bees
The three main components of habitat are food, water and shelter. You can help support native animals by building them homes (shelter).
Do you like bats and birds? Building a bird-house or bat-house is a great project to do by yourself or with family or friends. You’ll find some great information on habitats and simple designs for: Nestbox for Swallows [PDF - 41 KB], Chickadees and Nuthatches [PDF - 56 KB] or bats. Also check out this information about protecting nestboxes from invasive birds [PDF - 227 KB].
By adding pollinator friendly plants in your outdoor space, you are helping pollinators thrive by providing food and shelter throughout their active seasons. Embrace pollinator friendly practices and make a difference to the pollinators and the people that rely on them.
- Find out how you can provide plants that attract and support our native butterflies [PDF - 203 KB].
- Learn to identify the butterflies [PDF - 6 MB] and dragonflies [PDF - 146 KB] that visit your yard or patio.
- Find out how you can provide habitat for native bees [PDF - 322 KB].
Some more great resources on pollinators, as well as how to help our pollinator friends:
- Habitat for Humanity pollinator publications
- Pollinator Partnership Canada
- Royal BC Museum online learning portal
- Pollinators at the Gardens (The Gardens at HCP)