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Metchosin farm buzzing with activity for National Insect Appreciation Day

Bilston Creek Farm hosts insect hunt, guided BC Museum walk, games and more

Feeling antsy? Then you might want to celebrate National Insect Appreciation Day on Saturday (June 8) with a day trip to Bilston Creek Farm.

The lavender farm, known to host weddings, events and workshops, is rife with nooks and crannies to find bees and butterflies, both real and artist-rendered

A hunt for 36 art and science cards of local insects produced by The Metchosin Foundation and The Metchosin Artpod will be scattered through the farm, with participant prizes available.

The special deck will also be available for purchase. Claudia Copley, an entomologist from the BC Museum will be hosting guided insect walks, and kids and adults can play lawn games such as ring toss, croquet, ladder toss, bean bag toss and giant Bilston Jenga.

For a more relaxing activity, visitors can enjoy a host of lavender beverages available for purchase, including lemonade, soda, cream coffee and rose tea, or cozy up in the barn with a selection of classic board games.

The Metchosin Foundation has been involved in a 5-year study on insect populations in Metchosin spearheaded by Dr. Neville Winchester, and the foundation hopes to have the results illustrated at the event, said Joan Rosenburg in an email.

The free event takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. and will have artists and naturalists in attendance who donated their time and images to the BC Art Nature Card Deck: Insects! All proceeds go towards the Metchosin Foundation.

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Sam Duerksen

About the Author: Sam Duerksen

Since moving to Victoria from Winnipeg in 2020, I’ve worked in communications for non-profits and arts organizations.
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