free sustainable workshops

Free Sustainable Workshops

Free Sustainable Workshops are back for 2024! Delta residents can register for free gardening and green living workshops to help create a more sustainable community. Our local instructors will teach you how to grow your own food, care for your garden, harvest honey, and more! Workshops are held in North Delta and South Delta starting in the spring. Workshops are free, but registration is required.

2024 Workshops are listed below, registration is now OPEN for select workshops.        

Register NOW through Delta.ca/OnlineRegistration or by phone at 604-952-3000.

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Gardening for Pollinators and Other Wildlife

Did you know that your garden can become a life-supporting ecosystem that can help heal the harms of climate change? In this workshop, we’ll explore who pollinators are and why they need our support. We’ll discuss planting native plants and other techniques to create food and habitat for both pollinators and other wildlife. 

Instructor: Kindred Gardens 

Saturday, March 9

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 

South Delta Recreation Centre - Hall A

Barcode: 36556

Grow Less Grass (and take care of the grass you’re keeping)

Lawns are a part of nearly every suburban garden. In this workshop, we’ll explore what lawns are good for and some reasons why we may want to grow less of them. You’ll learn what options are available if you decide to decrease your lawn, Earth-friendly ways of caring for the lawn you do have, and what to do when things go sideways – like animals digging for grubs.

Instructor: Kindred Gardens 

Saturday, March 23

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 

North Delta Recreation Centre - Hall A

Barcode: 36561

ABC's of Organic Food Gardening

ABC's of Organic Food Gardening: An introduction to starting your own organic food garden.
In this workshop we will look at what organic gardening means. We will touch on concepts including soil health, environmental impacts, health benefits, garden design, crop selection, and starting seeds at home.

Instructor: Matthew from Earthwise Society 

Saturday, April 7 

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 

South Delta Recreation Centre - Hall A

Barcode: 40009

Grow Less Grass (and take care of the grass you’re keeping)

Lawns are a part of nearly every suburban garden. In this workshop, we’ll explore what lawns are good for and some reasons why we may want to grow less of them. You’ll learn what options are available if you decide to decrease your lawn, Earth-friendly ways of caring for the lawn you do have, and what to do when things go sideways – like animals digging for grubs.

Instructor: Kindred Gardens 

Saturday, April 13 

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 

South Delta Recreation Centre - Hall A

Barcode: 36559

Gardening for Pollinators and Other Wildlife

Did you know that your garden can become a life-supporting ecosystem that can help heal the harms of climate change? In this workshop, we’ll explore who pollinators are and why they need our support. We’ll discuss planting native plants and other techniques to create food and habitat for both pollinators and other wildlife. 

Instructor: Kindred Gardens 

Saturday April 27

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 

North Delta Recreation Centre - Multi Purpose Gymnasium

Barcode: 36557

Plant Walk at Watershed Park

Join us on a plant walk through Watershed Park with Adrian Avendaño, the Executive Director of the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver. This guided tour will introduce you to the significance of native species, as well as the presence of non-native and invasive plants within the park. By the session's conclusion, you'll grasp the distinctions between native, non-native, and invasive plants, understanding their impacts and roles within our ecosystems. Gain practical knowledge on identifying these plants and learn about some of their cultural uses. 

*Please dress for the weather.

Instructor: Adrian Avendaño

Saturday May 4

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 

Watershed Park Entrance at Pinewood Elementary

Barcode: 40815

Growing Superfoods

Enhance your health by adding home-grown superfoods to your plate! Learn how to grow your own superfoods such as kale, ginger, turmeric, sprouts, and blueberries. Some superfoods are best grown indoors, and others outdoors, which equally flourish in a garden or in containers.

Instructor: Rhiannon Johnson

Sunday, May 5

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

South Delta Recreation Centre - Hall A

Barcode: 37087

Resilient Gardens - Surviving Drought, Heat, Storms, and Cold

Join us for this workshop taught by Rhiannon Johnson to learn how to set your garden up to be resilient to variations and extremes in weather and to adapt your food garden to a changing climate. Whether it be dryer hotter summers, or weeks of cold snaps in the winter, or fluctuating temperatures, rainfall, and snowfall, learn gardening techniques to help make your veggie garden more resilient to extreme weather events (storms, cold snaps, heat waves, drought) and hotter and colder conditions.

Instructor: Rhiannon Johnson

Saturday, June15

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 

North Delta Recreation Centre - Multi Purpose Gymnasium

Barcode: 37088

Water Conserving Landscapes 

Water Conserving Landscapes: Using natural infrastructures and beyond to conserve water at home. In this workshop we will learn about ways that you can integrate your property's unique layout to conserve water. We will discuss enhancing natural systems through different planting, irrigation and landscaping techniques. 

Instructor: Matthew from Earthwise Society 

Sunday, June 23

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 

South Delta Recreation Centre - Hall A

Barcode: 40010

 

Have questions? Contact the Engineering Department by phone at 604-946-3260 or by email.