Fundraiser a tasty way to support Cowichan estuary

Musician Paul Ruszel performs at the Cowichan Bay Pub on Sunday, Sept. 25

Musician Paul Ruszel performs at the Cowichan Bay Pub on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre’s fall Beer and Burger Fundraiser.

Nature Centre supporters and music lovers alike will enjoy the pub’s usual fare, good conversation and a silent auction with local art, crafts and gift certificates for goods and services from Cowichan Valley shops and organizations.

Included in the $25 ticket price is your choice of a beef, chicken or veggie burger, a side of salad or fries and beer, cider or a glass of wine.

Organizers from the Cowichan Land Trust promise a fun and relaxing evening; an easy way to support environmental awareness and education in the estuary.

The Estuary Nature Centre offers a window onto the estuary, its watershed, marine life, and natural and cultural history through its displays and educational activities for school groups and all ages.

The Land Trust is particularly excited about their current partnership with the Royal BC Museum, as they develop a new permanent Interactive Cowichan & Koksilah Watershed Exhibit that will include a full wall of interpretive panels with a special focus on the salmon cycle.

An eight-foot three-dimensional model will show the watershed’s geography and how it’s affected by droughts, storms, tides and human impacts. Stories of the watersheds’ histories and ecosystems will be animated on the model’s surface.

The exhibit should be ready for installation in the next few months.

Proceeds from Sunday evening will go towards operating the centre as well as to fund exhibits and programming.

Tickets are available from the Cowichan Land Trust office in Duncan, or at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre in Cowichan Bay, open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For additional information visit or or contact the Cowichan Land Trust at 250-746-0227 or