The Rithet’s Bog Conservation Society is a group of volunteers committed to maintaining the health of Rithet’s Bog and educating the public about the benefits of the bog. We welcome new members who are interested in participating in the activities listed below.
This page provides a brief introduction to volunteering at Rithet’s Bog. For a more detailed description of our activities, please see the About Us section
There are two ways to volunteer at Rithet's Bog.
You can choose one or both.
- The first is to become a member of the Rithet’s Bog Conservation Society and participate in our various activities.
- The second is to do onsite ecological restoration as part of the Saanich Pulling Together Volunteer Program.
Become a Member of the
Rithet's Bog Conservation Society
Education and Outreach.
Our educational activities involve informing the public about Rithet’s Bog, its ecology and biological diversity, its status as a nature sanctuary and the importance of its wetlands. We have several activities that contribute to these goals:
- This website,
- A display booth for community events,
- The information kiosk at Rithet’s Bog,
- Educational brochures,
- Species checklists and inventories,
- An iNaturalist biodiversity project, and
- Field trips and student projects with educational institutions.
Conservation and Restoration.
We also work in cooperation with Saanich Parks and the Pulling Together Volunteer Program to develop restoration and management guidelines for the Rithet’s Bog Conservation Area. The goal of our restoration work is to develop functioning and self sustaining ecosystems that require minimal maintenance.
Volunteer for the
Saanich Pulling Together Program
Restoration work at Rithet’s Bog is done as part of the Saanich Pulling Together Volunteer Program, which is a program set up by Saanich Parks to support volunteer ecological restoration work in Saanich natural area parks. Our society works closely with this program, but the actual work in the park falls under the jurisdiction of the Pulling Together program. You do not have to become a member of our society to participate in Pulling Together activities.
This restoration work mostly involves invasive species removal, which is very similar to garden weeding and pruning. It does not require special knowledge or skills. Anyone who can do basic gardening can make a meaningful contribution.
We provide tools and onsite training as necessary. Volunteering is open to people of all ages and abilities, however parental supervision is required for volunteers under 16 years of age. Most work parties are drop in. There is no commitment to attend all events, just come to the ones you are available for.