The Cumberland Community Forest Society is kicking off a NEW series of CCFS Science Pub Nights where local ecologists, researchers, writers, photographers, subject matter experts, explorers and elders come together to explore the science behind life on earth. The first of these Science Pub events is coming up Thursday March 15th and the topic (perfect for spring) is Pollinators!

What is pollination? Why does it matter? What’s at risk? How does it impact our survival? Want to see some bee anatomy, close up and personal? Play some pollination drinking games? Pick up some gardening tips? Try out some super-foods and beverages? What part can we play?Join the CCFS for an engaging and interactive event all about the bees!

This CCFS Pollination Pub will feature presenters Aislinn Deenihan, Lisa Levesque, Amanda Howe as well as guest demos from Yarrow Willard of Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary, Laura Carbonell from Wayward Distillery and Rowan Helliwell from Wachiay Studio with on theme screen printing limited edition science pub prints!

Aislinn Deenihan is a recently introduced Homo Sapien to the valley, blown over from Ireland and then Calgary. Aislinn has a Ph.D in bumblebees! She has provided over 100 environmental education and environmental liability presentations in Ireland and Alberta. Her favorite presentation was to her senior academic department on the similarities between a Lance Armstrong and a bumblebee.

Lisa Levesque is a director with the Cumberland Community Forest Society and a Master Bee Keeper! She has a degree in Environmental Science (U of Guelph) and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Science from UVic. Her thesis focused on landscape ecology/GIS, historical ecology and ecological restoration in Waterton Lakes National Park. Se currently works for the BC Ministry of Agriculture focused where there is strong focus on climate change and small-scale renewable energy.

Amanda Howe has a MSc in Herbal Medicine from the University of Wales. She worked in England in a multidisciplinary clinic before moving to Cumberland twenty five years ago where she is active is her practice as a herbalist and a herbal educator and works tirelessly to ensure continued access to herbal medicines for Herbalists and the general public. Amanda has taught at Pacific Rim College in Victoria in their Herbal Practitioner training program, and was involved in funded research projects with the Centre for Livelihoods and Ecology at Royal Roads University. Amanda loves to teach and is happiest when she is in the garden teaching people how to grow, harvest, use and listen to the magic of the plants that are thriving there.

Presented with support from Black Bear Herbs, Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary, Cumberland Brewing Company, Cumberland Village Works, CV Collective, Wachiay Studio, Wayward Distillery and other friends and community partners, CCFS Science Pubs are a great way to boost your brain and have silly fun too! Doors open at 7. Event is licensed. Admission is by donation to the CCFS OR sign up as a monthly donor that night and be entered to win BIG prizes to be drawn April 25th at the next Science Pub event.

Find out more about the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS) and their efforts to purchase and protect the forests, wetlands, creeks and riparian areas surrounding the Village of Cumberland at 2018 is a big year with plans to purchase 100 hectares of forest along Perseverance Creek underway!

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