Who are we?
The Garry Oak Meadow Preservation Society (GOMPS) formed in 1992 because local citizens were concerned that native Garry oak (Quercus garryana) woodlands and meadows were rapidly disappearing as a result of expanding human habitation in the Capital Regional District.
The society is dedicated to the preservation, protection and restoration of Garry oak stands and their natural habitats. We are a BC registered society S0029698 with CRA charitable status 141110908 RR0001.
We are 100% volunteer run, we don't have an office but we are passionate - we are a grassroots group helping to make a difference! Won't you join us?
How can you get involved?
Preserve Garry oaks (Quercus garryana) and the various plant species they foster in your own yard and community.
Volunteer at our Garry Oak Nursery with our dedicated task force. We grow oaks from locally collected acorns to help preserve the species. Volunteers are crucial to the project and help out with many aspects of nurturing our vigorous seedlings.
Find out the latest news on Victoria's ecosystems, participate in workshops, collect acorns and nurture Garry oak (Quercus garryana) seedlings, get involved in community events, and become an active participant in the preservation of a key part of Victoria's natural ecosystem. Become a member of GOMPS!
Garry Oak Nursery work parties
We are hosting weekly Garry Oak Nursery work parties on Sunday mornings from 10am to 1pm to keep our oaks growing and healthy.
The Nursery work area is outdoors and structured so volunteers can safely join Board members on site. Tools and gloves are sanitized between volunteer events and masks are encouraged. Learn more about volunteering here!
Please know that we continue to advocate for Garry oaks (Quercus garryana) and their associated ecosystems as well as growing Garry oak seedlings for planting in our communities!