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Shopping for a cause at Scout Island

Dozens turned out to support Scout Island at their Spring Yard and Garden Sale Saturday
Chris Shepherd smiles with his daughters Raven (left) and Robyn along with their picks from the Spring and Garden Sale held at Scout Island. Patrick Davies Photo.

Scout Island was bustling with human life Saturday morning as dozens came out early for the Spring Yard and Garden Sale.

Held annually to raise money for Scout Island’s ongoing maintenance and program needs, the event boasts a wide range of gardening utensils and curious knick-knacks. Everything including plants, pots, antiques, manure, books and even some building material was up for sale, donated by members of the community for the event.

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Frances McCoubrey, a director for the Williams Lake Field Naturalists and an instructor at Scout Island, said that the sale is important to help support the “thousands of programs” the non-profit helps facilitate every year. In addition, however, they also use the funds gathered to pay a university student a $1,000 bursary if they’re interested in pursuing a degree in the natural sciences.

Trail restoration, Nature Kindergarten and the Garde 7 outdoor-ed programs are just some of the many things that Scout Island does that McCoubrey said benefits from this sale.

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“There’s probably 300 books alone (on sale) a ton of records, all kinds of tomatoes, pots and antiques inside. People bring all kinds of wonderful things,” McCoubrey said.

While she joked they’d love to raise $50,000 at the event, McCoubrey said they were hoping to match and then surpass the proceeds from last year’s sale which totalled around $2,500. Overall, she said she was happy at the turnout, which she attributed to the society being able to get the word out on social media.

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Dozens of shoppers crowd the Scout Island Nature Centre for the Spring Yard and Garden Sale, eager to scoop up plants, books and a wide range of other treasures. Patrick Davies Photo.
Attendees of the Spring Yard and Gardendale held at Scout Island browse through a collection fo plants and books. Patrick Davies Photo
Nathan Hornby poses with an old fashioned scythe he bought shortly afterwards at the Spring Yard and garden Sale held at Scout Island. Patrick Davies Photo.
Hundreds of books were on sale at Scout Island Saturday morning as part of the Spring Yard and Garden Sale. Patrick Davies Photo.

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