• A Labour of Love – Natural History Collection Gets Careful Decontamination and Cleaning

    After months of preparation a dedicated team met for three days to clean the Natural History collection that had sustained soot damage from the school fire.

  • Natural History Landscapes

    Despite valiant efforts to protect and save it, Natural History’s Ethnobotanical garden was in a sorry state after the school fire and now is no longer. On Friday, February 1st, 2019, the stewards liberated the surviving plants from their narrow confines and fences, returning them to the forest.

  • Update from the Stewards

    As of January 2019, supporters have generously donated a total of $15,000 towards restoring and reestablishing the Natural History Collection. Thanks so much for all of your caring and generosity!

  • Summer 2018 Photos

    Thank you to the speakers and nature walk leaders for sharing their knowledge and supporting the Natural History Centre. Check out this cool footage from Dr. Archer’s presentation of a young glass sponge reef taken just east of Hornby Island!

About

The Natural History Centre offers events, programs, and a natural history collection to encourage a bond between people and nature. Our programs give community members and visitors opportunities for cultivating deeper relationships with the natural world.

Visit Us

Come and explore the Natural History Centre! We are located at the Hornby Community School and home to a wide-ranging display focusing on the animals and geology of Hornby Island. You will find wild information and fun hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.

Programs

Our summer programs include the speaker series, in which experts speak on topics of local interest, and nature walks, which are a great opportunity to discover Hornby’s unique geology and ecosystems. Year-round we collaborate in student education programs.

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A Labour of Love – Natural History Collection Gets Careful Decontamination and Cleaning

After months of preparation a dedicated team met for three days to clean the Natural History collection that had sustained soot damage from the school fire.

Natural History Landscapes

Despite valiant efforts to protect and save it, Natural History’s Ethnobotanical garden was in a sorry state after the school fire and now is no longer. On Friday, February 1st, 2019, the stewards liberated the surviving plants from their narrow confines and fences, returning them to the forest.

Update from the Stewards

As of January 2019, supporters have generously donated a total of $15,000 towards restoring and reestablishing the Natural History Collection. Thanks so much for all of your caring and generosity!

Vote for the Vancouver Island Elasmosaur!

Exciting news from the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre! Their elasmosaur, which was discovered in Courtenay, has been shortlisted in a competition to become an official provincial symbol. Click to Here Vote. The voting period will close November 23,…

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Summer 2018 Photos

Thank you to the speakers and nature walk leaders for sharing their knowledge and supporting the Natural History Centre. Check out this cool footage from Dr. Archer’s presentation of a young glass sponge reef taken just east of Hornby Island!

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New Specimen Acceptance Policy

The Natural History Centre is now only accepting seabirds for taxidermy in the collection. Specifically, we will take any seabird specimens in suitable condition* EXCEPT the following (which we already have): Glaucous-Winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron and Western…

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