• Summer 2022 Calendar

    We are pleased to announce that the Summer 2022 Natural History Events Calendar is now available! Check out our speaker series, nature walks, forest family circles, or exhibit with hands-on activities.

  • Studying Dungeness Crab in the Salish Sea

    The students at Hornby Island Community School have been partnering with The Natural History Centre and Hornby Island Diving on the Sentinels of Change Project studying Dungeness Crab in the Salish Sea.

  • Releasing Caterpillars of Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterflies

    On March 9, members of the Hornby Island Natural History Centre, Conservancy Hornby Island, Hornby Island Provincial Parks Committee, Comox First Nation and local volunteers joined personnel from BC Parks, BC Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Science Section, BC Conservation Foundation, Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team and several biologists to release caterpillars of Taylor’s Checkerspot butterflies. This is part of a multi-year project to restore habitat including providing essential host and nectar plants through propagation and planting out twice per year.

  • The Stewards Winter Update

    Our beloved Natural History collection has not travelled very far since the school fire forced it into storage in August 2018, but it has moved multiple times. . . We are happy to let you know that everything has now been safely moved into our new home on the corner of Central and Sollans.

  • Students and Scientists Work Together on the Helliwell Park Restoration Project

    On October 13th, Hornby Island Community School students worked for the sixth consecutive year on restoring habitat for the Taylor’s Checkerspot butterfly.


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.


The Hornby students, their families, school staff, members of the community, and island guests created the Exhibit by donating naturally found specimens and by helping to raise the money to have them preserved for display.


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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Wild Wanderings – Nature Course for Adults

Please join Jenna Rudolph of Soaring Eagle Nature School and Philippa Joly of Salix School for a monthly adult class in deep nature connection on Denman Island.  We will gather one Saturday a month from October until June with a…

Closed for 2022

The Natural History Centre is now closed for 2022. Visitor response throughout the summer was fantastic and many commented on the beauty of the new space. Thanks to all those who visited!

Fresh Water on Hornby Island – What Everyone Needs to Know

August 11th from 1:30 – 2:30pm at New Horizons, 1765 Sollans Road Dr. John Cox and has been conducting water-related research on the island since 2015, as a member of Hornby Water Stewardship. He will share his research offering an in-depth…

Interview with Wildlife Photographer, barb biagi

Interview with barb biagi – Hornby Island wildlife photographer, Natural History Centre Steward, and wildlife rescue volunteer.

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Location and Hours

The Natural History Centre will reopen July 2022.

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BIOCRACY: Hornby Island and Climate Change

By Anthony Gregson The Islands Grapevine, June 7, 2018 Where climate change is concerned, it’s not news that we’re all in for it. Yet, somewhat shamefacedly, I came away from Dr. Richard Hebda’s lecture on Hornby Island and climate change,…

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