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.


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.

latest news

“Gravitational Waves and Other Weirdness” with Bob McDonald

On Saturday, June 10th, we are excited to welcome back Bob McDonald, the host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks and award-winning science journalist and author, for a presentation on “Gravitational Waves and Other Weirdness in the Universe”. This event will…

Exhibit Display Upgrade

Changes are coming to the Natural History Centre! We are very excited to have received a British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C.’s Communities Contributions to Canada grant for upgrading and developing our displays and infrastructure in the Exhibit. Thanks…

Fall – Spring Hours

From September-June, the Natural History Centre is open on Thursdays from 12:30pm – 3:30pm, excluding most holidays. Tours are also available by appointment. To book a tour, please email hornby.naturalhistory@gmail.com or phone Tina at (250) 335-2853.

Membership Draw 2017

Sign up for a membership with the Natural History Centre and be entered to win a boat tour with Hornby Island Diving! The draw will be held at the Community Hall on June 10th, during the event with Bob McDonald….

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Nature Activities

A young naturalist is someone who loves exploring and learning about nature. Sound like you? Then read on! Whether you are in the woodlands or the urban environment, wildlife can always be found. To be a young naturalist means that you desire…

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Summer 2016 Photos

View photos from our Summer 2016 programming including nature walks, speaker series, and nature art tent activities.

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