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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Summer Employment Opportunity

The Natural History Centre is hiring a summer employee between the ages of 17 – 30 with knowledge of and a keen interest in our local environment.

Taylor’s Checkerspot Larval Release

Team Checkerspot met to release larval on the Helliwell Park bluffs in March. This May, be on the lookout for the Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly flitting about on the Park’s bluffs.

Natural History Garden

Plans are in the works to enhance the garden space outside the Natural History Centre. Phase one of this project will focus on drought tolerant and pollinator friendly gardening.

Nature Activities for Kids

A young naturalist is someone who loves exploring and learning about nature. Sound like you? Then read on!

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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 2023.

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