• Nature Backpacks Available – New!

    We have Nature Backpacks available! Find Kihan selling them at the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday and Saturday and in the Beulah Creek Nursery Garden on Thursday and Friday from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. We’re looking forward to hearing about your time in the forest! Email us photos of your work, your questions and comments, and we’ll post them on our blog. hornby.naturalhistory@gmail.com

  • Re-Imagining the NHC 2021 Survey Synopsis

    In anticipation of the Natural History Centre’s reopening, we invited the community to help imagine the new Centre. Here are the results!

  • Backyard Feeders Linked to Deadly Salmonella Outbreak in Small Birds

    This year we have seen an irruption of pine siskins and other wintering birds feasting in flocks. Unfortunately, a large number of the tiny birds are dying from salmonella poisoning that is passed on at backyard feeders, including here on Hornby island.

  • Students Aid in Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Recovery Project

    On October 27, Hornby Island students planted native plants along Helliwell Provincial Park’s bluffs to support the island’s rare Garry Oak ecosystem.

  • Planning for the Future

    The Natural History Centre is thrilled to acknowledge recent grants from HICF, HICEEC, CVCF, and MAP that support our Centre’s short and long-term visioning and reopening process.

  • Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Reintroduction at Helliwell Park

    This March, Hornby Island Natural History Centre volunteers assisted wildlife recovery specialists with the release of 400 Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly caterpillars into Helliwell Park.

  • Interview with Wildlife Photographer, barb biagi

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

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.

Exhibit

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.

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.

latest news

Youth Employment Opportunity

The Hornby Island Natural History Centre is looking for an intern to be part of a team working to reopen our Centre. This position is funded by Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage through the Canadian Museum Association.

Forest Backpacks for Families Photos from Lev and Zeva

This summer is the launch of our new Forest Backpacks for Families program and we have invited participants to share their experiences. Check out these finds by young naturalists Lev and Zeva! Thanks so much for sharing your photos with…

Nature Backpacks Available – New!

We have Nature Backpacks available! Find Kihan selling them at the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday and Saturday and in the Beulah Creek Nursery Garden on Thursday and Friday from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. We’re looking forward to hearing about your time in the forest! Email us photos of your work, your questions and comments, and we’ll post them on our blog. hornby.naturalhistory@gmail.com

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

2100 B Sollans Rd.Hornby Island, BC V0R1Z0 The Natural History Centre is closed while we transition to a new building and will reopen by 2023.

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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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