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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Witnessing Wild Life on Hornby Island

You are invited to submit an image to a virtual photo exhibition that captures the theme “Witnessing Wild Life on Hornby Island”.

Open for Herring Fest!

The Natural History Centre will be open on Saturday, March 4th from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm during Conservancy Hornby Island’s Herring Fest weekend.

Day of Drawing in the Centre

In February, join us for a day of drawing! We invite the community to drop in to the Centre on Saturday, February 18th between 1:30 – 4:30. Bring your sketch pad and pencils.

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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