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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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.

Spring Programs Coming Soon

We are currently planning an exciting spring event lineup. Programming will include nature walks, a fossil fair, student education projects, a gardening forum, and a virtual exhibition on local wildlife photography. Please stay tuned!

New Nature Resources in the Centre

The Natural History Centre has new resources for all-ages to enjoy when visiting the Centre, which support our commitment to fostering a deeper personal connection with the natural world.

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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