Stewards in the School

Stewards at the School

The Natural History Centre offers events, programs, and a natural history collection to encourage a bond between people and nature. Our programs provide community members and visitors opportunities for cultivating deeper relationships with the natural world. Our new location is at the corner of Sollans and Central Road, where we provide educational resources and programs for all ages. The Centre was previously located at the Hornby Island Community School before the school perished due to a fire in August 2018.

The Natural History Centre is a program on the platform of the Hornby Island Educational Society, a non-profit organization with charitable tax status.

Seven volunteer stewards oversee the Centre. Five are previous employees of the HI Community School. The stewards set direction and policy for all development and maintenance of the collection, displays and programming. Stewards also participate in the Hornby School’s Community Programming by creating and presenting students with opportunities to connect aspects of natural history to school themes.

Stewards                                      Staff
Barb Biagi                                    Sarat Colling (hornby.naturalhistory@gmail.com)
Indika Gnanaratna
Ruth Goldsmith
Bill Hamilton
Susan Hoppenfeld
Tina Wai
Neil Wilson
Norma Wilson

Joy Jeffries


Our vision is to inspire people of all ages to develop a deeper relationship with the natural world.


To preserve and expand the collection with a particular emphasis on specimens illustrating the biodiversity of Hornby Island.

To provide programs and displays to increase knowledge and appreciation of the natural world.

To encourage stewardship of the natural world by facilitating understanding of the interconnectedness of living things and by actively motivating the public to participate in the preservation of the environment.

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