Natural History stewards and Hornby Island School students plant pollinator friendly native plants at Helliwell Provincial Park.

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


  • 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.

Stewards: Barb Biagi, Indika Gnanaratna, Ruth Goldsmith, Emi Honda, Tina Wai, Neil Wilson, Norma Wilson

Founder: Joy Jeffries

Staff: Sarat Colling

Join us click here to learn how to become a member!