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. The Centre was located at the Hornby Island Community School before the school burned down in August 2018. We plan to reestablish the collection and continue providing educational resources and programs for all ages.
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.
Tina Wai Program Coordinator
Norma Wilson Summer Student Employee
Affiliate Stewards Founder
Joan Brears Joy Jeffries
Our vision is to inspire people of all ages to develop a deeper personal 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.
The Natural History Centre is a program under the umbrella of the Hornby Island Educational Society, a non-profit organization with charitable tax status.