Hornby Island Natural History Centre

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 to draw the birds, creatures, or artifacts in the exhibit.

Local artist and master potter Wayne Ngan paints, in classic Chinese brush style, some of the creatures in the exhibit.

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. These include nature books, drawing materials, a digital microscope, iPads loaded with natural history related apps, playing blocks for children featuring local wildlife, plant identification cards, and beautiful panels telling the story of the animals, sea, forest, waters, and ancient life of this island.

Video: Mount Geoffrey Icicles

Enjoy this magical footage of snowy Hornby Island taken by Julian Laffin of Big Tree Productions.

Nature Activities for Kids

A young naturalist is someone who loves exploring and learning about nature. Sound like you? Then read on!

Whether you are in the woodlands or the urban environment, wildlife can always be found. To be a young naturalist means that you desire to know more about your surroundings and the plants and creatures that share them. In fact, you are never too young or too old to explore the natural world. All you need to be a young naturalist is a keen interest in nature, and perhaps, for the very young naturalist, someone to guide you in the beginning. Below are a few activities to help you get started, from keeping a nature journal to helping animals have a safe habitat. 

1. Keep a Nature Journal

A nature journal is a wonderful tool for beginning your young naturalist career. All you need is a notebook, a pen, and some pencil crayons if you like to colour. In your notebook, record interesting sightings and interactions you have with plants and animals. When you go for a walk in the park, the beach, the mountains, or the forest, observe and sketch plant or animal life. Jot down rough notes or interesting facts you learn from signs or gathered from trusted sources like wildlife experts or books. Later, beneath your sketches, write captions or journal entries listing observed details and your own impressions.

Nature Journal Activity: Wild Neighbors
What kind of animals live in your neighborhood? Do you see these animals in the spring, in the fall, or all year round? Do they migrate? How do these animals find shelter, what do they eat, and where do they have their babies?

2. Identify Nature

Deepen your connection to nature by becoming inspired to learn more. If you find an animal, plant, or fossil that you’d like to identify, write down a description, take a photo, or make a sketch in your notebook, and then do some further research. If you bring it to the Natural History Centre, we’ll do our best to help you identify it. Get help from our identification guides or email us a description and photograph of your item for feedback from an expert. While exploring, tread lightly on the Earth by practicing the three L’s: look, learn, and leave is the best policy to protect our environment for future generations. You may wish to check out these Nature Identification Resources: Biodiversity of the Central Coast, Bird ID, Insect ID, Plant ID, Vancouver Island Frogs ID Guide, Vancouver Island Snake ID Guide, Vancouver Island Salamander ID Guide.

3. Become a Fossil Hunter

Fossils are clues to life in the past. Fossils are like a photograph of an animal at a particular point in the history of the Earth. They also help us understand what kinds of environments existed millions of year ago. When fossil hunting, look for concretions–rounded rocks embedded in layers of stone in sedimentary rocks. These nodules often house fossils. (Concretions with horizontal cracks are the most promising.) They can be found on the beach, especially at low tide along the water line or trapped in tide pools. Remember, it is important not to hammer into rock faces or cliffs for fossils.

4. Stargaze

A night when the moon isn’t bright and the sky isn’t cloudy is a perfect time for stargazing. Lay down a blanket or set up some comfortable chairs, and look up at the giant puzzle that is the night sky. Amidst the countless stars, you can look for constellations like the Big Dipper, individual stars like the North Star, or planets like Venus or Jupiter. Remember to bring some stargazing tools such as a good star map, binoculars or a telescope, a notebook to sketch and record your sightings, and a light to help you see everything!

To see what planets are currently visible in the night sky, go to: Timeanddate.com’s Interactive Night Sky Map.
To see what constellations are in the sky for the current month, check out NASA’s Printable Star Maps Activity.
For your own personal planetarium, use an astronomy App such as Night Sky.

5. Harvest Wild Edibles

Get excited about plants as herbal medicine and food. Having a day of edible harvest is a great way to become curious about the wild plants in your environment. Find a plant expert or refer to a book such as Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants to help you examine plants closely and learn more about them. Pay attention to different types of leaves, as well as flowers and branch patterns. It may also be interesting to compare the different habitats of the plants. Which plants grow in open fields, and which grow under the forest canopy? After you have collected some wild edibles, enjoy the fruits of your labour with a foraged feast! Remember to wear gloves and be careful not to touch the plants if you plan on collecting stinging nettles. The Natural History Centre offers forest walks–you may want to check and see when the next one on native plants is being offered.

6. Wander and Explore

With an accessible landscape and some curiosity, you can enjoy nature but setting out on a wandering adventure. Dedicate a day to allowing yourself to follow your curiosity and explore the landscape. Be prepared to discover and follow new paths that are still a mystery to you. Once you return home, you may want to record the highlights of your journey in your nature journal. Draw a map using landmarks such as big trees, boulders, or creeks that you discovered.

7. Go Birdwatching

Birding at a young age might spark a lifelong hobby. There is something awe-inspiring about watching birds. It allows you to explore your surrounding environment while being attuned and respectful of the creatures that life there. Get up early and go for a walk in your neighborhood or local park. You may wish to start by closing your eyes and listening: what birdsong can you hear, and where is it coming from? Learn some mnemonics for common birdsong here. Staying close to the water is a good practice to spot many species of birds, whether herons, ducks, geese, oystercatchers, loons, surf scoters, buffleheads, kingfisher . . . and bald eagles! You may wish to bring a birding book and some binoculars. Conservancy Hornby Island offers a nice outline of what animals you can spot during the four seasons on and around Hornby Island.

8. Plant a Wildlife Garden

Due to global warming, deforestation, and extinction, many animals today can use a hand with creating or maintaining a safe habitat. You can help with animals’ habitats by creating a wildlife garden. One of the greatest pleasures of a wildlife garden is getting to observe the various species that are drawn to it. Leaving out a pile of logs will make a hideaway for insects which in turn attract birds and other animals. Include trees, hedgerows, long grass, and a range of shrubs to improve nesting spaces, provide essential cover, and invite a diversity of various critters in your garden. When you leave parts of your garden untouched, you create a safe area for wildlife to visit or make their home. Plus, digging in the dirt is fun!

9. Keep the Environment Clean

To help wildlife of all kinds, be sure to clean up after picnics and recycle your newspapers, aluminum cans, glass, and plastic. Beware of Plastic! Sea mammals can swallow plastic bags, but they cannot digest them, so this could cause animals to die. Dispose properly of plastic six-pack holders so that animals like ducks don’t get their necks caught in them and be careful of items like balloons. Don’t let them go. Some animals might think the balloon is food and try to eat it. You can also gather a few friends or family members and comb the beaches for debris, collecting and disposing of it safely. Once you start looking, it’s amazing how much garbage ends up on the shorelines. Remember to use eco-friendly alternatives such as stainless steel, glass, bamboo, natural fiber cloth and ceramic as much as possible.

10. Install a Bat House or Build a Bee Home

Bat houses offer a safe home for bats and are a fun, educational project. Building a bat house is also one of the most effective and environmentally friendly ways to reduce the mosquito population near your home. In fact, little brown bats are voracious consumers of insects eating up to 50% of their body weight a night.  Since many of their preferred meals are insects with an aquatic life stage, they prefer to roost near water. This plan to build a bat “rocket house” suitable to our area is certified by Bat Conservation International. Download Home for Bats.

A “bee house” provides an important shelter for young bees. They are simple and fun to make. Since many native bee species are wood dwelling, yet unable to make their own nesting holes, caring humans can provide bee boxes for our neighbourhood pollinators to lay their eggs. We can also ensure that our yards offer nesting materials: dead wood, leaves, and undisturbed soil. The Lifecycles Bee Project offers detailed instructions and pictures on helping bees and making a bee home. Download Home for Bees.

The Steward’s Winter 2022 Update 

Dear Hornby Island Natural History Centre supporters,

As the year draws to a close, this holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on our accomplishments, give thanks for the support of our community, and plan for the year ahead. The Hornby Island Natural History Centre re-opened on July 1, 2022, in our new space on the corner of Sollans and Central. We are thrilled to finally have a new home. This past year has been filled with a flurry of activity beginning with reimagining our space as a place where visitors can learn about the complexity of relationships in the natural world through an exploration of exhibits filled with objects and information loosely organized around rocks and fossils, the sea, the air, and the land. Our new resource area is filled with books and activities for everyone, especially children and families. 

Highlights from this past year include:

– In July and August, hosting visitors in our new Centre, accompanied by summer programming that reintroduced our successful nature walks and talks and launched Forest Family Circles, a new outdoor family program led by an Indigenous educator, each week focusing on something special in the exhibition, exploring it through storytelling, art, science, and movement.

– All the Hornby Island Community School students and children from the Hornby Island Daycare toured the Centre this fall and generated ideas for how they would like to use the exhibition throughout the year as a resource to enhance and extend their curriculum. Recently the senior class were drawing birds of their choice with great observation skills and focus.

– Ongoing research in partnership with the Hakai Institute and the Sentinels of Change Project studying the Dungeness crab in Ford’s Cove, with elementary school students participating, has provided valuable data about our changing climate.

– More citizen science, again with student participation which we facilitate, and in partnership with BC Parks and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Science, encouraging the propagation of the Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly by growing and then planting native grasses in Helliwell Provincial Park, introducing and tracking larvae and the new butterflies as the season unfolds.

Your generous contributions enable us to be open to visitors and offer insightful programs about our interconnectedness with the natural world. More than ever, we count on your donations to care for our collection and to be available to the community throughout the year. Currently our limited budget does not allow us to expand the programs we offer to the community. We are keeping our school programs going by volunteering as usual.  We’ve got ideas on hold for Saturday openings and programs for adults and children. Your generosity can change that. Thank you for your continued support.

There are several ways to donate to Natural History:

– Via the HIES Canada Helps Donate Page: Click Here for the page. Under “Fund” you can select the Natural History Centre from the drop-down options. 

– By cheque: Address cheques to HIES / Hornby Natural History Centre and mail to: HIES / Natural History, 2100 B Sollans Road, Hornby Island, BC, V0R 1Z0. 

– By e-transfer: Send e-transfer to hiesboard@gmail.com and indicate that you are donating to the Natural History Centre.You will receive a tax receipt for all donations over $25. 

With warm wishes for the holiday season and high hopes and dreams for the New Year,

The stewards of the Hornby Island Natural History Centre

The students at Hornby Island Community School partnering with The Natural History Centre and Hornby Island Diving on the Sentinels of Change Project studying Dungeness Crab in the Salish Sea.
Jenna Rudolph of Soaring Eagle Nature School leads forest walk participants in identifying plant families. Jenna introduced us to a variety of edible and medicinal plants.

Exhibits and Gift Shop Open During Winter Studio Tour

Have you made your holiday list yet? The Hornby Island Natural History Centre will be open on the same day as the Winter Studio Tour with our gift shop and exhibits. Come visit us across the street from the Community Hall on November 26 from 10-3!

Wild Wanderings – Nature Course for Adults

Please join Jenna Rudolph of Soaring Eagle Nature School and Philippa Joly of Salix School for a monthly adult class in deep nature connection on Denman Island. 

We will gather one Saturday a month from October until June with a break over the winter months to delve into the world around us. From Plant ID and medicine making to hand skills like fire making and cordage, from animal tracking, and ecology to bird song and language! We will also engage the inner landscape as we explore storytelling, dreams and decolonization. 

Cost is sliding scale $450-$750 for the course. 

Please feel free to pass this along to others who might be interested.

For more info or to register email or call 250-650-9171

Fresh Water on Hornby Island – What Everyone Needs to Know

August 11th from 1:30 – 2:30pm at New Horizons, 1765 Sollans Road

Dr. John Cox and has been conducting water-related research on the island since 2015, as a member of Hornby Water Stewardship. He will share his research offering an in-depth analysis of the sources and sensitivities of our fresh water and an exploration of what steps we might take to safeguard this essential resource.

An ‘almost retired’ geology professor from Mount Royal University in Calgary, John has spent as much time as possible on Hornby over the last ten years.

Cost: Sliding scale $5 – $10 for adults.

Protecting Herring Habitat in Baynes Sound and Lambert Channel

July 21 from 1:30 – 2:30pm at New Horizons 1765 Sollans Road

The shellfish aquaculture industry operates in areas that include critical spawning and rearing habitat for the herring stock which returns to Denman and Hornby Islands each year. Recently publicized plans to expand and apply for new shellfish growing tenures could threaten the survival of this stock, and ADIMS chair, Dorrie Woodward will share her group’s initiatives to stop these developments and protect critical herring habitat. She will also bring a Parliamentary Petition on these issues, for people to sign, if they wish.

Dorrie Woodward is currently chair of the Association for Denman Island Marine Stewards, (ADIMS). She has worked with others for greater environmental protections for Denman Island’s land and marine ecosystems for many years. ADIMS is a close ally of Conservancy Hornby Island and has supported the moratorium on commercial fishing of herring since it was first organized.

Cost: Sliding scale $5 – $10 for adults. Free for children.

New Program: Forest Family Circles

Join us for this summer’s Forest Family Circles! Heather Royal-Brant is an exceptional teacher and has a wonderful way with storytelling, art, and capturing children’s imaginations.

Summer 2022 Calendar

We are pleased to announce that the Summer 2022 Natural History Events Calendar is now available!

To learn more about our summer programs see:

Talks

Walks

Family Forest Circles (New!)

Thank You to Our Supporters

A big heartfelt thank you to everyone who has assisted the Natural History Centre in various ways since the fire at the School in August 2018. If you have been inadvertently left off this list, please accept our apologies and get in touch with us so your name can be included.

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Studying Dungeness Crab in the Salish Sea

The students at Hornby Island Community School have been partnering with The Natural History Centre and Hornby Island Diving on the Sentinels of Change Project studying Dungeness Crab in the Salish Sea.

Like many marine invertebrate species, crabs go through several life stages before becoming the adult versions that we know them as. This includes starting life as free-swimming ocean creatures in the open sea as part of the “sea soup” of wonderfully ornate and captivating small organisms known as plankton. The study will track Dungeness crab megalopae, the last larval crab stage before the crabs stop swimming and start crawling on the seafloor.

The project requires using a light trap prepared by the Hakai Institute deployed off the dock off Ford Cove. The trap does not harm the crab larvae and will estimate the amount of crab larvae predicting the abundance of Dungeness crabs four years in the future.

Facilitated by Hornby Island Diving, students from the community school and volunteers from The Natural History Centre are assisting the monitoring of the traps, playing a key role in bettering our understanding of change in the Salish Sea.

Summer Employment Opportunity

Environmental Program Coordinator

Are you under 30 and interested in being an integral part of the reopening of the Hornby Island Natural History Centre this summer?

We are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic, person to join us for 30 hours a week, for 12 weeks, beginning mid-June 2022.

Tasks include working with the Natural History stewards and staff to open the Centre for July 1, 2022, greeting visitors and offering tours of the new exhibition, assisting with summer program events such as our nature walks and speaker series, tracking retail sales and donations and working with the technology in the Centre.

Assets include experience and comfort with public speaking, basic computer skills, a history of being dedicated, responsible and reliable, a keen interest in anything related to the natural world and confirmed accommodation on Hornby Island.

Salary: Minimum wage of $15.65 – $21. an hour depending on education and experience.

Application closing date: April 29, 2022.

Please email a cover letter and your resume to hornby.naturalhistory@gmail.com

Please share this posting with anyone you know who may be interested.

Releasing Caterpillars of Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterflies

On March 9, members of the Hornby Island Natural History Centre, Conservancy Hornby Island, Hornby Island Provincial Parks Committee, Comox First Nation and local volunteers joined personnel from BC Parks, BC Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Science Section, BC Conservation Foundation, Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team and several biologists to release caterpillars of Taylor’s Checkerspot butterflies.

This is part of a multi-year project to restore habitat including providing essential host and nectar plants through propagation and planting out twice per year. Since 2016 many thousands of native plants have been planted by project staff and local volunteers, including enthusiastic Hornby Island Community School learners and staff.

Helliwell Park visitors should be on the lookout for the tiny black one inch caterpillars on the trails through the Park’s bluffs. The week of March 7, 5000 of them, raised in captivity for release in the Garry Oak meadows,  will hopefully become a self-sustainable  population of adult Checkerspots which once flourished there. Park degradation and forest encroachment has resulted in the loss of many species of insects and wildflowers that once thrived on the bluffs and are remembered by islanders. This is the third year of larval releases and the numbers have increased exponentially from 800 in 2020, to 1300 in 2021 and now 5000. The biologists responsible for rearing the larvae through many phases of development called instars have been on a learning curve with ever-improving results.

Checkerspots are an extremely rare endangered species which has been Red-listed by the Canadian government. Once common in coastal Garry Oak ecosystems from Hornby Island to Oregon, First Nations people referred to the butterflies as Whulge, meaning a connection with the land, and it also is their name for the Salish Sea. Salish people successfully managed coastal ecosystems for millennia until colonialism arrived in force in the 1800’s with little understanding of the delicate balance in nature.

If you visit Helliwell this spring or any time, please do your bit to help the restoration project by staying on marked trails and keeping dogs leashed. If you are on the bluffs in April, watch for the caterpillars, and in May watch for the beautiful adults flitting about. Take a photo with GPS and a timestamp if possible and send it to project manager Jennifer Heron at: Jennifer.Heron@gov.bc.ca. Any information will be helpful and much appreciated.

The Stewards Winter Update

Dear Friends of Natural History,

Our beloved Natural History collection has not travelled very far since the school fire forced it into storage in August 2018, but it has moved multiple times. Back and forth, in and out of containers, into the community school for storage and then out again. No fewer than ten shuffles were made, with volunteers carefully carrying the taxidermy eagle, the seagull, and the owl in parade-like processions, once through a snowy winter day and later through one of the hottest days of the summer.

We are happy to let you know that everything has now been safely moved into our new home on the corner of Central and Sollans. On September 1st, a ribbon cutting with bubbly apple juice marked the day the stewards were given the keys. Thanks to the generosity of School District 71, we now have a 5-year lease for the use of this marvelous modular space, and the adjacent large open porch.

How best can we imagine reinstalling our collection given the changes in thinking about natural history centres over the last decade? How can we display the fascinating objects that we hold in trust for the community and at the same time talk about our colonial past and our urgent need to address our broken relationship with the natural world?

Planning sessions with consultants, Michelle Willard, and Claire Guiot of Mighty Museum, coupled with all the information we gathered from our first community survey gave us lots to think about as we began in earnest to plan for our July 2022 reopening.

This past summer, our presence selling Forest Backpacks for families at the Farmer’s Market, Beulah Creek Nursery, and the Co-op Ringside gave us plenty of opportunity to talk with people about their wishes and dreams for the new Hornby Island Natural History Centre. Complete with field guide and over two dozen activities, these backpacks became a catalyst for conversations about how to introduce children to the natural world on Hornby Island.

Kihan Yoon-Henderson returned for her fourth year, first as a summer student and now as intern until March of 2022. Her interviews with a number of community members have given us great insight into some of the environmental changes that have occurred on Hornby over time and into some of the valuable research happening here, collecting and analyzing data as a way to bring needed conversations into the public light.

And we’re thrilled to have installation designer and artist, Emi Honda join us this fall. She has created a lovely flow to the space. You can find her in our new home constructing new displays and sprucing up others.

With so many programs on hold due to Covid-19 and our lack of exhibition space, it was a pleasure to join the senior class of the Hornby Island Community School this October for the 6th year of the Helliwell Park Restoration Project, planting a variety of native grasses, with the ongoing project of reintroducing the Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly into the park. We look forward to engaging with more students this spring as we continue to work in our new space figuring out where things will go and what stories they will tell.

Planning for a new summer workshop and speaker series is gently underway as we continue to navigate our world with masks on and windows open.

May the forest and fields around you and all the creatures who call those places home inspire you to spend more time outside building relationships with the natural world.

All the best for a happy and healthy New Year,~ The Natural History Stewards
Natural History Centre Request for Support
 With your help, we can create a new space that not only reflects a commitment to deepening our relationships with the natural world but makes visible our growing understanding of changes in thinking about natural history centres in light of our colonial past, our present climate extremes, and our desire to work to ensure a future filled with hope for our children.  

For those of you whose relationship with The Hornby Island Natural History Centre is new, you might not know that we were originally housed in the community school before a fire in August 2018 forced us to close. With our collection stored safely in two large containers, we secured a long-term lease with School District 71 for one of the portable modules on the corner of Central and Sollans.  

Please consider making a generous donation to the Hornby Island Natural History Centre before the end of the year. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of 25 dollars or more. 

You are welcome to direct your gift to a particular aspect of the new space or request that we allocate it to our general reopening efforts. 
– children’s books, puzzles, and games for playful exploration $25
– resource books for researching $50
– touch tables for experiential learning $100
– comfy chairs for reading $250- table and stools for drawing $300
– new displays for herring, birds, and fossils $500
– outdoor signage for wayfinding $700
– labels and interpretive panels for context $800

You can donate to Natural History online via the HIES’ Canada Helps Donate Page. Click Here for the page. Under “Fund” you can select the Natural History Centre from the drop down options. 

Or please address cheques to HIES / Hornby Natural History Centre and mail to: HIES / Natural History, 2100 B Sollans Road, Hornby Island, BC, V0R 1Z0. 

Cheques may also be left at the Natural History box at the Free Post.  Our new space recently got a fresh coat of white paint, the cabinets and display cases have been moved in, and the eagle, the owl and the vulture are being mounted from the ceiling to help give us an idea of where our other displays might go.  

Wishing you the best of the holiday season, All the stewards, staff, and volunteers of the Hornby Island Natural History Centre

Students and Scientists Work Together on the Helliwell Park Restoration Project

Nineteen students from Hornby Island’s Community School participated for the sixth consecutive year in the Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration Project in Helliwell Provincial Park. On October 13th these volunteers were joined by school staff and parents, Hornby Island Natural History Centre stewards, and a team of biologists from BC Parks and the BC Conservancy Foundation.

This laser-focused group dug out invasive Hairy Cat’s Ear weeds and filled the holes with one of several species of native plants 900 times! These plants once proliferated on the park’s bluffs and provided food and habitat for wildlife. Decades of farming and trampling however have reduced biodiversity within the park to the point that many species of plants and insects have been severely reduced in number or even extirpated. Invasive weeds still dominate, and the mainly Douglas Fir forest slowly and relentlessly continues to encroach on the open grassy meadows. BC Parks has been limbing some trees and removing some of the younger ones since 2015 to preserve and restore space for the meadows to survive. Observant park users may be noticing increased numbers of wildflowers and pollinators because of these efforts by so many concerned amateur and professional naturalists.

Our community as a whole has contributed to the restoration by walking only on delineated pathways, keeping dogs leashed, and providing essential support services. We hope that visitors will still enjoy and appreciate the beauty of Helliwell without loving it to death.

Over the first six years involved in the project, hundreds of Hornby’s students have removed thousands of weeds and planted thousands of native plants propagated and grown by the Natural History Centre’s stewards.

Watch in May and you may see beautiful and extremely rare Taylor’s Checkerspot butterflies flitting about in the grasses. Each year in March the project releases Checkerspot larvae into the park and each year the number of sightings rise. The success that this data demonstrates speaks to the ongoing efforts of so many.

Thank you Hornby School and staff and all concerned!

Youth Employment Opportunity

The Hornby Island Natural History Centre is looking for an intern to be part of a team working to reopen our Centre. This position is funded by Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage through the Canadian Museum Association.

YCW Candidate Eligibility Criteria: In order to apply for the position, candidates must be:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada;
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • be between 18 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • be registered in the YCW online candidate inventory;
  • be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment; and
  • not have another full-time job during the YCW work assignment.

Graduates in an internship program must also:

  • be a graduate from college or university;
  • be unemployed or underemployed; and
  • not be receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed in a YCW work assignment.

Qualifications:

Graduate with a degree in Environmental Studies, Geography, Education, Museum Studies or Fine Arts-Researcher with excellent written communication, organizational, and computer skills-Experience in writing for the public, display design, layout, and installation 

Job details:
Start date – Sept 7, 2021 with end date of no later than March 31, 2022

30 hours per week

Wage $20 + MERCS Flexible hours, working online as well as on site

To Apply:
If interested in more information and to see the complete job poster
Register online in the YCW website online candidate inventory. Deadline: August 29, 2021

For details, questions or assistance, please visit our website at hornby.naturalhistory@gmail.com

Forest Backpacks for Families Photos from Lev and Zeva

This summer is the launch of our new Forest Backpacks for Families program and we have invited participants to share their experiences. Check out these finds by young naturalists Lev and Zeva! Thanks so much for sharing your photos with us!

A Tiger Swallowtail rests on a leaf of Salal.
Old “empty” bird nest.