Hornby Island Natural History Centre

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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…

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Closed for 2022

The Natural History Centre is now closed for 2022. Visitor response throughout the summer was fantastic and many commented on the beauty of the new space. Thanks to all those who visited!

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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…

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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…

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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.

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Summer 2022 Calendar

We are pleased to announce that the Summer 2022 Natural History Events Calendar is now available! Check out our speaker series, nature walks, forest family circles, or exhibit with hands-on activities.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Stewards Winter Update

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. . . 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.

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Students and Scientists Work Together on the Helliwell Park Restoration Project

On October 13th, Hornby Island Community School students worked for the sixth consecutive year on restoring habitat for the Taylor’s Checkerspot butterfly.

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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.

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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…

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Nature Backpacks Available – New!

We have Nature Backpacks available! Find Kihan selling them at the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday and Saturday and in the Beulah Creek Nursery Garden on Thursday and Friday from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. We’re looking forward to hearing about your time in the forest! Email us photos of your work, your questions and comments, and we’ll post them on our blog. hornby.naturalhistory@gmail.com

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Re-Imagining the NHC 2021 Survey Synopsis

In anticipation of the Natural History Centre’s reopening, we invited the community to help imagine the new Centre. Here are the results!

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Citizen Science: Spot and Record Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Larvae

BC Parks has put a call out for volunteers to spot and record butterfly larvae at Helliwell Park on Hornby Island. In particular, the little black Taylor’s checkerspot larvae on the plantain plants that they love to feed on. If…

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Students Aid in Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly Recovery Project

On October 27, Hornby Island students planted native plants along Helliwell Provincial Park’s bluffs to support the island’s rare Garry Oak ecosystem.

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Meet Michelle Willard of Mighty Museum

Meet Michelle Willard, Museum Consultant and Specialist! The Natural History Centre is excited to be working with Michelle Willard of Mighty Museum to envision the future of our Centre and its reopening. Michelle holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology…

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Planning for the Future

The Natural History Centre is thrilled to acknowledge recent grants from HICF, HICEEC, CVCF, and MAP that support our Centre’s short and long-term visioning and reopening process.

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New Totes Available

Natural History totes featuring a lovely crow design by Stevi Kittleson and made locally by Leslie Richards and Shirley Wyndam are now for sale at Fibres and Beulah Creek Nursery. They are $25 each (cash only please).

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