Hornby Island Natural History Centre

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Video: Mount Geoffrey Icicles

Enjoy this magical footage of icicles forming on the cliffs of snowy Mount Geoffrey taken by Julian Laffin of Big Tree Productions.

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The Steward’s Winter 2022 Update 

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.

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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!

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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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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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