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. In early 2020, it was announced that the Natural History Centre would eventually have a building at the corner of Central Rd. and Sollans Rd. on the school grounds. We are excited to move into the building and make the collection available to the public once again. In the meantime, we continue to offer programs and events such as speakers and nature walks.
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.
Natural History is taking good care of all the contents of our little museum, stored in two metal containers on school property. A portable air conditioner installed by our great volunteers now maintains ideal temperature & humidity levels for the birds. We are now working on future plans for opening again in our new home in one of the school’s portable units in Spring 2022. If you’d like to support us, we are grateful for all donations. You can also purchase Stevi designed tote bags available at Fibers and Beulah Creek Nursery.
Website: Hornby Island Natural History Centre