Natural History Centre

The Natural History Centre offers events, programs, and a natural history collection to encourage a bond between humans and nature. As a small museum with an environmental focus, we are dedicated to environmental education and conservation. Our vision is to inspire people of all ages to develop a deeper relationship with the natural world.

The Centre is a vibrant place where visitors can learn about the complexity of relationships in the natural world through an exploration of exhibits filled with local specimens and information loosely organized around rocks and fossils, the sea, the air, and the land. Our intention is to enhance an understanding of the interconnectedness of all things in nature. Our resource area is filled with books and activities for everyone, especially children and families.

Throughout the year, the Natural History Centre collaborates with teachers of the Hornby Island School to present students with opportunities to connect aspects of natural history to school themes. The Centre serves as a research centre to enhance and extend their curriculum, connects students with scientists through presentations in the school, and involves students in citizen science programs. These activities offer opportunities for students to increase their knowledge of the natural world through fun, hands-on, learning experiences.

The Centre is overseen by volunteer stewards, several of whom 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.

You are welcome to come and visit us! The Natural History Centre is open during July and August, Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. We are located at the corner of Sollans and Central Rd., on the school grounds.

Stay informed of our year-round activities via our website: Hornby Island Natural History Centre. You can also contact us at 

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