September Open Hours


Friday 1-3pm

Saturday 1-3pm

Sunday 1-3pm

Our volunteers are looking forward to welcoming you back into the Nature Centre for our open hours in September. We will be limiting the number of visitors in the Nature Centre to 6 people at a time, and there are lots of outdoor spots to explore on the beach, interpretive trail and up the wildlife viewing tower if you need to wait to come inside! Please be mindful of physical distancing from those not in your family bubble.  We want to share this magical place with you while ensuring our volunteers and visitors stay safe.  

Please follow us on Facebook where we’re sharing nature stories and activities, remember to wash your hands with soap and water and continue to be kind to each other! 

Low Tide Day 2020

Every year we celebrate Low Tide Day by inviting people to explore the intertidal zone and learn about the animals that call the mudflats and eelgrass beds home. In keeping with this tradition, we took to the beach once again on June 6th- (this time staying 2m apart!) Since we weren’t able to hold a large public event as usual, our staff have created a virtual version for you to enjoy. Watch the video below to learn more about Low Tide Day, see our staff and volunteers in action, and meet some amazing creatures!


About the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre

Located overlooking the Cowichan Estuary in beautiful Hecate Park at the west end of Cowichan Bay Village, the Nature Centre offers opportunities for visitors of all ages to learn about the estuary, the bay, and the watershed through informative interactive exhibits and fun hands-on activities.  School programs and interpretive programs for other groups can be booked at any available time.  We also offer weekly summer science camps, host films and other special events, and do facility rentals.

The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre offers meaningful volunteer opportunities for adults and youth as nature interpreters during Nature Centre open hours for the public, educational program leaders or assistants, citizen science participants at monthly bird counts, hands-on at ecosystem restoration projects, support for maintaining displays and equipment, building maintenance, fundraising and many other volunteers roles needed by all non-profits. 

Contact the Nature Centre to learn how you can get involved.





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