We are excited to be planning our Summer Nature & Science Day Camps this July and August! To make sure we take all the steps needed to ensure the safety of your child, the community and our staff, we’re developing protocols and training staff based on current science and guidelines from the BC Ministry of Health and the Cowichan Valley Regional District. There’s good evidence that being outdoors with appropriate distancing is one of the healthiest places to be, and our goal is to create a safe, fun learning environment for small groups of children ages 5-7 and 7 -9 throughout the summer.
Rest assured, all summer camp registrants will get a 100% refund for any coronavirus related cancellations, including any related to government recommendations. For non-coronavirus related cancellations our usual refund policy applies.
With the recent success of our Youth Leadership and Team-building Online Training, we’ll also continue to offer some online programming, resources, and potentially some small outdoor in-person educational and restoration events where physical distancing can be ensured.
The Nature Centre is unlikely to return to public open hours between now and the end of the summer. Not being open to the broader public will help protect the health and safety of our campers, our volunteers, our staff and the public.
We hope you do continue to get outside in nature with those friends and family with whom you are already in close contact, and stay in touch with others safely through electronic communication (or wave at them from 6 feet or more away when you meet them out in nature). Please do follow us on Facebook where we’re sharing nature stories and activities, and remember to wash your hands with soap and water and continue to be kind to each other.
Our two person Aquarium & Touch Tank Team are taking turns going into the Centre regularly to make sure all our inter-tidal critters are healthy, happy and well-fed.
We continue to follow BC’s health advisories and evaluate the situation as it unfolds.
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.