Welcome!

Summer Opening Hours

July & August

Sat & Sun 1-3pm

Extra Holiday Hours

 July 1st & 2nd: 1-3pm

Aug 2nd: 1-3pm

We are excited to be returning to summer weekend opening hours! Starting July 1st you can walk through our doors and learn about the Cowichan Estuary and its inhabitants, visit our observation tank to see some local sea creatures and pick up some fantastic local and West Coast inspired gifts in our Gift Shop! As a volunteer-run Nature Centre we take the health and well being of our wonderful volunteers and guests to heart. We ask visitors to maintain physical distancing indoors at the Nature Centre, unless you are with your family bubble, and ask adults to continue to wear  masks for now, especially to keep the many children who visit and aren’t vaccinated extra safe. We look forward to welcoming you again!

If you are interested in volunteering with us do get in touch! We are always looking for friendly guides to welcome visitors in the Centre! Call 250-597-2288 or email info@cowichanestuary.ca

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. Find out more about the Cowichan Estuary, its  watershed and the creatures who call it home here.

School programs and interpretive programs for other groups can be booked at any available time.  We also offer weekly summer science camps, and once the pandemic has lifted we will return to hosting films, special events, and offer 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. 

Please follow us on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter where we’re sharing nature stories and activities. Remember to wash your hands, stay safe and continue to be kind to each other!

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

We are saddened to report we will need to postpone the eelgrass transplant planned for July 5-9th and July 12th to 14th as a VIHA Alert was issued today for high levels of Enterococci (fecal bacteria) in the waters of Cowichan Bay. This is the very first time we have had to call off a transplant for this reason. We do not consider it safe for community members to be exposed to high levels of bacteria while they are tying eelgrass shoots to washers and wading into the water to put the tied eelgrass in the water. We are hopeful that recent tests taken Monday (July, 5th) will show lower levels and we only have to postpone a few days. If you are keen to volunteer please contact Nikki Wright at Nikki@seachangelife.org to stay in the loop!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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