Restoration at Jack Fleetwood Memorial Park this TUESDAY – Postponed Due to Site Flooding – Stay Tuned!

Restoration at Jack Fleetwood Memorial Park this TUESDAY – Postponed Due to Site Flooding – Stay Tuned!

Postponed AGAIN Due to Site Flooding – Stay Tuned!

Looking for something to do this Wednesday morning?

Join CVRD Parks & Trails and the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre to remove Himalayan blackberry from Jack Fleetwood Memorial Park on the beautiful Koksilah River! This will help to make way for the native species that grow in the area and prepare the site for school groups who will be coming out to the park later to take part in experiential learning events hosted by the Nature Centre.

Date: Tuesday April 5, 2022

Time: 10:00-1:00 PM

Location: Jack Fleetwood Memorial Park

Task: Himalayan blackberry removal

Accessibility and Safety: The work site is accessible by stairs and is partially on a slope. There is no washroom facility at this park. Sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants and long sleeves are required. Please dress for the weather as the event will go on as long as conditions remain safe and workable. Safety glasses, gloves and tools will be provided but please feel free to bring your own.

The safety of volunteers and staff is our priority. Face masks will be worn during this event when appropriate physical distancing is not possible. Each person in attendance must self-assess prior to the event to ensure that they have no cold or flu-like symptoms before attending the event.

Sign-up: Please sign up for this event through your volunteer account by clicking here. Prior sign-up is required for this event as space is limited. Please be in touch if you’d like to sign up by phone or email instead.

We hope you can join us!


We are hiring Summer Camp Leaders!

We are hiring a Summer Camp coordinator and 2 Camp Leaders for our upcoming summer season 2022 and you don’t want to miss an opportunity to be part of this amazing team!

Click here to find our Summer Camp Coordinator Job Description

Click here to find our Summer Camp Leader (35hrs/wk) Job Description

Click here to find our Summer Camp Leader (25hrs/wk) Job Description

How to Apply:  Please submit a cover letter and resume by April 20th via email, mail or in person to:

Amy Clinton-Baker

Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre

Box 5 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cowichan Bay, BC V0R 1N0


IMPORTANT NOTE: Positions are contingent on Canada Summer Jobs funding and may change in response public health directives on group activities related to Covid 19.  This may affect employment contracts. 

Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre thanks all applicants for their interest.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  Job interviews may be conducted online via Zoom.




We are hiring contract educators for fall school programs!

We are hiring contract educators for fall school programs!

Are you an educator or energetic retired educator interested in working with children in grades K-9? We are looking for inspiring nature educators to join our team and bring the Cowichan Estuary to life for school groups in K-9  at our Centre on the shores of the Cowichan Estuary this fall! Join us and get a chance to delve into an amazing community doing great work here in the Cowichan Valley.

Job Title: Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre Educator

Term: Contract position with flexible term beginning Sept 2022

Hours:  dependent on school bookings and restoration programming, typically 2.5 hrs- 4 hrs weekday mornings.

Position Overview:.

As a Nature Centre educator you would lead or co-lead (dependent on class sizes) 1hr – 1.5hour nature and ecology programs for learners predominantly in Grades K-9. Our programs focus on hands-on experiential learning, include time outside in nature and covers topics such as: estuary wildlife, watershed health, climate change, environmental science, nature conservation, biology, etc., and may include social studies and historical content. At low tide activities may include mud digs, micro-plastic surveys and beach seines in the intertidal zone to explore resident sea life.

For the full job description click Nature Educator Position Description 2022

How to Apply: 

Email your resume and references to with subject heading: Nature Centre Educator 2022

We thank all those who apply for their interest in our organization!

Paid Youth Internship – Spring Break – Apply NOW

Paid Youth Internship – Spring Break  – Apply NOW

We are so excited to invite youth aged 15 to 20 to apply for a paid restoration internship this Spring Break!

From March 21st to 25th at Bright Angel Park, youth will gain valuable work experience in ecological restoration techniques that will help propel them into employment fields such as Environmental Sciences, Biology, and Ecology. Each 5-hour day will be a mix of invasive species removal, native species planting, and daily Lunch-and-Learns where they will be mentored by local experts.

Position: Restoration Intern
Organization: Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre
Location: Bright Angel Park

Compensation: $18/hr

Hours: 9:00am-2:00pm (27 hrs total)

Position Type: Temporary, March 21st to 25th, 2022 (with paid 2hr orientation Friday, March 18th)

Application Deadline: March 11, 2022

Skills gained:

  • Invasive species identification and removal techniques
  • Native species identification and planting procedures
  • Ecological restoration techniques and theory
  • Daily Lunch-and-Learn workshops from local experts
  • Restoration monitoring and surveying skills
  • Valuable work experience to help propel you into a related field

Skills/Qualifications needed:

  • Enthusiasm for environmental restoration
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to perform physical duties of the job in all outdoor weather conditions
  • Leadership skills
  • Excitement to learn
  • Youth aged 15-20

What you’ll bring

  • Snacks/Lunch for the day
  • Your all weather clothing

To Apply:

Email us your resume to by March 11th, 2022

Big Huy ch q’u (Thank you) to our collaborator, Cowichan Watershed Board and partners.

Coastal Waterbird Survey – Feb 13th 10am

What: Coastal Waterbird Survey

When: Sunday Feb 13th 10-11am

Where: Meet at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre car park in Cowichan Bay

Organised by the local Cowichan Valley Naturalists this is a Citizen Science project for Birds Canada. An hour of counting the birds that use the estuary happens every month from September to May at high tide. Contact for more information.

New Birders welcome!

Volunteer of the year 2021!

We are honoured to present the 2021 Volunteer of the Year Award to Roger Southern!

Roger is part of our volunteer team who keeps our Nature Centre maintained in a myriad of ways. He unfailingly comes to the rescue to fix, mend, build and paint anything and everything including doors, sheds, locks, cabinets, heaters you name it! Always with a sense of humour and good cheer which we appreciate to no end.  Thank you Roger! From all our team – we are grateful for all the big and small ways you have kept this place looking great and running smoothly.

Volunteers zoom fabulous kids workshop to Family Medical Conference

Local physician Dr. Katharine Bell invited the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre to be part of a Canada Wide College of Family Physicians Family Medical Conference this November which was zoomed over the airwaves from Ontario! The Nature Centre joined a group of organizations including the Toronto Zoo as part of their family-zone entertaining children while their parents attended important medical lectures.

We are so grateful to our incredible team; Kerrie Talbot (Storytime host), Jim Wisnia (MC and sing-a-long host) and Lyn Wisnia (puppet-master) and Madeline (technical wizard and touch tank show-and-tell host)! Together, they put on a fabulous show for the kids including a magical journey through the estuary using songs, a puppet show of local critters and a wonderful touch-tank show-and-tell with Madeline. Some of our audience members may never have seen a live hermit crab or been to our coast and feedback from the FMF organizers has been lovely saying:

“We appreciate all the hard work and time spent making this component of FMF a great success! The storytelling, sing-a-long and exploring of the touch tank created a lot a buzz among the attendees.”

Great work team!


Open Letter to PM Trudeau to halt nature loss

Nature has never needed us more!

Today we joined 200 nature groups from across Canada in calling on Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030, support Indigenous-led conservation, restore ecosystems and advance environmental justice. Help us amplify this call to action by sharing this letter!


Pacific Salmon Foundation

Many thanks to the Pacific Salmon Foundation for this beautiful Mark Hobson print

as seen above with our lead aquarist and educator Madeline Southern!

We are grateful for the support of the Pacific Salmon Foundation over the past 10 years since the Centre was first created. PSF has been supporting our work in educating children, and the whole community, about on the importance of our local watersheds, and especially the key role of salmon in our watershed ecosystems. PSF’s ongoing support of our youth riparian habitat restoration program – inspiring young people to make a hands-on positive difference in our local streams and rivers – is having an impact we’re proud of.

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