The Nature Centre will be closed through the end of March

We hope to return to our 2020 Spring Opening Hours soon:

Thursday 12:00pm-4:00pm

Friday 12:00pm-4:00pm

Saturday 12:00pm-4:00pm

Sunday 12:00pm-4:00pm

OPEN Holiday Mondays noon to 4pm


Covid 19 Update March 2020:

     The Nature Centre has decided to close for the balance of March in response to increasing Corona virus health advisories.  We encourage everyone 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 as they too are out enjoying nature).

We will continue to evaluate the situation as it continues to unfold. Wash your hands with soap and water, stay well, and be kind to each other in these challenging times.

     Our Spring Break Restoration Camp March 19-20th is also now CANCELLED and refunds are being processed.  The other events we are postponing are 1) “Songs of Resistance and Resilience” Concert with Eileen McGann & David K – to be rescheduled in September, and 2) “Whole Watershed Thinking – a Cowichan River Case-study & Workshop on Resilience” to be rescheduled to later Spring / early Summer.  Stay tuned for updates – if you have tickets, those will be honored on the new dates or refunded if you are not available.

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.



Heron Rookery Live Web Camera Launch – Spring 2020 – Sponsor the Camera today

Songs of Resistance & Resilience with Eileen McGann: Will be Rescheduled, Stay tuned!

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