New Weekend Open Hours
Our volunteers are looking forward to welcoming you back into the Nature Centre for our open hours in July. 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.
The first of our Summer Nature & Science Day Camps began this week! We are excited to be offing these 5-day day-camps through July and August, offering a safe, fun learning environment for small groups of children ages 5-7 and 7 -9! To ensure the safety of your child, the community and our staff, we have a wonderful camp team and systems in place based on BC Camping Association, Island Health and the BC Ministry of Health guidelines and approved by the CVRD. Being outdoors with appropriate distancing is one of the healthiest places to be – have a look and see if this is a good fit for your child.
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.
We’ll also be offering some outdoor ecological restoration opportunities where physical distancing can be maintained. 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 events.
The Nature Centre is not planning to return to weekday public open hours between now and the end of the summer. This will help protect the health and safety of our campers, our volunteers, our staff and the public.
Enjoy getting outside in nature with those friends and family with whom you are already in close contact (or maintain a 2 metre distance on your nature rambles). 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.