About the CENC Society

The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is a charitable, not-for-profit educational and interpretive Centre managed by a volunteer board of directors and a part-time staff team.  The Centre was developed in 2011 and opened in 2012 under the wings of the Cowichan Land Trust on Cowichan Valley Regional District parkland. We fledged as our own charitable society in 2019 with two main purposes:

1) To advance education by providing classes to the public on the subjects of the Cowichan estuary, its marine and bird life, its natural and cultural history, the Cowichan and Koksilah watersheds, and other natural ecosystems; and 

2) To protect, restore and enhance the quality of the natural environment in the Cowichan estuary and its adjacent watersheds

The Centre collaborates with the Land Trust, the CVRD’s Area D Parks Commission and the Cowichan Valley Naturalists, and is supported by a wide range of Nature Centre volunteers, including educators and interpreters who engage with visitors of all ages and keep the Centre’s doors open to the public.  Educational programs for school classes, children, youth and adults are led by professional nature educators assisted by volunteers. The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is a member of the Nature Cowichan network.

Our Board

As a not-for-profit charitable society, the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors under the Society’s Constitution and Bylaws. Our current Board members are: Co-Chairs: Jim Wisnia and Tracey Brown; Secretary: Pamela Williams; Members at Large: Jane Douglas and Dorothy Marshall.

Staff and Contractors

A small, but valiant, team that helps keep our Nature Centre and all its activities running! Madeline Southern, Education Coordinator; Alison Adamson, Operations Manager; and, Paula McPhee, Aquarist. We’re currently looking to hire an Executive Director.


The CNEC Society’s Constitution and Bylaws

Annual Reports