Donate and Join – become a supporter

With 6,000 visitors each year, the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is a popular attraction for students, tourists, and local residents.  We are run by team of generous and talented volunteers, and we depend on donations from businesses and individuals to run our programs and keep our doors open. 

Highly valued by Cowichan Valley residents, the Nature Centre is an excellent community partnership opportunity for companies seeking to profile their commitment to social and environmental responsibility.


How do I donate?

1. ONLINE   You can purchase a membership or donate online through a trusted and secure website called ‘Canada Helps’. Please click here to do so. 

2. IN PERSON   Please bring your donation to the Nature Centre, or send a cheque, payable to the Cowichan Land Trust with “Cowichan Estuary Centre” in the memo line, to:

Cowichan Land Trust
6-55 Station Street
Duncan, BC V9L 1M2

Become a Sponsor

Program Sponsorship supports our school-curriculum-linked education programs and our marine biology summer camps for children. Program sponsors get onsite brand recognition, stewardship opportunities for you and your staff, and public awareness of your support for the Centre.

Exhibit Sponsorship is an opportunity to show support for one of the Nature Centre’s aquarium exhibits. Sponsors cover aquarium maintenance and the care and feeding of over 20 species of sea creatures. Your name will be displayed prominently on the display, in social media, and on our website.

The Nature Centre provides four levels of sponsor recognition for businesses and other organizations:

Ocean Lover $100 – $249 Donor wall, website and social media recognition.
School Program Supporter $250 – $499 Website, social media recognition, ‘thank you’ letters from students at the schools you sponsor.
Estuary Exhibit Supporter $500 – $1,000 Display exhibit signage, website and social media recognition.
Signature Supporter $2,500 – $4,999 Permanent outdoor signage recognition, special event for your employees, website and social media recognition.


Other ways to support

Along with a cash donation, you can support the Nature Centre in other ways:

  • Consider a bequest to the Cowichan Land Trust for the Estuary Nature Centre when preparing your will.
  • Donations of securities or land can have extra tax benefits. Talk to your accountant or financial advisor.
  • Purchase an annual membership: $20 for individuals, $35 for families or $100/yr to become a supporting member.  Nature Centre Membership includes membership in the Cowichan Land Trust and invitations to all Nature Centre events.

Thanks to Our First Supporters

This is a picture of the Founding Donors’ Wall on the outside of the Nature Centre (click image to enlarge).  These organizations and individuals came forward with major contributions for construction of the Nature Centre.  Without their support and the help of many other people, the Nature Centre would not have been possible.

Donor Wall