BC Naturalists’ Foundation

The BC Naturalists’ Foundation is a registered charity formed in 1990 by members of the Federation of BC Naturalists.  Its purpose is to build a strong capital base, the future income of which provides an increasing source of funds for conservation and nature education. The primary purpose set out in the Constitution is to promote the preservation of the natural environment for future generations through conservation, education and research projects.

What does the Foundation do? The Foundation concentrates its efforts on building and managing its endowment fund to financially support BC naturalist initiatives.  Annual grants are provided to BC Nature for the conservation and education projects of naturalist clubs (the club support grants).

How is the Foundation managed? BC Nature appoints members to the Foundation for three year terms, nominations for Directors are made from that list. The Board meets twice a year, either in person or by conference call.

What kinds of projects are funded by grants from the Foundation? Just a few of the grants approved in the recent past by a committee of representatives from both BC Nature and the Foundation include:

  • Education Programs for Friends of Semiahmoo Bay, Lillooet Naturalists.
  • Nature Events and Bioblitz for Burke Mountain Naturalists, Pender Harbour & District Wildlife Society, South Okanagan Naturalists.
  • Wildlife Viewing Areas, Interpretive Displays and Trail Improvements for Central Okanagan Naturalists,  North Okanagan Naturalists, Saltspring Trail & Nature Club, Cowichan Valley Naturalists.
  • Bird and Wildlife Checklists for Arrowsmith Naturalists, Pender Island Field Naturalists.
  • Bird Monitoring, Banding and Webcam for Lillooet Field Naturalists, Mackenzie Nature Observatory, Rocky Point Bird Observatory
  • Club Brochures, Websites and Outreach for Bulkley Valley Naturalists, Abbotsford Mission Nature Club, Pender Island Field Naturalists
  • Restoration Activities for Chilliwack Field Naturalists, Comox Valley Naturalists, Delta Naturalists

Since 1991 the Foundation has funded grants totalling nearly $190,000 up to funding the 2019 club projects.  To read a complete list of projects, click here.

Clubs interested in applying for a grant for 2019 should download and complete the Club Support Application Forms and budget template (Available December 2019).

Where can I find out more about the Foundation and its work?

Additional information is available in the 2018 Annual Report (September 2018) and the Financial Statements 2017 

Board of Directors of the Foundation (2018):

President – Bob Handfield
Vice-President – Tom Bearss
Treasurer – David Tsang
Secretary –  Bev Ramey
Directors at Large:  Alan Burger, Gerard McKeating, Stephen Partington, Kees Vissers, and Pat Westheuser.

Contact If you have questions regarding the Foundation, contact the President or Directors through the BC Nature Office Manager. E-mail:  manager@bcnature.ca Phone: 604-985-3057 Mail: 1620 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver, BC  V7G 2R9


Show you really care about nature by supporting BC NATURE, its clubs, and naturalists across BC.   Give a charitable donation to the BC Naturalists’ Foundation or include the Foundation in your planned giving or will. Your legacy gift doesn’t have to be large to be appreciated – every act of giving counts!

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