Education is a primary goal of BC Nature and we offer a number of educational opportunities. These include:

Local nature clubs provide programs in environmental education and nature interpretation in their communities. Several of the clubs also offer scholarships to students in their local areas. Check out the club in your areafor more details.

BC Nature provides $2,000 to a BC Nature member who is a post-secondary student enrolled in a graduate program leading to a Master’s or Doctoral Degree in a discipline contributing to an awareness, appreciation, improved management of flora and fauna, conservation, restoration and understanding of our natural environment. Deadline for the 2020 Bert Brink Scholarship is May 29, 2020.

BC Nature provides a $1,500 Rene Savenye Scholarship to a BC Nature member who is a post-secondary student enrolled in an undergraduate program that contributes to awareness, appreciation and understanding of our natural environment. To download an application form: Link 

BC Nature is actively involved in the Regional Science Fairs and sponsor regional prizes for both the junior and senior grades. For more on BC’s Science Fair program view the updated program here.

BC Nature encourages knowledgeable nature lovers and scientists to join their local naturalist club and volunteer their time and knowledge as Naturalist Mentors for field trips, talks, assist with Science Fair projects and judging and mentoring others of all ages. Check out the Naturalist Mentor Toolkit.

BC Nature acknowledges Naturalist Mentors nominated by their club and are highlighted on the BC Nature Magazine back cover.

Liz Walker has always taken the second half of our motto, “Keep it Worth Knowing” very seriously. From early days with the Western Canada Wilderness Committee and the Surrey Environmental Coalition to her role now as President of the White Rock and Surrey Naturalist Club, she has demonstrated a fierce commitment to conservation. The number of hours Liz has spent in meetings and presentations and public hearings are impressive!

  • Two BC Nature conferences are held each year, become a member and join us for interesting field trips and speakers
  • The quarterly BCNature magazine is published and distributed to members.
  • The Outdoor Tips for teachers on the Education page – Link
  • Members are offered a variety of field camps in interesting natural environments.
  • BC Nature has published several papers, conference proceedings and briefs.  Click here to read just some of the titles
  • For the 2015 BC Nature Education Survey Executive Summary, please follow this link.
  • Link to Robert Bateman’s Get to Know your wild neighbours. Link  This website includes information on the Contest for youth with categories in nature art, writing and photography; as well as information on the Robert Bateman interactive CD, the Speakers’ Bureau and Lesson Plans on nature.
  • Canadian Nature Network Consultation: BC Provincial Report, 2007. Describes consultations with natural history clubs (761 KB)
  • A very comprehensive report on the complete BC Parks Interpretative Program.  Due to lack of funding, the Park Interpretation program is currently on hold.

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