Take a moment to think back on your childhood.

Can you pick one or two experiences that inspired you to discover and admire the natural world? Perhaps a family trip to a special place, a school field trip, or special teacher? 

As a local nature conservancy, we want to do our very best to ensure children on Mayne Island get as much exposure as possible to inspiring nature experiences. Once we spark their interest and imagination, we help guide them on a path of self-learning and life-long care for our environment. Our project to create these inspirational experiences is the Science and Nature Education Program. 

The word science is as important as the word nature! The program’s strength is to combine nature experiences with exposure to scientific principles. We do not restrict our education content to factoids and organism level biology, but explore topics such as astronomy, tidal forces, climate change, evolution, and natural disturbance regimes.

Our staff are experienced at taking these complex topics and teaching them using age-appropriate language and lessons. Our close relationship with School District 64 staff allows us to plan lessons that complement classroom-based content. We assist teachers on preparatory material and post-lesson follow-up, enabling us to contribute more significantly to student learning than if our lessons were unconnected to students’ long-term learning plans.

We fill an important role in a place where youth don’t have easy access to natural history centres such as museums and aquariums. The core of the project is delivered in close collaboration with staff at Mayne Island School, but we are always on the lookout for opportunities to engage with any youth residing on or visiting Mayne Island. 

In addition to our staff, we connect students to guest professionals from within and outside of our community, helping to broaden student exposure to different professions and career opportunities.

Inspiring and educating the youngest segment of our population is a task that we hope will never end, but finding resources to keep going year after year can be challenging. The granting organization that supported it had been a strong supporter of our youth education program over the years, but has declined our grant application this year for $3,600. We are turning to you, our community donors, to help us keep the program running.

Will you help us contribute to Science and Nature Education for youth on Mayne Island?

Nature’s Classroom 2020

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal. Our school program is assured for 2020.

Our heartfelt thanks to those who have chosen to support youth education on Mayne Island this year:

Helen O'Brian

December 27, 2019

Lynda Campbell

December 25, 2019

Kelly Nordin

December 23, 2019

John Muir said it best: "Going into the woods is going home". The Mayne Island Conservancy's school program helps students connect with… Read more

John Muir said it best: "Going into the woods is going home". The Mayne Island Conservancy's school program helps students connect with their home and understand this place!

Leslie Campbell

December 19, 2019

Ian and Eleanor Cocker

December 19, 2019

Amy and Curtis Dearden

December 19, 2019

Marv Newland

December 19, 2019

Glenda Goodman

December 19, 2019

Ron Willick

December 19, 2019

Robert Anthony

December 19, 2019

Learning about nature through science establishes a reliable foundation for conservation

Robyn Yeldon

December 18, 2019

Harold and Vicky Kasinsky / Turay

December 18, 2019

John and Eileen Verheul

December 18, 2019

Kim and Allen Rowley

December 17, 2019

Blayne Johnson

December 17, 2019

Bow Liu

December 17, 2019

Patti Bacchus

December 16, 2019

Carol Denny

December 16, 2019

Deb Foote

December 11, 2019

The children at the Mayne School have been so fortunate to have the Nature Education program that has been delivered by the Conservancy on… Read more

The children at the Mayne School have been so fortunate to have the Nature Education program that has been delivered by the Conservancy on an annual basis for many years now. Let's not risk seeing the program end now. We are growing a whole new crop of Naturalists. It can only serve to develop a stronger environmental awareness in our fair community going forward.

Don Enright

December 10, 2019

I can't think of a better investment in Mayne Island's future.

Tina Farmilo

December 10, 2019

Now more than ever we need to raise ecologically aware citizens. The Nature Classroom project is a gift for our children today, and a legacy… Read more

Now more than ever we need to raise ecologically aware citizens. The Nature Classroom project is a gift for our children today, and a legacy for future generations.

Rob and Judy Hutchinson

December 9, 2019

A donation to the conservancy's Nature Education program was on Karen Begley's Christmas wish list. Merry Christmas, Karen, from Aunt Judy… Read more

A donation to the conservancy's Nature Education program was on Karen Begley's Christmas wish list. Merry Christmas, Karen, from Aunt Judy and Uncle Rob!

Ken Hutchinson

December 9, 2019

Janelle Lawson

December 7, 2019

For my kids and all the students of Mayne Island school

Susan Underhill

December 5, 2019

For my grandchildren on Mayne, from their Nana on Pender.

Don Graves

December 3, 2019

Dale Shippam

December 3, 2019

For Thomas and all the other Mayne Island children

Gin Nielsen

December 3, 2019

In honour of Freya's 1st Birthday. May she always enjoy the great outdoors! Love, Gingin

Catherine Hobson

December 3, 2019

For Logan and Alex and all of the children on Mayne Island

Debra Bell

November 29, 2019

Libbie and Judi Bake / Walker

November 29, 2019