General Evening Programs 

The General Evening Programs of Nature Vancouver are held from January through April and September through November on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 49th at Oak, Vancouver. These programs are open to the public and members are encouraged to invite their friends. For more information and suggestions for future programs please contact the Program Co-ordinator  Jude Grass at 604-538-8774.

Thursday, November 23
The Wild Hart
Tim Burkhart


The beating heart of a vast, wild and diverse ecosystem, the Hart ranges of northeastern British Columbia are the last wild landscape in a sea of development.  Sanctuary to 37 threatened and endangered species, this bridge of intact wilderness enables wildlife to move between two big islands of protected habitat: the Muskwa-Kechika area to the north, and the big parks of the central Rocky Mountains to the south.

Although the majority of the Peace Break region has extensive road networks and a massive industrial footprint, a band of relatively intact land extends north-south along these mountains, giving it national and international ecological significance as the last contiguous intact forest landscape in the Peace.

The Harts are a vast, wild and diverse landscape, but the staggering pace of development on the land—including coal mining, oil and gas, forestry, and wind farms—threatens to collapse this unique bridge of wilderness forever. One caribou herd has already disappeared, gone forever, and other wildlife populations are staring at the same fate.Yellowstone to Yukon is working with First Nations and other partner to ensure the rich natural heritage of these wild mountains are part of a legacy that future generations can enjoy and of which all British Columbians can be proud.

Tim Burkhart is the Peace River Break Coordinator for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. Tim has a lifelong love of wild places, and combines a commitment to social and environmental justice with an understanding of historical realities and experience in on-the-ground political operations. Prior to joining the Y2Y team, Tim was committed to driving positive change as an organizer for multiple non-profit campaigns, and in the past worked as a researcher for the Cohen Commission, which examined the collapse of Sockeye Salmon fisheries on the Fraser River. Tim was inspired to focus his career on conservation advocacy and research after two seasons as an operations manager for several provincial marine parks in the Southern Gulf Islands, where his passion for the wild evolved from a fascination with Canadian natural history to contemporary politics and policy surrounding the environment, natural resources and conservation movements. Tim lives in Chetwynd, a small town in the beautiful Peace region, with his faithful dog Mick.


Thursday, November 30
The Natural History and Biology of Bears
David Cook

Special Mammals Evening!

Join us for a slide presentation with biologist David Cook about the natural history and biology of bears.
David will speak about the eight species of bears that presently inhabit the globe as well as two recently extinct species: the European and the Florida Cave Bears.
The speaker is a Director of the North Shore Black Bear Society and has been studying the feeding habits of black bears on the North Shore since 2012.

Thursday, December 14
Annual Christmas Social for members

Thursday, January 25
Place-based Education: Nature as Teacher
Lee Beavington

Kids spend 7 hours a day on screens and 7 minutes a day in nature. Time in nature promotes the development of children who are more attentive, active, creative—and perhaps most importantly—more connected to the natural world. Is nature-deficit disorder real? How can nature be our greatest teacher? Walking amongst the conifer giants of our temperate rain forest, immersed in direct sensory experiences, rekindles our connection to the more-than-human world.

As an ecologist and Amazon Field School instructor currently researching ‘nature experience’, Lee Beavington’s presentation integrates science, eco psychology and arts-based learning. He will explore how robins can teach us biology, how rivers reveal physics, and offer inspiration for nature-based education.

Lee Beavington is a SSHRC scholar and doctoral candidate in Philosophy of Education at SFU. He is also an author, photographer, and instructor for KPU’s Amazon Field School, and teaches Ecology, Genetics, and Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology in the lab and field. He also co-designed a new course, highlighted by Maclean’s magazine, called Creativity, Ecology and Nature Experience. His interdisciplinary research explores wonder in science education, poetic inquiry, and nature as teacher. Find Lee reflecting in the forest, mesmerized by ferns, and always following the river. More about Lee at

Thursday, February 22
Klee Wyck Journal
Lou McKee

After many years of paddling the waterways and outer coasts of the Pacific northwest, author and artist Lou McKee planned a short kayaking trip near Vancouver Island with friends and family that unexpectedly became a yearly tradition. During the first trip that Pacific Northwestern summer, they chanced upon an enchanting stretch of beach and spend several days collecting stones polished by the ocean, exploring the nearby creek, and breathing in the wonder of untamed water and wilderness. This remote coastal beach drew them back year after year, though the coastal rains became almost too much to endure. Thus, the Klee Wyck Cabin, as it came to be named, is borne from found cedar beach logs and other reclaimed wood to shield the travelers from summer storms. For a few weeks each year, friends and family came together to share stories, heartaches, celebrations, and the building of the tiny wilderness retreat cabin.

Thursday, March 22
Importance of Bogs and Wetlands
Dr. Rolf Mathewes
Dr. Rolf Mathewes has had a distinguished academic career as a professor, mentor, teacher, and scientific researcher of international renown.  He is widely considered to be one of the top paleoecologists in Canada and is respected around the world for his ground-breaking contributions to Quaternay science. (The Quaternary period encompasses the last 2.6 million years.) His research reconstructs the history of climate events through time, answering fundamental questions in geology, biogeography and evolutionary biology.