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, 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.


Thursday, April 26
Nature Vancouver AGM

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Thursday, May 10
BC Nature Conference & AGM
Four day event hosted by Nature Vancouver - begins Thursday May 10, ends Sunday May 13

Nature Vancouver is hosting the BC Nature Conference & AGM, May 10 - 13.  The venue for the conference is UBC’s Forest Sciences Centre.  Promoting Health in Nature:  Past, Present and Future, is the conference theme. The website is

Accommodation has been arranged in the new Orchard Commons student residences within a short walking distance of the conference location. Evening dinners are offered, Friday at the UBC Botanical Gardens and Saturday at the Musqueam Cultural Centre.  The Thursday evening opening reception will be at the UBC Forest Sciences Centre.

Read about the speakers and field trips through at  The Program and Registration are in the winter BCnature magazine, received by members in early December. If you have any questions, call Helen Aqua 604-787-4883 or Bev Ramey 604-224-7689.

For the many Nature Vancouver members who have enjoyed conferences hosted by other natural history clubs around the province, this is a wonderful opportunity to participate in this conference and share your local area with naturalists from around our province.