To know nature & keep it worth knowing

The Victoria Natural History Society is a volunteer-run organization where members can share and develop their interest in nature.



PO Box 5220 Stn B Victoria, BC, V8R 6N4


Charitable Registration 119284347 RT0001

Victoria Natural
History Society
Sharing a love of nature since 1944

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The Victoria Natural History Society (VNHS) formed in 1944 and currently has about 750 members. We are a volunteer-run organization. Members have developed their interest in nature in a wide variety of ways—some are professional biologists, others are students, most are amateur or volunteer naturalists. VNHS provides an opportunity for those interested in the natural world to come together to share their ideas and experiences.
The Victoria Natural History Society offers many field trips and presentations each month for its members. Note that while evening presentations are open to the public, field trips are designed for members. Guests may join for up to three trips, after which they are expected to join the Society. If you like what you see, please support VNHS by becoming a member and/or making a donation.
The primary objectives of the Society are:
  • To stimulate active interest in natural history
  • To study and protect flora and fauna and their habitats
  • To work with other societies and like bodies having interests in common with this Society.

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August 27, 2016
  • Saturday Birding Group - Sidney Spit Birding

    August 27, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Sidney Spit Ferry

    Saturday, August 27

    It’s the time of year to make the trek over to Sidney Spit to look for interesting shorebirds on their southern migration. There have been some good ones reported from there—Baird’s Sandpiper, Sanderlings, Semipalmated Sandpipers and Plovers, maybe even that illusive Buff-breasted Sandpiper! Also close-up Purple Martins and other passerines in the woods. Mike and Barb McGrenere will be our leaders. Bring a lunch and drinks.

    We will go over on the ferry from Sidney that leaves at 10:00 a.m. Be there about an hour early to buy your ticket as it can sell out. Cost is $19 for adults ($16 seniors). Ferry leaves from the foot of Beacon Ave. Allow enough time to find a place to park. Parking rates vary on how far you are willing to walk. The return ferry leaves the island at 1:00, 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. so you can choose how long you wish to stay.

    Contact Mike at 250-658-8624 or Agnes at thelynns at if you need more information.

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September 13, 2016
  • Natural History Night

    September 13, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    48.465313, -123.315545 (Room 159, Fraser Building, University of Victoria)

    TBA 2nd Tues each month from Sept to April

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September 20, 2016
  • Botany Night

    September 20, 2016
    Swan Lake Nature House, 3873 Swan Lake Rd, Victoria, BC V8X 3W1, Canada


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