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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February 18, 2020
  • Rare Plants

    February 18, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Swan Lake - The Nature House, Saanich, BC V8X 2B1, Canada

    The curious case of rare plants on southern Vancouver Island

    Almost half the rare plants of southern Vancouver Island are mysteriously absent from the neighbouring San Juan Islands, the Gulf Islands or both. Even among those contiguous on these Islands most show a wide gap from the next nearest sites where they occur further to south. By examining their dispersal capacity, habitat and distribution Ryan Batten will look at the significance of that gap and some probable scenarios for their presence in our area. 

    Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House, 7:30 p.m. Everyone welcome.

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February 22, 2020
  • Bee Day: Our Future Flies on the Wings of Pollinators

    February 22, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8W 9W2, Canada

    Join us for a day of learning about bees and other pollinators.

    This event includes a series of talks by leading pollinator and conservation scientists, designed as a kick off for the Youth Pollinator Leadership Team Program. The Youth Pollinator Leadership Team is a group of young adults that will be leading a pollinator monitoring and outreach program in the City of Victoria. While the day is part of the training process for the leadership team, we are pleased to open this up to the public so that more people can learn about our wonderful and diverse pollinators. Co-sponsored by Victoria Natural History Society.

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    Bee Day at the Royal BC Museum

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February 23, 2020
  • Common Lichens

    February 23, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Field Trip (Level 2)
    Common Lichens of Southern Vancouver Island

    Hans Roemer and Ryan Batten will lead us on a walk concentrating on Lichens at 1:00 p.m. If you are interested in such a walk, pre-register as the number of participants will be limited to minimize habitat damage and allow optimal exchange of information. Place will be determined closer to the date. You are encouraged to bring a hand lens if you have one, and dress for the weather. 

    Contact Agnes at thelynns at or (250) 721-0634 after Feb. 1 to register.

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