About the
Victoria Natural History Society
Learn more about our history, founding documents,
and Board of Directors


The Victoria Natural History Society (VNHS) formed in 1944 and currently has about 750 members. We are a completely 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 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.

VNHS is registered as a non-profit society and charitable organization (Registration number: 119284347 RT0001) and is a member organization of BC Nature (The Federation of British Columbia Naturalists). Habitat Acquisition Trust was founded by the VNHS to assist with conservation of habitat on Southern Vancouver and the Gulf Islands, and Rocky Point Bird Observatory was an offshoot of the VNHS as well.