Junior Nature Sketch ~ Victoria

“My daughter loved this course; she took it twice. It worked out well because we experienced the same natural areas but in different seasons. Different birds, landscapes, colours that I didn’t really pay attention to before as much as I thought I did. Excellent program.”

Junior Nature Sketch is an outdoor nature program for kids that focuses on sketching and observing wildlife habitats in unique ecosystems. Guided by a sketch artist and a naturalist, this program encourages children to connect to natural environments in their local community using a pencil and a sketchbook. Many children spend more than 6 hours per day on screens, and less than 30 minutes per week in nature. Nature Sketch aims to change that – encouraging fun, developing creativity and building confidence along the way. Take a look at the dates and locations below.

Children learn about their local area and wildlife using established eco-literacy principles from world-renowned artist and naturalist, Robert Bateman. The cost of the program includes 5 weeks of ecosystem outings guided by an artist and a naturalist, Nature Sketch full lesson plans, a special NatureSketch Club book, and all sketching materials. The program also includes a final exhibition on week 6 where the children’s sketches will be framed and hung on display at a local venue.

Appropriate for ages 5-12 yrs.

6 week program, 2.5 hrs per week.

Need more information? Give us a call at (250) 940 3626 and ask to speak to our Programs Team.

Fall 2019 Instructors: Leanne Cadden and Sue Macartney(Sept. 21 – Nov. 2) 


Naturalists: Victoria Natural History Society 

Instructor Bios

Dates: Saturdays – Sept. 21st – Nov. 2nd, 2019

Morning Session Time:  9:30 am – 12:00 pm with Leanne Cadden

Afternoon Session Time: 12:30 – 3:00 pm with Sue Macartney

Saturday Nature Sketch Locations:

Sept 21: Beacon Hill Park

Sept. 28:  Beaver Lake Ponds

Oct 5: Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Oct 12: No Class – Thanksgiving Long Weekend

Oct 19: Francis King Regional Park

Oct. 26: Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary

Nov. 2: Final Art Exhibition at The Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature

Cost: $150.00 (with a 10% discount for each additional child.)

**All Nature Sketch online payments go through a secure PayPal system upon registration. You do not need to have a PayPal account to continue with secure payments on this website.

Students in Victoria can apply for a $100 bursary to attend JNSC in 2018. Just fill out this online bursary form and send it back to the Bateman Foundation to programs@batemancentre.org.