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 7 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 8 where the children’s sketches will be framed and hung on display at a local venue.

Appropriate for ages 5-12 yrs.

8 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.

Spring 2019 Instructor: Leanne Cadden and Sue Macartney(Apr. 13 – June. 15) 

Naturalists: Bill Dancer, John Hennigman & Warren Drinnan

Instructor Bios

Dates: Saturdays – Apr. 13th – June. 15th, 2019

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

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

*Homeschool Session Time: Tuesdays, 9:30am – 12 noon

Saturday Nature Sketch Locations:

April 13: Beacon Hill Park

April. 20:  No Class

April 27: Mill Hill (Langvista)

May 4: Esquimalt Gorge Park

May 11: Beaver Lake Ponds (International Migratory Bird Day)

May 18:  No Class

May 25: Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary

June 1: Cattle Point/Uplands Park

June 8: Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary

June 15: Final Art Exhibition at The Robert Bateman Centre

Cost: $200 (with a 10% discount for each additional child.)

*Tuesday Homeschool Locations:

Dates: Tuesdays – Apr. 16th – June. 15th, 2019

Time:  9:30am – 12 noon


April 16: Beacon Hill Park

April. 23:  No Class

April 30: Beaver Lake Ponds

May 7: Esquimalt Gorge Park

May 14: Mt. Doug Park

May 21:  No Class

May 28: Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary

June 4: Cattle Point/Uplands Park

June 11: Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary

June 15: Final Art Exhibition at The Robert Bateman Centre

Cost: $200 (with a 10% discount for each additional child.)

**All NatureSketch 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.