Thursday, November 25, 2021


You are Invited to the Bowen Nature Club AGM (via Zoom)

Wednesday December 1, 2021, 7:15 - 8:45 PM

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Introducing the Átl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound Biosphere Region

In 2021, UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) designated Átl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound, an area renowned for its rich Indigenous culture, biodiversity and distinct geography, as Canada’s 19th UNESCO Biosphere Region. This international honour recognizes the ecological and cultural importance of this living, working landscape. It is the result of many years of hard work by a dedicated team of people from many communities around Howe Sound.

Guest Speaker: Ruth Symons

Ruth is the Lead of the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative Society ( She will speak about what a UNESCO Biosphere Region is, what this designation means, why it is important, the steps required to acquire this designation, and what happens next.

Everyone welcome!

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Beaches on Bowen are rare and valued by most islanders as places to access and enjoy the natural, wild beauty of Howe Sound / Átl’ka7tsem. It is here that we are most likely to encounter the water’s teeming wildlife, enjoy the salty aroma of the clean ocean waters, and savour the refreshing coolness of a swim on a hot summer’s day.

The Bowen Nature Club has created an activity guide designed to help you and your friends and family discover the many intriguing life forms that make Bowen’s beaches their home.

Download the information-rich and fun-filled guide by clicking the link below.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Mt. Gardner Summit Hike via Handloggers

Alan Whitehead and Melissa Harrison led 6 other nature lovers on a misty mountain hike up Mt. Gardner via Handloggers Trail where they saw an abundance of fungi throughout the forest.

Photos by Melissa Harrison.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Annual General Meeting and Family Potluck

At the recent AGM, Nature Club members, old and new, enjoyed a delicious potluck followed by Adam Taylor’s amazing footage from his dives around Bowen Island. From heavily armoured Puget Sound king crabs, adorable candy stripe shrimp to curious giant Pacific octopi, Adam revealed the amazing underwater ecosystems all around us. His familiarity with the animals and their behaviour gave us tremendous insight into this hidden world that’s all around us and a new appreciation of its complexity and beauty. Many thanks to Adam for sharing.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Bowen Festival of Lights 2019

The Bowen Nature Club is delighted to be a part of this year’s Festival of Trees. Decorated by Jen Lundin Ritchie and Holly Cleator, the theme emphasizes using natural materials that are environmentally-friendly including “edible” decorations such as bird seed ornaments, and peanut and cranberry garlands.

A warm thank you is extended to the Bowen Island Family Place and the Bowen Island Golf Course for donating the tree and lights so that we could participate in this wonderful event and share our club with the community.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Mushroom Walk on October 20, 2019

The Bowen Nature Club was pleased to join with the Bowen Island Garden Club to welcome John Field, who led a mushroom foraging walk on October 20, followed by a presentation on “Foraging for Forest Mushrooms” the next day.

About two dozen brave souls braved the pounding rain to follow John through the forest in search of tasty and treacherous treats. The hike started at Thompson Rd with a brief presentation of mushrooms commonly found in Howe Sound, then quickly proceeded down the trail towards Fairy Fen. Along the way, participants scoured the forest floor and John identified the discovered treasures. It was wonderful to learn how many edible mushrooms are growing on Bowen.

Remember, never eat wild foraged mushrooms unless you are 110% sure what they are!

John is a retired science instructor at Capilano University in Sechelt, a Warden for Ambrose Lake Ecological Reserve, a founding member and former director of the Iris Griffith Interpretive Centre near Ruby Lake, and a naturalist “by inclination.” He has hosted many field trips, especially mushroom forays.