The NEW Nature House is OPEN!

A refreshed exhibit weaves together local wildlife and Stanley Park stewardship

Nature House visitors pause at the entrance of the newly opened exhibit. (Photo: SPES)

Less than a kilometre from the bustling city centre, a beaver munches on vegetation along the shore of Stanley Park’s Ceperley Creek. Park visitors stare upward at a Barred Owl in its daytime roost, and awkward young herons test their wings on nest edges in one of North America’s largest urban Great Blue Heron colonies. Access to nature is unprecedented in Stanley Park and the Stanley Park Ecology Society’s (SPES) Nature House brings nature in the city even closer with engaging wildlife exhibits and naturalists keen to answer your questions about that beaver or owl or heron you just encountered in the Park.

The new exhibit in the Stanley Park Nature House (Photo: SPES)

After a four-month hiatus, and many more months of exhibit planning and construction, SPES is excited to invite you to explore the Nature House’s new “Interwoven” exhibit this summer. Designed in collaboration with Langara College’s Design Formation class, the exhibit offers visitors a fresh look at Stanley Park’s biodiversity and how SPES staff and volunteers work to support it.

The Nature House still displays everyone’s favourites: get “face to beak” with the taxidermy owls and peer at the tail and fur of our resident taxidermy beaver. Count the tree rings on the giant old growth fir “cookie” or marvel at the diversity of sizes and patterns of local birds’ eggs. On this visit, though, check out the massive “sightings” map to discover where to spot the Park’s latest wildlife sighting, or learn about real threats to the Park’s biodiversity and how you can get involved in Park stewardship. 

The Nature House’s taxidermy beaver is still greeting visitors! (Photo: SPES)

As with all our Park programming, COVID-19 safety precautions are in effect at the Nature House. Please observe the maximum capacity of the building and the directional arrows throughout the exhibit.

(Photo: SPES)

The Stanley Park Nature House is open Wednesdays through Sundays in July and August, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the edge of Lost Lagoon, just below the viewing platform at the end of Chilco Street.

Come and learn more about nature on your doorstep!  

A Great Horned Owl and Bush Tit nests invite a closer look. (Photo: SPES)