Discovery Centers

Discovery Centers

Environmental Education in Vancouver Island's Provincial Parks

Whether you're a camper, a teacher or just out for a stroll, don't miss out on the amazing opportunities to learn and experience the magic of parks
offered at our Nature Houses.

Goldstream Nature House

Open Wed - Sunday, 9:30am - 4:00pm

NEW 2024 Spring Programs open for registration

We are excited to be relaunching spring school programs in Goldstream for the first time since the spring of 2019?  If you would like to register for one of these programs offered in April, May and June, follow the link here to visit our online booking portal. 

Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors visit Goldstream Park to experience the magic of this park.  The Goldstream Nature House with it's staff, volunteers and exhibits provides visitors a deeper connection and in-depth learning opportunity for all that they experience at Goldstream.  Whether you are a teacher, student, community group leader or visitor in the park, the Goldstream Nature House will have much to offer you.  Don't forget to visit the giftshop and make a donation - all proceeds go directly back to the Nature House to keep the doors open and education programs happening.  

With programming designed to inspire, engage and entertain, the Nature House is where the next generation of environmental stewardship is fostered.  Not only do visitors learn about responsible salmon viewing, they get a deep dive into salmon biology and ecology, learn about local flora and fauna, and experience all the recreational opportunities that our parks provide.

A LOOK BACK: Fall 2023 we had four Discover Park Ambassadors welcoming and engaging with groups, schools and visitors who wanted to learn more about the salmon run, check out the report on how it went HERE!

Rathtrevor Beach Nature House

Stay Tuned for 2024 Summer Opening Dates!

We opened the doors of the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House in the summer of 2023 for the first time since September 2019!  Park Visitors were able to meet with our Discover Park Ambassadors, ask questions about the park and participate in the many programs offered Thursday through Sunday in the park.  We are looking forward to rebuilding exhibits, bringing back the giftshop and providing school programming for spring of 2024.  You can help to make this happen by donating today. 

Miracle Beach Nature House

2024 Summer Season: June 28th to Labour Day Weekend

Updated operating hours posted here.

In 1959, Miracle Beach Nature House was established in the form of a single tent staffed by one naturalist. It became the second of its kind in a BC Park, and provided park visitors with the opportunity to participate in both indoor and outdoor activities that educated them about local flora and fauna. Over the years, the Nature House has evolved into a permanent building that continues to educate and enthral visitors of all ages.

Inside the Nature House, visitors can view preserved specimens, informative displays, and beautiful murals by local artists. Two new touchscreen kiosks provide visitors with the opportunity to learn about the area’s history, geography, and biodiversity in an interactive audio-visual experience. For younger visitors, there is a small library of books which can be borrowed, an area for arts and crafts, and sensory activities like the mystery box. The Nature House also has a selection of snacks available for purchase.

During the summer, Jerry’s Rangers activities, special guest speakers, trivia nights, and movie nights are held regularly in the nearby amphitheatre! Upcoming events will be posted on the Miracle Beach Park Page.

Entry to the Nature House and participation in all activities is free, however donations are always appreciated!