Conference Program... At a Glance

2018 BC Nature Conference & AGM. All Meetings & Speakers are in the Forest Sciences Centre



1:15 pm    Museum of Vancouver “Behind-the-Scenes” Curator-led Tour (pre-register $). 

Unavoidably Cancelled - Rescheduled  to Tuesday May 15th   

1:30pm    Beaty Biodiversity Museum “Behind-the-Scenes” Curator-led Tour 

(pre-register $). 

2:00 – 3:30 pm    BC Nature Executive Meeting      

3:00pm    Ponderosa Commons Accommodation:   Check-in begins      

4:00 – 6:00 pm    Club Directors’ Meeting      

3:30 – 9:00 pm    Registration table available in the Forest Sciences Centre Atrium     


6:30 – 9:00 pm    Opening Reception at the Forest Sciences Centre 

Welcome & Speakers: 

  • Bill Kinkaid, Nature Vancouver President,   “Introduction to Greater Vancouver Natural Areas: More than Rainforest”    
  • Rob Butler, Biologist, Author and Conservationist: “The Role of Naturalists to Reconnecting with Nature”      

FRIDAY MAY 11, 2018 

6:00 am    Early Morning Birding (pre-registration required)      

7:30 am    Registration Table available in the Atrium: coffee, tea, snacks      

8:30 am    Conference Welcome Plenary:   Musqueam Welcome, announcements      

8:45 am    UBC Faculty of Forestry Dean John Innes “The Future of British Columbia’s Forests”  

9:30 am – 10:15 am    Concurrent Speakers

  • Speaker #1 – Cecil Konijnendijk, UBC Urban Forestry: “The Healthy Forest: How Urban Forests   Contribute to our Health, Wellbeing and Creativity”      
  • or Speaker #2 – Sandie Hollick-Kenyon, Department of Fisheries & Oceans: “Spanish Bank &   Salish Creek Stories” 

10:15 am    COFFEE BREAK      

10:45 am – 11:30 am    Concurrent Speakers 

  • Speaker #1 – Eric B. (Rick) Taylor, Director, Beaty Biodiversity Museum & Chair of COSEWIC: “Making Real Progress on Species at Risk in Canada – a Sisyphusian Task” 
  • or Speaker # 2 – Wendy DaDalt, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks and Lydia Mynott: “More Than Child’s Play – Designing Parks for Kids in Nature” 

11:30 – 12:30 pm    LUNCH ON YOUR OWN      

12:30 – 2:45 pm    Afternoon field trips (preregistration required) or      

1:00 – 2:45 pm  Afternoon Forestry Labs tour or Marine Biology Lab tour (pre-registration required for both of these 1:00 pm tours)      

2:45 pm    SNACK, SOCIAL BREAK      

3:15 – 4:00 pm    Concurrent Speakers          

  • Speaker #1 – Egan Davis, UBC Botanical Garden: “Refining the Values Associated with Horticulture and Gardening to Embrace Ecological Principles in Urban Green Spaces”  
  • or Speaker #2 – Brian Klinkenberg, UBC Geography: “Focus on Citizen Science, E-Flora & E-Fauna”     

4:00 – 5:00 pm    Meetings: 

  • BC Naturalists’ Foundation
  • BC Nature Education Committee
  • BC Nature Conservation Committee      


5:30 pm  Social Hour (no host bar) followed by Buffet dinner      

7:45 pm   Speaker: David Brownstein, Historian: 

”Vancouver Natural History Society: 100 Years of Nature Study, Conservation & Exploration”      

SATURDAY MAY 12, 2018 

6:00 am    Early Morning Birding   (pre-registration required)      

8:15 am    Registration Table available in the Atrium: coffee, tea, snacks      

9:00 am – 12:00 noon   

Choose either a Field Trip (pre-registration required) or the Five Speaker Series: 

  • Krista Kaptein (Important Bird Areas), 
  • James Casey (Bird Studies Canada), 
  • Jill Sturdy (Nature Canada), 
  • Louise Pedersen & Leslie Bol (NatureKids BC)
  • Nick Page (Vancouver Park Board)      

12:00 Noon – 1:30 pm    LUNCH ON YOUR OWN      

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm    BC Nature Annual General Meeting      

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm    NatureKids BC Annual General Meeting      


3:00 pm     BC Nature & NatureKids BC meetings continue      

BANQUET & AWARDS AT ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE (pre-registration for the banquet, required - not for the after dinner awards program at approx. 7:30 pm)

5:30 pm    St. John's College Dining Hall Social Hour (no host bar) followed by Banquet     

7:30 pm    St. John's College Dining Hall:  Raffle Draw & Awards, followed by speaker Lori Weidenhammer

SUNDAY MAY 13, 2018 

Various meeting times    Farewell Field Trips –   (pre-registration required): 

  • Stanley Park Intertidal Beach Walk, 
  • Maplewood Conservation Area & Bird Watching, 
  • Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, 
  • North Shore Strenuous Hike CANCELLED 
  • or Museum of Vancouver “Behind-the-Scenes” Curator-led Tour ($)      
  • or enjoy self-guided explorations on campus such as Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Nitobe Gardens, Museum of Anthropology      

Ponderosa Commons checkout time:   11:00 am or extend your stay a few days (same rate)      

Questions? Email or call Helen 604-787-4883 or Bev 604-224-7689