About the Project

WHO: The five founding local stewardship groups and the members of the West Vancouver Nature House Society in this endeavour are the: Lighthouse Park Preservation Society; North Shore Wetland Partners Society; Old Growth Conservancy Society; West Vancouver Shoreline Preservation Society; and West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society

WHAT: We will be working in collaboration with the District of West Vancouver to bring an exciting, new, intergenerational, multi-educational experience – a Nature House showcasing the natural beauty of our community.

WHEN: As stated in the January 27, 2014 Council meeting minutes, “Mayor Smith announced that Council has accepted the [Expression of Interest] submission from Streamkeepers to lead a group of five community groups to form the West Vancouver Nature House subject to the presentation of a successful business plan to Council.” A draft copy of the sustainable business plan was given to the District’s Chief Administrative Officer in mid-August and we expect a decision from Council early in 2015.

WHERE: In collaboration with the District of West Vancouver, we intend to establish the Nature House in the current Navvy Jack House. The location is conveniently situated between the Seawalk and John Lawson Park. The house is strategically located on Lawson Creek, at the mouth of this creek where it enters the ocean. The site provides easy access for the public to this historic site, in a park, on a salmon stream and at the reclaimed foreshore. There is simply no more appropriate location for an intergenerational, environmentally based, information hub – Navvy Jack Nature House.

WHY: Through this facility we want to encourage residents and visitors alike to discover West Vancouver’s diverse natural setting, to explore and experience for themselves the joy of discovering nature in this urban environment. From the community perspective the Nature House will afford a ‘storefront’ opportunity for citizens and visitors to be engaged with the local natural surroundings.

& HOW: We recognize that it will be necessary to raise funds from outside sources and we are in the process of developing a comprehensive fundraising strategy. This will include approaches to the local business community, some of whom have already indicated their willingness to provide financial support. We will also be contacting Foundations and grant-giving corporations for both funding and expertise. The monies raised through our fundraising efforts will be held by the West Vancouver Community Foundation in both a flow-through fund and an endowment fund, specifically for the Nature House.

We will develop a brand logo to tie together all aspects of our operations, (i.e.) the Navvy Jack Nature House, field experiences, website, signs, stationary, etc. This will reinforce the connection between the Nature House displays, lectures and presentations and the Stewardship groups’ ‘real world’ initiatives in the field.

The West Vancouver Nature House Society plan to have staff on site during the hours the facility is open to the public. Society staff will be augmented by volunteers as required. We look forward to working with helpers from, not only our member Societies, but we also aspire to attract many volunteers from the community at large – and we hope there are lots of them!

We look forward to your comments and your support.