Get Involved

There are lots of ways to get involved at Morrell Sanctuary! From membership, trail maintenance, and interpreter volunteering, to on-site programs, workshops and events, there's something here for everyone.

Become a Member

We warmly invite you to become a member of Morrell Nature Sanctuary and join our community of nature enthusiasts and supporters. As a member, you'll receive regular updates on the happenings at our beautiful sanctuary, and be able to participate in our volunteer opportunities.

You'll also have free access to our Education Program for Nature Interpreters, and be invited to participate in our special events such as the Christmas Luncheon, Open Houses, and our Annual General Meeting.

Your support as a member helps us continue our conservation and educational efforts. Join us today and be part of our mission to protect and appreciate the natural beauty of Morrell Nature Sanctuary. Click the button below to register!

Guest Speaker Programs

We're excited to invite you to join us at Morrell Nature Sanctuary for our upcoming events, including our engaging guest speaker programs. These events offer a unique opportunity to learn from experts in various fields and expand your knowledge of the natural world.

As a nature lover, this is a chance to connect with like-minded individuals and deepen your appreciation for the beauty and importance of our environment. Don't miss out on these enriching experiences!

Visit our events page to stay updated on our upcoming programs and mark your calendar for the next event. We look forward to welcoming you to Morrell Nature Sanctuary and sharing these special moments with you!

Volunteer With Us

Ready to roll up your sleeves and make a tangible impact stewarding the land? Join our team of dedicated volunteers and get involved in trail maintenance, habitat restoration, invasive species removal, boardwalk building, and more.

Your time and effort will directly contribute to the preservation and conservation of this precious natural space. As a volunteer, you'll be part of our close-knit community, working side by side with welcoming individuals who share your passion for nature.

We meet every Thursday, rain or shine, from 9:20am to 12:00pm. You can come any Thursday your schedule permits, and choose from a range of tasks that meet your physical abilities – facility maintenance, all the way to getting your hands in the dirt. Coffee and snacks are served as a thank you at the Woods Room afterwards. No prior experience is necessary – just bring your enthusiasm and willingness to lend a hand.

Click the button below to download the volunteer registration form. Please bring your completed volunteer registration form to the office on your next visit. Thank you!

Seniors' Walks & Park Visits

​Come join us at Morrell Nature Sanctuary for engaging activities specially designed for seniors! We warmly welcome your group and will happily accommodate any special requirements you may have. We hope to provide an entertaining and informative experience. You can take part in:

  • Gentle interpretive walks (wheelchair pushers available)
  • Rigorous walks suited to more active individuals
  • Power Point "Tour" of the Sanctuary
  • Nature talks in our Woods Room
  • Identification of resident birds, animals, and vegetation
  • Afternoon tea, cakes, and conversation

Visits typically last about 1 ½ hours, but we can tailor them to suit your needs. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact us at (250) 753-5811. Please click the button below to contact our office directly. We can't wait to welcome you to our sanctuary!

Summer Day Camps

You and your family are invited to Morrell Nature Sanctuary's Summer Day Camps! Immerse your child in the wonders of the forest with themes like Slime Time, Forest Detectives, Water Wizards, and more.

Led by experienced camp leaders, our safe and engaging programs foster a love for the environment through hands-on activities and memorable experiences. Join us for an unforgettable summer of nature exploration, wildlife discovery, scientific experiments, and cherished camp memories.

Be a part of our camp community and experience the joy of outdoor adventures! Click the button below to learn more

On-Site School Programs

We offer a number of on-site school programs here at Morrell. Our School Programs are designed to encourage a sense of wonder and connection to nature by introducing children to the native plants and animals of Coastal Vancouver Island. All our programs are run by our trained team of volunteer Nature Interpreters. Please note that we can only run programs based on their availability. We recommend a maximum of 30 students per program, to ensure quality student-interpreter interaction.

Meet A Tree

All Year
Gr. 3-4

Morrell Sanctuary is a typical second growth forest. This program will show students how to identify 7 of the most common trees found in our Coastal Douglas Fir biome.

Walk-in — 2 hours — $60

Introduction To Life In The Pond

Gr. K-1

This is a fun introduction to learn about the common creatures in our pond environment and how they survive.

Drive-in — 1.5 hours — $55

Forest Ecology

All Year
Gr. 4-12

This program provides a study of various relationships within the forest community, focusing on the basic characteristics of a forest ecosystem.

Walk-in — 2 hours — $60

Forest Detectives

All Year
Gr. 1-3

Students will search for signs of biodiversity in Morrell's forest community, utilizing observation, investigation, and deduction skills.

Drive-in — 1.5 hours — $55

Exploring Nature on the Yew Loop

All Year

Provides a gentle introduction to forest life, and lifestyle traits of a number of forest animals through the use of hand puppets. A nature walk that will encourage children to use their senses to explore the forest.

Walk-in — 1 hour — $45

Exploring Nature

All Year
Gr. K-12

A nature walk, focusing on our local plant and animal life, and encouraging children to use their senses to explore the environment.

Drive-in — 1.5 hours — $55

Seeds & Spores (Exploring Change of Season)

Gr. K-12

An introduction to our Beaver Pond community where students will investigate the lives of beavers, ducks, and frogs. This program concludes with the very popular "frog dress-up"!

Drive-in — 1.5 hours — $55

Walk-in — 2 hours — $60

Pond Dippers

Gr. 2-4

Students will observe plants/animals by dipping and collecting specimens from the pond. Life-cycles, adaptations, and identification will be discussed.

Drive-in — 1.5 hours — $55

Walk-in — 2 hours — $60

Nature Walk (Exploring the Forest)

All Year
Gr. 3-12

This program provides a study of our Coastal Douglas-fir Zone and the relationship between plants, animals and non-living factors.

Walk-in — 2 hours — $60

Mother Nature's Riches

Gr. 3-7

This program will focus on the concepts of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and certain plants that were once vitally important to the Coast Salish Peoples of British Columbia.

Walk-in — 2 hours — $60

In-School Programs

In addition to our on-site school programs, we also offer two valuable in-school programs. In-school programs are available for Gr. K-3 throughout the school year, Monday to Friday. Trained Nature Interpreters will present your class with a variety of activities to reinforce the concept of each program. The cost of each program is $45.00 for one hour of instruction.

To book an in-school program, please contact the Morrell Nature Sanctuary directly at 250-753-5811 or email us at

What's a Bug's Life?

All Year
Gr. K-3

Students will be shown actual specimens from various species and of course puppets. This presentation ties into Classification of Species. (Plan at least 15 min. extra).

Animal SOS

All Year
Gr. K-3

An informative program based on endangered animals. Students will participate in a group discussion, activities and games as they gain an awareness of the concept of endangerment.

Help Us Do More

Be part of our mission! Your donation to Morrell Sanctuary will help us protect and preserve this forest for future generations. We strive to be stewards of nature through trail maintenance, invasive species removal, habitat restoration, and education programs. Join us in making a meaningful impact — donate now to help us safeguard this valuable ecosystem. Thank you for your support!