Come experience our three inquiry-based education programs linked to the new BC curriculum and competencies. Each one is enriched with the integration of literacy, fine arts and stewardship of our natural world. Programs are linked to the curriculum for grades K-8 but can be easily adapted.

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Gallery Education Programs

Grades K-2

Our Programs

• What animal features are in the work of Robert Bateman?

Grade One

• What animal features do you notice in both Robert Bateman and local First Nation works?

Grade Two

• What were the
unique animal features and life cycles that Robert Bateman studied in his travels around the world?

Classroom Outreach

A 2-hour pre-gallery classroom visit from a Robert Bateman Centre educator.

Fee: by donation

Gallery Program

A 90-minute gallery visit guided by an experienced educator.

Fee: $60.00 (tax incl.)

Our K-2 programs are partially subsidized in order to meet our foundation goal to get young kids out in nature!

Grades 3-8

Our Programs

“What superpowers do birds have?”
“What makes birds special?”

BC Animals

“What do animals see?”
“What B.C. animals do you know?”

Looking at Art

“What do we see when looking at art?”
“Why did the artist create their art?”

Gallery Program

A 90-minute gallery visit guided by an experienced educator.

Fee: $99.00 (tax incl.) 

Gallery Program PLUS Classroom Outreach

Have a pre and/or post-gallery classroom visit from a Robert Bateman Centre educator in addition to your 90-minuted guided class visit to the gallery.

Pre and Post + Gallery visit Fee: $200.00 (tax incl.)

Pre or Post + Gallery visit Fee: $135.00 (tax incl.)

Pro D Day

Students can visit the Robert Bateman Centre on pro-D days for free.

Outdoor Education Programs

Have your class experience the magic of nature through one of our NEW outdoor education programs.


Introduction to Nature Sketch: Grades 1-8

A 90-minute program about understanding nature and how it applies to universal principles of eco literacy and art. This program is held at a park in your neighborhood!  This is a wonderful introduction to our Nature Sketch program that is offered to families in the community as well as “coming soon” to your school!

A limited number of bursaries are available for this program.

Fee: $150.00 (tax incl.)

Watershed StewARTship Program Grades 3-5
In this collaborative program, World Fisheries Trust and the Robert Bateman Centre encourage students to connect to the ecology of the Gorge Park while making meaningful connections to place and the environment through the completion of a nature sketchbook.

Please enquire for available dates & times. 

A limited number of bursaries are available for this program.

Fee: $150.00 (tax incl.)


The HeART of Nature Grades 4-5

In this collaborative program, CRD and the Robert Bateman Centre encourage students to connect to Francis King Regional Park through observation, inquiry and sketching to draw a deeper connection with nature.

This program is offered from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm in the Fall of 2019. New 2019 dates coming soon!

Fee: $150.00 (tax incl.) 

For more information contact

**Payment is due two weeks before program or is subject to cancellation**


Click here for information about our Spring 2019 Nature Sketch Programs


Due to the generosity of our donors, we are able to provide a limited number of free education programs each term. Classes will be chosen based on need and commitment to education in nature. Teachers from independent and public schools in Victoria, Saanich, Sooke and the Gulf Islands can apply for a bursary by sending an email to with Bursary in the subject line or by filling out this online application form: School Bursary Application Form

Teachers should provide their name, school, classroom grade level, number of students, and the program you are requesting, along with a few sentences, describing their class need and plans to connect their students to nature this school year. This could include any stewardship or project based activities they will be involved in.  Please give us 3 choices for day and time for the requested program. Applications will be reviewed & responded to within 5-10 business days.

Bursaries are available for The Bateman Foundation programs only (gallery, classroom and Intro to Nature Sketch), but unfortunately are not available for our partnership programs (Watershed Stewartship and Heart of Nature).

Other Resources

The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia’s Stewards of the Future program encourages and supports our emerging leaders to get outside and explore their own communities to discover and document unique attributes, identify and research key issues of concern, and investigate stewardship initiatives. Stewards of the Future provides funding and support for high school teachers and other educators to go on field trips, visit local sites of interest, and engage in stewardship projects in their communities.

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation provides GO Grants to K-12 schools for transportation, project materials and program fees that support outdoor learning experiences about BC’s environment. GO Grants provide students opportunities to connect with nature and engage in dynamic and memorable learning experiences.


We would like to thank Shaw Communications for their generous support of our Educational Programs. Shaw’s commitment of $250,000 over five years enables the Centre to not only offer these unique programs, but also provides funding for some classes to participate free of charge. Shaw helps open doors to innovative educational programs, using the power of their network to connect, learn and grow. For more information about Shaw, visit

We would also like to thank the Victoria Foundation for their incredible support of our new Outdoor Education programs through their Community Grants. The Victoria Foundation connects people who care with causes that matter. For more information, please visit