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Who We Are

The Bateman Foundation, a national public charity, inspires a lasting relationship with nature through the lens of art, and is currently one of the only non-profits in Canada primarily using artwork to promote a connection to nature and the environment. We create programs and exhibits to inspire a generation of people to have a reverence for nature. By noticing nature’s beauty and importance, we encourage action to ensure the natural world is protected through our three core areas: eco-literacy, fine arts and environmental stewardship.

Give students the gift of nature!


We Believe

  • Nature is magic
  • All people have the right to access nature
  • Exposure to nature is essential for our health
  • Every child should have the right to unstructured play in nature
  • Nature is an infinite source of reason, imagination, and invention

One of the Foundation’s main projects is the Robert Bateman Centre, showcasing over 80 works of Robert Bateman spanning seven decades as one of Canada’s premier artists. Located in Victoria, BC’s dynamic inner harbour, the Centre houses a gallery and gift shop, and hosts a rotation of exhibits and a full schedule of educational and public programs. We have expanded our gallery programs to include outdoor education to learn and sketch in nature. Our vision is to reconnect a generation of children to the natural world.

What Can You Do?

Give Children the Gift of Nature

Our children are more disconnected from nature than ever before. Due to the constant pressures of technology and social media, they are struggling with alarming levels of depression, anxiety and nature deprivation.
Many children spend more than 6 hours per day on screens and less than 30 minutes per week in nature.

The Bateman Foundation’s NatureSketch program aims to rebuild children’s relationship with nature through the simple art of sketching. Guided by an artist and naturalist, the program develops creativity and skills, builds confidence and helps reduce nature deprivation in our communities.

This Holiday Season, we aim to raise $50,000 to bring this program to an additional 100 schools across Vancouver Island. Your donation will fund art supplies, naturalists and field trips for schools, and help The Bateman Foundation to reconnect a generation of children to the natural world.

To find out more about who we support, read their stories here.

Join our growing community

As a supporter, you will play an important role in promoting the values of the centre and foundation along with our activities. Not only will you help us to deliver a full calendar of exhibits, programming, and education, but your voice will join with others to create a strong backbone of support creating leverage with the foundations, corporations, and governments who share our love and passion for the natural world.  

You gift will help support our programs and initiatives.  Click the “Donate Now” button to give through Canadahelps.

OPP_VERT_1C_7462BLUEWe are a nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of over 1,200 member companies in 48 countries that give one percent of revenues to environmental causes. 1% for the Planet is a global network of businesses that donate one percent of annual sales directly to approved environmental and sustainability nonprofit organizations. More than 1200 member companies in 48 countries give back to this big blue planet through over 3600 nonprofit partners. We are eligible to receive donations from 1% for the Planet member companies, placing us among a diverse, global network of environmental organizations.

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