Thank you to all the Park Visitors, Campers and Friends of the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House who came out and supported our programs this season. We had a busy, busy, summer with guest speakers, interpretive presentations and special events. Thank you for choosing to do your shopping at the Nature House store to help us with operating costs as well as all of your donations.
We will continue to offer in-school programming throughout the year while preparing for our 2014 spring in-park programs in June 2014.
Until then, we wish you all the very best, nature-filled year possible!
August 17, 2013
Hay! It's Rath Farm Day
We had so much fun on August 17, 11:00am - 3:00pm for Rath Farm Day- a day filled with food, fun and farmy-ness!!! Live animals, butter-making, scare-crow building, potato digging and much much more were just a few of the activities that kept everybody busy at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House! Visitors brough a few dollars to make a donation and enjoyed a tasty hot dog BBQ with all food being graciously donated by Save-On foods in Parksville! Over $300 was raised to help support the Nature House and all of the programs and services offered throughout the summer. Visitors were excited to meet the "Characters" from the history of Rathtrevor Beach who showed up in full costume and conducted most of the activities. See more on our facebook page!
August 6, 2013
Tour de Rathtrevor in Support of Tour de Rock: Cycling Success!
At Rathtrevor Beach, on Tuesday, August 6th, special guests arrived in the park for the Jerry's Rangers program of the day. The special guest was Cpl. Jesse Foreman and his partner George who were arriving to help with a bike safety program and bike rodeo for the kids camping in the park. What he didn't know was the the campers, friends and RLC Park Services staff at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park had a surprise for him. Over the past week, they had been determined to collectively cycle around the outer loop of the campground 625 times...for a total of 1000km. Why? Because they knew Cpl. Jesse Foreman was a member of Cops for Cancer's Tour de Rock team; a group of police officers from across Vancouver Island setting out to ride 1000km on the island in late September to fundraise to help children with cancer and for cancer research. So everybody at Rathtrevor pitched in and the total kms ridden was well over the goal of 1000km as everyone cycled for 875 loops; 1400km! Then the big surprise for Jesse was that at the same time as the riding was happening, donations were being collected with a goal of $1000. When that total was arrived at, it got even better. The owner of RLC Park Services (who we all work for here in the parks) matched the donations. Jesse was presented with $2000 toward his fundraising goal of $25,000! Go Jesse Go!
We can't wait to follow Jesse on his ride (along with all the other great participants) and we had so much fun doing the Tour de Rathtrevor that we think we might make it an annual activity!
Once again RLC Park Services will be providing campground interpretive presentations in some of Vancouver Islands Provincial Parks.
Beginning on Saturday, June 29th, you will find our Nature House at Rathrevor Beach and Miracle Beach open! Summer programs will begin on July 2nd carrying through until August 31st where staff will be providing some awesome and entertaining park programs.
Our exciting new program line ups will be available soon.
RLC Park Services is happy to welcome Learn 2 Fish in at Gordon Bay and Horne Lake Regional Park for a couple fishy adventure programs!
Stay Tuned for more details!
Programs are weather dependent and subject to change.
September 16th, 2012
THANK YOU! To North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and Horne Lakes Caves for being our guest speakers this summer. Your expertise, and knowledge made our amphitheatre programs a great success!
Our Nature House is now closed for the season, but please stay tuned for our school programs happening NOW! - call 250-478-9414 for more details.
While the Summer lasts...Join RLC Park Naturalists in the Rathtrevor Beach Campground for the final week of summer programming!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for... ICE CREAM Sunday!
It doesn't get any sweeter than Ice Cream Sunday "By Donation"- August 26th at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House!
HAY, It's RATH FARM DAY!!!Saturday, August 11th, 2012
Come on out for some "old fashioned" fun at theRathtrevor Beach Nature House Activities will run between11:00am-3:00pm including:
*Gold panning *Potato Digging *Old fashioned Races *Butter Making *Face painting & Much More *BBQ By Donation
Click here for a poster for the event. Contact us at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House for more information.
2012 Summer Public Programs are up and running and the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House is buzzzzzing with excitement!
Looking for something to do this summer? Check out our schedules for summer programs and our Nature House hours. Our store is packed with nature based gifts, books and toys. Make sure you explore all that we have to offer with RLC Park Services in Miracle Beach Provincial Park. These programs are offered free of charge but since we still do not receive direct government funding for these programs we ask you to consider making a donation at the Nature House or amphitheatre if you enjoy these programs! We can't wait to see you in the Park this summer!
I Scream for Ice Cream!!!, September 3rd, 2011
It doesn't get any sweeter than Ice Cream Sundaes "By Donation" at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House on Saturday, September 3rd, between 11:00am and 2:00pm. Ice Cream has been generously donated by Island Farms to help support the Nature House at Rathtrevor Beach. Come on out, enjoy a tasty treat and find out what a wonderful place the park is to visit! - Don't Forget to "Bring your own Bowl" and we will pile it high with Ice-cream and toppings!!!
Come Celebrate Your BC Day Weekend With Us!
We are celebrating our Rath Farm Day early this season thanks to funding from the Provincial Capital Commission. You won't want to miss our BC Day Weekend Celebration at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House. Celebrating the history of BC and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, we are hosting our Rath Farm Days early this year on Sunday, July 31st and Monday, August 1st, 2011. Check here for our poster advertising the event. Sunday will be full of our usual Rath Farm Day excitement and more! Monday will kick off with a breakfast with Jerry the Moose! Don't "Moose" out!
Thank You for Sharing Your Summer With Us!!!
We had another successful summer at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House and would like to thank all of our wonderful visitors, Jerry's Rangers and rowdy amphitheatre supporters who made our season so enjoyable. During the off season consider taking a road trip to the South Island and visit us a the Goldstream Nature House, our year-round facitility in amazing Goldstream Provincial Park.
For Teachers: We offer user pay in-school or at your location programming throughout the year. Contact us at the Goldstream Nature House where we have staff 7 days a week at
or (250) 478-9414 if you are interested in booking a program in your area. Look for our fax/email advertisements throughout the year.
I Scream for Ice Cream Sunday, August 22, 2010
It doesn't get any sweeter than Ice Cream Sundays "By Donation" at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House on Sunday, August 22, between 11:00am and 2:00pm. Ice Cream has been generously donated by Island Farms to help support the Nature House at Rathtrevor Beach. Come on out, enjoy a tasty treat and find out what a wonderful place the park is to visit!
Picnic in the Park! Sunday, July 25, 2010
Join us for a "barbeque by donation" at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House on Sunday, July 25! Picnics have long since been a time of sharing tasty food and having fun. The Nature House Staff have put together activities and games and the barbeque will be hot with hot dogs for all. Everything is by donation and all proceeds go toward funding the programs that we all love and the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House. Find out if you're the Bocce champion of Rathtrevor Beach! Hope to see you at the Nature House!
Summer Program Schedule Online and Programs in Full Swing!
We've updated our 2010 summer program schedule for the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House which you will find under Public Programs then Summer or follow the link here.
Programs at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park happen at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House and the Rathtrevor Beach Amphitheatre. If you are visiting the park to attend one of the programs and are unsure of where to find either of these locations (Jerry's Rangers afternoon programs are at the Nature House and the evening all ages programs are at the amphitheatre) walk over to the campground gatehouse and our friendly staff there would be more than happy to give you directions.
Don't miss out on these wonderful program opportunities and please consider making a donation to support these programs if you enjoy having them as a resource in your area!
Register Now for Spring 2010 Programs
You can now register your class for our amazing spring programs in all of our various locations in Mid Vancouver Island. We offer programs in Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and on Newcastle Island. We also can run programs at Moorecroft Camp in Nanoose Bay. Finally, our Naturalists are also available to come to you...wherever you are as we do in-school and nearby nature programs in just about any location. If you are interested in finding out more, look through our website to see our standard program offerings or contact us to arrange a program specifically tailored to your group. Up until May, 2010, you can speak with our staff at the Goldstream Nature House at (250) 478-9414 or
. In May and June we will have staff at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House available to help you with your bookings at (250) 248-3198 or
We look forward to sharing some time in nature with you!!!!
HAY! It's Rath Farm Day!
Rath Farm Day on Sunday, August 9th 2009 at the Rathtrevore Beach Nature House was a huge success celebrating the farming history of Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. Activities between 11:00am and 3:00pm included potato harvesting, old fashioned races and goats to pet! We are looking forward to another successful Rath Farm Day in 2010! Keep checking www.naturehouse.ca to find out information on upcoming programs and events!
"Come Paint the Park With Monk" every Friday at 1:00pm.
Throughout the summer at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, local artist Monk brings art to the park for visitors. Monk's unique style involves inviting you to paint with her on her painting. You will add your brush strokes, sign the back as a contributor and at the end of the season the original masterpiece will help to support the education programs in the Park. Join Monk at the entrance to the beach every Friday at 1:00pm for Monk's "Collaborative,Commemorative and Community Art"!
With a fresh new look comes some great new features! Check them out using the menu on the left.
Field Guide- Check out this page every season before you come out to the park to find out what plants and animals you're likely to see.
School Programs- Teachers, here's your user friendly guide to the educational programs we offer here at our parks. Check out the teacher's corner!
Public Programs- Taking a group out to the park? Organizing a birthday party? Want to know what's happening in your campground while you're there? Our public programs often run on a schedule or you can book them!
Special Events- A must see every time you check out our website, there's always something special happening in our parks!
How You Can Help- Find out how to become a volunteer, join our "Chums" program or donate towards environmental education.
Guest Book- Did you enjoy your trip to the park? Maybe you spotted some interesting wildlife? Let everyone know by signing our new, online guest book!
About Us- Learn about what we do, our nature houses and your naturalists!