February 21, 2017
Outdoor Spring Break Camp for Kids at Rathtrevor Beach
Join us at Rathtrevor Beach March 13-17, 2017 from 9am to 3pm for our annual Spring Break Camp for Kids in association with the Brant Wildlife Festival. Kids spend the entire day outdoor exploring the nature of the park while taking on adventures, challenges, and fun projects.
February 16, 2017
Advertising for Spring Programs Arriving at Your School
- From multi-day Survivors programs to shorter one hour natural science explorations we can inspire a connection to our amazing natural spaces! Don't forget we also come to YOU with many options for In-School or your choice of site programs.
...and Many Many More
Go Camp! Go Learn! Go Play!
August 4th, 2016
It's August and the parks are still humming with activity and programming. Click here for the full line up of programs and events still to happen!
SUMMER programming is here!!!
The Rathtrevor Beach Nature House is open 10am - 5pm, 7 days a week through to Labor Day long weekend and RLC Park Services is proud to be offering daily programs. Please see the full line up for JULY here! Please remember programs may change without much notice so if you are extra excited for a particular program, please give us a call at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House to confirm the programs each day. We encourage you to consider making a donation at the time of the program as these programs are not government funded and depend on your generous support in order to continue. We can't wait to see you in the park, enjoying the beautiful nature of the area and perhaps learning and laughing at one of our entertaining programs.
The Rathtrevor Beach Nature House is Open on Weekends until June 25 When we Open Full Time
Come visit us on weekends in June - 10am-5pm on Saturdays and 10-noon on Sundays. Saturdays at 2:30 we are even offering a sneak peak at Jerry's Rangers for the kiddos!
February 3, 2016
Spring Break Camps are Here!
Looking for a great outdoor spring break option for your kids. We are once again hosting two spring break camps in the Mid Island.
March 14-18 is our GO Wild Spring Break Camp in Moorecroft Regional Park through the RDN. Registration for this camp is done through the RDN. Further information: RDN Spring Break Camp.
February 2, 2016
Hey Teachers, Leaders of Community Groups, and Home Schooling Parents! We are springing into spring programs in our parks!
Inspiring a connection to the natural world through active inquiry, experiential learning and outdoor-adventure experiences is what we do at RLC Park Services. Our Park Naturalists and Recreation Leaders are spending the winter getting ready for an amazing line-up of spring programs developed by our senior programmers. Wondering where we are located? We will be offering programs in the following Provincial Parks: Rathtrevor Beach, Newcastle Island, Miracle Beach, Goldstream and others by request. We will be offering programs in the following Regional District of Nanaimo Parks (RDN) Horne Lake, Moorecroft and others by request. Check out the links below to find our more information of what we have to offer.
To view a pdf version of our 2016 Rathtrevor Beach Programs click here.
To view a pdf version of our 2016 RDN Parks Programs click here.
Spring School and Group Programs Coming Soon!!
Half way through August and we still have a great line up of programs in the campground.
July 27, 2015
Tour de Parks is Here! Parades, Pizza and Pedalin' in the Park...Tour de Rathtrevor Has it All!
Join us in Rathrevor Beach Provincial Park July 28-August 2 for the Tour de Parks Challenge where we challenge you to ride your bike and collect donations and pledges for Tour de Rock. To make it even more fun we've planned a couple of great events: Wednesday July 30 and Saturday August 1. There will be pizza by the slice from Boston Pizza Parksville by donation, Amazing Race - Rider Style, Tour de Rock Riders, local RCMP members and even a visit by Jerry the Moose! For detailed information check out the Tour de Rathtrevor Event Poster and the Tour de Parks Challenge Poster.
June 30, 2015
Summer is Sizzling with our Rathtrevor Beach Round-up of Programs and Events
Check out our draft program and events schedule for July here with all the wonderful programs at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House and Amphitheatre and a whole bunch of special event fun!
May 7, 2015
Plan your field trip to the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House now!
It looks like it is going to be a gorgeous spring in Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. Have you been thinking about taking your students on a field trip? Rathtrevor Beach has long been the place where school children laugh, play and learn about the nature around them. We have a new line-up of programs that have the perfect combination of exploration, inquiry and fun. We've attached a PDF of our spring program line-up for Rathtrevor Beach: Click here to see our line up of Rathtrevor Beach Spring 2015 programs.
We are also offering programs in the Regional Parks in School District 69: Click here to see our line up of Spring 2015 program for RDN parks.
Check out all parts of our brochures to see the various types of programs we offer. If you are looking for a longer more involved field trip we also facilitate multi-day Survivors programs at Horne Lake Regional Park and Rathtrevor Beach. From kindergarteners to adults we have programs for all ages!
February 13, 2015
Announcement! Announcement! ANNOUNCEMENT! Nature Programs for Schools in Regional Parks
It is with great excitement that we announce RLC Park Services is partnering with the RDN to provide interpretive programming in the Regional District of Nanaimo Parks. We are bringing our many years of experience offering outdoor education programs to the RDN Parks and we are putting together a great suite of program options. If you are a teacher, leader or member of a homeschool group, you may be interested in our new spring school programs being launched this May. Check out our new brochure here and also watch as we build our pages here on the website with program information. You may be wondering which parks we are talking about? Well to start with this year our focus will be Moorecroft Regional Park as well as Englishman River Regional Park, Big Qualicum River Regional Trail and LIghthouse Country Regional Trail. Stay tuned to find out more!
Update: February 3, 2015
Our Spring Break Camps are Just Around the Corner: Moorecroft Regional Park and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
November 7, 2014
The Nature House is Sleeping but our Program Staff are Not!
I Scream for Ice Cream!!!, August 24, 2014 Ice Cream Sunday at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House
It doesn't get any sweeter than Ice Cream Sundaes "By Donation" at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House on Sunday, August 24 between 11:00am and 3:00pm. 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 BYOB that is "Bring your own Bowl" and we will pile it high with Ice-cream and toppings!!!
Aug 19th, 2014
Our Awesome, Entertaining, Park Programs for August!
Check out www.naturehouse.ca for more information on all of our programs across Vancouver Island!
Oceans Wanted Dead or Alive! – Play the oceans game – fun facts about marine creatures and ocean life
Battle of the Sexes : Animal Edition- Girls rule, boys drool? Boys rule, girls drool? Tonight we will answer the ultimate question: which gender is the best?
I Can’t Believe They Built That! – Who’s the greatest builder of them all? Test your building skills against some of the best architects in the animal kingdom in tonight’s program.
My, My, My, Myotis – Mouse-eared flying mammals? My, My…all the facts about our furry friends!
Tick Talk- It’s time to talk about a certain arachnid in these parts!
Corvids: Jester or Genius? A comparison of crows and ravens – do YOU know the difference?
Seashells by the Seashore – Identify what turns up when the tide rolls out!
Symbiosis: How do I live Without You? –Learn about symbiosis and the incredible ways living creatures teract
Live Owl! – Come visit with our feathered friend from the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
Amazing Arthropods - What's life like when your skeleton is on the outside? Learn about the creepy crawly things that run the world!
July 27, 2014
Tour de Rathtrevor in Support of Tour de Rock - Come Ride in the Park this Week!
June 10, 2014
Summer Program Schedules Announced for Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park!
Go Camp! Go Learn! Go Play!
Here it IS! Our July summer program schedule for the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House & Amphitheatre is up...check it out and plan your visits to the park to catch your favourite programs. Please remember programs may change without much notice so if you are extra excited for a particular program, please give us a call at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House to confirm the programs each day. We encourage you to consider making a donation at the time of the program as these programs are not government funded and depend on your generous support in order to continue. We can't wait to see you in the park, enjoying the beautiful nature of the area and perhaps learning and laughing at one of our entertaining programs.
June 13, 2014
Don't Strike Out! Join us for our Rathtrevor Beach Nature House Day Camps during the school strike...
April 11, 2014
Spring into Spring in our Parks - Registration Information for all of our Spring School & Group Programs are Just a Click Away
April 7, 2014
It's Time to Register for Spring Programs at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park!
Since the beginning of time teachers have been taking classes to Rathtrevor Beach for a "near the end of the year" field trip. Sunshine (hopefully), forests, playgrounds (brand new near the beach) and an endless sandy beach are just a few reasons to visit! This year you may also want to consider booking one of our spring programs with our Park Naturalists. Enhance your visit by learning about the nature or history of the park. Our hands on, interactive programs will bring a new level of inspiration to your visit to this well-loved park. Check out the link here to our 1 hour long programs or for our New 2.5 hour long Discovery Programs click here.
NEW We are offering NEW discovery programs- 2.5 hours in length focussing on either the forest/upland area of the park or the intertidal/seashore area. These programs start at $10 +GST per student. Click here to register or contact us for more information.
January 15, 2014
Breaking Through to Spring!!!
It's our AWESOME Spring Break Kids Camp March 17th - 21st, 2014
Are you strarting to think about what your kids will be doing during spring break? We have the answer for you! We are hosting our annual Rathtrevor Beach Spring Break Kids Camp at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature house, March 17th - 21st, 2014. Join our amazing Park Naturalists at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House for a week of FUN in Nature! Whether we are being pioneers, learning to camp, playing games, creating amazing art projects or adventuring through the nature of Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, we will be having a BLAST! Click here to see our event poster.
To register for the Spring Break Kids Camp at Rathtrevor Beach you can download a pdf version of our registration form here. Call us at the Goldstream Nature House, 250 478-9414 to arrange payment and secure your spot.
September 3, 2013
Wow! An Amazing Summer Wraps up for 2013!
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!
To make your own contribution to Cpl. Jesse Foremans fundraising efforts go to www.copsforcancerbc.ca/tourderock/JesseForeman.
For more pictures of the Tour de Rathtrevor check out https://www.facebook.com/rathtrevorbeach.naturehouse?fref=ts
June 19th, 2013
Summer in the Parks!
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.
COMING SOON... October 14th, 2012 at the Goldstream Provincial Park Campground is our "10th Annual 5k Salmon Run RUN" - the salmon run, so why shouldn't you! Enter now for an earlybird rate and to recieve your 2 for 1 night camping at Goldstream. (conditions may apply)
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 the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House
Activities will run between 11:00am-3:00pm including:
*Old fashioned Races
*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.
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
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"!
For more information on Monk and her work check out: www.artbymonk.com
June 30th, 2009
New Website Layout!
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!