About Our Foundation

The Bateman Foundation was founded to inspire 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. Through our programs, exhibits, community collaborations, gallery, and retail operations, we inspire a generation of people to have a deep relationship with nature.

By noticing nature’s beauty and importance, the foundation encourages action to ensure the natural world is protected through our three core areas: youth initiatives, eco-literacy, and leadership & mentorship. The foundation’s special programs inspire discovery, understanding and help develop a love of nature which leads to healthier and creative living, environmental stewardship and spiritual growth.

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Help educate others about nature, and make a difference in the lives of others. It’s a win-win!

Programs & Events

The Bateman Foundation was founded to inspire 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. Through our programs, exhibits, community collaborations, gallery, and retail operations, we inspire a generation of people to have a deep relationship with nature.

Inspiring children & adults to connect with the magic of nature through art

We strive to promote programming, enriched with the integration of literacy and fine art, that fosters an appreciation and respect for the environment and all of its diverse ecosystems. Our education programs, such as Nature Sketch Club, are linked to the new BC curriculum and competencies for grades K-8 but can be easily adapted.

About Robert Bateman

Robert Bateman’s realistic and evocative painting style reflects his deep understanding and appreciation for nature, featuring wildlife in its natural habitat and encouraging the viewer to closely observe the natural world. Besides being one of Canada’s foremost artists, he is also a naturalist recognized by the Audubon Society as one of the 20th century’s Heroes of Conservation.

Creative living, environmental stewardship, and spiritual growth.

Bateman’s wildlife works have a strong abstract composition; they are as much about painting as they are about wildlife. Bateman developed a style of painting distinguished by refined technical skill, subtle use of colour, and powerful composition, reflecting a personally engaged and scientifically informed vision of nature.

Hours & Information

Daily: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 7 days a week

(Holiday hours may differ)

Public tours every Tue & Sat, 2:00 p.m.

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