Join Our New Natureship Program!

What is Natureship?

The Natureship program is a new Bateman Foundation initiative that will bridge the gap and replace the current membership, volunteer, and corporate programs. This new ecosystem encourages involvement, participation, and engagement within the Foundation, as well as the community, and focuses on nature, art, and giving back. Participants can earn Natureship status with a financial commitment (like a typical membership) or a commitment of time and energy (volunteering). This exciting new initiative will be rolled out over a series of updates, so stay tuned and check back often!

Please note that current Bateman Foundation members will automatically be upgraded to the Natureship program.

Upcoming Natureship Programming and Activities

All upcoming Natureship programming and activities are included with any level of Natureship membership. Upon sign-up for Natureship, you will be added to the exclusive Natureship email list and sign-up links will be provided on a regular basis.

Saturday, March 6, 2021 – 1pm-2pm PST

Join us for this exciting online Natureship livestream!

Ever wonder how a seastars can survive out of the water when the tide goes out? Or how barnacles can live upside down their entire life? Organisms that live on the border of sea and land face many unique challenges and have evolved adaptations to thrive in their habitat. Join Yuko Lin and her animal ambassadors to learn about our unique intertidal neighbours and their adaptations!


About the Presenter: Yuko Lin is an enthusiastic science communicator with Seaquaria Ocean Education, a division of World Fisheries Trust. Yuko has a BSc in Marine Biology, a Minor in Environmental Studies and a passion in educating the local communities about our coast.

Saturday, March 27, 2021 – 1pm-2pm PST

Join us for this exciting online Natureship livestream!

This livestream will be led by Dr. Barbara Hawkins, professor at the University of Victoria. We will delve into the background of the partnership between trees and their fungal symbionts (mycorrhizae), and discuss some of our research exploring the adaptation of mycorrhizal species to forest soils.


About the Presenter: Dr. Hawkins obtained her PhD at the School of Forestry, University of Canterbury, New Zealand and has been a professor in the Centre for Forest Biology and Department of Biology at UVic for more than 30 years. Her teaching is in plant physiology and evolution; and her research focuses on the co-adaptation of conifers and their mycorrhizal partners, and on variation among tree populations in stress tolerance.

Natureship Levels and Benefits

Paid *VolunteerPaid *VolunteerPaid *Volunteer
Exclusive Access to Programs and Activities **YESYESYESYESYESYES
Free Annual Gallery AdmissionUnlimited Admissions (2 Passes)Unlimited Admissions (2 Passes)6 Admissions Per Visit (2 Passes)6 Admissions Per Visit (2 Passes)1 Admissions Per Visit (1 Pass)1 Admissions Per Visit (1 Pass)
Gift Shop Discount10%10%10%10%10%10%
Complimentary Bateman GiftYESNOYESNONONO
Discounts on Admission to Victoria Attractions ***YESYESYESYESYESYES
Required Volunteer Hours02001005
Sign Up for Paid Corporate Natureship– COMING SOON –Sign Up for Paid Family Natureship– COMING SOON –Sign Up for Paid Personal Natureship– COMING SOON –

* All paid Natureship membership receive voting rights as part of the Bateman Foundation.

** The Bateman Foundation will soon be soft-launching access to unique volunteer opportunities and stewardship activities for individuals and families. If you’re interested in participating, please e-mail us at

*** These include the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Craigdarroch Castle, Royal BC Museum, Victoria Butterfly Gardens, and Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea.

Natureship – FAQs

The main driver behind the new Natureship program is the ability to participate in stewardship activities, engagement opportunities in the community, and volunteer initiatives. These may include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Community garbage clean-up
  • Removal of invasive species
  • Paddleboarding
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Expeditions
  • Nature education
  • Culinary outings
  • Yoga and exercise classes
  • Indigenous cultural experiences
  • Photography activities

The Natureship program will be rolled out in phases starting late November. All Bateman Foundation members and newsletter subscribers will receive updates as they roll out. Social media will also be used for communication purposes.

A Natureship membership can be achieved by volunteering a certain number of hours depending on the level (Personal, Family, or Corporate). Please view the table above for further details. Do note volunteer memberships aren’t available yet, though they will be in a future phase.

Please email Erin Henshaw, Manager of the Natureship Program, at