School Programs

Come experience our inquiry-based school programs linked to the new B.C. curriculum and competencies. Each one is enriched with the integration of literacy, fine arts and stewardship of our natural world.

Nature is the focus, art is the medium, learning is the outcome.

Programs are linked to the curriculum for grades K-8 but can be easily adapted up to post-secondary.

Intro to
Nature Sketch

Duration: 1.5 Hours

Fee: $200.00 
per classroom

One of our educators will come to your school and teach our Introduction to Nature Sketch workshop to your class. This workshop takes place in a park or nature space near your school. Our Nature Sketch program introduces students to the essentials for sketching while observing wildlife habitats in your unique ecosystem. Learn in your own backyard!

A limited number of bursaries are available for this program. contact us with your request.

Great for Pro-D days! This workshop teaches the educator how to incorporate Nature Sketch teachings into your own classroom programming. You will learn skills and principles of nature sketching, including topics such as how you can explore nature study with your students. Our enquiry-based education programs are linked to the new BC curriculum and competencies. Each one is enriched with the integration of literacy, fine arts and stewardship of our natural world.

One of our educators will come to your school or create an online webinar exclusively for you and your school at a pre-scheduled time.

Teacher training

Duration: 2 Hours

Fee: $200.00 per school (whole-school staff) 

Gallery Programs

Bring your classroom to our famous Bateman Gallery at the heart of the inner harbor for a day of education and fun! More details coming soon.

Build Your Own Nature Sketch program! We deliver nature-based expressive arts programs that support mental well-being and foster ecological minds. Don’t see what you’re looking for here? Contact us for a multi-week custom-designed Nature Sketch program for your students.

Custom Programs

Nature sketch is our flagship education program, an eco-literacy class taught through art with a curriculum inspired by Robert Bateman’s artistic practices and personal philosophies. Participants explore local ecosystems, using art to understand their environment and unlock creativity. When you draw something, you truly look at it: by sketching what they see, Nature Sketch students learn to pay attention and understand the value of the natural world. 

“The more people know and fall in love with nature, the more they will care and protect her.” – Robert Bateman 

Payment Policy

Payment is due in full 14 days before the scheduled program, and can be made via cheque payable to the Bateman Foundation, via cash in person at the Gallery, or via debit or credit cards.

If you cancel within 7 days before the program starts, we will only refund 75% of the program fee. If you cancel within 24 hours before the program starts, no refund will be provided.

Grants & Bursary

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’re able to provide a limited number of free education programs each year. Teachers from independent and public schools in Victoria, Saanich, Sooke and the Gulf Islands can apply for a bursary. Your application will be reviewed within 5-10 business days.

The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia’s Stewards of the Future program encourages and supports our emerging leaders to get outside and explore their own communities, and provides funding for youth to go on field trips, visit local sites of interest and engage in stewardship projects in their communities.

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation provides GO Grants to K-12 schools for transportation, project materials and program fees that support outdoor learning experiences about B.C.’s environment.