The mission of the Nature Sanctuary Society is to foster the community’s understanding and appreciation of nature through direct experience.


The vision of Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society is to be a leader in the stewardship of healthy, diverse ecosystems, and to provide an urban sanctuary that brings people and nature together.


The Society provides a diverse and enriching experience with a focus on natural history, education and ecological restoration to inspire personal action in stewardship activities. We achieve this by:

  • Excellence in conservation, education, and innovation
  • Respect for the land we steward, the ecosystems within it, and the people who care for it
  • Commitment to fostering community understanding of our work
  • Collaboration to accomplish together what cannot be done alone