We regularly have interns and other students on site doing science research and other projects.

If you are interested in conducting research (biological, social, physical sciences or art-based projects) at the Nature Sanctuary, please:

  1. Complete and submit a Memorandum of Understanding and Research Waiver Form. Please follow the instructions in the form for completion and submission. Once your request has been received and reviewed, we will contact you.
  2. Once you have been approved to conduct research on-site, all permit protocols for fieldwork must be followed. If work is not being carried out aligned with site conservation and restoration goals, research may be halted.
  3. After research is complete, collected data and associated reports and findings must be made available to the Nature Sanctuary with three months.

Here are some useful readings that provide ecological and cultural context on-site:

Swan Lake and Christmas Hill’s Management Plans

History about the Nature Sanctuary, including Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary From the Ground Up: A Brief Guide and History

The Ecosystems

Research and Restoration

iNaturalist Project

Connect with us to learn more.

info [at] swanlake.bc.ca


Current projects:

Inspire: STEM for Social Impact students are determining a viable method to monitor the visitor traffic to our site. The goal of the monitoring system will be to use the data to conserve and protect these waters and lands.


Past projects:

Jake surveyed visitors and Sanctuary Nature Ambassadors Program (SNAP) volunteers to look at best ways to help promote the conservation bylaws (no dogs, no bicycles) on site.

Ruby researched the ethnoecological significance of Swan Lake, and the past and present histories that became the Nature Sanctuary.

Kai archived and updated our photopoint monitoring program on Christmas Hill.

Samara created curriculum content to help expand community awareness into Garry Oak Ecosystems.

Mekenzie designed a community mapping project to look at the ways visitors explore the Nature Sanctuary and an infographic to help frame how to reconnect to nature.

Kireni co-authored a Newcomer Grab & Go Nature booklet, assisted with site work and wrote a song.

Tomas assessed how to improve the ecological function of a stream and wetland site at the Nature Sanctuary.