Wildlife artist Robert Bateman works to remind Canadians about the importance of connecting with and protecting nature. (Robert Bateman/Facebook)

Bateman Foundation reflects on 2019, looks ahead to the new year

The national charity shares its namesake’s passion for protecting nature

The Bateman Foundation focused on nature’s role in Canadians’ mental wellness in 2019 and plans to take action to help the environment in 2020.

The foundation, named for Canadian wildlife artist and environmentalist Robert Bateman, acknowledged that many people around the world are feeling helpless in the face of climate change and that social media makes it hard to disconnect. He’s passionate about protecting nature and getting kids off their phones and into nature.

READ ALSO: Bateman gallery’s OneTree 2019 honours the life of a single, salvaged tree

“Nature is magic,” Bateman said. “The more people know and fall in love with nature, the more they will care and protect her.”

In an effort to combat nature deprivation, the foundation partnered with Anxiety Canada to provide the foundation’s Nature Sketch program for 400 youths in B.C. struggling with their mental health.

Following a partnership with Trans Canada Trail, the foundation was able to bring the Nature Sketch program to people across the country. On a Saturday in September, more than 400 program attendees across Canada met up to sketch at seven different places along the trail to sketch their unique ecosystems at the same time.

The foundation has big plans for 2020. A new Natureship program will launch in Victoria in the new year. Program partners will volunteer their time to address environmental concerns in the community.

READ ALSO: Robert Bateman Centre re-brands to promote mission of ‘reconnecting people to the natural world’

The Bateman Gallery of Nature – known as the Robert Bateman Centre until March – in downtown Victoria will be hosting Nature X series lectures every month to discuss ways to practice sustainability.

A new exhibition, Castaways, will open at the gallery in March. The exhibit features the work of 20 women as they explore the effects of material culture on the oceans. In the summer of 2020, a mixed-media exhibit called Grizzly Bear – Teachers of the Land will take over the gallery. The exhibit is part of a joint effort between the Bateman Foundation and the Grizzly Bear Foundation to help conserve grizzly bears in the province.


@devonscarlett
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: James Bay wolf released into wild of western Vancouver Island

Conservation officers confirm wolf is from Discovery Island

Traffic delays: Saturday work added to Highway 1 construction schedule

Work continues on dangerous stretch between Leigh Road and West Shore Parkway

Supreme Court bans Victoria man from practising law

Jeremy Maddock received a law degree in 2016 but never completed articling

Canadian Tire Fix-A-Heart campaign raises more than $75,000 for Royal Jubilee Hospital

Donations will help purchase infusion pumps for cardiac care units

Victoria shops avoid plastic bags, despite bylaw being voided

The city is working on getting the bylaw re-established

VIDEO: Driver guilty in Saanich crash that left 11-year-old with catastrophic brain injuries

North Saanich woman convicted on one count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm

First-place Canucks beat Blues 3-1 for ninth straight home win

Miller nets pair as Vancouver defeats Cup champs

NDP suggests easing secondary housing rules for B.C. farmland

Lana Popham proposes guest homes not just for relatives

Swapping grape varieties can help winemakers adapt to climate change: UBC study

Report says 56% of wine-grape-growing regions would be lost if global climate warms by 2 C

Alberta premier wants feds to approve Teck mine for benefit of First Nations

Kenney: ‘Surely [reconciliation] means saying yes to economic development for First Nations people’

Filming for Resident Alien begins in Ladysmith

Aliens and excitement take over the streets of Ladysmith during new TV series

After four sexual assaults in the same B.C. park, RCMP ask women not to walk alone

Four sexual assaults took place in Glen Park over two months

The Three Bears are down to two after baby bear carving stolen from his perch in Island community

Thief repeatedly kicked it and dislodged it from cement and rebar

Most Read