Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists

Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists

The VFFN is a non-profit charitable society registered under the BC Societies Act. Membership in the Society is open to all. The Society is a Federated Club of BC Nature. Our objective is to promote the enjoyment of nature, foster public interest and education in the appreciation and study of nature, and to encourage conservation of ecosystems and our natural environment. Click here for the membership application form.


Photo: Madelon Schouten

Madelon Schouten, the founder of Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists, once said that the group began with four very interested people. Since November 26, 1991, it has become part of a network of naturalists groups across British Columbia under the umbrella of the Federation of BC naturalists, now BC Nature.

The group was set up to promote birding, the study of wildflowers (of the region), geology, photography of wildflowers, plants, and wildlife and hikes in pursuit of those endeavours. Since 1991, VFFN has continued to grow and enhance the knowledge of its members regarding the natural world.

From 1998 onward the society worked hard to establish the Swan Lake Sanctuary which remains VFFN “jewel in the crown.” There are two bird blinds which provide excellent bird viewing and are enjoyed and visited by many people.