Phyl Munday Nature House, Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver

The Phyl Munday Nature House, open on Sunday afternoons, is a great place to stop by at Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver to learn about the flora and fauna in the old growth coastal forest and rocky shoreline. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE: www.venturevancouver.com

Stop by the Phyl Munday Nature House in Lighthouse Park to explore the natural word from birds to bats to bugs and much more!

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1 hour

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What to bring:

Camera, Questions, Sense of Curiosity

A walk through Lighthouse Park's vast old growth forest leads visitors to ponder many questions about the unique ecosystem - the last of its kind in the Greater Vancouver region. Answer those questions at the Phyl Munday Nature House near the Point Atkinson Lighthouse in West Vancouver which offers a wide range of natural exhibits focusing on the varied ecosystem, flora and fauna found throughout this beautiful coastal Park.

Lighthouse Park situated on the shores of West Vancouver is one of the region's most visited Parks, offering several kilometres of trails, towering old growth Douglas Fir, Hemlock and Western Red Cedar and hikes accenting the region's spectacular views, tide pools and unique flora and fauna. There are many secrets tucked away inside Lighthouse Park, one of which includes the Phyl Mundy Nature House. Visitors can access the Nature House by walking down Beacon Lane Trail which leads to a scout camp made up of several old buildings (trail map). Walk past the buildings towards the Lighthouse and the Phyl Munday Nature House is the building closest to the Lighthouse residence gates.

The building which houses the Phyl Mundy Nature House along with those surrounding it were constructed during the Second World War to house the Canadian Armed Forces in the event of an attack. Afterwards the buildings were used mainly by Junior Forest Rangers and Girl Guides. In the 1960's and 70's, mountaineer, naturalist and Girl Guide leader Phyl (Phyllis) Munday held nature workshops in the Park, teaching hundreds of young girls about the surrounding environment. In 1991 the Phyl Munday Nature House was opened to the public housing a collection of exhibits and murals to continue Phyllis Munday's work to inspire and educate visitors to Lighthouse Park.

The Phyl Munday Nature House continues to be operated by the Girl Guides of Canada and the West Vancouver Parks & Recreation and is open only on Sundays. Inside, a wide range of exhibits provide a unique learning experience including a bird learning area with several stuffed examples of Birds of Prey, nests, eggs and feathers; a forest learning area with a whole log with species of bugs, cross sections of trees and even a hornets nest; an ocean learning area with shells, books and rocks; and as well, collections of skulls and educational posters. Be sure to direct questions to the staff and volunteers who delight in sharing fascinating information on this beloved West Vancouver locale.

Young or old, the Phyl Munday Nature House attracts people who have come to Lighthouse Park to enjoy its rugged beauty and breathtaking shoreline. Take the opportunity to see, touch, hear and feel the elements that makes up the Park and continue to experience the passion Phyllis Munday had for nature in Lighthouse Park!

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The Phyl Munday Nature House in Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver is located in the scout camp at the end of Beacon Lane Trail. The Nature House is a Service Project of the Girl Guides of Canada and West Vancouver Parks & Recreation.
The Phyl Munday Nature House offers a wide range of activities, learning areas, beautiful murals and much more to discover the natural world found throughout Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver.
Explore the bird section of the Phyl Munday Nature House in Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver which includes stuffed birds such as a Barred Owl, Sharp shinned Hawk and Bald Eagle, examples of nests, skulls and eggs.
See a wide range of exhibits inside the Phyl Munday Nature House in Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver including a collection of skulls ranging from Beaver to birds to a River Otter's.
Learn about the ocean surrounding Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver in the Phyl Munday Nature House with shells, examples of ocean creatures found in tide pools and water, books and flashcards!
The Bird Learning Area inside the Phyl Munday Nature House in Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver has a wide range of interesting pieces including several stuffed birds, books, feathers, eggs, nets and much more!
Explore the unique ecosystem of Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver from shoreline to forest at the Phyl Munday Nature House with activities, learning areas and knowledgeable volunteers.


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The Phyl Mundy Nature House is located at the southern end of Beacon Lane Trail in Lighthouse Park (it is the building closest to the lighthouse).


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