About Us

Nature Newfoundland and Labrador (formerly The Natural History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador) is a non-profit organization and registered charity promoting the enjoyment and protection of all wildlife and natural resources in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador and surrounding waters. Nature Newfoundland and Labrador is this province’s oldest conservation organization. It continues to be one of the province’s most active environmental organizations. We are affiliated with Nature Canada (formerly Canadian Nature Federation).


We host informed and interesting guest speakers as well as outdoor events and workshops. Monthly public talks are usually held 7:30 PM on the third Thursday of the month at Memorial University’s Science Building in room SN2067. There are generally no indoor events during the summer but our outdoor events & workshops run year round. Please see our Home Page, Event calendarFacebook (Nature Newfoundland and Labrador) or Twitter @Nature_NL for up-to-date information.


We welcome both residents and visitors, and encourage all to participate in our programs (families, children, young adults, and senior citizens alike). In addition to activities, lectures, hikes, and outreach, we produce The Osprey, a journal/magazine dedicated to the natural history of the province and a blog. Memberships help us pay for costs associated with trips and events (like holding insurance – an important one!) and we encourage everyone who enjoys our events and supports our activities to become a member or donate.




Nature Newfoundland and Labrador, PO Box 1013, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), Canada, A1C 5M3



Our Board of Directors


Doug Ballam, President

Douglas Ballam was born and raised in Corner Brook but has lived so long in St. John’s that he’s become “townie-ized.” Nonetheless, he has spent a lot of time in the natural spaces of the province, working to set aside a few green spaces. A tuba player and a decent shot, he has served 26 years with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

Laura King, Vice President

Laura King has been on the Board of Directors at Nature NL since 2015 and enjoys connecting people to nature and to the outdoors as well as keeping involved in community environmental projects. She organizes workshops and events for Nature NL and looks forward to leading more trips next summer as well. She works as a conservation biologist in St. John’s and shared her conservation stories in a recent Nature NL public lecture.  Twitter: @LaurasWildlife

Rita Anderson, Past-President

Rita Anderson is a cognitive psychologist who studies cognition in both human and nonhuman animals. With respect to human cognition, she have been intrigued by our ability to use mental imagery. Her imagery research focuses on how people can use mental imagery to make discoveries and solve problems in the visual-spatial domain. She also studies the cognitive aspects of communication and social behaviour in nonhuman animals, especially wolves and domestic dogs.

Marjorie Evans, Treasurer

Marjorie Evans was born and raised in Ontario (mostly) and earned a BSc in geology from Carleton University.  She worked with a mineral exploration consultancy in Toronto and on development of 2 North Sea oil fields.  Upon arriving in NL, Marjorie switched to volunteering with environment groups; Wilderness Society, then Action:Environment and NL Environment Network, and from 2007 Natural History Society (now Nature NL) and NLEN.  She enjoys hiking, snowshoeing and gardening and loves living in St. John’s with its rivers, trails and spectacular scenery so accessible.

Elizabeth Andres, Secretary

Elizabeth is a passionate conservationist with an interest in the human dimensions of natural resource management. She is a graduate of Colorado State University’s Conservation Leadership through Learning program, where her research focused on community participation in water resource management. A recent transplant from the United States, she loves exploring all of the natural wonders Newfoundland and Labrador have to offer!


Megan Boucher, Director

Megan Boucher spent countless hours exploring the woods behind her house learning about various birds, plants and critters throughout her youth. Her background is a bit diverse ranging from freshwater fisheries research, assisting with Black Bear and Gray Jay research in Algonquin Park, Ontario, working as a seabird biologist on a remote island off Nova Scotia, and marine fisheries research in Newfoundland.  Originally from Nova Scotia, she is passionate about birds and the natural world where she loves to interact and share her enthusiasm with others.

Anne Storey, Director

Anne Storey is a behavioural ecologist who has been studying seabirds and teaching courses in animal behavior in Newfoundland since 1978.  Her research focuses on the reproductive and parental behavior of common murres and Atlantic puffins. She enjoys outdoor activities and talking to people about seabirds and other Newfoundland natural wonders.

Michael Collins, Director

Michael Collins has been described as a teacher of exceptional character, integrity and wisdom. He has been involved in natural history, environmental conservation, and interpretation since 1970. Michael was Coordinator with The Rooms for Nature Nook and was previously President of Nature NL

Emma Bocking, Director

Emma Bocking is originally from Ontario, but has been fortunate enough to live in both Corner Brook and St. John’s since 2015. Her favourite natural spaces tend to be wetlands, and she has happily spent hours getting her feet wet (literally) while studying peatland plants. She loves to share her passion for wetlands and other wild spaces with kids of all ages, and is excited to become more involved with Nature NL.

Justin So, Director

Justin So is a marine biologist who enjoys showcasing the natural world. Professionally, he has worked in environmental education, freshwater and marine habitat surveys, environmental assessment, and environmental effects monitoring. He is a huge fan of echinoderms, lichens, insects and citizen science. Justin is currently a co-editor for The Osprey, Nature NL’s natural history publication, and coordinates much of the social media as well.

Valued Volunteers

Humber Representative: Lois Bateman
Email Events list: Len Zedel
Website: Aaron Goulding, Paul Regular
 Naturalists:  Allan Stein, John Jacobs

The Osprey

Editors: Justin So, Sarah Penney-Belbin



Tuck-Walters Award Committee

Bill Montevecchi (Chair), Lois Bateman, Henry Mann, Paul Regular


Wild Things Scholarship Committee

Rita Anderson (Chair), Doug Ballam, Emma Bocking, Laura King

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