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The Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO)

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Public Notice:

Starting Monday, April 14th for approximately three weeks, there won't be any access to Mission Creek Regional Park from the Springfield and Durnin Road intersection.   Park visitors are asked to enter and exit the park via the Leckie and Springfield Road access.

The City of Kelowna advises that the Springfield Road intersection at Durnin Road will be undergoing safety and operational improvements during this period of construction.

Lane closures will be in effect for east and westbound traffic with pattern changes throughout construction. Detour routes will be posted.

Motorists can expect delays and are encouraged to plan their commute.  For the purpose of public safety and quality control, traffic control personnel will be directing motorists and pedestrians through the construction site. The public’s cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

For more information about road closures and work, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

 

Come and explore this fun environmental discovery centre, where it's okay to learn, touch and discover! 

The EECO (pronounced ee-COH) is a wealth of information and fun exhibits on environmental subjects like water, Okanagan flora and fauna, and local ecosystems. We encourage you and your family to participate in our hands activities!

The EECO is located in  Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads) and is steps away from park trails, a playground and your connection to the  Mission Creek Greenway.

Check out...
  • Spring Break CampsThe 'Nature Detectives Spring Break Camps' are set to go from 9:00 am to noon, March 18th to 20th and March 25th to 27th.  The three day morning sessions are for youngsters aged five to seven.   The cost per three day session is $60 per child.  Please register at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan, 2363A Springfield Road.  You can get more information by contacting the EECO staff at 250-469-6139 or emailing eeco@cord.bc.ca.

  • EECO Exhibits  - check our new exhibit 'Healthy by Nature' .  Exploring this exhibit, which runs until late summer 2014, will help you learn how spending time in nature can keep your mind and body healthy.  The exhibit also highlights the natural processes at work to keep our air and water clean along with ways that we can help protec the health of our ecosystems!
       
  • 'Story Time at the EECO' - this program for three and four year olds and their caregivers keeps young ones active, engaged and involved.  View Poster

  • 'Something's Fishy'  - this exhibit features information and activities related to the Kokanee salmon.   It runs August to October each year.
     
  • Discovery Backpacks  - everything you need to explore and learn about three different environmental aspects of Mission Creek Regional Park:  Pond Study, Nature Walk and Kokanee.  Come into the EECO and sign one out for free!
     
  • Watch for special programs and events by checking the Calendar of Events.

School and Public Programs

Hours of Operation: 

January to March 14th -

  • Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
    (closed Monday and some statutory holidays).

March 15th to October  -

  • Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (closed Monday and some statutory holidays).

Features:

The top floor of the building provides space for environmental exhibits, trail and visitor information for the Central Okanagan, a children's play area, environmental resource library and more!

The bottom floor is available for rental by non-profit organizations which promote the protection of the environment, environmental education, and environmental recreation. The space contains a kitchen and holds up to 60 people in theatre style seating. It is available for booking from 7:00 am 10:00 pm daily.

Location/Address:

The EECO is located in Mission Creek Regional Park at 2363 A Springfield Road (intersection of Springfield and Durnin Roads).

Directions:

Take Springfield  Road, turn at Durnin Road intersection into Mission Creek Regional Park.

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