Events and Programs

Regional Parks’ staff organizes many events and programs throughout the year for people of all ages from pre-school children to seniors. The programs offered by the Visitor’s Services department are listed below or view the Your Guide to Regional Parks'

Click here for a list of upcoming events including Kokanee Salmon Interpretation 

To register for any of our events or programs please call (250) 469-6140 or email eeco@cord.bc.ca.

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programs and events - all ages

Art in the park

This program takes place at the Gibson Heritage House in Kopje Regional Park.

Create your own watercolour masterpiece – no experience necessary and all materials are provided. Sundays at 11am from June 24 – August 19. Free, drop-in program - no registration required.

Discovery Backpacks

Grab a backpack filled with equipment to discover the secrets of Mission Creek Regional Park.

For a suggested $2 donation, sign out a Discovery Backpack at the EECO. Choose your adventure from the themes Pond Study, Eco Walk, Mini Beasts, Rock On with Geology, Go Birding and Something's Fishy and explore the park!

Check it out at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.  The EECO is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Families in Parks 

Join Regional Parks staff as they provide some free activities for the entire family at our ‘Families in Parks’ events. Registration is required for these free events, please call 250-469-6140 to register.

Saturday and Sunday December 15th - 16th - 'Winter Magic' at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park

Sunday, April 21st - Agents of Discovery Easter Treasure Hunt, Mission Creek Regional Park, 1:00 pm –  5:00 pm

Sunday, May 5th - Go Fish Grand Opening at Shannon Lake Regional Park   10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Check back in May for Families in Parks events through the Spring, Summer and Fall.

Forest Therapy Sessions  

Led by a facilitator, this program will guide you to mindfully connect with nature using concepts of forest bathing (shinrin-yoku). The walks run three consecutive Saturdays from 10am to noon. $30 for all three sessions or $15 each. Registration is required – please call 250-469-6140 or email eeco@cord.bc.caWatch a short video

Geocaching at the EECO  

Bring the family for this interactive treasure hunt.

Borrow a GPS for $5.00 and search the forest for hidden geocaches.

This free program runs on Saturdays from June to August at 10:30am at the EECO in Mission Creek Regional Park. To register, call 250-469-6140 or email eeco@cord.bc.ca.

Gibson House Heritage Tours

Kalamoir Pancake Breakfast 

Meet your neighbours, enjoy breakfast and explore Kalamoir Regional Park with the Friends of Kalamoir Regional Park.

This year's community pancake breakfast, raising funds for the 'Friends of Kalamoir' Society will be held Saturday, June 1st from 9am - 11am.  There will also be park interpretative tours and other information available!

Salmon Festivals  

Celebrate the return of the Kokanee Salmon with family fun and entertainment. We have two celebrations each year: one at each of the Kokanee spawning creeks in our Regional Parks. These events are free – no registration required.

Sunday August ??Welcome the Kokanee Salmon Festival at Hardy Falls Regional Park. 11:00 am -3:00 pm.
Sunday September ??kikinee Salmon Festival at Mission Creek Regional Park. 11:00 am -3:00 pm.

Pop up programs  

Keep an eye on the RDCO’s Instagram and Facebook pages to see when our Park Interpreters are visiting a park near you.

Topics include animal tracks, bats, amphibians, and more.

This free program runs from June until August and no registration is required.

Spooktacular Pumpkin Walk

The Spooktacular Pumpkin Walk is being held on Sunday, October 27th .  The eerily-lit gourds will be lining paths in Mission Creek Regional Park, along Springfield Road in Kelowna.

Drop off your creatively carved pumpkin with a LED tea light inside at the park between 3:00 and 5:00 pm.  If you don't have a pumpkin we will have limited pumpkins available between 3:00 pm and 5:00pm that you can carve and place along the trails for the Pumpkin Walk

Dress in your Halloween costume, bring a flashlight as the park will be dark and from 5:00 to 8:00 pm walk the paths lit by pumpkins.  Cast your vote for the best pumpkin in the categories of funniest, scariest, and most original jack-o-lantern.

You’re also encouraged to drop off a donation for the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank.

Motorists are asked to please watch for signs and flag personnel and keep your eyes peeled for all pedestrians, especially those wearing costumes!

For more information visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parks or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140, email eeco@cord.bc.ca or drop in at 2363A Springfield Road in Mission Creek Regional Park.

Tracks Walking Club 

Spring Tracks

This is a free 12-week beginner walking program. Motivate yourself and join our walking leader in Mission Creek Regional Park or Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park.  As a member of the Tracks Walking Club you will receive a walking journal, walking lessons, seminars and motivational tips to keep you moving! Tracks is in partnership with the Canadian Diabetes Association Walk and Talk program. 
Begins: April 1st    Ends: June 5th
Locations: Mission Creek Regional Park and Greenway OR Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park. 
Schedule: 2 walks per week - Mondays, Wednesdays at 9:00 am at Mission Creek / Tuesdays at 9:00 am from April 10th to June 26th at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park.
Duration: Starting with a 15 minute walk and increasing the duration at each outing by 5 minutes, until the participants reach 60- minutes over the 12 week program

Fall Tracks

This is a free beginner walking program. Start new or continue from the Spring program.

 As a member of the Tracks Walking Club you will receive a walking journal, walking lessons, seminars and motivational tips to keep you moving! Tracks is a registered Hearts in Motion Walking Club with the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Starts: October ??    Ends:  November ??
Locations:  Mission Creek Regional Park and Greenway OR Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park
Schedule: 3 walks per week - Mondays, Wednesdays at 9:00 am at Mission Creek / Tuesdays at 9:00 am at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park.
Duration: Starting with a 15 minute walk and increasing the duration at each outing by 15 minutes, until the participants reach 60 - 110 minutes over the 11 week program.

Wellness Workshops

Learn how to make your own products using natural ingredients that can be obtained locally.

$15 per session – registration required. To register, call 250-469-6140 or email eeco@cord.bc.ca.

Sessions on Saturdays - (2019 dates to be determined) from 1pm-3pm at the EECO  in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.

Wild Walks

Learn park secrets and see the natural wonders on a Wild Walk led by a Park Interpreter. 

Each walk is about two hours and suitable for all ages – including families with young children. Walks range from easy to moderate.  Please make sure you are prepared with appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes and water.

This is a free program but registration required, please call 250-469-6140 or email eeco@cord.bc.ca.

Each Wild Walk starts Saturday mornings at 10:00 am and Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 pm.  The walks are 1.5 hours long and range from easy to moderate.  They are suitable for all ages including families with young children.  Rain or Shine!

Registration required for these free events, please call 250-469-6140 to register.

Wild Walks are held in conjunction with the Community Recreational Initiatives Society (CRIS) to provide barrier-free access to Regional Parks. To learn more about CRIS and to request its services to join one of these outings, visit CRIS online: www.adaptiveadventures.ca

December 8th & 12th - Scenic Canyon Regional Park (McCulloch Road entrance)

January 12th & 16th - Mill Creek Regional Park, (Spencer Road park entrance)
February 9th & 13th - KLO Creek Regional Park (McCulloch Road parking area past Field Road)
March 9th & 13th - 
Stephens Coyote Ridge Regional Park, (Glenmore Road park entrance)
April 6th & 10th - Black Mountain / sntsk'il'ntən Regional Park, (Swainson Road park entrance)
May 4th & 8th - Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park (Chute Lake Road entrance)

 

Programs and Events- for Children

 

Nature Power Hour at the EECO

Delve deep into the world of local wildlife with these interactive sessions each Saturday morning at 11:00 am through February.

Topics will vary but come expecting to learn something new about the animals that call our parks home!

There’s no need to pre-register for this free program, just drop into the EECO a few minutes early. All ages are welcome to take part! 

The Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan located in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.

Go Fish

Here’s your chance to introduce the youngsters to fishing! 

The grand opening takes place on Sunday, May 5th at Shannon Lake Regional Park from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

Each weekend from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm from May through June 16th staff and volunteers will be on hand to help youngsters learn to fish at the Mission Creek Regional Park (Hall Road fishing pond) or Shannon Lake Regional Park fishing areas.

The ponds will be stocked with trout. Volunteers and staff will be on hand to help new fishers. This program is for children 15 and under, with a 1 fish per day limit.  No fishing license is required for BC children 15 and under.

Thanks to our partners: The Minstry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Summerland Trout Hatchery and Peachland Sportsmen's Association

Roll and Stroll 

Moms and caregivers with babies and young children – spend time in nature and in a family and baby friendly environment.

Meet at the EECO at Mission Creek Regional Park for a 45 minute walk, followed by refreshments and baby basics. This is a free program but registration is required –call 250-469-6139 or email eeco@cord.bc.ca.

Roll and Stroll takes place every Thursday morning at 9:30 am from February 7th to March 28th.

Story Time at the EECO

Drop into the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan and enjoy nature themed stories and crafts with your 3-5 year olds.

Program runs Fridays at 10:30 am until December 21st.

Story Time will run another session in the winter on Tuesdays at 10:00 am on Fridays from January 8th until May 14th (no Story Time during Spring break).

Please view our website calendar for dates or call the EECO at 250-469-6140 to confirm program dates.

Summer Story Time at Mission Creek Regional Park 

In July and August, bring the little ones for Summer Story Time in Mission Creek Regional Park Fridays at 10:00 am.

We'll have fun, interactive stories followed by a mini nature walk.

Meet under the tree near the playground.  This is a free, drop-in program - no registration required.

Nature Camps (Spring Break and Summer)

 

 
 
 
Regional District of Central Okanagan | 1450 KLO Road | Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4
Ph: 250-763-4918 | Fax: 250-763-0606 | Email: info@cord.bc.ca
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Closed Holidays)