Events and Programs

Regional Parks COVID-19 response

Please note in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus and following directives to ensure public safety from health officials, all our in-person park interpretative programs and events are cancelled.  We'll update information as conditions change and we transition to safe, public health guided in-person programming again.

All regional parks and RDCO Community parks are open for use.  Please practise safe social/physical distancing and allow adequate space of at least two metres between yourself and others.

Okanagan Shines Spring Poetry Contest

Congratulation, the day has almost arrived!  We had 70 entries in the contest and that kept our judging team very busy.

Regional Parks, the RDCO Waste Reduction Office and Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission thank everyone from age five up that submitted entries for the Okanagan Shines Spring Poetry contest in the following categories:

• a celebration of spring
• an RDCO regional park

A total of nine fantastic prizes will be awarded by age group and topic, including a grand prize of a $100 gift card to a local small business, for the Best Overall Poem.

Okanagan Shines Poetry Contest Winners Coming Soon!

 Thanks for entering, our judges are nearing the end of some difficult decisions...we will be announcing our winners soon!  We appreciate your patience.

Poems may be published on the RDCO website and a video reading of each winning poem will be available on the RDCO YouTube Channel.  Show your support and subscribe!

 

 

Instagram Live Interpretive Programs

We hope you are finding the @regionalparks Instagram Live-stream programs interesting and useful!

As public health and safety guidelines allow, we hope to gradually resume some form of in-person programs again for groups (yay, we've missed our friends!).  As a result, we will be reducing the number of Regional Parks Instagram Live programs in June to three per week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) instead of five.

Since they have been so popular, we plan to continue with at least 1 per week on Thursday's through the end of the year.

Weekday programs will air at 10:30 am and join us for our Saturday programs at 1:00 pm.

Here's what's coming up (subject to change and will be updated)

  • Friday, May 29 – The Okanagan is said to be home to both Sasquatch and the spirit of Ogopogo…Have you seen them?  Learn more in this parks presenation.
  • Saturday, May 30 – Seed Bombs! – Seeds find all kinds of unique ways to reach new habitats across the planet. Come learn how some local plants disperse their seeds!

  • Tuesday, June 2 - Story Time - Moose - They are tall, gangly, and oh-so-lovable, eh? Come listen to some great moose tales!
  • Thursday, June 4 - It’s World Environment Day! Celebrate biodiversity with us as we showcase a few species found in a special regional park.
  • Saturday, June 6 - We hear them loud and clear… Discover the Secret Life of Cicadas in the Okanagan

Previous Live Stream Programs

Past Videos

  • Thursday, May 28 – Scat! – Do you know which scat belongs to which wild creature? Take a walk on the wild side and dig into poop!  View YouTube Video
  • Wednesday, May 27 – Bats – Learn all about the amazing aerial acrobatics and adaptations of these tiny insectivores, which are being studied at a very special park. View YouTube Video
  • Tuesday, May 26 – Story Time: Dragonflies – These aerial predators zip through our wetlands as quick as 60 km/hr! Discover dragonflies!  View YouTube Video
  • Saturday, May 23 - Grasslands – The grasslands habitat of the Okanagan is very special. Take a closer look at this amazing ecosystem right here in our backyard.  View YouTube Video
  • Friday, May 22 - Take a Hike – Hold onto your socks as we dive right into the fascinating world of native bees in a regional park!  View YouTube Video
  • Thursday, May 21 - Exploring Spring – Leaves, mud, birds, insects… The natural world seems to be bursting at the seams at this time of year! Join us for everything spring!  View YouTube Video
  • Wednesday, May 20 - Geology - our interpreter shares information about the interesting geological features in and around Scenic Canyon Regional Park.  View YouTube Video 
  • Tuesday, May 19 - Story Time: Bears – Bears are out and about in the Okanagan right now. Join us for some fun bear stories and facts!  View YouTube Video
  • Saturday, May 16 - Saskatoon Siya - This amazing berry has been a food staple for people in this area since time immemorial. We will share the history, culture, and great importance of the Siya berry. View YouTube Video
  • Friday, May 15 - Take a Hike! Snakes of the Okanagan are out and about. Join us as we explore their world. View YouTube Video
  • Thursday, May 14 - Riparian Tree Species - What kind of trees grow by the water? Come find out with our intrepid interpreter!  View YouTube Video
  • Wednesday, May 13 - Ticks – It's that time of year to do tick checks.  We learn about these tiny arachnids and how to stay safe when hiking.  View YouTube Video
  • Tuesday, May 12 – Story Time: Birds - Come bird watching with us at the lake and discover the shorebirds and waterfowl who live here.  View YouTube Video
  • Saturday, May 9 - Kokanee Fry Release – Join us as we release the salmon that we collected as eggs in the fall and which are now ready to begin their life in the wild.   View YouTube Video
  • Friday, May 8 - Take a Hike - The Power of Water – We will take a closer look at Mission Creek and the impact of dykes.  (Sorry, no video available)
  • Thursday, May 7 - World Migratory Bird Day – Join us for a look into the world of migration! We will be bird watching at a mystery lake and discovering local and migratory avian residents. (Sorry, no video available)
  • Wednesday, May 6 - Ticks – Learn all about these fascinating little arachnids and how to stay safe when hiking in tick country. (Sorry, no video available)
  • Tuesday, May 5 - Story Time - Frogs – Hop right into the pond with us as we learn all about these fascinating amphibians!  View YouTube Video
  • Saturday, May 2 - Wildflower Salad - What do the wild residents of our regional parks put on their dinner table? Come enjoy a wildflower salad with us!  View YouTube Video
  • Friday, May 1 - Rock On - Get ready to rock and roll through the wild, intrepid world of geology as we explore a cool geological site in a regional park. View YouTube Video
  • Thursday, April 30 - Learn to Fish - Discover the secret to catching fish in the Okanagan, and the fish species that call this region home.(Sorry, no video available)
  • Wednesday, April 29 - Life Under the Lily Pads: Go for a dip in the pond as we explore what lives beneath the lily pads. (Sorry, no video available)
  • Tuesday, April 28 - Story Time – Flowers & Bees: Catch the buzz! Here’s the story of bees, flowers, pollen, and everything in between!  View YouTube Video
  • Saturday, April 25 – Porcupines – Get up close and personal with these prickly forest friends!  View YouTube Video
  • Friday, April 24 – The Universe Under a Rock – What’s that you say? There’s a whole world down there? Come see for yourself as we journey under a rock!  View YouTube Video
  • Thursday, April 23 – Turtles, Turtles Everywhere! – Discover the turtles of the Okanagan View YouTube Video
  • Wednesday, April 22 - 7:30 - 8:30 pm - Celebrate Earth Day with a nature trivia challenge on Instagram Live - View YouTube Video
  • Wednesday, April 22 – Backyard Habitats – Join us as we virtually explore the food forest!  View YouTube Video
  • Saturday, April 18 – Owl Pellet Dissection – discover what’s inside an owl pellet and how to spot owls in our regional parks View YouTube Video
  • Friday, April 17 – Evergreen ID – Join our virtual walk and learn to identify the characteristics of Evergreens  View YouTube Video
  • Thursday, April 16 – Dabblers and Divers – We will dive right into the world of Ducks of the Okanagan!  View YouTube Video
  • Wednesday, April 15 – Bears Emerging – we’ll share some information all about bears as they emerge from hibernation YouTube Video Link
  • Tuesday, April 14 – StoryTime: Mud and Seeds – there’s mud, dirt, and green buds everywhere! Come explore them a little closer YouTube Video Link
  • Saturday, April 11 – Walking Natures Way – we’ll take you on a seasonal trail walk to sharpen your natural senses YouTube Video Link
  • Thursday, April 9 – learn about our various Birds of Prey in the Okanagan.  YouTube Video Link
  • Wednesday, April 8 – we’ll share some spring-time information about our Kokanee salmon.  YouTube Video Link
  • Tuesday, April 7 – Story Time – the youngsters in your family will love our stories and neat facts about Ducks.  YouTube Video Link
  • Saturday, April 4 – A Dip in the Pond – we’ll share an amazing pond ecosystem with you, catch some invertebrates and tell your family about some incredible adaptations of wild water critters.  YouTube Video Link
  • Friday, April 3 – Spring Wildflower Walk – learn what to look for this spring while keeping yourself and others at a safe social distance (at least two metres) when visiting in Central Okanagan regional parks.  YouTube Video Link
  • Thursday, April 2 – Okanagan Owls – join us as we discover the world of owls in the Okanagan.  YouTube Video Link

 

 

Regional Parks’ staff organizes many weekly, monthly and seasonal events and programs 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'

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

Parks VIP's - Check out our Our Volunteers In Parks opportunities

Weekly Programs (throughout the year)

 

Art in the park

Create your own watercolour masterpiece! No experience or supplies needed.

Dates: Summer 2020 schedule will be released in late April.  Please check back.

Location: Various Regional Parks

Free, drop-in program.

Birding 101

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Curious about the world of birding? Join like-minded people and learn the basics of biring on a slow trail walk. Learn about spring and fall migration hot spots and gain the confidence to participate in yearly bird counts, one of the world’s largest citizen science projects.

Free. Please register at rdco.com/parks as there are limited spaces in this program.

Date: Wednesday, April 8th from 9-11am

Location: Information will follow registration.

Go Fish

CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO COVID-19 - More Details

This youth urban fishery program offers a chance to catch one rainbow trout each day without a fishing license for youth, age 15 and under. A limited number of rods, reels and bait will be available, as well as expert fishing guidance by staff and volunteers.

Dates: Weekends, May until June 21st, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location:  Shannon Lake Regional Park fishing area.

Free, drop-in program

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

Geocaching at the EECO  

Bring the family for this interactive treasure hunt.   Borrow a GPS for $5.00 from the EECO in Mission Creek Regional Park and search the forest for hidden geocaches.

Dates: Saturdays at 10:30 am from June through August

Location: The EECO in Mission Creek Regional Park

Free, but registration is required; call 250-469-6139 or email eeco@rdco.com

Nature Power Hour at the EECO

Delve deep into the world of local wildlife with these interactive sessions. There’s a new topic each month.

Dates: Saturdays from October through to December, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Program is being held while EECO is closed for renovations.

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

Free, but registration is required; call 250-469-6139 or email eeco@rdco.com

Pop up programs  

Follow 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.

Dates: June through August

Location: Various Regional Parks

Free, drop-in program, no registration is required.

Roll and Stroll 

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

A walking club for moms, dads, and caregivers with babes and little ones. Meet new friends and spend time outdoors.

Dates: Thursdays 9:30 am to 11:00 am from March 5th to April 30th.  Additional programs will be scheduled through 2020.  Please check back in late April for summer 2020 dates.

Location: Meet at the EECO at Mission Creek Regional Park

Free, but registration is required – call 250-469-6139 or email eeco@rdco.com .

Story Time at the EECO

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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

Story Time sessions take place eachTuesday morning (NO PROGRAMS DURING SPRING BREAK) until May 14th at 10:30 am.

The fall session will run Tuesday mornings starting October 6th through December 15th. The program is held in the lower level of the EECO.

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

Tracks Walking Club 

Spring Tracks - CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

This is a free 10-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! 
Begins: April 6th    Ends: June 10th
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 7th to June 9th 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

Join a walking leader for this free 9-week outdoor walking program. You’ll receive support and motivation tips to keep you moving. Walks start at 15 minutes and increase to 60 minutes by end of program.

Dates/Locations: Watch for the fall Tracks dates to be announced in late April

Free, but registration is required; call 250-469-6139 or email eeco@rdco.com 

Discovery Backpacks

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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. 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!

Discovery Backpacks are available at the  Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads from Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Summer hours 10:00 am to 5:00 pm will begin March 10th.

 

Monthly Programs

EasterScavenger Hunt

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Bring out the whole family for a nature scavenger hunt. Seek out birds, plants and lots of fresh air at our take on the Easter Scavenger Hunt. We won’t have chocolate eggs, but we will have nature-based challenges leading to lots of fun and memoires.

Free. Drop-in.

Date: Sunday April 12th from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
LocationMission Creek Regional Park

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.

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

Summer schedule dates announced in late April

Persid Meteor Shower at Kopje Regional Park on Carrs Landing Road in Lake Country from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  Bring a blanket and spread out on the park lawn for some stargazing.  There will also be guided tours of Gibons Heritage House and family-friendly activities.

'Welcome the Kokanee Salmon Festival' at Hardy Falls Regional Park off Hardy Street in Peachland from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Join us in celebrating some of the first spawning Kokane salmon as they start returning for their journey up Deep Creek.

'kikinee Salmon Festival' in Mission Creek Regional Park from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Live entertainment, storytelling, community exhibitors, family activities and more as the park comes alive for everyone's favourite autumn festival!

'Spooktacular Pumpkin Walk' in Mission Creek Regional Park from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Wear your best Halloween costume and stroll the pathways of the park, illuminated by creatively, carved pumpkins.  Drop off your pumpkin creation with an LED light inside at the EECO from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

'Winter Magic' at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Celebrate the magic and wonder of winter and enjoy the lights in the nut orchard at the park off Whitworth Road in West Kelowna. 

Meet Your Wild Neighbours  

Enjoy a summer evening in the park and join an interpreter from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm to learn more about some of your wild neighbours!  This is a free, drop in program and no registration is required.

Dates and Location: Summer schedule will be announced in late April

Perseid Meteor Shower

Watch the stars of Perseid Meteor Shower from Kopje Regional Park. There will also be guided tours of Gibson Heritage House as well as family friendly activities.

Date: Summer schedule will be announced in late April

LocationKopje Regional Park

Free, drop-in program

Wild Walks

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Join a Wild Walk and see your favourite Regional Park through new eyes! Each walk is led by a Park Interpreter and is approximately 2 hours and is 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

These walks are free, but registration is required.  Please call 250-469-6140 or email eeco@rdco.com.

Dates: Year round - Saturday walks at 10:00 am and Wednesday walks at 1:00 pm

Dates and Locations:

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

Take a Hike

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Learn more about flora and fauna in our Regional Parks. Each month we’ll offer two hikes on a featured theme. Hikes range from medium to difficult and take 2-3 hours.
Please make sure you are prepared with appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes and water.

Dates: Year-round - Saturday walks at 1:00 pm and Wednesday walks at 10:00 am

Dates and Locations:

  • Feb 6th and 8th – 'Snow' at Scenic Canyon Regional Park (Hollywood Road South  entrance). Learn about how snow helps plants and animals survive the challenges of winter, and take a close look at snow crystals.
  • March 5th and 14th – 'Birds' at Kalamoir Regional Park (Collens Hill entrance). An introduction to birding and some of early spring birds at Kalamoir.
  • April 9th and 25th – 'Spring Flowers' at Goats Peak Regional Park (Seclusion Bay Rd entrance). Identify some of the beautiful flowers covering the Okanagan hillsides each spring.
  • Summer schedule will be released in late-April. Please check back

 

Seasonal Events

Family Day at Kaloya

Come with your family and friends for a day in the park. We’ll provide toboggans, snowshoes and snow man making tools to try out. Roast a marshmallow and sip on hot choclate by the fire (please bring your own mug for the hot chocolate to help reduce waste). Stretch your sense of adventure and discover many ways to celebrate Family Day outdoors in February.

Date:Saturday, February 15th from 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Location:  Kaloya Regional Park 16061 Trask Rd Lake Country.

Earth Day Turns 50

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Join in the celebration of Earth Day at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan on Wednesday April 22nd.

Join a guided walk through Mission Creek Regional Park from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm.

Enjoy a screening of Revolution to celebrate National Film Day from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Both activities are free to attend but registration is required for the film as seating is limited. Please register online at rdco.com/parks

Date: Wednesday April 22nd

Location: Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan and Mission Creek Regional Park

Gibson House 30's Swing Dance 

Celebrate cultural heritage in style and dance the night away! Wear your finest 1930’s style and enjoy a live band at the Gibson Heritage House in Kopje Regional Park. Tour the heritage house and sip on non-alcoholic cocktails.

Date: Saturday, May 30th  from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Tickets will be available online in early April at rdco.com/parks

LocationKopje Regional Park

Kalamoir Pancake Breakfast 

Breakfast on the beach in support of Friends of Kalamoir Society and Kalamoir Regional Park. Please bring your own mug for coffee.

Date: Saturday, June 6th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

LocationKalamoir Regional Park 

Salmon Festivals  

Celebrate the return of the Kokanee Salmon with family fun and entertainment. We have two celebrations each year. These events are free – no registration required.

Dates and Locations

Spooktacular Pumpkin Walk

Wear your Halloween costume and stroll the pathways of jack-o-lanterns in Mission Creek Regional Park Drop off a carved pumpkin with an LED light at the EECO from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.   Then from 5:00 to 8:00 pm stroll the pathways illuminated by pumpkins and cast your vote to help award prizes for best pumpkins.

Date: Summer schedule will be released in late April.  Please check back.

LocationMission Creek Regional Park

Nature Camps (Spring Break and Summer)

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 Tuesdays 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.

Winter Magic

Celebrate the wonder of winter and enjoy lights in the nut orchard at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park.  This event is free and you don’t have to register.

Date: Winter schedule will be released in late April.  Please check back then.

LocationGellatly Nut Farm Regional Park

This event is free and there’s no need to register.

 

 

 

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