Events and Programs

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

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Weekly Programs (throughout the year)

 

Art in the park

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

Dates: Sundays, June 30 through to August 18, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

LocationGibson Heritage House in Kopje Regional Park

Free, drop-in program.

Gibson House Heritage Tours

Discover what life was like on an orchard homestead in the early 1900s. Parks staff will guide you through the lakeside heritage house in Kopje Regional Park.

Dates: Sundays, starting June 30th through to August 18th, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Gibson Heritage House in Kopje Regional Park

Free, drop-in program no registration required.

Gibson House Heritage Tours

Go Fish

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 16th, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location:  Mission Creek Regional Park (Hall Road fishing pond) or Shannon Lake Regional Park fishing areas.

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 

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 May until June 27th, August 8th - 29th, and October 3rd until November 28th

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

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 each Friday morning until May 14th at 10:30 am.

The fall session will run Tuesday mornings from 10:30 am to 11:30 am starting October 1st through December 17th.  The program is being held in the lower level area of the EECO while renovations are underway.

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

Tracks Walking Club 

Spring Tracks

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 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 2nd to June 4th 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: Mission Creek Regional Park and Greenway - Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 am from September 30th through November 27th OR Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park on Tuesdays at 9:00 am from October 1st through November 26th.

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

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. 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!

While the  Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads is closed for renovations through early 2020, please email eeco@rdco.com to arrange for pickup of a backpack of your choice at the EECO

 

Monthly Programs

Agents of Discovery App Scavenger Hunts

Join parks staff for a virtual scavenger hunt! Download the Agents of Discovery app and explore park trails in a new way.  This is a free drop-in program that runs from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and no registration is required.

Dates and Locations:

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, April 28th - 'Reptiles and Amphibians' in Mission Creek Regional Park, 1:00 pm –  3:00 pm

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

Saturday, June 15th - Agents of Discovery App Scavenger Hunt in Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm   You don’t have to pre-register for this, just visit the park at the Trepanier Road entrance (from Highway 97-C west, take the Trepanier Road off-ramp and follow under the highway).  Our Parks Services crew will be there to greet you and help you get started!   Bring along a mobile device so you can plug into the virtual treasure hunt with the free Agents of Discovery App which you can download in advance from the App Store or Play Store!  The App’s designed specifically for use within the park – with more than a dozen designated locations for you to explore and discover the ecology and geology of the park.  It takes about an hour to complete and there are Regional Parks prizes for everyone completing the scavenger hunt!

Saturday, July 20th - Agents of Discovery App Scavenger Hunt in Stephens Coyote Ridge Regional Park 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.   You don’t have to pre-register for this, just visit the park.  Our Parks Services crew will be there to greet you and help you get started!   Bring along a mobile device so you can plug into the virtual treasure hunt with the free Agents of Discovery App which you can download in advance from the App Store or Play Store!  The App’s designed specifically for use within the park – with more than a dozen designated locations for you to explore and discover the ecology and geology of the park.  It takes about an hour to complete and there are Regional Parks prizes for everyone completing the scavenger hunt!

Saturday, August 10th - 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.

Saturday, August 24th - '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.

Sunday, September 22nd - '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!

Saturday, October 12th - Agents of Discovery App Scavenger Hunt in Bertram Creek Regional Park 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.   You don’t have to pre-register for this, just visit the park.  Our Parks Services crew will be there to greet you and help you get started!   Bring along a mobile device so you can plug into the virtual treasure hunt with the free Agents of Discovery App which you can download in advance from the App Store or Play Store!  The App’s designed specifically for use within the park – with more than a dozen designated locations for you to explore and discover the ecology and geology of the park.  It takes about an hour to complete and there are Regional Parks prizes for everyone completing the scavenger hunt!

Sunday, October 27th - '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.

December, ?? - '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.  There will be carollers, hot chocolate and tours of the heritage farm house.

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

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:

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: August 10th from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

LocationKopje Regional Park

Free, drop-in program

Wild Walks

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: June through December - Saturday walks at 10 am and Wednesday walks at 1 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

 

Seasonal Events

Gibson House 30's Swing Dance - CANCELLED

Due to low ticket sales - this event has been cancelled.  Those who purchased tickets will be contacted regarding refunds.

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: Sunday, June 30th  from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm - CANCELLED

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. Breakfast costs $3.

Date: Saturday, June 1st 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: Sunday, October 27th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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: Full festivities from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on December 21st and 22nd including carolers, hot chocolate (bring your own mug) and tours of the Farm House by Gellatly Nut Farm Society volunteers.

Or take a self-guided tour of the lights December 18th to 20th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

LocationGellatly Nut Farm Regional Park

There is limited parking available in the Nut Farm parking lot, so carpooling is definitely encouraged with friends, family and neighbours.   We ask that people attending please obey our on-site traffic control people, watch for them and pedestrians so that everyone is safe.

There's also limited on-street parking in the area, so please be aware of and follow any parking/traffic control attendants and parking restrictions/signage and please don't block our neighbours driveways.

 

 

 
 
 
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)