Events

 

'Fins and Fur' Exhibit at the EECO

Join us as we display the 'Fins and Fur' exhibit.

Late each summer the land locked Kokanee salmon make their annual spawning run along the many tributaries of Okanagan Lake and along the lake shore itself. Through the fall, local streams will be full of the red, fresh water cousins of the Sockeye along with hungry black bears ready to fill their bellies.

The exhibit explores this interesting and important animal relationship in the Okanagan. The EECO is open Tuesday through Sunday in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.

For more information on this and other EECO programs, check out ‘Your Guide to Regional Parks’, visit the Regional District website (regionaldistrict.com/parksevents) or contact the EECO by email eeco@cord.bc.ca or phone 250-469-6140.

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Fridays - Summer Story Time - starting July 6th

Bring your 3-5 year-olds to for a free drop-in story and activity at Mission Creek Regional Park Fridays at 10:00 am during July and August.

The stories will be followed by an exploration of nearby areas through a series of mini nature walks.

No registration required. Meet under the trees near the park playground at Springfield and Durnin Roads.

For more information please visit www.regionaldistrict.com/parksevents, drop-in or call the EECO at 250-469-6140.

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Weekends - Kokanee Interpretive Programs

You’re invited to witness an annual rite of nature while learning more about the life of the Kokanee salmon.  Check out the Regional Parks Kokanee Spawning Interpretive Program’ weekends in Mission Creek Regional Park off Springfield Road and Hardy Falls Regional Park in Peachland. 

Parks Interpreters will be at both locations to answer questions and share Kokanee secrets weekends from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm beginning Saturday, August 25th (Hardy Falls) and September 1st (Mission Creek) through Sunday, October 7th or until the salmon are gone.  

Weekday school tours and special presentations for community groups start September 5th and may be booked by donation through the EECO (Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan).

For more information on this and other EECO and Regional Parks programs visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parksevents or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

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Saturday, August 25th and Wednesday, August 29th - 'Wild Walks'

Join in on ‘Wild Walks’ and learn some secrets and natural features of various Regional Parks.  

Our Park interpreter will turn an ordinary walk in the park into something extraordinary! 

Each ‘Wild Walks’ lasts approximately 2 hours and is suitable for all ages including families with young children and range from easy to moderate. Saturday walks start from 10:00 am and Wednesday walks start at 1:00 pm rain or shine so participants should dress for the conditions. There’s no cost to take part but please pre-register for ‘Wild Walks’ on the following dates and locations:

To save a spot for your family on these free ‘Wild Walks’ outings, please drop in to the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan, email eeco@cord.bc.ca or phone 250-469-6140.

These free events are held in conjunction with the Community Recreational Initiatives Society (CRIS) to provide barrier free access to our regional parks.  To request the services of CRIS volunteers visit www.adaptiveadventures.ca..

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Saturday, September 8th and Wednesday, September 12th - 'Wild Walks'

Join in on ‘Wild Walks’ and learn some secrets and natural features of various Regional Parks.   Our Park interpreter will turn an ordinary walk in the park into something extraordinary! 

Each ‘Wild Walks’ lasts approximately 90 minutes, is suitable for all ages and range from easy to moderate.  Participants should dress for the conditions, wear appropriate sturdy footwear and don’t forget the sunscreen!  There’s no cost to take part but please pre-register for ‘Wild Walks’ on the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, September 8th at 10:00 am and Wednesday, September 12th at 1:00 pm we’ll tour and learn about the unique geological formations in Glen Canyon Reginal Park.  Our round trip tour starts at the parking area located off Gellatly Road in West Kelowna. 

To save a spot for your family on these free ‘Wild Walks’ outings, please drop in to the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan, email eeco@cord.bc.ca or phone 250-469-6140.

These free events are held in conjunction with the Community Recreational Initiatives Society (CRIS) to provide barrier free access to our regional parks.  To request the services of CRIS volunteers visit www.adaptiveadventures.ca.   For more information about this or other Regional Park programs please visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parks or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

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Sunday, September 23rd - 'kikanee Salmon Festival'

Check out the displays and watch the Kokanee salmon spawning in Mission Creek during the kikinee Salmon Festival’.

The activities are being held Sunday, September 23rd at Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads).  This free, family event runs between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm and promises to provide lots of fun for children and adults alike.

The festival will include lively performances from local entertainment, ‘fishy’ displays and activities.

Come for favourites such as The Ta Daa Lady & Nylon Zoo, Trixie the Clown and Mr Brown Knows, fishy cupcakes, and stay for the main attraction- the spectacular salmon in the spawning channel

After you have had a chance to see the Kokanee in the spawning channel you can learn more at our current exhibit “Fins and Fur” at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan.

For more information visit the Regional District website, regionaldistrict.com/parksevents, or you can contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

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Saturdays September 22nd, 29th and October 6th - 'Forest Therapy Sessions'

Our June ‘Forest Therapy Sessions’ were so successful we’re offering them again this fall!   This program is a great way to explore mindfulness and experience the natural beauty of some of our parks!

A certified facilitator will guide participants in each session using concepts of forest bathing or shinrin-yoku, a cornerstone of preventative healthcare and healing in Japan.  Learning how to be more mindful in nature can help you can decompress, slow down and become more self-aware. 

These walks in three different parks run on three Saturdays mornings between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm and require pre-registration at a cost of $30 for all three sessions or $15 for individual walks.

There’s a maximum of ten people for each walk.  To register please drop in to the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park  at Springfield and Durnin Roads or email eeco@cord.bc.ca or phone 250-469-6140.

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Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings - Fall Tracks Walking Clubs

Register for the free ‘Fall Tracks Walking Clubs’.  Our beginner graduated walking program offers your choice of location on either side of Okanagan Lake: 

  • Each Tuesday morning at 9:00, from October 2nd to November 20th join us as we travel around the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park off Whitworth Road in West Kelowna.

There’s no cost to sign up and members receive a walking journal, walking tips, seminars and motivational tips that keep you moving.  People at a beginner fitness level are encouraged to take part gradually increasing their health, stamina and walking duration to 60 minutes. 

‘Tracks’ is in partnership with the Canadian Diabetes Association ‘Walk and Talk’ program.

To register, please drop in to the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park  at Springfield and Durnin Roads or email eeco@cord.bc.ca or phone 250-469-6140.

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Thursday mornings during October and November - 'Roll and Stroll'

This fall, moms and caregivers with babies and little ones are welcome to join our popular free weekly walking club.

‘Roll and Stroll’ is a great opportunity to meet other parents and spend time casually exploring Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads). 

Each Thursday morning at 9:30 starting October 4th until November 29th, participants meet at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO). Enjoy a leisurely 45 minute walk through the park, before returning to the EECO for refreshments and some baby basics.   Participants are encouraged to use strollers and baby carriers that are suitable for rough terrain.

The program is free, but registration is required by calling the EECO at 250-469-6140 or email eeco@cord.bc.ca.

For more information about this or other Regional Park programs please visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parksevents or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

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Friday mornings during October and November - 'Story Time at the EECO'

Bring your 3-5 year olds to the EECO for nature based stories, songs, and crafts!

The ‘Story Time at the EECO’ runs every Friday at 10:00 am from October 5th until December 21st at the EECO in Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads).

This program is free and no registration is required. It’s a great way for parents and care givers to have a fun interaction with their youngsters and for the little ones to cultivate an early enthusiasm for our natural world!

For more information please visit www.regionaldistrict.com/parksevents, drop-in or call the EECO at 250-469-6140.

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Saturday mornings during October and November - 'Nature Power Hour at the EECO'

If you’re interested in local wildlife around the Okanagan then the ‘Nature Power Hour at the EECO’ is for you!

Delve deep into the world of local wildlife with this interactive drop-in session at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads).

Topics vary from week to week and sessions run every Saturday from October 6th to December 22nd at 11:00 am.

For more information please visit www.regionaldistrict.com/parksevents, drop-in or call the EECO at 250-469-6140

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Saturday, October 13th and Wednesday, October 17th - 'Wild Walks'

Join in on ‘Wild Walks’ and learn some secrets and natural features of various Regional Parks.   Our Park interpreter will turn an ordinary walk in the park into something extraordinary! 

Each ‘Wild Walks’ lasts approximately 90 minutes, is suitable for all ages and range from easy to moderate.  Participants should dress for the conditions, wear appropriate sturdy footwear and don’t forget the sunscreen!  There’s no cost to take part but please pre-register for ‘Wild Walks’ on the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, October 13th at 10:00 am and Wednesday, October 17th at 1:00 pm take a trip through five climatic zones and view some special flying species in Woodhaven Nature Conservancy Regional Park. Thanks to the efforts of the original property owners, this jewel in the city was saved from development. Meet at the parking lot off Raymer Road in the south Mission area of Kelowna.. 

To save a spot for your family on these free ‘Wild Walks’ outings, please drop in to the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan, email eeco@cord.bc.ca or phone 250-469-6140.

These free events are held in conjunction with the Community Recreational Initiatives Society (CRIS) to provide barrier free access to our regional parks.  To request the services of CRIS volunteers visit www.adaptiveadventures.ca.   For more information about this or other Regional Park programs please visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parks or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

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Saturdays October 27th, November 17th and December 1st - 'Wellness Workshops'

Are you interested in learning how to make your own sustainable products using natural and local products? If so the ‘Wellness Workshops’ will help get you on the right path!

Learn how to take wellness into your own hands and be able to make some of your own products from ingredients that can be obtained locally.

Sessions will be held Saturdays at the EECO from 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm on October 27th, November 17th, and December 1st.   Each session is $15 and registration is required.

To register, please drop in to the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park  at Springfield and Durnin Roads or email eeco@cord.bc.ca or phone 250-469-6140.

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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
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