Saturdays June 16th, 23rd, 30th - 'Forest Therapy Nature Walks'
Regional Parks is excited to offer a new program exploring mindfulness as a way to experience the natural beauty of in some of our parks! View Poster
A certified facilitator will guide participants in our ‘Forest Therapy Nature Walks’ using concepts of forest bathing or shinrin-yoku a cornerstone of preventative healthcare and healing in Japan. As you learn 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 Saturday 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 email@example.com or phone 250-469-6140.
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Sundays - 'Gibson House Tours and Art in the Park'
Delve into a bit of local history then let your artistic juices flow at Gibson Heritage House in Kopje Regional Park on Carrs Landing Road in Lake Country.
Gibson House is open for tours from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm each Sunday starting June 24th continuing through August 26th.
Regional Parks staff and volunteers will guide you through the 1912 heritage house which has been restored and refurnished through community donations.
This year we’re also celebrating a new ‘Art in the Park’ program each Sunday through August 12th from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Create your own watercolour masterpieces as we provide all the materials you’ll need in this family-friendly program!
For more information please visit regionaldistrict.com/parks, check out ‘Your Guide to Regional Parks’ or contact the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan at 250-469-6140.
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'Summer Nature Camps'
Registration is underway at the EECO (Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan) for this summer’s Nature Camps.
This popular half-day morning summer program for youngsters returns during July and August with camps for youth aged 3 - 8. There are two special programs for pre-school children age 3 and 4 years running mornings July 3rd to 6th and August 7th through 10th.
The camps use Mission Creek Regional Park as a backdrop for fun, active indoor and outdoor activities with a focus on environmental education to foster an appreciation for our natural environment.
For more information on camp dates and registration prices check out ‘Your Guide to Regional Parks’; go online to regionaldistrict.com/parksevents or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.
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July 15th - 'Legends of the Forest' Story Time
Join us for a free special ‘Legends of the Forest Story Time’ on Sunday, July 15th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the EECO. It’s perfect for children of all ages!
Darcee O’Hearn is our special guest. She’s the award winning author of the ‘Legends of the Forest’ series as well as being a forest educator. Following the story enjoy a craft activity at Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park, 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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Saturday, July 21st and Wednesday, July 25th - '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 including families with young children and range from easy to moderate. Participants should dress for the conditions, wear appropriate sturdy footwear and bring along some anti-slip/traction devices! There’s no cost to take part but please pre-register for ‘Wild Walks’ on the following dates and locations:
Monday, August 6th to Friday August 10th - EECO Closed - 'Fins and Fur' exhibit installation
The Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan is closed from Monday, August 6th through Friday, August 10th for our exhibit changeover.
Join us on Saturday, August 11th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-469-6140.
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Sunday, August 19th - 'Kokanee Salmon Festival'
Celebrate the return of the Kokanee Salmon and enjoy them in their spawning colors.
Check out the displays and watch the Kokanee salmon spawning in Deep (Peachland) Creek during the ‘Welcome the Kokanee Salmon Festival’. The free activities for every family member go Sunday, August 19th between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm in the grassy area of Hardy Falls Regional Park along Hardy Street just off Highway 97 at the south end of Peachland. The upstream trail in the park remains closed due to damage from the spring 2017 flooding.
A park interpreter will also be on hand to answer questions you might have about our land-locked salmon that’s a cousin of the Sockeye salmon. 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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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 email@example.com 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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