Events

 

EECO Exhibit - 'Alien Invaders - Nasty or Nice?'

Many plant and animal species have moved to the Okanagan. A few of these species have had negative impacts of the native species that are a part of the sensitive Okanagan ecosystem. Learn about the difference between non-native and invasive species, and a few things that you can do to help reduce the spread of invasive species.

‘Alien Invaders – Nasty or Nice?’ is on display until summer 2017. The Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan or EECO is open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday and is in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.

Until July 22nd – you’ll also learn about the difference between non-native and invasive species, and a few things that you can do to help reduce the spread of invasive species with the Royal BC Museum travelling exhibit ‘Aliens Among Us’ inside the EECO!

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

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Tuesday mornings - 'Story Time at the EECO'

Tuesday mornings are ‘Story Time at the EECO’.  The free weekly one-hour drop-in program for children aged three to five and their care-givers is back for another season!

The younger ones love the nature-themed stories and songs followed by an art or craft project. The program is an excellent way for preschoolers to interact with others while learning more about the natural world. 

‘Story Time’ runs each Tuesday morning at 10:00 through June 27th.

The EECO or Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan is located in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads. For more information please visit www.regionaldistrict.com/parks, drop-in or call the EECO at 250-469-6140.

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Saturday mornings - 'Eco-Art at the EECO'

Bring your imagination and join in the fun Saturday mornings for ‘Eco-Art at the EECO’.  

Each Saturday morning at 11, you’ll create works of art with recycled and natural materials.

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 is located in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.

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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Monday and Wednesday morning Spring 'Tracks Walking Clubs' - to June 21st

Our free spring ‘Tracks Walking Club’ is a 12-week beginner graduated walking program on the east side of Okanagan Lake: 

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 250-469-6139.

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Tuesday and Thursday morning Spring 'Tracks Walking Club' - to June 22nd

Our free spring ‘Tracks Walking Club’ is a 12-week beginner graduated walking program on the west side of Okanagan Lake: 

  • Through June 22nd, each Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:00, 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 250-469-6139.

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Roll and Stroll -  weekly until May 25th

Join our free weekly walking club for moms and caregivers with babies and little ones.

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

Each Thursday until May 25th, participants meet at 9:30 am the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO). Enjoy a leisurely 45 minute walk through the park, before returning to the EECO for refreshments.   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 250-469-6139 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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Saturday, May 6th and Thursday, May 11th - '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 and wear appropriate sturdy footwear.   There’s no cost to take part but please pre-register for ‘Wild Walks’ on the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, May 6th at 10:00 am and Thursday, May 11th at 1:00 pm join us as we visit Rose Valley Regional Park in West Kelowna.  We’ll set off from the Westlake Road north parking area (just south of the pond and Rose Valley Elementary School). 

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 250-469-6139.

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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Tuesday, May 9th - 'EECO After School'

Students of all ages are welcome to join in at ‘EECO After School’.

This is a perfect activity for students of any age to have fun after classes are done for the day.  Join us Tuesday, May 9th and Thursday, May 25th for free, hands-on learning activities that explore the ‘wild’ in our parks.

The one hour program begins at 3:00 pm in the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan located in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.  Please pre-register by dropping into the EECO, email eeco@cord.bc.ca or phone 250-469-6139.

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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Saturday, May 20 - 'Take a Hike'

You’re invited to take part a series of interpretive hikes in different Central Okanagan Regional Parks.

While there’s no cost to join in the guided ‘Take a Hike’ program, please pre-register at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan by emailing eeco@cord.bc.ca or call 250-469-6139.   All outings begin at 9:00 am, and are two and a half to three hour outings.  Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing, footwear and bring their own water and snack.

  • Saturday, May 20th –explore Rose Valley Regional Park  setting out from the kiosk at the north parking area along Westlake Road near Rose Valley pond (south of Rose Valley Elementary School).  This a more difficult rated hike which involves steep and uneven trails.

For more information on our other hikes or any of our Regional Parks programs visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parksevents or contact the EECO staff at 250-469-6140 or email eeco@cord.bc.ca.

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Thursday, May 25th - 'EECO After School'

Students of all ages are welcome to join in at ‘EECO After School’.

This is a perfect activity for students of any age to have fun after classes are done for the day.  Join us Thursday, April 27th for a free, hands-on learning activity that explores the ‘wild’ in our parks.

The one hour program begins at 3:00 pm in the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan located in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.  Please pre-register by dropping into the EECO, email eeco@cord.bc.ca or phone 250-469-6139.

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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June 1st - Summer Nature Camp Registration Begins

Registration starts June 1st 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 5 - 10.

There are two special programs for pre-school children age 3 and 4 years running mornings July 4th to 7th and August 8th through 11th.

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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Saturday, June 10th and Thursday, June 15th - '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 and wear appropriate sturdy footwear.   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 250-469-6139.

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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Saturday, June 24th - 'Take a Hike'

You’re invited to take part a series of interpretive hikes in different Central Okanagan Regional Parks.

While there’s no cost to join in the guided ‘Take a Hike’ program, please pre-register at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan by emailing eeco@cord.bc.ca or call 250-469-6139.   All outings begin at 9:00 am, and are two and a half to three hour outings.  Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing, footwear and bring their own water and snack. 

  • Saturday, June 24th – There’s great wildlife viewing potential along Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park.  This hike is rated moderate.  We’ll meet at the parking area off Trepanier Road and the Highway 97-C Okanagan Connector off ramps.

For more information on our other hikes or any of our Regional Parks programs visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parksevents or contact the EECO staff at 250-469-6140 or email eeco@cord.bc.ca.

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June 24th - continuing weekends until August 27th - Gibson House Tours

Delve into a bit of local history at the Gibson Heritage House in Kopje Regional Park on Carrs Landing Road in Lake Country. 

Gibson House is open for tours from noon to 4:00 pm each Saturday and Sunday starting June 24th and continuing each weekend through August. 

Regional Parks staff and volunteers will guide you through the 1912 heritage house which has been restored and refurnished through community donations. 

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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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)