'Nature Smarts - Okanagan Edition' Exhibit at the EECO

Before you go out for a walk in your favourite regional park do you take a few minutes to gather some important items?  Do you take some water, additional clothing in case the weather changes, a first aid kit and your mobile device?  How about sunscreen and bug juice?

Outdoor knowledge and safety are important considerations when visiting any park or forested area.

Our new ‘Nature Smarts – Okanagan Edition’ exhibit can help you with tips to be better prepared for your next outing!

Check it out at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.  The EECO is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

For more information on this and other EECO programs, check out ‘Your Guide to Regional Parks’, visit the Regional District website ( or contact the EECO at 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, drop-in or call the EECO at 250-469-6140.

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Saturday mornings - 'Geocaching at the EECO'

Bring the whole family for an interactive treasure hunt around the park!

No experience required. Borrow a GPS for a $5 deposit and search the forest around Mission Creek Park for hidden geocaches.

Geocaching at the EECO runs every Saturday June through August at 10:30am. Free but registration is required.

For more information on this and other EECO programs, check out ‘Your Guide to Regional Parks’, visit the Regional District website ( or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

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Saturdays August 4th, 18th and 25th - 'Sylix/ Indigenous Story Time'

Join Rayelena, our Indigenous Park Interpreter Student for a selection of stories followed by an introduction to some Okanagan concepts with a focus on Indigenous culture.  Then enjoy a nature walk and discussion of the habitats of the 'Four Food Chiefs' accompanied by a 'Medicine Wheel' activity.  View Poster

This is a free program that runs on each Saturday morning listed above at 11:00 am and lasts approximately one hour.  It's perfect for children age 5-8.  It takes place at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park  at Springfield and Durnin Roads

Please pre-register by calling 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.  (Please note:  no tours or Art activity on Sunday, August 5th - we apologize for this unforseen change)

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, 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 or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

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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 ( or contact the EECO by email or phone 250-469-6140.

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Saturday, August 11th - Perseid Meteor Shower Watch

Enjoy an evening at Kopje Regional Park and marvel at the wonders of the universe at Perseid Meteor Watch on Saturday, August 11thView Event Poster

The doors to Gibson Heritage House located in the park will be open for tours and we’ll have activities on the lawn outside between 8:00 and 10:00 pm.  Then lay out your blanket or unfold your lawn chairs and gaze at the shooting stars between 9:30 and 11:00.

Kopje Regional Park is located at 15480 Carrs Landing Road in Lake Country.  Headlamps and flashlights are recommended as there is minimal lighting in the park.

If possible, we recommend celestial watchers carpool as parking is limited in the park.

There’s no charge and no registration required, just bring your family and friends to join Regional Parks interpreters for an evening of galactic fun at Kopje Regional Park!

For more information contact the EECO at 250-469-6140, email or drop into the Centre at 2363A Springfield Road in Mission Creek Regional Park.

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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,, 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 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

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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:
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Closed Holidays)