Events

 

Spring Tracks Walking Clubs - 

The free spring ‘Tracks Walking Club’ is underway.  Our 12-week beginner graduated walking program offers your choice of location on either side of Okanagan Lake: 

  • April 10th through June 26th, each Tuesday 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.

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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'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 (regionaldistrict.com/parksevents) or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

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Tuesday mornings - Story Time at the eECO

We’re back for another fun season of ‘Story Time at the EECO’.  The free weekly one-hour drop-in program for children aged three to five and their care-givers promises to get everyone involved active and engaged!

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 until June 26th.

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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Thursday Mornings - Roll and Stroll

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). 

Each Thursday morning until July 26th, 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 250-469-6140 or email eeco@cord.bc.ca.

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Thursday afternoons - 'EECO After School'

Students 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 each Thursday afternoon until June 28th 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.  Parents of school aged children can enjoy a child-free hour in the park by dropping off their child for the program. Please pre-register for drop-off by stopping by the EECO, emailing eeco@cord.bc.ca or phoning 250-469-6140.

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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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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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 (regionaldistrict.com/parksevents) or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

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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 eeco@cord.bc.ca 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:

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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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 eeco@cord.bc.ca 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 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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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)