South Okanagan

Welcome NatureKids Club of the South Okanagan!  

Volunteer Co-leaders: Alyson, Paula, Janelle & Kyle
Club email:

Our club usually meets monthly with a focus of exploring nature throughout the South Okanagan. Please revisit this page as there will sometimes be exceptions!  The South Okanagan Young Naturalists focus on activities for 5-10 year olds, though the whole family is welcome to join us!  

Meet your volunteer leaders:
Hi everyone! My name is Alyson and I am mom to two young children who love to explore.  Outside of Nature Kids, I am an environmental consultant and executive director of Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship, assisting local stewards and communities to enhance and conserve precious wildlife habitats. My passions are encouraging citizen science and providing opportunities for children and youth to experience nature and are the reasons why I wanted to start a Club in the South Okanagan and became a Nature Kids volunteer.

My name is Paula and I have an adventurous little daughter. Playing and exploring in nature is something that we love to do. We were looking for other young families to join us and decided what better way than working with Alyson to organize a local NatureKids Club. My love for nature has lead me to study ecology, fish and wildlife technology, gardening, birding, native plants, astronomy, nature interpretation and so much more. We hope others will join us on many wonderful journeys through nature.

Hi there! My name is Janelle. I was born and raised in the Okanagan and I think this is the best place in the world to live! We have fascinating natural history here and so many interesting plants and animals to discover. I enjoy sharing nature experiences with my son and with the NatureKids families. My background is in ecological restoration and environmental education. When I am not out hiking or biking, I put on a bee suit and head to the beeyard with my husband. We are beekeepers with a family owned and operated apiary here in the south Okanagan.

Upcoming Explorer Days

Sunday, May 7
Slithery Snakes
10am to 11:30
Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park (meet in the lower parking lot).  Learn all about the snakes of the Okanagan.  Afterwards, Nature Kids are encouraged to check out the Open House at the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls.

Sunday, June 4
Pond Dip
Location to be announced

Past Explorer Days

Sun. April 9th
Rock Collectors and Signs of Spring Hike
10am - 2pm
Peachcliff at Okanagan Falls

Feb. 26 –Snow Day
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Garnet Fire Interpretive Site. Address is 2301 Beaver Dell Rd. 

January 29th 
Ice Safety/ Ice Fishing
Yellow Lake on Hwy 3a  
Meet at the parking lot at the Twin Lakes/Penticton end. 
10:30 am-Noon

December 29th
Winter Solstice Celebration - Winter walk and campfire
Garnet Fire Interpretive Centre Trial head on Carmi Rd/Beaverdell Road.
11am - 2pm

Sunday, November 27
Burrowing Owls

October 30th, 2016

September 18 - Tree Planting at Riverside Marsh

August 28: Exploring Shoreline Ecosytems @ Sunoka Beach

June 26th
Flowers and Skunks!

Sunday, May 29
Slimy Salamanders and Toad-ally Awesome Toads with Natasha Lukey

Sunday, April 24 
Exploring Birds with 11-year old author, Jordyn Emshay

Sunday, April 3rd
Signs of Spring @ Garnet Fire Interpretive Centre

Saturday February 27
Penticton Museum Natural History guided tour.  

Sunday January 31st, 2016
Snow Day @ Nickelplate Nordic, Apex Mtn

November 29 - Hug a Tree Adventure Program
October - Getting Batty at Garnet Fire Interpretive Site
Sept. 27th - Wild Carnivores of the Okanagan 
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - Penticton Creek Restoration & Salmon
Saturday, May 31, 2015- Pond Study
Saturday, April 26, 2015- Earth Day Planting
Saturday, March 29, 2015- Birds in Spring with Dick Cannings
Thursday, February 22, 2015- Winter Survival & Tobogganing
Saturday, March 30, 2013- Signs of Spring Nature walk.   
Saturday, April 27, 2013- Bees & Snakes

Thank you to the South Okanagan Naturalists' Club, our volunteer nature mentors and Margaret Jackson for their generous support of our Club!