NatureKids Kamloops

Volunteer Leaders: Rob Wharf & Mandy Ross

Meet your volunteer leaders!

Bugaboo Provincial Park, BC
Hi! I'm Mandy, your new NatureKids co-leader. I love all things outdoors and try to spend as much time outside as I possibly can. I am working on my Masters of Environmental Science in Plant Ecology and I work with WildSafeBC, so I get to learn about both plants and animals everyday- which is awesome! I also like to climb, mountain bike, hike, camp, ski and ice climb - so much to do in beautiful BC.  I am looking forward to exploring nature even more with the wonderful NatureKids club here in Kamloops!

Upcoming Explorer Days

Sun. Apr 9th
Geo Tour of Kamloops with KEG
Bring a favorite rock for discussion! 

We'll be having a driving geology tour of Kamloops lead by Ed from the Kamloops Explorers Group! This tour will be called "Geological Environments of Kamloops" and will include introduction to geological processes and how we do the science. Every child should bring an interesting rock to learn about. Ed can help you to ID the rock! We will carpool from Aberdeen Mall near the Cineplex, meeting at 12:30. The tour will go until 3pm, but Ed has offered to stay out longer if the group is keen. I will send out a reminder closer to the date. 

Sun. May 14th
BC Forestry tour 

Tour of the Wildfire Suppression Centre and check out some water bombers!

Save the dates & check back for details:
June 11
Sept 17
Oct 15
Nov 19
Dec 17

Past Explorer Days

March 12, 2017
10:30 am
BC Wildlife Park

We'll be getting a tour from one of the animal caretakers. "Meet a reptile" presentation at 11 am we'll be attending and the camel feeding is at 1 pm.

Feb 19th 
Fun on Harper Mnt
Meet at 9:45am
Depending on what the group wants to do, we can go tubing, snowshoeing, track birds/animals, etc! There is also the option to take the lift up to the top of the mountain and showshoe down The cost of these events will be covered individually, but the club will supply hot dogs to roast over the fire and hot chocolate to warm you up. Please RSVP beforehand.

January 14th
Big Little Science Centre
12:45pm Meeting Time
We had a slight change of plans for this week, but we still have a place to meet up out of the cold. Originally, we planned to meet at the Tk'emlups museum but they are not open on weekends right now. Let's visit the Big Little Science Centre instead! 12:45, Jan 14, please note, that this is a Saturday, rather than our usual Sunday time. We'll meet up in the parking area, if it isn't blowing snow.

Please RSVP so we can let them know how many people to expect.
Bring your nature journal so you can draw or take notes about the fun things we learn!

December 11th
Christmas Bird Count at Mac Island Park

We'll be hiking around the west end of MacArthur Island in search of birds with Ken Lipinski and Margaret Graham! Ken and Margaret have offered to help us find and ID birds for the annual count. Bring your binoculars and nature notepad, so that you can make notes about the birds we find.

We will be outdoors, rain or shine, so please bring water, snacks, appropriate hiking shoes and clothing. Please RSVP by the morning of Dec 11th.

November 20th
Animal Tracks with Frank Ritcey
Frank Ritcey will be leading us around the Lac du Bois Grasslands to learn about and search for animal tracks. Bring your boots as we might be visiting some watering holes!
We'll be hiking around Lac du Bois in search of animal tracks with local wildllife expert and Kamloops Naturalist club member, Frank Ritcey. We'll meet at the Lac du Bois cattle guard parking lot at 12:45pm and carpool to the site from there. Bring your binoculars, if you have them, to search for birds and other wildlife.

October 23rd
Gibraltar Rock Hike
Paul Lake Provincial Park
We'll be hiking up Gibraltar Rock, looking for plants, mushrooms and birds, and maybe doing a little nature journaling/drawing to record what we see.

June 12th 
Painted Turtles at Niskonlith Lake
We'll be at Niskonlith Lake for our June 12 explorer day. Our host Peter Ballin will have lots of interesting turtle information to share with us. We will meet at the Niskonlith Lake Cabin at 12:45pm. We will be outdoors so please bring water and snacks and appropriate hiking boots and clothing. Please RSVP by Friday June 10, so we know who'll be joining us.

April 17th 
Flower Identification
The next Explorer Day will be at the BC Wildlife Park on April 17th, and our Nature Mentor at the park will be meeting us at 10am for a special talk, so please arrive at 9:45am and we will meet just inside the main entrance. This great event is generously supported by the Kamloops Naturalist Club!

Sunday, March 13th 
1pm - 3pm 
We will be meeting at Progressive Air, 2964 Airport Road (the same place we met for the Wild Fire talk in the fall). 
With our Nature Mentor, we will be painting bird houses for your backyards! Please RSVP at your earliest convenience so that we can plan for the appropriate number of bird houses.

Sunday, February 21st 
1:00pm - 3:00pm

This month we will take an up close and personal look at REPTILES! We will be meeting at the BIG Little Science Centre at 655 Holt Street, where we will have the opportunity to look at some reptiles that are cared for at the centre. We will then travel (by car) to Rattlesnake Bluffs for a hike, so please dress appropriately.

Sunday December 13, 2015
Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids)
10:00 - 12:00

Riverside Park, please meet in the East parking lot below the Sandler Center. (same meeting spot as last month) We will walk the river bank. Please RSVP to the e-mail.

We are pleased to have Nature Mentor Ken Lipinski from the Kamloops Naturalist Club lead our Bird Count. Our club has binoculars and a spotting scope which we can all share. Afterwards the Nature Kids BC club will treat everyone to a hot chocolate at the Tim Horton's at Lansdowne Square to warm up. Please dress with warm clothes, hats, mitts, winter jackets and boots are recommended.