January 08, 2016 - 10:52 AM
The start of a new year means you can find out what’s happening in our Regional Parks with the new Winter-Spring edition of ‘Your Guide to Regional Parks 2016’.
It’s available online at regionaldistrict.com/parksguide, or you can pick up a printed copy at the EECO in Mission Creek Regional Park; at the Regional District office (1450 KLO Road) in Kelowna or over the next few weeks at other local government offices and visitor information centres.
“Our ten-page colour foldout outlines everything about our activities, events and programs in our Regional Parks right through May,” says Communications Officer Bruce Smith.
He says, “Our free ‘Explore Your Parks’ program offers a monthly Saturday morning and Thursday afternoon opportunity to join a park interpreter, get your family outside and active, while learning about the park that’s being visited. These outings are available for everyone thanks to the volunteers from the Community Recreational Initiatives Society, who provide barrier-free access to our parks. To discover more about or request CRIS services, check out adaptiveadventures.ca.”
Smith adds, “While most of our programs are offered for free, we do encourage people to pre-register by contacting the staff at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan or EECO at 250-469-6139 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. During the winter months, please make sure you’re properly prepared for the conditions with appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes and traction or anti-slip devices. Some participants find poles help with their balance and stability and give them an additional workout.”
“Over the next few months,” he says “we’re continuing with our ‘Families in Parks’, ‘Going Wild at the EECO’ and ‘Eco-Art at the EECO’ programs. Eco-Art is a free drop-in program at 11:00 each Saturday morning that encourages you to create works of art with recycled and natural materials. There’s no need to pre-register for this program, just drop into the EECO a few minutes early. All ages are welcome to take part!”
Smith says, “The winter-spring guide also has details about the spring ‘Tracks Walking Club’ program in Mission Creek and Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Parks and our ‘Nature Detectives Spring-Break Camps’ in March for youngsters age five to seven. Pre-registration is required for each of these popular programs.”
And of course, the Parks Guide also features a two-page colour map showing each Regional Park location and some of the amenities that are available.
For more information about any Regional Parks program and our detailed online section for Regional Parks, visit regionaldistrict.com/parks or call the EECO at 250-469-6140.
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