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RDCO community calendar and upcoming events

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February 27, 2017 - 3:47 PM

KELOWNA - PSAs regarding the Community Calendar, Meetings or Events from the RDCO.

Start date:  Immediate   
End date:  Tuesday, March 28th

Nature Detectives Spring Break Camps

Registration is underway for this year’s Nature Detectives Spring Break Camps at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads).

Indoor and outdoor activities for children age five to seven and seven to 10 will run from 9:00 am to 12 noon, March 21st to 23rd and again March 28th through 30th.   

All camp participants will engage in nature play, crafts and games that will bring out their inner naturalist as they make new friends!  Each morning during the camps they’ll discover park trails and ponds, listen to stories about animals and our environment.

Please register in advance at the EECO.  The cost is $75 per youngster for each three, half-day camp session.

For more information visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parksevents or contact the EECO at 250-469-6139, email eeco@cord.bc.ca or drop into the Centre at 2363A Springfield Road in Mission Creek Regional Park.


Start date:  Immediate    
End date: 

‘Eco-Art at the EECO’

Bring your imagination to ‘Eco-Art at the EECO’ and see what you’ll create using recycled and natural materials. 

It’s fun for the whole family each Saturday morning at 11. There’s no need to pre-register for this free program, just drop into the EECO a few minutes early.   All ages are welcome to take part!

The 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/parksevents, drop-in or call the EECO at 250-469-6140.

Start date:  Immediate    
End date:   Tuesday, June 27th – 9:00 am

‘Story Time at the EECO’

Children aged three to five and their caregivers love ‘Story Time at the EECO’. 

The free weekly one-hour drop-in program features nature-themed stories and songs followed by an art or craft project. The program is an excellent way for younger children to interact with others while learning more about the natural world.

‘Story Time’ runs each Tuesday morning at 10:00 until March 14th and resumes from April 4th to June 27th.

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.

Start date:  February 28th       
End date:   Thursday, April 27th  – 2:00 pm

‘EECO After School’

Students of all ages 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 Tuesday, March 14th, Tuesday, April 11th and Thursday, April 27th 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 of their child for the program. Registration is required for drop off.  Please pre-register by dropping into the EECO, email eeco@cord.bc.ca or phone 250-469-6139.

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.

·         Start date:   Immediate 
·         End date:    April 30th

‘Alien Invaders – Nasty or Nice?’ Exhibit

Many plant and animal species have moved to the Okanagan. A few of these species have had negative impacts of the native species that are a part of the sensitive Okanagan ecosystem. Learn about the difference between non-native and invasive species, and a few things that you can do to help reduce the spread of invasive species.

‘Alien Invaders – Nasty or Nice?’ is on display 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 3:00 pm and starting March 14th 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.
Start date:  Immediate
End date:   Thursday, April 13th – 11:00 am

‘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, 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:

·         Saturday, March 11th at 10:00 am and Thursday, March 16th at 1:00 pm join us as we visit Glen Canyon Regional Park in West Kelowna.  We’ll set off from the Aberdeen Road entrance, and visit the hoodoos along Powers Creek.

·         Saturday, April 8th at 10:00 am and Thursday, April 13th at 1:00 pm we’ll explore the Mission Creek Greenway by bicycle, discovering some of the unique features of this creekside trail as we set out from the EECO at Springfield and Durnin Roads. If you do not have a bike please contact the EECO to arrange for one.

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 250-469-6139.

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.


Start date:  Immediate    
End date:   Sunday, April 23rd – 10:00 am

‘Families in Parks’

Get the whole family active and celebrating the outdoors!

Join Regional Parks staff as they provide some free activities at our ‘Families in Parks’ events.  Activities take place between 10:00 am and 11:30 am and require pre-registration.

·         Sunday, March 26th enjoy ‘Spring Break for Families’ at Bertram Creek Regional Park along the south end of Lakeshore Road in Kelowna.  Join our parks staff for this introduction to outdoors activities, special places and historical journeys – Canada 150 style!

·         Sunday, April 23rd we learn about the world of ‘Reptiles and Amphibians’ at Mission Creek Regional Park.  We’ll set off from the area around the Hall Road fishing pond. 

To register your family for these free events, or other ‘Families in Parks’ events, 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 250-469-6139.


Start date:  March 1st    
End date:   Ongoing through Thursday, June 22nd  – 8:00 am

Spring Tracks Walking Club

Starting March 1st, register for the free spring ‘Tracks Walking Club’.  Our 12-week beginner graduated walking program offers your choice of location on either side of Okanagan Lake:

·         Each Monday and Wednesday morning at 9:00 from April 3rd to June 21st we’re walking along the Mission Creek Greenway and in Mission Creek Regional Park. (no walks Easter Monday April 17th or Victoria Day May 22nd)

·         April 4th through June 22nd, each Tuesday and Thursday 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 Walk and Talk program.

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 250-469-6139.


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