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Walks, eco-art and outdoor play: Things to do in January and February

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December 21, 2016 - 9:08 AM

*There is no Eco-Art at the EECO on December 24th or 31st or Story Time at the EECO on Tuesday, December 27th as the EECO is closed.

‘Story Time at the EECO’

Tuesday mornings are ‘Story Time at the EECO’.  The free, weekly one-hour drop-in program for children aged three to five and their care-givers returns for the winter months.

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 at the EECO’ runs each Tuesday morning at 10:00 starting January 3rd.

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:  January 1st
End date:   ongoing

‘Eco-Art at the EECO’

Let your creative juices flow during ‘Eco-Art at the EECO’. 

Each Saturday morning at 11, every member of your family may create a work of art using recycled and natural materials.

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:  January 1st
End date:   Thursday, February 16th – 11:00 am

‘Wild Walks’

It’s a new season, a new view and a new opportunity to discover your Regional Parks.  So dress for the conditions, bring along some anti-slip/traction devices and join ‘Wild Walks’.

Our Park interpreter will share some secrets and point out the natural features of various Regional Parks.  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.

There’s no cost to take part but please pre-register for ‘Wild Walks’ on the following dates and locations:

·         Saturday, January 14th at 10:00 am and Thursday, January 19th at 1:00 pm join us as we visit Mill Creek Regional Park, just off Spencer Road in the Ellison area.  Explore the changes that winter brings as we walk to the frozen waterfall on Mill Creek.

·         Saturday, February 11th at 10:00 am and Thursday, February 16th at 1:00 pm we’ll check out Scenic Canyon Regional Park.  Setting out from the Hollywood Road south parking lot, we’ll walk upstream along the Mission Creek Greenway, pointing out some of the unique features of this creekside trail.

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:  January 1st      
End date:   Thursday, February 23rd  – 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 Thursday, January 26th and Thursday, February 23rd 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.  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:   Wednesday, February 22nd 

‘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) during the winter months.

Starting Thursday, January 5th and continuing weekly until February 23rd, 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 and winter conditions.  Sturdy boots with traction aids are recommended.

The program is free, but registration is required by calling the EECO at 250-469-6139 or email eeco@cord.bc.ca.

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:  January 1st
End date:   Saturday, February 20th – 3:00 pm

‘Families in Parks’

Get the whole family dressed for winter and into the outdoors!

Join Regional Parks staff as they provide these free, fun ‘Families in Parks’ winter events.  Activities take place between 10:00 am and 11:30 am and require pre-registration.

·         Sunday, January 22nd we encourage every member of your family to put down the screens and ‘Unplug and Play’ in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.   Join our program leaders with games to get everyone outside and active.  Then come inside the EECO for cups of warm cocoa and activities to take away any chill!

·         Sunday, February 19th dress everyone in their winter garb and bring your canine friend or family member to celebrate ‘National Walking the Dog Day’ at Kalamoir Regional Park in West Kelowna.  We’ll set out from the top of the park on Collens Hill Road just outside the park gate.  Please remember to bring your leash and bags to pick up any droppings!  Depending on weather conditions, winter anti-slip/traction aids and poles may assist as we explore trails in the park.

To register your family for these free ‘Families in Parks’ events, please drop in to the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan, email eeco@cord.bc.ca or phone 250-469-6139.


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