Vernon, British Columbia



The North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club is a member of BC Nature, the Federation of British Columbia Naturalists. Founded in 1951, our club remains active locally and provincially, enjoying experiences in nature, sharing our knowledge and passion with others, and protecting our natural environment.

On this page are listed upcoming events. The public is welcome at all club events, unless stated otherwise. See our Membership page to learn how to officially join NONC and support our efforts.

The North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club acknowledges the presence of the traditional, ancestral and unceded land of the Syilx and Secwepemc peoples who have resided here since time immemorial. We recognize, honour, and respect the Syilx / Secwepemc lands upon which we live, work, and play.

Monthly Meeting

See dates and details at right. On the first Wednesday of the month (September through May), at 7:00 pm. at the Schubert Centre, 3505 30th Ave., Vernon, in the Emerald Room. Visitors welcome!

Weekly E-Message

Once a week, usually on Monday, NONC members receive a Weekly Message by e-mail. This is a compilation of club news, observations, notices and photographs collected over the past week.

Our logo shows Kalamalka Lake with its turquoise waters and the grasslands of Kal Park. Enderby Cliffs represent one end of the North Okanagan valley through to Camels Hump on the other end. The Arrow-leaved Balsamroot represents the sun which plays a big part in this region. And for the birders and bluebird nest program volunteers there is a little bluebird feather.

Design by Lee Brinkman, October 2022


NONC monthly meetings are held in the Emerald Room at The Schubert Centre for Seniors, 30th Ave., in downtown Vernon. No entry fee. Members and non-members welcome. Coffee and cookies served!

Next meeting : September. See you then.


Join us Saturdays at 9:00 am. Visitors welcome. Dress for the weather. We do a lot of birdwatching, so bring binoculars if you have them. No dogs please. See list below.

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DR 1 & 2 are generally suitable for almost anyone, of any age. However, if you have issues of mobility and/or stamina, you should speak to the leader before attempting.

DR 1 Easy — Suitable for most people. Mostly paved or good-surface path, fairly level with some gentle climbs.

DR  2 Moderate — Suitable for most walkers and hikers with no mobility or endurance issues. May have longer distance with steeper hills and switchbacks, some uneven and rough path.

May 25 - 9am DR 1

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk on the BX Ranch Trail. 2.35km one way. Meet at the parking lot on East Vernon Rd. Contact Harold at

June 1 - 9am DR 1

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk on the Longacre Trail, Okanagan Landing. Meet at the small parking lot at east end of trail on Apollo Rd near Longacre Dr. Take Apollo Rd south off Okanagan Landing Rd.  Contact Lynn at

June 8 - 9am DR 2

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk at the Thomas Hayes Ecological Park in Spallumcheen Township. Take Otter Lake Cross Road exit from Hwy 97, follow this road behind the Tolko Mill and turn left onto Thomas Hayes Road. Contact Norbert at

June 15 - 9am DR 2

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club on the Kal Crystal Waters Trail, starting from and returning to Crystal Waters Road. Frequent ups and downs on this trail. Take Hwy 97 south from Vernon to Lake Country, turning left onto Crystal Waters Road. Park and meet at trail entrance beside the road. Contact Harold at

June 22 - 9am DR 1

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk in the Cypress Drive area, Coldstream. A 2.25 km walk takes you up Vernon Hill onto Galiano Road (1km of steep uphill) a trail with beautiful views. Drive from Buchanan to Upland Dr, turn left onto Cypress Dr and park at the trailhead at the dead-end. Contact Rod/Ruth at

June 29 - 9am DR 1

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a walk on the Whisper Ridge Trail, Lavington. Approximately 2 hours - the first 20 minutes is a steep uphill with switch backs on a gravel trail. Short slightly steep sections occur throughout the remainder. Proceed 2.0 km on Brewer Rd from Hwy 6 then look for laneway to trail parking opposite 6845 Brewer Rd or park on Brewer Road. Contact Jean at


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