NORTH OKANAGAN NATURALISTS' CLUB

Vernon, British Columbia

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KNOW NATURE AND KEEP IT WORTH KNOWING

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.

Monthly Meeting

Currently cancelled due to the pandemic, but we will eventually resume meeting on the first Wednesday of the month (September through May), at 7:00 pm. at the Schubert Centre, 3505 30th Ave., Vernon, in the Banquet 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. The Weekly Message is sent only to NONC members.

Our logo shows the Loesel’s Twayblade (Liparis loeselii), also known as Fen Orchid. This plant was discovered by club members in 1965. Previously unknown in the area, it was adopted as the club emblem.

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SATURDAY NATURE WALKS


Members and the public are welcome. No fees! Most walks are 1.5 to 2 hours. Dress appropriately for the weather and terrain. Bring a bottle of water.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the number of participants will be limited to 10 in a group. Where possible, if more than 10 people show up, we will create two groups.


Waivers of liability and assumption of risk forms must be signed by all participants before the walk commences.


July 11, 2020 – 9am

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk on the BX trail from McLennan Rd to Glenhayes Rd. Scenic walking trail, some uneven ground. Take McLennan Rd off L&A Rd and meet at trail parking on north side of McLennan Road at Grey Canal Rd. Contact: Norbert at nmaer10s@gmail.com


July 18, 2020 – 9am

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk at the BX Ranch 2.35 km one way trail. Meet at the parking lot of BX Ranch dog park on BX Road. One can either return on the same path or complete the trail and return via East Vernon Rd. Contact: Paul and Marnie at pjwmson007@gmail.com


July 25, 2020 – 9am

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk in the Cypress Drive area in 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: Harold at hikerharold@gmail.com


August 1, 2020 – 9am

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk at the Trails around Sparking Hill Resort at Predator Ridge. Easy to moderate with short steep sections. Great views over Adventure Bay and Head of the Lake. Meet in the trail parking lot on the left side of Birdie Lake Drive on the road towards Sparkling Hill. Contact: Rod and Ruth at rdrennan@shaw.ca


August 8, 2020 – 9am

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for Nature Walk at 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: Rick at rick.bonar@hotmail.com


August 15, 2020 – 9am

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk at Silver Star Mountain Resort, admiring flowers, butterflies and great views. Meet at the ticket office, in the centre of the village. We will return to the village for lunch, at a resort restaurant or pack your own and enjoy outdoors. Contact: Judy at judy_stockdale@hotmail.com


August 22, 2020 – 9am

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk on Middleton Mountain. Meet at the trailhead parking on Mt. Ida Drive, adjacent to Emerald Views Strata, 900 Mt Ida Drive. Note: long steep climb ascending the hill. Contact: Claude at ccrioux@hotmail.com


August 29, 2020 – 9am

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk at the Bear Valley Trail at Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. Meet at the park entrance at the Cosens Bay parking lot on Cosens Bay Road. Contact: Margaret at mhubble@telus.net