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.


DR – DIFFICULTY RATINGS

DR 1 Easy - mostly paved or good path, fairly level with some hills - up to 2 hours

DR 2 Moderate - longer distance, steeper hills and switchbacks, some uneven and rough path, 2hrs

DR 3 Difficult - longer steeper hills and switchbacks. Elevation gain and distance increases. Some endurance and stamina required. 2 to 3 hours plus


September 12, 2020 – 9am - DR 2

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk on the Kal Crystal Waters Trail from Bailey Road to Crystal Waters Road. An easy, 7 km, 2 hour hike, there and back. Includes the newest addition to this trail. Meet in the trail parking lot at Bailey Railey Road towards Predatoad. Take Hwy 97 south from Vernon and instead of a right turn on Bor Ridge, turn left and the parking lot is then on your left. Be careful crossing the highway! Contact: Harold at hikerharold@gmail.com


September 19, 2020 – 9am - DR 1

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park from the Twin Bays parking lot to Turtles Head Point. Take Kidston Road to the main parking lot of the park and meet in the first lot, by the interpretive signs kiosk. Contact: Charles and Janet at charlespeti@netscape.net


September 26, 2020 – 9am - DR 1

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk in East Vernon from DeRoo Rd to Hartnell Rd and back. Take DeRoo Road off East Vernon Road and meet at end of DeRoo Road. Contact: Judy at judy_stockdale@hotmail.com


October 3, 2020 – 9am – DR 1

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for Nature Walk at the Salmon Trail in Lumby. Take Hwy 6 and as you enter Lumby turn right onto Faulkner Ave and then right onto Bessette St to the parking lot at the trail entrance. Contact: Norbert at nmaer10s@gmail.com


October 10, 2020 – 9am – DR 1

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk at the Grey Canal from Blackcomb Way to McLennan Road. Meet in the trail parking lot, taking Blackcomb Way off Silver Star Road. Contact Harold at hikerharold@gmail.com


October 17, 2020 – 9am – DR 2

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk on the Whisper Ridge Trail, Lavington. Approximately 2 hours, some steep sections. Proceed 2.0 km on Brewer Rd from Hwy 6 then look for laneway to trail parking opposite 6845 Brewer Rd. Contact: Paul and Marnie at pjwmson007@gmail.com


October 24, 2020 – 9am – DR 2

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk at Kekuli Bay. Meet in the Kekuli Bay Parking Day Use lot. Steep 1 km uphill, total walk 8 km, approx. 3 hours. We will walk along the Upper Ribbons of Green Trail, heading south toward a connection with Rail Trail near Crystal Waters. Return on Rail Trail. Contact: Rod and Ruth at rdrennan@shaw.ca


October 31, 2020 – 9 am – DR 3

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk in the Ranchlands Park.Drive to Buchanan Road and turn left on Cypress Drive. Follow Cypress and turn right on Ravine Drive. Follow Ravine Drive to a cul-de-sac where you can park your car. Hike begins there. The walk begins on a gravel access road which climbs moderately, then a short steep section to the beginning of the Ranchlands trail. This trail winds across the hillside sometimes climbing a little and near the end it steeply climbs up to the power line. Return the same way. Nice views. Contact: Margaret at mhubble@telus.net