NORTH OKANAGAN NATURALISTS' CLUB

Vernon, British Columbia

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

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

MONTHLY MEETINGS


Wednesday, February 1, 7:00 pm


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!

Our speaker will be Jenna Scherger on Wolves in Pacific Rim National Park.


SATURDAY NATURE WALKS

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. See list below.


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 with steeper hills and switchbacks, some uneven and rough path - 2 hours

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


January 7th - 2023 - 9am DR1

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a nature walk to Kin Beach and Marshall Field, Okanagan Landing. Meet in the Kin Beach park at Tronson Rd and Lakeshore Dr. Ice grippers on your boots recommended. Contact Lyn at j-lsmith@telus.net


January 14th - 2023 - 9am DR1

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a nature walk on the trails of Silver Star Foothills. This is a new trail that Harold is taking us on. About 4 km. Meet at the Grey Canal parking lot on Blackcomb Way. Ice grippers on your boots recommended. Contact Harold at hikerharold@gmail.com


January 21st - 2023 - 9am DR 2

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a nature walk at Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, taking trails from the Twin Bays parking lot to Turtles Head Point. Take Kidston Road to the main parking lot of the park (Yellow Gate) and meet in the first lot, by the interpretive signs kiosk. Ice grippers on your boots recommended. Contact Harold at hikerharold@gmail.com


January 28th - 2023 - 9am DR 1

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a nature walk along 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. Ice grippers on your boots recommended. Contact Marnie at mpw66@telus.net


February 4th - 2023 - 9am DR 1

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a nature walk on East Vernon, DeRoo Rd to Hartnell Rd and back. Take DeRoo Road off East Vernon Road and meet at end of DeRoo Road. Ice Grippers on your boots recommended. Contact Justin at justinoblak1624@hotmail.com


February 11th - 2023 - 9am DR 1

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a nature walk along the Longacre Trail, Okanagan Landing. Meet at the small parking lot at the east end of trail on Apollo Road near Longacre Drive. Take Apollo Road south off Okanagan Landing Road. Ice Grippers on your boots recommended. Contact Rod at rdrennan@shaw.ca


February 18th - 2023 - 9am DR 2

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a nature hike 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. Ice Grippers on your boots recommended. Contact Kenn at kennvonn@shaw.ca


February 25th - 2023 - 9am DR 3

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a nature hike along the BX Creek and Falls Trail. Meet at the parking area on Star Road. This walk is three hours and sections of the trail are steep, rough, and slippery. Ice Grippers on your boots recommended. Contact Susan at supeghat@hotmail.com



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