January Nature Nugget- Is it True that No Two Snowflakes are the same?

Yes, it’s true!  Just like human fingerprints are each different, every snowflake is different, although each snowflake is made up of thousands of tiny, identically shaped hexagonal (six-sided) crystals gathered together.  There are many reasons that no two snowflakes are alike.  Snowflakes form by sticking to each other while falling and blowing through the wind.  

Generation Green Awards

Vancouver Foundation has launched a great new initiative: their new Generation Green Awards will give 20 cash awards (up to $12,500) for environmental projects in Vancouver by young people (individuals or groups) aged 6 to 24. Deadline: March 4,2011. www.vancouverfoundation.ca/awards

Something exciting happening in your region? Email info@ync.ca so we can share it with other young naturalists!

YNC Board Member Ruth Foster is making a difference!

Winner: Best in Competition for the Every Day Hero Silent Film Competition. EarthDay 2010

"This film is about Ruth Foster, a retired teacher, hatchery co-founder and local activist for all things environmental. She gives a great deal of her time to preserving and protecting the wilderness. She should be the poster woman for earth day — she makes every day earth day!"

Film maker: Miranda Andersen
Hometown: Belcarra, BC

Send us stories, photos or short videos of the Nature Heros in your life! info@ync.ca

Nature Champions!

Northern Vancouver Island YNC Club Recognizes several 
YNC Nature Champions!

Congratulations to Avery Walker for receiving a Bronze Action Award! Andrew Mitchell for attending over 36(!) Explorer Days! Michael Hoskin will be receiving his YNC Cap shortly since he's attended 12 Explorer Days. A special nod also goes  to Tyresa Bramham and  Jaylon Grenier for reaching the 24 Explorer Day Milestone

Regional Bird ID Cards

View them online or print them out...

Vancouver Island Backyard Bird ID Card
Lower Mainland Backyard Bird ID Card
Northern BC Backyard Bird ID Card
South Eastern BC Backyard Bird ID Card
Thompson Okanagan Backyard Bird ID Card

Lower Mainland Backyard Bird ID Cards are also available in Chinese, Punjabi and Korean

YNC Quadra Island

Volunteer Leader: Deb Cowper
Contact info: YNCQuadra@gmail.com
Presently seeking volunteer co-leader.Click here for more information.

Upcoming  Explorer Days

More Explorer Day events coming soon. Contact your leader(s) for further details!

Past Explorer Days

Sunday, April 27th, 2014  
10 AM
Rebbeca Spit
Annual Quadra Beach Clean Up
We will head to Open Bay for our clean up.  We can meet back at the Spit for lunch and some goodies which will be provided for all participants.

The Discovery Passage Aquarium is partnering with Sierra Quadra this year and will have a booth at the spit. If you would like to donate some baked goodies that would be greatly appreciated, too.

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 

1 PM
Rebbeca Spit
Great Backyard Bird Count!
A local birder will be joining us for the event.  If you have binoculars or bird ID materials you may want to bring them along.

We will be using iNaturalist, a free app, and how our club can be involved in the Discovery Island Ecosystem Mapping Project. If you have an Apple device (iPhone, iPad or iPod) you may want to download the app beforehand so you can use it during the event.

Saturday, February 1st, 2014 
Mount Washington
Explore the back country areas a little down the hill from Mount Washington

November 30, 2013 
2-4 PM
Quadra Children's Centre
Lantern Making
September 22, 2013 
Village Bay Lake 

June 22nd & 23rd, 2013

Main Lakes Camp Out

Club Photos

Here are some photos we took during a club event when we participated in Great Backyard Bird Count.  We were counting waterfowl out at Rebecca Spit Provincial Park on Quadra Island.

South Okanagan

Welcome NatureKids Club of the South Okanagan!  

Volunteer Co-leaders: Alyson and Paula
Club email: SouthOkanagan@naturekidsbc.ca

Our club usually meets on the last Sunday of each month with a focus of exploring nature throughout the South Okanagan. Please revisit this page as there will sometimes be exceptions!  The South Okanagan Young Naturalists focus on activities for 5-10 year olds, though the whole family is welcome to join us!  

Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering as a co-leader! We have had so much interest in this club and want more local families to be able to participate.

About Alyson:
Hi everyone! My name is Alyson and I am mom to two young children who love to explore.  Outside of Nature Kids, I am an environmental consultant and executive director of Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship, assisting local stewards and communities to enhance and conserve precious wildlife habitats. My passions are encouraging citizen science and providing opportunities for children and youth to experience nature and are the reasons why I wanted to start a Young Naturalists' Club in the South Okanagan and became a Nature Kids volunteer.

About Paula:
My name is Paula and I have an adventurous little daughter. Playing and exploring in nature is something that we love to do. We were looking for other young families to join us and decided what better way tan working with Alyson to organize a local Young Naturalists' Club chapter. My love for nature has lead me to study ecology, fish and wildlife technology, gardening, birding, native plants, astronomy, nature interpretation and so much more. We hope others will join us on many wonderful journeys through nature.

Upcoming Explorer Days

Sunday, May 29
Slimy Salamanders and Toad-ally Awesome Toads with Natasha Lukey
Location: White Lake Protected Area off of Seacrest Hill Road in Oliver

Slimy salamanders & totally awesome toads. What to bring: gumboots, long pants, hats, water, snacks. Trail is not accessible for strollers. Please RSVP by email!

June 26:  Skaha Bluffs Nature Hike.

July – Summer Break.

August 28:   Exploring Shoreline Ecosytems @ Sunoka Beach

September 25:  Exploring Fish.

October 30:   Happy Halloween: Bats

December:  Winter Break.

Past Explorer Days

Sunday, April 24 
Exploring Birds

10:30am - 12:00pm

I am very excited that we have Jordyn Emshay who will be leading our group for this Explorer Day. Jordyn is a very young and inspiring local author who has written "Can You Name That Bird? A Field Guide for Young Birders in the South Okanagan".

Location: Max Lake (Penticton) is on the West Bench of Penticton. Follow West Bench Hill road off the highway. Turn right after the bridge on to Bartlett Dr. Follow Bartlett until it turns into West Bench Dr. and make an immediate left turn to turn back onto Bartlett. Max Lake Road is next to West Hills Aggregates and there should be enough space for parking at the beginning of the gravel road. Please RSVP!

Sunday, April 3rd
Signs of Spring
10am - 11:30am
Garnet Fire Interpretive Centre
 (not really a centre, it's a trailhead). in Penticton.
Approximate directions: Drive up Carmi Ave until it turns into Beaverdell Road (about 6 km up Carmi) , then continue another 2 Km or so.

We'll be hiking along natural trail. Some areas are alongside steep terrain, so please be sure to keep your little ones close to you. No running. No dogs off-leash. Unfortunately, trail is not suitable for strollers. We'll be exploring signs of spring, doing a scavenger hunt, and having fun.

Saturday February 27
10 am
Penticton Museum Natural History guided tour.  
Additional cost- $2/person; minimum 10 children. Maximum of 20 kids. First come, first serve, so please RSVP.
Location: Penticton Museum. 785 Main St, Penticton, BC.

Animal Adaptations at the museum. For those who want to get outside, we will go out for a fun walk at the Esplanade Trail afterwards. This program is an excellent introduction to the concepts of natural selection and evolution. We'll take a look at fossils and modern bones, discussing first how archaeologists observe features of fossilized skeletons of long-extinct animals and plants to get an idea of what that animal's life and environment were like millions of years before its remains were uncovered. Through critical thinking and observation, we'll solve some modern-day mysteries with animal skulls and bird taxidermy about how animals adapt to their environment and speculate about what might happen when that environment changes.

Sunday January 31st, 2016
Snow Day 

       Location: Nickelplate Nordic Centre
       Time: 10:00 am - whenever the kids/parents last

       What to bring: Water, lunches, good winter boots, clothing for snowplay (lots of layers), sleds or toboggans, snowshoes (optional). Feel free to bring hotdogs or marshmallows

November 29 - Hug a Tree Adventure Program
October - Getting Batty at Garnet Fire Interpretive Site
Sept. 27th - Wild Carnivores of the Okanagan 
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - Penticton Creek Restoration & Salmon
Saturday, May 31, 2015- Pond Study
Saturday, April 26, 2015- Earth Day Planting
Saturday, March 29, 2015- Birds in Spring with Dick Cannings
Thursday, February 22, 2015- Winter Survival & Tobogganing
Saturday, March 30, 2013- Signs of Spring Nature walk.   
Saturday, April 27, 2013- Bees & Snakes

Thank you to the South Okanagan Naturalists' Club, our volunteer nature mentors and Osoyoos Desert Centre for their generous support of our Club!