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 work as an environmental consultant and executive director of a local stewardship organization, assisting local stewards and communities conserve and restore precious wildlife habitats. I am incredibly passionate about 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.  I have always loved getting outside and feel so lucky that my job and my passion are one in the same.

About Paula:
My name is Paula and I have an adventurous little daughter. Playing and exploring in nature is something we love to do. We were looking for other young families to join us, and decided what better way than working with Alyson and other parents to organize a local YNC 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

November 29 - Hug a Tree Adventure Program

10:30 am

We are at capacity for this Explorer Day. All families who registered received confirmation emails from us.  Due to capacity constraints, families who did not register will not be permitted to join us. If you are registered but need help with directions please call or text Alyson at 250-809-1980.

Nature Mentor Kyle Fossett will be teaching us how to survive in the woods. He is certified with Adventure Smart BC and will lead a Hug-a-Tree Program. 

Hug-a-Tree and Survive is an AdventureSmart program that helps lost children survive in the woods. This presentation is aimed at children in Grades K-5. It teaches children how not to become lost in the woods, and what to do if they should become lost. 

Please dress for indoor and outdoor activities. 


Past Explorer Days

Please join us on Saturday November 7, anytime between 9am-12pm at Ellis Creek Basin at Industrial Place dog park in Penticton.  The Allan Brooks Nature Trailer will be on site and our Nature Kids can help put the plants they planted last spring "to bed" for winter.  

Sept. 27th
Wild Carnivores of the Okanagan (cougars, bobcats, lynx, coyotes, and wolves)
10:30am - 12noon (followed by picnic lunch for those who wish to bring their own and stay longer)
Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park, upper parking lot.   Go south from Penticton along Lakeside Road, turn left (east) on Smythe Drive, follow road up past gate to second parking lot.

Be prepared to hike a little (not stroller friendly, sorry).  Wear sturdy shoes/boots, dress for the weather (sunshine or rain).  Bring your backpack with water and snacks.
Bring a bagged lunch if you wish to stay for a picnic lunch back near the starting area.
Please let us know if you plan to come by filling in the RSVP that was sent to your email. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

We will do a tour of the Penticton Creek Fish Habitat Restoration site.  The meeting point will be at Penticton Creek trail, in Penticton.   We will meet along Ellis Street, between Westminster Ave E. and Nanaimo Ave E.  Quite close to 259 Ellis Street. 
For more information on the Penticton Creek fish restoration work, please visit:

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!