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, Paula, Janelle & Kyle
Club email: SouthOkanagan@naturekidsbc.ca

Our club usually meets monthly 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!  

Meet your volunteer leaders:
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.

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.

Hi there! My name is Janelle. I was born and raised in the Okanagan and I think this is the best place in the world to live! We have a fascinating natural history here and so many interesting plants and animals to discover. I enjoy sharing nature experiences with my son and with the NatureKids families. My background is in ecological restoration and environmental education. When I am not out hiking or biking, I put on a bee suit and head to the beeyard with my husband. We are beekeepers with a family owned and operated apiary here in the south Okanagan.

Upcoming Explorer Days

October 30
Happy Halloween: Bats
10:30am - noon
Location: Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship office. Unit 203, 304 Martin St. Penticton. It's above Veterans Affairs with access on Martin adjacent to Happy Craniums.

Halloween is coming up, so our next Explorer Day will be about bats!
Learn about bats of the world and the Okanagan.
Come dressed up as a bat or bring a bat stuffie!

Saturday, November 26
Burrowing Owls
Time & Location: TBA

Meet Pluto, education owl for Burrowing Owl Conservation Society, and learn about captive breeding and recovery efforts for burrowing owls in the Thompson-Nicola and Okanagan valleys.  

Nature Kids will dissect owl pellets together to see what it is that owls eat.

December Winter Break.

Past Explorer Days

September 18 - 9:00am - 12:00pm *NOTE! Not on the last Sunday of the month* Green-up Riverside Marsh with Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship, City of Penticton and TD Tree Days.  Please sign up via TD Tree Days https://www.tdtreedays.com/en-ca/events/581-riverside-park#.V4k-dvkrKM8.

August 28: Exploring Shoreline Ecosytems @ Sunoka Beach
Come learn about Shoreline Eco Systems!

June 26th
Flowers and Skunks!
10:30am - noon
Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park, Penticton
Wear sturdy shoes, bring water bottle, hat, sunscreen. Dress for the weather. Join us for picnic lunch after walk.

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


Sunday, April 24 
Exploring Birds with 11-year old author, Jordyn Emshay
10:30am - 12:00pm

Sunday, April 3rd
Signs of Spring @ Garnet Fire Interpretive Centre
10am - 11:30am

Saturday February 27
10 am
Penticton Museum Natural History guided tour.  

Sunday January 31st, 2016
Snow Day @ Nickelplate Nordic, Apex Mtn

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 Margaret Jackson for their generous support of our Club!