Scout Island Nature Centre NatureKids Club

 Leaders: Sue Hemphill, Paula Laita, Mary Forbes 
Email:  Phone: 250-398-8532
Upcoming 2016 Explorer Days

Saturday January 23rd 
Snow Fun for Families!
Scout Island Nature Center

The science and the structure behind the cold white stuff, a day of play and adventure outside, please dress for rolling in the snow. A free event for families with children aged 4-12 hosted by Mary Forbes, a Scout Island Naturalist. 

Please Bring something to slide on (e.g.crazy carpet).

Past Explorer Days

Sunday Sept. 27th
River Walk at the Salmon Festival
1 pm

On September 26 and 27 from 10am-4pm, the Salmon Festival will be celebrated in Horsefly. This is a celebration of BC's River's Day and the return to Sockeye Salmon to the Horsefly River. It is a free public family event and everybody is welcome! 

We don't want to miss this great opportunity to learn more about the ecology of the salmon and we will have a special River Walk and games just for NatureKids members. Come and join us! Meet at the Scout Island Nature Centre table and don't forget your gum boots! :)

Monday, July 20th, 2015
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Scout Island (Dog Creek Road)
Blue Bird Field Trip
We are organizing another Bluebird field trip to check out some of the bluebird nest houses located along Dog Creek Road.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

9:30 AM - Noon
Dog Creek Rd.
Bluebird Nestbox Monitoring
While checking the houses, we will find eggs and might find some little chicks too! Both Bluebirds and Swallows use these boxes, but we could also have some surprises...squirrels and mice also like this birdhouses for their young! We will be back by 12.00-12.30 to Scout Island. 

Sunday April 26th, 2015
1 - 3 PM
Scout Island Nature House
Join local beekeeper Diane Dunaway for a busy day learning all about bees: Honey Bees, Mason Bees, Bumble Bees. It will be the Bees’ Knees! Dress like a bee and play make bee-lieve games. Half the day will be outside observing the local bees and don’t forget the honey bee hive that lives inside the nature house at Scout Island! These amazing insects pollinate so much of the food we eat, if there were no bees half our produce department in the supermarket would be empty! This event is gonna be sweeter than honey. 

Saturday March 28th, 2015
1 - 3 PM
Scout Island Nature House
Ravens, Crows and their Cousins including Grey Jays (Whiskey Jacks /Camp Robbers), Blue Jays, Magpies and Play “Are you Smarter than a Crow?” and see if you can figure out logic puzzles faster than a crow.
Bring something to share at Crow Show and Tell, where you can tell your story or share an item from home. Half the day will be outside playing games and observing the family of crows that live at Scout Island.
These amazing birds share many family traits with humans, and are among the most intelligent creatures on Earth with a brain-body mass only slightly smaller than humans!

Saturday February 28th, 2015
1 - 3 PM
Scout Island Nature Centre
Family Wolf Day at Scout Island!
Join us for day packed full of wolf. We will wolf down stories about local wolf research, dress in costumes, play with puppets and look at skulls and teeth. Half the day will be spent outside playing games and sniffing the fresh air and stretching our legs. These amazing animals share many family traits with humans; come and learn lots about how alike we are and how important they are to the forest and to us.

Sunday February 15th, 2015
9:30-11.30 AM
Scout Island Nature Centre
Great Backyard Bird Count! 
Cathy CootNature Mentor birding expert  will show us how exciting birding can be and teach us how to find birds! We will learn about bird identification and the diversity of shape and form for specializing how they feed and move. We will identify and count birds at the feeders and also go for a bird walk. We will play some outdoor games and maybe even have time for a bird craft!

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

6 - 8 PM
Scout Island Nature Centre
Join naturalist Mary Forbes and local community astronomers Steve and Lynn Capling  for stories and stargazing. There will have plenty of stellar stuff to gander at with your naked eye, binoculars or with a telescope. If the weather outside is inappropriate for stargazing, the event will be moved indoors with games and activities. 
Bring: WARM clothes (and gloves!), Binoculars (Scout Island have some available to borrow), Lawn chairs or something to lay down on. Please do not bring a flashlight or headlamp. A very large telescope is provided but you are welcome to bring along your own, more telescopes make this event even better!