Vernon, British Columbia


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


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!

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, December 6th at 7:00 pm. Our guest speaker will be Bob France, an agrologist with the BC Cattlemen’s Association. He will discuss grasslands, cattle grazing and bird habitats.


Join us Saturdays at 9:00 am (8:00 in August). Visitors welcome. Dress for the weather. We do a lot of birdwatching, so bring binoculars if you have them. See list below.

DR 1 & 2 are generally suitable for almost anyone, of any age. However, if you have issues of mobility and/or stamina, you should speak to the leader before attempting.

DR 1 Easy — Suitable for most people. Mostly paved or good-surface path, fairly level with some gentle climbs.

DR  2 Moderate — Suitable for most walkers and hikers with no mobility or endurance issues. May have longer distance with steeper hills and switchbacks, some uneven and rough path.

November 25th - 9am DR2

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk at the Thomas Hayes Ecological Park in Spallumcheen Township.  Take Otter Lake Cross Road exit from Hwy 97, follow this road behind the Tolko Mill and turn left onto Thomas Hayes Road.

Contact Harold at

December 2nd - 9am DR2

Join  the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk along the Grey Canal from Blue Jay parking lot to Turtle Mountain and back.  Take the Old Kamloops Road to Goose Lake Road then left on Blue Jay Rd to parking lot.  

Contact Justin at

December 9th - 9am DR 2

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk in Kalamalka Provincial Park from the Red Gate, through the park to the Water Tower and looping back on the Palfrey Road and pathway.  Meet at the Red Gate on Kidston Road. Bring poles and wear ice grippers if snow or ice on trails.  

Contact Susan at

January 6th - 9am DR1

Join the Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a Nature Walk along the Rail Trail starting at the parking lot where West Kal Rd and Kickwillie loop Rd meet.  Walk south towards Kekuli Bay and Back.  Bring or wear ice Grippers if snow or ice on trails. 

Contact Rod at


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For information on the 2023 Christmas Bird Count, click on the image at the left.