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


Wednesday, April 5, 7:00 pm.

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!

Our speaker will be Bob Lalonde of the UBCO, who will talk to us about parasitic insects of the Okanagan and their galls.


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


DR 1 Easy - mostly paved or good path, fairly level with some hills - up to 2 hours

DR  2 Moderate - longer distance with steeper hills and switchbacks, some uneven and rough path - 2 hours

DR 3 Difficult - longer steeper hills and switchbacks. Elevation gain and distance increases. Some endurance and stamina required. 2 to 3 hours plus.

March 25th - 2023 - 9am DR 2

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a nature hike along the trails of Silver Star Foothills. About 4 km with some paved path, some sidewalks and through two ravines. Some short steep climbs. Meet at the Grey Canal parking lot on Blackcomb Way. Contact Harold at

April 1st - 2023 - 9am - DR 3

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a nature hike along the BX  Falls Trail to the first bridge, then return and take Grey Canal Trail to Silver Star Road and back. Meet at the trail parking area on Star Road. Poles and cleats might be useful if there is still ice in the forest. Contact Susan at

April 8th - 2023 - 9am DR 1

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a walk along the Grey Canal Turtle Mountain area. Meet at the trail parking on Turtle Mountain Blvd. We will walk from here to Davisons Road and do Rocky Point Park on our way back. Contact Lyn at

April 15th - 2023 - 9am DR 3

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a hike in Kalamalka Provincial Park up to “The Big Tree”. Meet near the Water Tower gate roadside parking at the corner of Cunliffe RD and Palfrey Dr. in Coldstream. Two hours plus, 6 km, hilly hike. Contact Rod/Ruth at

April 22nd - 2023 - 9am - DR1+2

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a hike in Ellison Park upper Trailhead. Take Okanagan Landing Road towards Ellison Park. Park in gravel on left hand side (east side) of road before the entrance to Ellison Park. Trail starts at parking lot. Wide gravel trail. This upper trail is often used by mountain bikers but is designated a multi-use trail. Distance depends on choice of group. Level 1 with some Level 2 sections. Contact Marnie at

April 29th - 2023 - 9am - DR1

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a walk at Predator Ridge along the Birdie Lake and Outlook Cabin Trail. Meet in the first parking lot after turning right off Predator Ridge Drive onto Village Centre Place, opposite the health and fitness centre. 4-5 km walk. Contact Harold at

May 6th - 20232 - 9am - DR1

Join the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club for a walk at Barbara Anderson’s place, the hills between Swan Lake and Goose Lake. Meet at the private residence of Barbara Anderson’s property at 6747 Goose Lake Rd., and park along the driveway. Contact Kenn/Yvonne at


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