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2018 Great Backyard Bird Count

Free Family Event at Scout Island on Saturday, February 17 from 1pm to 3pm

Learn to identify those fascinating feathered visitors with local birding expert Cathy Koot and Environmental Educator Paula Laita. Short ID introduction with frozen and stuffed specimens, to compare with bird books. Count birds at the Nature House feeders and play a game to learn about the different types of beaks that birds have! J

If you cannot come to this event, you can still be a citizen scientist by counting birds at your feeders on February 17th-20th and submitting and submitting your findings at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/  Help create a real snap-timeshot of where the birds are.

This is a free family event but space is limited. Please register phoning 250-398-8532.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Birding Adventures

in ExtramaduraSpain

Thursday November 2

7:30 at Scout Island Nature House

Travel through Spain with Connie Haeussler and Leo Rankin

The main focus of their trip was birding in theprovince of Extremadura, on the border with Portugal.  It’s the wildest, least developed part of Spain, and thus a haven for birds.  The region has Roman ruins, Arab fortresses and medieval towns as well asMonfrague National park, famous for its raptors. Birding highlights included hoopoes, great bustards, black storks, european rollers, bee eaters and hundreds of white storks.

Free presentation-no registration needed-Info 250 398 8532

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The Vancouver Aquarium is coming to Scout Island Nature Centre

Our first family event for the season.

We will be doing a shoreline clean up and pulling night shade starting at noon.  Then come back to enjoy the ocean creatures.

A Bit of the Vancouver Aquarium is Coming

Live Ocean Creatures in the Aqua Van

Will be at

Scout Island Nature Centre

Sunday October 15 1-4pm—Free!

And to do our bit for the Oceans (yes we are connected to the ocean by water and salmon), there will be a Shoreline Cleanup starting at 12 noon

Come and Help at 12 noon- then visit the Ocean Visitors  for more info call 398 8532

Remember the water you wash your hands with will touch a sea star five weeks later.  So choose your soap carefully.

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Nature Fun Ends–Getting Ready for School Programs-Salmon Trip for High School Students

Nature Fun programs end tomorrow (Aug. 18).  It has been a good 3 weeks despite all the smoke.  Today the children are busy being bats and practicing their echolocation.  Sarah, and William are returning to university next week.  Gabrielle will be here to complete her work weeks (so many were lost during the order).  She will be busy cleaning animal tanks, doing all the feeding and developing nature learning materials for us.  But there will be no more Nature Fun for this summer.  Hopefully, we will be able to start the school season on time.  Nature Kindergarten children will be here all week.  There will be two grade 7 outdoor education classes visiting each month.  We will be offering school programs as usual.  The Salmon Trip for high school students (grades 10-12)is planned for September 18 -20 (if fire season allows it).  Students that want to take part in the Salmon Trip can call me (398 8532) or email me (shemphill at xplornet.com) and request the application form.   

I am pleased to announce that Paula Laita is taking over for me as Education Coordinator starting in September.  I will be the Executive Director.  We will both be working with Frances McCoubrey, SD 27 Outdoor Education Resource Teacher, to provide nature education to schools and community.

The Nature Centre is still closed to the public because of the fire danger.  Go out and do a rain dance so the danger passes.  When you are feeling sad for yourself in all of this smoke, think of the 3 baby osprey trying to learn to fly and hunt in this smoke.  Their parents must be having trouble fishing (can’t see) as well as getting enough oxygen to have the energy to dive after the fish.

Be sure to find a way to enjoy nature on the less smoky days.

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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Due to the extreme fire danger, Scout Island Nature Centre is closed to the public until further notice (this includes vehicles and walkers). The gate will be locked. The children’s program, Nature Fun, will continue from 10-2 each week day as children will be under the supervision of staff. This program will use inside the nature house when air quality is poor and outside when it is safe. Children are having fun and forgetting about fires for awhile. You can sign your child up for the program by calling 398 8532 or emailing scoutisland at shaw.ca. Parents will need to walk their children in from the gate to the Nature House. As well, parents must be immediately available to pick their children up in case of another evacuation order.

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Monday, 31 July 2017

Nature Fun

Scout Island Nature Centre

Discovering Nature Up Close

A New Program Each Day

Exploring, playing, learning, creating

Despite the Smoke

Monday –Friday 10-2  Aug. 1-18

Ages 4-13

We will be outdoors when the air quality allows us to be and indoors when the air is too poor (the Nature House has air conditioning that keeps the smoke out)

Cost is $15 or what ever you can pay

Sign up by email scoutisland at shaw.ca or 398 8532 in advance so we know how many children to plan for each day

Send lunch and snack (remember “no garbage” lunches if possible). Sunhats, sunscreen, shoes they can walk in the water in. We won’t be swimming (no life guard) but might be getting wet in other ways.  Please ensure you are able to pick up your child as fast as possible if there is another evacuation order.
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