Summer Programs Start Soon

Summer Fun in Nature
July 9-August 23
Nature Fun ages 4-8 Half day sessions $12
Mon and Tues: 9:30-11:30 or 1-3pm
Thursdays 1-3pm and Fridays 9:30-11:30am

Tales and Trails ages 0-5 (with care giver)
Thursdays 10:30-11:30 no charge

Art in Nature Adventures Ages 8-13 ($25)
Wednesdays 8:30-4:30pm
Art, exploring, observing, games—at a slow summer time rhythm

Thank-you to the Cariboo Regional District and City of Williams Lake via the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society for supporting the Art in Nature Adventures

Small Groups allow for relaxed child centered exploration
Children who play outdoors are found to make friends more easily, concentrate better, and suffer less from depression and anxiety.
For more information Call
398 8532 or scoutisland at
Registration starts June 15

The Three Vultures of North America

The Three Vultures of North America with a Special Focus on Turkey Vultures
Presentation by
Dave Manning
June 4 –7pm
Scout Island Nature House
Dave has been Mother Nature’s son all his life–a naturalist who has enjoyed birds for over 50 years. One summer day at age 65 he began a love affair with Turkey Vultures. Join Dave on the bluffs and in the forests and fields of his Canadian Gulf Island as he shares his experience with these feathered friends.
Dave will have his book “The Old Man and the Vultures” for sale and will be signing copies.


The Scout Island Nature Centre Fundraising Banquet is coming up on April 20. This is always a good gathering for conversation with good food. This year Rob Higgins will be returning to give a talk titled: The Old and Awesome vs the New and Terrible: stories of British Columbia insects. Now you may not be an insect lover but they are fascinating when Rob talks about them. Doors open at St Andrews United Church Hall at 6 pm. You can purchase tickets ($40) from the Open Book or at the Nature Centre.

See poster below for details

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The Threat of Illegal and Unsustainable Wildlife Trade to Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles


Presentation by Dr. Chris R. Shepherd

Wednesday, April 11   7pm at Scout Island Nature House

Illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade is one of the greatest threats to the conservation of a long list of species around the world.    Among the most heavily traded, and most threatened, are the tortoises and freshwater turtles.  Traded for their shells – used in traditional medicines, their meat – for consumption, and live – for pets, this group of species is in serious trouble.  Efforts to tackle illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade are underway, but more work is needed, as many species are now threatened with extinction.  Dr. Chris R. Shepherd will share his expertise on these efforts.


Now living in Big Lake Ranch, Dr. Shepherd has been working in Southeast Asia on wildlife trade related issues for the past 25 years.  He has recently returned to Canada and founded the organization MONITOR, and will continue researching the global wildlife trade to support policy, enforcement and other conservation interventions.



Spring Break Programs Offered

There is still room in the March 19/20 program.  Any child 8-13 that loves to draw won’t want to miss this chance to learn from how to draw from Laura a local artist.  

There will be an Art in Nature program for ages 8-13 year olds March 19/20 and for ages 4-8  March 26/27.  The sessions will be from 8:30-4pm each day to allow for parents who work.   Mary Forbes is leading both sessions.  She will be assisted by others on various days.  Mammals and Birds in spring will be the focus.  Drawing techniques will be taught to the olders by Laura Ulrich for the March 19/20 sessions.  Mary will work on painting with the youngers for the 26/27 session.  There will be lots of active outdoor time, so dress appropriately and pack lots of no garbage lunch and snacks for the fresh air appetites.  Cost is $35 for the day.  Scholarship available if needed.  Call the Nature Centre 398 8532 or email shemphill at  to register children.  Only 12 available spots each day


CCACS Grant Acknowledgements

Agents of Discovery is at Scout Island and the River Valley Trail!


Have you heard of the super-secret Agents of Discovery mobile app? The game is downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play and then played at participating locations or “Mission Sites” across North America!  Agents of Discovery requires no WiFi or data connection while playing the mobile game.

How do you get started?

  1. With WiFi access, download the Agents of Discovery mobile app;
  2. With WiFi access, download the current Mission Sites for Williams Lake: Scout Island and the River Valley trail;
  3. Do all of this before you head to the Nature Centre or River Valley. Be sure you understand how the app works before you go so you don’t have to spend too much time looking at your phone instead of at nature.
  4. Head to a Mission Site and get ready for adventure, intrigue, and a whole lot of fun;
  5. Look at the map that shows where all of the challenges are. You don’t have to do them in any order or all in one day.  Take the trail that interests you and do the challenges along that trail.
  6. Let’s play! At the Mission site make sure your mobile device has it’s GPS on and that it vibrates or makes a sound. This will tell when you are near a challenge without you having to look at your phone.  Remember, you don’t want to miss what is happening around you.  You need your “Owl Eyes” open and ready for anything that comes across your path.  Don’t be looking at your phone just as a short tailed weasel flits by.
  7. Tuck your mobile device in your pocket and enjoy the outdoors. When you are at or near a challenge your mobile device will let you know. Then you can stop and take the challenge.

To learn more call the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex at 250-398-7665.

Or let Scout Island know how you like it and if you have ideas of how we can make it better.  Perhaps you want to help us make a spring summer set of challenges.

Jobs Available at Scout Island

Positions Available at Scout Island.  Come work with great people working and teaching about nature.

Scout Island Nature Centre needs high school students that want to be teacher naturalists in training.

This job involves taking care of live animals in the Nature House, helping with children’s programs, researching information about animals and plants, acting as a host that helps visitors at the nature house and lots of other cool interesting activities. You can start right now-3-5 hours/week.  If you like it and we like you it can grow into a 15-20 hours a week for the months of July and August.  You need to be a responsible, motivated, self starter for this job.  Please send a resume to that includes 3 references (teachers are fine as references).  Call Sue if you have questions—250 398 8532 or


Summer Staff-University Students-Teacher Naturalists

Scout Island Nature Centre will be hiring 2-3 summer staff as teacher naturalists this year.  As a teacher naturalist, you will plan and teach nature programs to children, learn the various flora and fauna of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Region, care for the nature house live and static displays, and guide visitors to the nature centre.    The job will be 40 hours/week for 14 weeks between May 1 and Aug. 25.  You need to have at least one year of university completed and be returning to university in Sept.  Go to  to learn more the Nature Centre or to email a resume.  Interest in biology/natural history  and experience working with children is important.

Resumes Due by March 1

If  you are interested send Sue Hemphill, Executive Director,  a resume’ including references and a cover letter as to why you would like to work at Scout Island   shemphill at or call 250 398 8532 for more information.