Summer Nature Programs Coming

Summer Programs Start July 7–Registration is open Now  

Phone 250 398 8532 or scoutisland at

Weekly themes

July 13 “Bugs are “Fly”

July 20 Toadally Awesome Amphibians

—Reptiles too

July 27 Marsh Madness

Aug. 4 Rock and Roll

August 10 Mammals on the Mind

August 17 Unbe-leaf-able  Plants

Once again we will also offer Tales and Trails for ages 0-5 (with care giver)

This free program will include stories and adventures in nature.  It will be offered Thursdays 9:30-11am  July 9, 23, Aug. 6, 20.  Preregistration is necessary.


2020 Scout Island Nature Fun and Art In Nature Programs

We are adapting to keep children and staff safe

And still having fun in nature

  • Distancing as much as possible
  • Lots of hand washing
  • Mostly outdoor activities
  • Drop off and pick up altered to promote parent distancing
  • Sanitizing and cleaning daily
  • Smaller groups (10 children per day who will be in 2 groups of 5)


  1. There will be cohorts of 15 children that will not mix with other cohorts and will expose staff to fewer children. This will mean less chance of spread and easier tracking if someone becomes ill.
  2. Parents required to do a daily health check of their child and cancel if there are any signs of illness-then notify us asap

This is how the schedule will work

Children who have completed kindergarten-8 years old can be in the Monday and  Friday Nature Fun cohort or the Tuesday Nature Fun Cohort.  This is offered in the mornings only 9:30-12.  Cost is $15.  We will register 15 children in each cohort who can attend on any of the days designated for their cohort by signing up for the day at least a day in advance:

Monday-Friday Cohort

July 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 ,31, Aug. 7,10, 14, or 17  We are asking for a commitment to at least 6 of those days.

Tuesday cohort

July 7, 21, Aug. 4, and 18   We are asking for a commitment to at least two of the days.

Children 8-13 can take part in the Art in Nature full day program 8:30-4:30 on the following Wednesdays: July 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12, or 19   Cost is $25.   We are asking for a commitment to at least 3 of the 6 sessions.

These programs are supported by the Canada Summer Jobs Grant, the Williams Lake Field Naturalists, andCCACS Grant Acknowledgements


Spring Break Program March 17-19

Be Wild

this Spring Break at

Scout Island Nature Centre

Nature Exploring and

Art in Nature for Grades 1-6

March 17-19


Don’t sit at home bored —Join us for the

Spring Break Program that will have you outside exploring, playing games and having adventures every day. 

Join us between 8:30-4:00 each day

(8:30-9:30 independent activities and feeding animals,  9:30-3-Main Program, 3-4 games and finishing art work)

Pack no garbage snacks and lunches and enter your name for a prize each day


Each day will be different, so sign up for 1, 2 or all 3 days


  • March 17—What mammals are living at Scout Island
  • March 18—Plants are showing us spring is coming
  • March 19—Birds –starting to sing for spring

The cost is $35/day (scholarships available)

Call 398 8532 or shemphill at to register

Only 12 spots each day

Leader is Kim Zalay

with student support from Alana Witte


checking out tracks

Navigating Nepal

Navigating Nepal
Robin and Trish Hoffos
Free Presentation
Scout Island Nature House
7pm Thursday February 20

nepalRobin and Trish narrate their visit to Nepal in March-April 2019.
Their travels include stops in Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park and
Pokhara, culminating in an 11 day trek to Annapurna Base Camp.
See Asian rhino, flowering rhododendron forests and 8,000m peaks in
this special but sometimes chaotic country.
Call 250 398 8532 for more info

Join the Williams Lake Field Naturalists

Why not join the Williams Lake Field Naturalists. This is the group that has managed (fund raised, supervised and trained staff, maintained trails, built bridges….) Scout Island since 1978 and new members are welcomed.
Membership is important as it gives Scout Island a strong voice. As well, being a member means you are a member of BC Nature one of the strongest advocates for nature in the province.
It is only $35/year for a family or $30 for a single.
As a member you
~ receive our lively and informative newsletter 6 times a year
~ automatically become a member of BC Nature and receive their newsletter
~ can participate in our field trips that take you all over the Cariboo Chilcotin
And yes many of the field trips are kid friendly (parents attached of course)
And you could help:
~ operate Scout Island Nature Centre
~ create and maintain the trails, viewing platforms and wildlife habitat
~ sponsor education programs
~ lead field trips to amazing local destinations from April to October
~ do research and monitoring in the natural environment
~ advocate for nature—BC Nature does this well for the entire province.
Membership form attached  WLFNMembership_Form_2020
crew at work kiosk
Members working on the new kiosk at the Nature Centre.
Big Horn Sheep are commonly seen on the fall field trip to the  Junction Sheep Range