Explorer Day Program Alert!


Celebrate Tree Day 
and Grandparents' Day 
with a Forest Adventure

Date: Sept 20, 2014  Time: 12:45-3 pm  
Location: BC Parks Heritage Centre 1620 Mt. Seymour Road, North Vancouver
This family program is suitable for parents, grandparents, guardians along with children ages 5-12 * note children must be accompanied by an adult


Cost: free but pre-registration required, 
Please pre-register here by September 14, first come first served.

Did you know that the bark of a Douglas fir can be home to many different types of animals? Come out with your family and learn about the trees in our coastal rainforest! Join nature interpreter Lauren Krakau under the canopy of evergreens and learn why these giants are so important to our ecosystems. We will be using the "Meet Your Coastal Rainforest Friends"flipcard deck during the program and each family will get their own copy to keep!

For more information please contact info@ync.ca

YNC Sunshine Coast


YNC is very pleased to welcome a new club to the almost 50 around the province--- YNC Sunshine Coast.

The Young Naturalists Club of BC is for kids aged 5-12 who are curious about nature and for those waiting to discover nearby nature with family, friends and volunteer nature mentors. 

To learn more about the benefits of membership or to join the YNC Sunshine Coast click here

Your Volunteer Club Leader
David Stiles, 604-989-1007; YNCSunshineCoast@gmail.com
Supported by: Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project

Explorer Days
Check back soon to see what Explorer Day Adventures YNC Sunshine Coast has in store for this summer and fall! You can always link back to this page by going to the 'Find a Club/My Club' tab on the main menu on the homepage.

YNC Nass Valley

YNC Nass Valley.
Welcome to members and volunteer club leaders of one of the newest Young Naturalists' Clubs located in the heart of Nisga'a territory in northern BC - YNC Nass Valley! 


With the YNC, children aged 5-12 together with their families, have fun outdoors exploring nearby nature and stepping up for nature with Stewardship Projects, Citizen Science activities and the Action Awards Quest. For more information on all benefits of membership or to join the YNC Nass Valley click here.

Your Volunteer Club Leaders
Dawn Germyn & Des Belton; 250-633-2520; YNCNassValley@gmail.com
You can always link back to this page by going to the 'Find a Club/My Club' tab on the main menu on the homepage.

Upcoming Explorer Days

Friday September 19, 2014
Bat Presentation 
7:00 pm at the Church Basement in Aiyansh. 

Cori Clausen will do a slide show with explanation about bats of the province and describe her research. She also plans to bring her pet injured hoary bat to the presentation. 
We are all excited- hope to see you there!

On Sept 18 and 19 Cori will be setting up a couple of bat monitoring stations in the valley, one at the Belton's house and the other at the McKay bridge near Lakalzap (Greenville), because there are bat colonies in both of those locations. From the monitoring, she can identify species and migration/hibernation patterns. 

Coming Up:  Mushrooms in October! Stay tuned and join us!

Past Explorer Days


A successful introductory event was held on September 3, YNC Nass Valley leaders Des Belton and Dawn Germyn hosted an introduction to the lava beds in Lava Beds Provincial Park.  

Highlights near the visitor centre were the Nisga'a legend about the cause of the eruption (disrespect for salmon), historical effects on people (3 villages destroyed/buried by the lava flow, about 244 years ago, wave formation in the lava, relocation of rivers, lichens as pioneer recolonizers. We also looked at evidence of moose browsing, examined moose poop, saw a sinkhole full of water, and talked about how much water flows underneath the lava (up to 4X the volume we see above ground in the Tseax and Vetter rivers). We then drove to Vetter Falls parking lot. There, we looked at the geochemistry of the lava a bit, major compounds and visible crystals. We discussed availability of water just below the lava surface as a major factor in the very sudden transition (succession) from lichen covered rocks to moss floored forest. We learned about the aspirin tree (willow) as well as spruce, cedar, and hemlock. We discussed the phantom or ghost fish, steelhead trapped below Vetter falls which cannot escape because the creek disappears under the lava downstream. 

Conservation Leadership Workshop for YNC Alumni



A great opportunity for YNC Alumni- click here for more details.

Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17. This four-day event introduces youth to fish & wildlife conservation, ecology, and sustainability, and strives to inspire an interest in environmental stewardship. Participants will leave with the skills and knowledge to become involved in conservation projects making a positive impact in their home community.

The program features a diverse range of activities bound to amuse, educate, and provide valuable experience to participants. The workshop will also include guest speakers and classroom discussions, and will offer information for those contemplating post-secondary and career options in a conservation-related field.