Williams Lake

 Leaders: Sue Hemphill, Paula Laita, Mary Forbes 
Email:  yncwilliamslake@gmail.com  Phone:250-398-8532

Upcoming 2015 Explorer Days

Saturday May 30 (RSVP by May 27)
Meet at 9:30am

We will be monitoring some of the bluebird nestboxes located along Dog Creek Road. We will meet at Scout Island and then car-pool to the Bluebird Route (around 15 min). While checking the houses, we will find eggs and might find some little chicks too! Both Bluebirds and Swallows use these boxes, but we could also have some surprises...squirrels and mice also like this birdhouses for their young! We will be back by 12.00-12.30 to Scout Island. Thank you!

Past Explorer Days

Sunday April 26th 1pm-3pm
Join local beekeeper Diane Dunaway for a busy day learning all about bees: Honey Bees, Mason Bees, Bumble Bees. It will be the Bees’ Knees! Dress like a bee and play make bee-lieve games. Half the day will be outside observing the local bees and don’t forget the honey bee hive that lives inside the nature house at Scout Island! These amazing insects pollinate so much of the food we eat, if there were no bees half our produce department in the supermarket would be empty! This event is gonna be sweeter than honey. EVERYONE AND ALL AGES WELCOME, NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Contact Scout Island Nature House if you have questions about this FREE special event.

Saturday March 28th
Ravens, Crows and their Cousins including Grey Jays (Whiskey Jacks /Camp Robbers), Blue Jays, Magpies and Play “Are you Smarter than a Crow?” and see if you can figure out logic puzzles faster than a crow.
Bring something to share at Crow Show and Tell, where you can tell your story or share an item from home. Half the day will be outside playing games and observing the family of crows that live at Scout Island.
These amazing birds share many family traits with humans, and are among the most intelligent
creatures on Earth with a brain-body mass only slightly smaller than humans!
Contact Scout Island Nature House if you have questions about this FREE special event

Saturday February 28th
Family Wolf Day at Scout Island!
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Scout Island Nature Centre

Join us at Scout Island Nature Centre on Saturday, February 28th at 1pm for day packed full of wolf. We will wolf down stories about local wolf research, dress in costumes, play with puppets and look at skulls and teeth. Half the day will be spent outside playing games and sniffing the fresh air and stretching our legs. These amazing animals share many family traits with humans; come and learn lots about how alike we are and how important they are to the forest and to us.
Bring: Warm clothes (and gloves!), Gumboots/waterproof boots for time outside, a fur coat so you can dress up like a wolf (Fur hats and tails are good too), and any wolf stuff you have at home for show and tell.  

Sunday February 15th
YNC Great Backyard Bird Count! 
9:30-11.30 am
Scout Island Nature Centre

Nature Mentor birding expert Cathy Coot will show us how exciting birding can be and teach us how to find birds! We will learn about bird identification and the diversity of shape and form for specializing how they feed and move. We will identify and count birds at the feeders and also go for a bird walk. We will play some outdoor games and maybe even have time for a bird craft!

Saturday, January 24th
Scout Island Nature Centre
6 pm until 8pm

Join naturalist Mary Forbes and local community astronomers Steve and Lynn Capling at the Scout Island Nature for stories and stargazing. There will have plenty of stellar stuff to gander at with your naked eye, binoculars or with a telescope. If the weather outside is inappropriate for stargazing, the event will be moved indoors with games and activities. 
Bring: WARM clothes (and gloves!), Binoculars (Scout Island have some available to borrow), Lawn chairs or something to lay down on. Please do not bring a flashlight or headlamp. A very large telescope is provided but you are welcome to bring along your own, more telescopes make this event even better!

Earth Friendly Holidays
Friday November 28 6-9pm
Saturday November 29 11:00- 2:00
Free Family Event at the Arts Centre

- Wrapping and Decorating (Wreaths-frames provided, natural item decorations, and wrapping)
- Scout Island Nature Centre table will be all things birds-suet feeders, bird ornaments.
Gifts to make from recycled materials and materials from nature.
- Wonderful Local FOOD: you are welcome to bring some of yours to share (as local as possible), or enjoy what our Local Growers bring!
- Live Music

Spooky Spiders 
Scout Island Nature Centre with Mary Forbes
Saturday October 25th 12-2 pm
You might associate Spiders with dark basements or haunted houses, but the last Saturday in October you will learn to identify those big spiders on your porch from that brown spider in your bathtub. Do we have poisonous spiders? What about Black Widows, Brown Recluses and Hobo Spiders? Hear all the amazing facts and meet some local spiders on our spider walk (you can even bring a spider in a jar from home to be identified!) in a fun afternoon for Families and their kids ages 5-14.

Nature Art 
Scout Island
Sept. 25th
From 12 to 2pm 

Be a part of Williams Lake CULTURE DAYS and make temporary nature art hosted by naturalist Mary Forbes. Bring your shiny stones, pine cones and smart phones to photograph the beautiful displays we will create on the beach at Scout Island. This is a fun afternoon for parents and their kids ages 5-14. 

Walk for Wildlife; Saturday April 26, from 1:00-3:00pm
 The Walk for Wildlife is a national campaign that encourages all Canadians to get outside for a walk and experience the wildlife and natural spaces in their backyards. Wildlife Biologist Becky Cadsand will lead a discussion and walk to look at different habitat niches.  We’ll be citizen scientists and enter all our sightings into the Canadian Wildlife Federation database. Of course no explorer day is complete without some games!

Celebrate World Forestry; Day Saturday March 22, from 1:00-3:00pm
What makes a forest?
Julianne Trelenberg will lead a discussion and walk to look at the different components of a forest at the Scout Island Nature Centre.  We’ll summarize all our findings with a group craft.
All families are welcome; kids need to bring an adult.

Great Backyard Birdcount; Sunday, February 16th 9:30am-11:30am

 Be a Citizen Scientist!
Julianne Trelenberg will lead a birding walk and observe birds at the feeder.

Our data will be added to Cornell University’s international checklist.

Then we’ll do a cone bird feeder craft. 

Family Astronomy; Saturday January 25th 6pm-8pm

Space…the final frontier… these are the voyages of the Young Naturalists’ Club and Family Explorer Events at Scout Island. Saturday, Januray 25th at 6pm join local community astronomers Steve and Lynn Capling at the Scout Island Nature House for stories and stargazing until 8pm.
Earth Day Event
Date: Dig Into The Dirt On Earth Day 2013
Plant a tree on April 21st 10am-Noon/ Junior Archaeologist Day Camp April 21st 12-3pm

 Blue Bird Boxes
Date: March 30, 2013 from 1:00-3:00pm
Location: Scout Island Nature Centre
Hosted by YNC Leader Mary Forbes.

 Big Backyard Bird Count
Date: February 16, 2013 from 1:00-3:00pm
Location: Scout Island Nature Centre
Hosted by YNC Leader Julianne Trelenberg with guest speaker Cathy Coot

Astronomy Night
Date : January 26, 2013 from 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Scout Island Nature Centre
Hosted by YNC Leader Mary Forbes with guest speakers Lynn and Steve Capling.

Check out this great picture from the Williams Lake Young Naturalists' Club trip on September 29th, 2012.  Jessabelle and Emma (photo permissions granted) are showing off one of the treasures they found while exploring the River Trail.