North Okanagan prepares for busy Environment Week ahead

Environment Week runs from Saturday to Friday and it will be packed with a series of week-long activities in the North Okanagan.

Environment Week runs from Saturday to Friday and it will be packed with a series of week-long activities in the North Okanagan.

Saturday – International Trails Day

Get out and enjoy your local trails! Visit http://www.greatervernonrecreation.ca for events in your area.

Sunday – Tree Smarts Workshop

Come out to the Xerindipity Garden at the Okanagan Science Centre for a Tree Smarts workshop from 1 to 2 p.m. Learn about proper tree care, including tree planting and maintenance demonstrations.

Monday – Awards Presentation and Film Screenings

Celebrate local leaders in sustainability at the 2012 Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Awards, and the Inquisitive Clips Awards. Catch some of the winning Inquisitive Clips films. This free event will be held at 7 p.m at Powerhouse Theatre and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday – Water Awareness Day

Visit http://www.okwaterwise.ca to find out how you can be water wise at home, school and work.

Wednesday – Clean Air Day

Take transit for free anywhere in the North Okanagan. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast from 6:30 to 9 a.m. at the new downtown transit exchange at 31st Avenue and 30th Street.

Thursday – Styrofoam Round Up

Clean styrofoam will be accepted for recycling at two locations: Vernon Real Canadian Wholesale Club parking lot (2501 34th St.) and Lumby Super A Foods parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Styrofoam, including egg cartons, containers and other styrofoam packing products must be in a clear bag (no tape, stickers, plastic or styrofam insulation). Drop off is free of charge.

Friday – Local Food Day

Eat local! Come down to the Friday Farmers’ Market at the Village Green Centre between 3 and 7 p.m. Learn more about what local produce and products are available in our area.

For more information on these events, contact the Regional District of North Okanagan at 250-550-3700 or the City of Vernon at 250-550-3634 or go online to http://www.rdno.ca or http://www.vernon.ca/sustainability.