Outdoors

(Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Inclusive playground celebrated at Vernon’s Marshall Field Park

Opened last fall, the playground is 7,500 square feet of fun for kids of all abilities

 

The Armstrong Regional Co-op presents The Sandlot, Friday, June 24, at Vernon’s DND Grounds starting with gates opening at 6:30 p.m.

Armstrong Co-op pitches outdoor movies

Three films in three North Okanagan communities to help company celebrate its 100th birthday

 

Tyler Welfing, artist, CarveWel Creations (from left), is joined by Regional District of North Okanagan Electoral Area directors Amanda Shatzko and Bob Fleming for the installation of a new bench at Vernon’s Cools Pond, designed and created by Welfing. (RDNO photo)

Vernon pond adds Cool bench feature

Cools Pond gets carved bench created by artist Tyler Welfing to help enhance the beauty of the area

Tyler Welfing, artist, CarveWel Creations (from left), is joined by Regional District of North Okanagan Electoral Area directors Amanda Shatzko and Bob Fleming for the installation of a new bench at Vernon’s Cools Pond, designed and created by Welfing. (RDNO photo)
The Kalamalka Caring Klowns led participants in the 20th North Okanagan Hospice Society Hike For Hospice Sunday, June 5, at Vernon’s Polson Park. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Vernon Hike For Hospice raises $15,000

Event returns to the North Okanagan for the first time in seven years

The Kalamalka Caring Klowns led participants in the 20th North Okanagan Hospice Society Hike For Hospice Sunday, June 5, at Vernon’s Polson Park. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Wally Garrod (from left), wife, Marilyn, and sons Wade and Chad were the honoured family for the return of the North Okanagan IG Wealth Management Walk For Alzheimer’s Sunday, May 29, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

PHOTOS: Good guy Garrod leads way at Vernon Walk For Alzheimer’s

Wally Garrod and family took official first step in event not held for two years due to COVID

Wally Garrod (from left), wife, Marilyn, and sons Wade and Chad were the honoured family for the return of the North Okanagan IG Wealth Management Walk For Alzheimer’s Sunday, May 29, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
Neighbours on Fuller Avenue look at bee swarm.

Bees swarm home in downtown Kelowna

Bees took over the front yard of a house on Fuller Avenue

Neighbours on Fuller Avenue look at bee swarm.
The first annual Tulip Festival in the North Okanagan is underway in Armstrong-Spallumcheen, where folks can explore 2.5 acres of tulips and pick their own bouquet. An additional weekend has been added to the festival: May 28-29, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

More time to enjoy Armstrong-Spallumcheen tulip festival

First North Okanagan tulip festival extended to May 28, as cold spring delayed bloom of some flowers

The first annual Tulip Festival in the North Okanagan is underway in Armstrong-Spallumcheen, where folks can explore 2.5 acres of tulips and pick their own bouquet. An additional weekend has been added to the festival: May 28-29, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Noah Rubuliak rides in last weekend's 'Fire in the Mountains' bike race in West Kelowna. (Joe Roberts/ Jump into frame photography)

Cool kind of ‘Fire in the Mountains’ at West Kelowna bike event

West Kelowna firefighters organized the charity event

Noah Rubuliak rides in last weekend's 'Fire in the Mountains' bike race in West Kelowna. (Joe Roberts/ Jump into frame photography)
B.C. Wildlife Federation offers a course called ‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman’ where women can learn archery, nature photography, proper handling of game meat, firearm safety and more (Brittany Webster - Capital News)

Building confidence, gaining independence in the Okanagan while Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Women gathered at Lake Country’s Camp Winfield to learn outdoor skills in the BOW course

  • May 15, 2022
B.C. Wildlife Federation offers a course called ‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman’ where women can learn archery, nature photography, proper handling of game meat, firearm safety and more (Brittany Webster - Capital News)
Status Nightclub owner Saverio Loria has applied with the City of Vernon to build a permanent patio space outside the nightclub. Comments from the public on the idea can be submitted to the city until Thursday, April 21, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Pubs and clubs pushing for patios in Vernon

Status Nightclub among Vernon businesses currently with outdoor patio applications

Status Nightclub owner Saverio Loria has applied with the City of Vernon to build a permanent patio space outside the nightclub. Comments from the public on the idea can be submitted to the city until Thursday, April 21, 2022. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon residents Tyson and Shannon Head reached the summit of Aconcagua in Argentina on Jan. 15, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Vernon couple reaches Argentinian summit, 10 years after husband’s heart surgery

Tyson and Shannon Head reache the top of Aconcagua, nearly 7,000 metres above sea level

Vernon residents Tyson and Shannon Head reached the summit of Aconcagua in Argentina on Jan. 15, 2022. (Submitted photo)
A Sugar Maple tree. (Contributed)

B.C. just doesn’t have proper maple trees

OPINION: The maple trees that grow here, just don’t change hues the way they do in the east

  • Oct 14, 2021
A Sugar Maple tree. (Contributed)
Marc Ledger (left) presents a cheque to Kane Blake (right) (Facebook)

Okanagan non-profit that cleans up illegal dump sites rewarded with $10k donation

The Okanagan Forest Task Force helps clean up local backcountry and stop the spread of forest fires

Marc Ledger (left) presents a cheque to Kane Blake (right) (Facebook)
A hummingbird gives its wings a rare rest while feeding in a North Okanagan garden. (Karen Siemens/North Okanagan Naturalists Club)

Hummingbirds back for another Okanagan season

North America’s littlest birds return, and they’re hungry

A hummingbird gives its wings a rare rest while feeding in a North Okanagan garden. (Karen Siemens/North Okanagan Naturalists Club)
The pink supermoon rises over the Shuswap on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. (File photo)

Column: Looking forward to May supermoon, June solar eclipse

Great Outdoors by James Murray

  • Apr 29, 2021
The pink supermoon rises over the Shuswap on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. (File photo)
Now anglers can use what Davies describes as a quick and convenient electronic method to record their catch, under NRLS.

New digital recording tool available for fishing licence sales in B.C.

Anglers can now use an online system to take note of fish they have caught, as per DFO rules

  • Apr 3, 2021
Now anglers can use what Davies describes as a quick and convenient electronic method to record their catch, under NRLS.
The Walking Curriculum gets students outside and connecting with nature. (Amanda Peterson/Special to S.F. Examiner)

‘Walking Curriculum’ crafted by SFU professor surges in popularity

The outdoor curriculum encourages students to connect with the natural world

The Walking Curriculum gets students outside and connecting with nature. (Amanda Peterson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Métis carver and elder John Sayer works at the Storefront School in Salmon Arm on Thursday, Nov. 19, helping students learn to carve and sharing his culture, while teacher Robin Wiens and student William Dicer try their hand at carving. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Video: New faces to emerge from the forest in Salmon Arm’s Little Mountain Park

Students at Storefront School join Métis elder in project that will add small carvings to trees

Métis carver and elder John Sayer works at the Storefront School in Salmon Arm on Thursday, Nov. 19, helping students learn to carve and sharing his culture, while teacher Robin Wiens and student William Dicer try their hand at carving. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Jim Cooperman recently found a specimen of black henbane, also called stinking nightshade, growing on his North Shuswap property. The invasive species has only been found in five locations in British Columbia. (Jim Cooperman photo)

Column: Black henbane, a Shuswap botanical phenomena

Shuswap Passion by Jim Cooperman

  • Aug 27, 2020
Jim Cooperman recently found a specimen of black henbane, also called stinking nightshade, growing on his North Shuswap property. The invasive species has only been found in five locations in British Columbia. (Jim Cooperman photo)