To participate in our in-person activities, you will be asked to sign a waiver stating you are fully-vaccinated and have not been in contact with someone with COVID-19.

Regular evening meetings, in-person, are occurring. The topic for the next meeting is described below the calendar.

Details on the activities are in the calendar below and on pages devoted to each activity. The next program is also described below.

About the Central Okanagan Naturalists’ Club

CONC is a naturalists’ club based in Kelowna, BC, part of the Central Okanagan. Please note that we are a group interested in birds, botany, cycling, hiking, and snowshoeing (in the appropriate seasons); we are not interested in running around naked.

We recognize that our activities take place on the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan people.

We organize a variety of weekly activities and hold monthly meetings to discuss club business and see a presentation on a topic of interest to the club. A few members, active or retired professionals, produce scientific articles. Details are available on the About Us page.

Many members participate in local, regional, and provincial bodies whose interests reflect the Club’s interests.

CONC is involved with December/January Christmas Bird Counts, the January Sweagle (swan and eagle) Count, the Johns Family Nature Conservancy Park Critter Count in May and the Okanagan Mountain Park Critter Count in June.

A 2020 activity was the Mission Creek Greenway Biodiversity Challenge organized by CONC in conjunction with the Friends of Mission Creek and Regional District Parks. How many species did naturalists find along the Greenway in 2020? The Challenge iNaturalist website is here.

CONC maintains a checklist of the approximately 8,000 species of fauna, flora, and funga that are confirmed or suspected to occur in the Regional District of the Central Okanagan (RDCO). The Checklist can be found at RDCOChecklist.info; check it out for details on the status of each species and send us any necessary corrections or additions.

Join us!

Membership information is available on the Information for Everyone page.

Upcoming activities

The activities are listed in the calendar above.

Additional information on hikes/snowshoe/bicycle trips is on the Hiking page.

Additional information on birding trips is on the Birding page.

Friday botany trips in the spring (and occasionally in the fall) are described on the Botany page. Note that this information includes places you can visit on your own, along with species lists,

Monthly Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month, September through May, at 7:00 p.m., currently in person whenever possible and otherwise via Zoom, with a picnic in June and a potluck in January.

Next meeting: September 10, Evangel Church 7:00 p.m.

Title: Part two of Rick and Jen’s trip to Newfoundland and Labrador

Presenters: Rick Gee and Jen Matthews

About the presentation: Rick and Jen visited Newfoundland and Labrador in the summer of 2023. Last fall, they presented images of the west coast of Newfoundland and then Labrador. In this show, they begin at Corner Brook and end up in and near St John’s.

More details on this and other CONC meetings: Upcoming CONC meetings document.

Latest newsletter

The latest newsletter (Spring 2024) has been published. The newsletter has been extensively redesigned; let the editors know if you like it!

Please use the menu system at the top of each page and its links to explore our different activities. To ask specific questions, use our info address: contact us.

Contact information:
Specific people on the executive.
The webmaster.
Last updated: 2024 06 12