Upcoming Events and Programs
No further field trips are scheduled before spring. Our new trip list will be available next April.
Presentations and Other Events
March 8, 2023: Rescheduled from Feb 15, Chris Procter will provide information on his and other’s Fraser River Bighorn sheep recovery efforts. More information will be available here soon.
April 21, 2023: Scout Island Nature Centre spring banquet with guest speaker Frank Ritcey (the “Outdoor Guy” on CBC North by Northwest.
For more distant events check “Other upcoming events” link.
About our field trips
We organize field trips from mid spring to mid fall, ranging from short evening trips to full day hikes and overnight camps, all with a natural history focus. For insurance reasons, trips are open only to members but a one-day trial membership is available.
For all trips, participants are responsible for transportation, appropriate gear, food and adequate water, and for informing the trip leader of any special needs. The current list of proposed trips for this year may be viewed by clicking on “Current field trip list”. Please see individual trip descriptions to assess difficulty and for trip leader contact information.
Hiking through a field of alpine wildflowers with a backdrop of rocky mountains.
How conservation fits in
The Williams Lake Field Naturalists work to conserve the natural ecosystems of Scout Island Nature Centre and the Williams Lake area. Over the years, we have also participated in or provided submissions to several land use and environmental assessment advisory processes and conservation issues in the Cariboo-Chilcotin. We have always strived to base our input on sound ecological information, our intimate knowledge of Cariboo-Chilcotin ecosystems, and a belief in society’s responsibility to conserve natural ecosystems.
Some past activities and events
We have many needs for volunteers, especially for projects at Scout Island Nature Centre. If you can volunteer your time to a current project, have a new project you would like to suggest to the club or would like to volunteer in some other way, please let us know by our email and we will provide more information.
Current projects and activities that require volunteers include:
- Scout Island Nature Centre (SINC) trail maintenance and construction work parties,
- developing and maintaining SINC displays and signs
- SINC invasive plant removal (an on-going project),
- planting of native trees, shrubs, and herbs on disturbed areas at the Nature Centre,
- contacting and organizing speakers and other presentations,
- organizing naturalist trips and events,
- initiating and organizing club projects
- fundraising and proposal writing (an on-going and important need)
- preparing articles, large or small, for the Muskrat newsletter
- gathering information and helping us address conservation issues in the Cariboo-Chilcotin
- Being a member of the WL Field Naturalists board of directors
The Williams Lake Field Naturalists are very thankful for the many members and others who contribute many hundreds of hours each year to the success of Scout Island Nature Centre and other projects of the Williams Lake Field Naturalists. We could not continue without the efforts of many volunteers.
Now is a great time to join the Williams Lake Field Naturalists! Check out our upcoming activities and get in touch. We would love to hear from you.