It’s Earth Day around the Okanagan, Saturday, April 22 and locals will be celebrating by bringing attention to the plants and animals in the area.
The Kelowna Heritage Museum is unveiling its Biodiversity Zone.
“The Biodiversity Zone offers a fresh look at our region’s grasslands, wetlands, aquatic habitats, forests and subalpine zones. A variety of animal specimens has been brought up from the storage vault. A selection of Okanagan insects from a recently donated collection will also be on display,” states a museum press release.
“The Biodiversity zone offers a rich experience in a small space,” said Linda Digby, executive director of Kelowna Museums Society. “We think visitors will especially enjoy close encounters with the animals, interacting with the discovery drawers, and gaining new perspectives on what makes the Okanagan naturally special.”
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. learn about Ice Age mammals, then from 1 to 1:30 p.m. take a gander at a variety of Okanagan flowers, followed by examining bird specimens with experts in their fields.
The City of Kelowna is offering the NeighbourWoods program, planting trees on Saturday. The program is a residential planting initiative developed to encourage residents to help grow and preserve Kelowna’s healthy neighbourhood urban forest.
You can preorder trees online by April 20 at 3 p.m. Trees are $40 plus GST.
Call 250-469-8800 to pay by credit card or visit the Parkinson Recreation Centre.
Residents can pick their trees up for the NeighbourWoods event between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Mission Recreation Park Arboretum, 4105 Gordon Dr.
The Salvation Army is working to keep clothes out of the landfill, partnering with UBCO for Earth Day.
Students leaving campus have the opportunity to donate clothes, housewares and small appliances throughout April. Each housing unit at UBCO has a designated drop-off bin.