Scout Island Public Programs

Scout Island Nature Centre
1305 A Borland Rd.
Williams Lake, BC
V2G 5K5


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Discovery Preschool
  •  Nature Exploration Camps & Nature Journeys
Exploration Programs for Families and the Young Naturalist Club
Nature Fun Summer Program ages 3-13  •  Group Programs

Scout Island Nature Centre offers a variety of public programs all year round (some free and some for a fee). Talks and outdoor explorations by leading biologists cover a wide range of nature-related topics.

Some of these programs change seasonally, so please check the Calendar of Events on the Home Page for details.

Discovery Preschool


At Discovery Preschool we are committed to offering a well-balanced, nature inspired preschool program, providing young children with creative, physical, social, emotional and intellectual experiences in a safe, nurturing atmosphere.

At Discovery Preschool there are regular opportunities to explore the outdoors and to discover wonders in the natural world. We observe and experience the changes of season through the year, and develop an empathy with nature. We integrate basic early educational experiences such as puzzles, dress-up, water play, housekeeping, painting, stories, craft activities, songs and rhythm activities.

Scout Island Nature Centre is our learning centre –
play and discovery are our methods of learning.

Monday and Wednesday Mornings 9:00 – 11:00 am
Monday and Wednesday Afternoons 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Tuesday and Thursday Mornings 9:00 – 11:00 am
Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons 12:30 – 2:30 pm

We encourage all parents to be helpers if possible. Each parent will be requested to help approximately twice a month.

With helping parent $74.00/month
With non-helping parent $87.00/month

Margaret walking with the children and the geese

Nature Exploration Camps & Nature Journeys

Look at thatNature Exploration Camps for ages 7-13 are offered during the Fall and Spring school breaks as well as one week during the summer. Check the calendar of events for dates. Fees average $25/day. A bursary is available for one participant per session.

Each camp is designed so participants enjoy exploring and being naturalists and scientists The goal is to be flexible enough to appeal to a range of abilities and to meet the needs of individuals and group dynamics (50% is planned and 50% takes advantage of what we discover while exploring). Games are used extensively to help develop skills and extend the knowledge base. There is often an overnight adventure.

Techniques Practised
  • What can you seeObservation
  • Data Collection/Recording
  • Hypothesizing and experimenting
  • Use of a equipment (microscopes, magnifying glasses, aquariums)
  • Posing questions and finding answers
  • Problem solving
Behaviours Nurtured
  • Curiosity
  • Wonder
  • Appreciation
  • Responsibility
  • Commitment to nature and wildlife
  • Stewardship
  • Problem solving
For more information about this season's programs or to book a program call 250-398-8532 or .
Blindfold Game
Nature Journeys led by Patricia Spencer, naturalist and retired teacher, of Earthwise Ventures.

Nature Journeys is offered to 6-12 year olds, 1-2 times a year (check calendar of events). It runs once a week for six weeks. This experiential program uses a "mentoring" approach to teaching, where the child is gently guided into the world of nature through inspiration, games, stories and questioning techniques. Students learn about nature awareness, natural history, survival skills and tracking - having fun all the while.


Exploration Programs for Families and the Young Naturalist Club

Scout Island Nature Centre offers weekend and evening nature exploration programs at least once a month all year round (check the Calendar of Events on the home page). Most of these programs are free or a for a nominal fee. Events at the Nature Centre are open to all families. Off-site adventures are open only to members of our local Young Naturalists’ Club (see below).

We encourage families with children aged 5-14 to join our local chapter of the:
YOUNG NATURALISTS' CLUB of British Columbia Society, 1620 Mt. Seymour Road, North Vancouver, BC V7G 2R9.
E-mail:    Web site:    Membership form

The program consists of three main components:

  1. Explorer Days: (at least 1/month at Scout Island Nature Centre) Field trips and other hands-on programs led by local naturalists provide experiences 'in the field'
  2. Action Awards: Given to individual members for completing a selection of activities based on nature study, environmental action projects and community participation - joining in local events such as beach clean-ups, pitch-in week, recycling campaigns.
  3. Nature WILD: This YNC publication is BC's only nature magazine for children, containing articles written by leading BC naturalists and scientists, projects, puzzles, games and competitions. It is mailed to members quarterly. Scout Island Nature Centre has all the back copies for you to look at. This is one of the best nature magazines for children.

Nature Fun Days
Nature Fun Summer Program ages 3-13

This fun program, offered July-August each summer, is led by enthusiastic university students. Weekly themes keep the activities varied and lively. Check the calendar of events for dates. Please call 250-398-8532 or e-mail scoutisland(at) You need to register ahead of time.
Monday-Friday Ages 3-8
Mornings 9:30-11:30 Afternoons 1-3 $10 per session
Ages 8-13
Wednesdays 9:30-3 ($20) This program includes art activities
The costs of these programs are kept low, thanks to generous donations from:

  • City of Williams Lake
  • Province of BC
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Community members and businesses
  • Cariboo Central Arts and Culture Society

and volunteer time from the Williams Lake Field Naturalists.

For more information and times call or .

Group Programs

Get Outside!
Nature programs are suitable for community groups of all ages (children to adult) and can be booked individually or as a series. Programs are 2-4 hours long and change according to the season. Please see the Calendar of Events for the programs being offered at this time.

The cost for each program depends on the number of participants and length of time requested. It is generally $4 per participant or a minimum of $30 for the 2-hour programs. Please discuss this with the coordinator.

Nature Fun Birthday Parties
1.5 hour nature program (walk, games, and activities) for the children. Then use the Nature House to have cake etc.
Cost: $75 for 1-8 children, $5 for each additional child.

For Adults - Parents and Staff of Community Groups - offered all year
Sharing Nature With Children: techniques to help you lead children into nature

Other Ways for Groups to Enjoy the Nature Centre All Year:

  • Have a sleep-over at the Nature House and go out for a walk to "catch" the night creatures
  • Hold an "Earth Friendly" nature party as a seasonal celebration
  • Have your youth group plant trees, help care for the trails, and other stewardship activities

For more information or to book a program call or

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