Wild Days 2017 – Summary

Wild Days! sponsored by the Slocan Lake Stewardship Society (SLSS) are free family nature walks held at various locations throughout the Slocan Lake watershed. In August 2017, three Wild Days! took families and community members out in the watershed for fun outdoor adventure and environmental learning. The 3-hour long programs encourage participants to explore and make sense of some of the small, wondrous creatures as well as large, spectacular features that surround our communities in the north Slocan Valley.

Saturday, August 5: Time Travelling, New Denver
Took place at the Bosun Ranch located above Slocan Lake between New Denver and Silverton with a scenic walk through geologic time and over 100 years of local history while exploring the diversity of nature.

Saturday, August 12: Fenominal Fen, Hills
Explored rare wetlands full of carnivorous plants and cool insects reminiscent of the northern Boreal forest.

Saturday, August 19: Toads & Bears: Strange Bedfellows, Fish Lake
Discovered the fascinating and similar habits of bears and toads.

Four local naturalists and scientists led the tours: Richard Johnson, Daniel Hellyer, Marcy Mahr, and Wayne McCrory. They represented a broad range of scientific disciplines (e.g., geology, soils, insects, plants, amphibians, and bears) that infused interesting hands-on experiences and facts about nature into each event. A huge thank you to the Harris family and Chris Bokstrom for making it possible to hold the first Wild Days event at the Bosun Ranch.

In its third year, Wild Days has caught the interest of outdoor/nature enthusiasts (locals and visitors) alike – with a total of 128 people attending this year! 2017 Sponsors included the Slocan Valley Legacy Fund, Columbia Basin Trust, Hills Recreation Society and Regional District of Central Kootenay. We thank all the sponsors and participants for a wildly successful Wild Days 2017!