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.
2017 Sponsors included the Slocan Valley Legacy Fund, Columbia Basin Trust, Hills Recreation Society and Regional District of Central Kootenay.
2017 Event Highlights
Saturday, August 5, 9 am-12 pm. 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 with local experts Richard Johnson, Daniel Hellyer and Marcy Mahr.
Saturday, August 12, 9 am-12 pm. Fenominal Fen, Hills
Explored rare wetlands full of carnivorous plants and cool insects reminiscent of the northern Boreal forest with local experts Marcy Mahr, Daniel Hellyer and Richard Johnson. Co-sponsored with Slocan Wetlands Assessment & Monitoring Project (SWAMP).
Saturday, August 19, 9 am-12 pm. Toads & Bears: Strange Bedfellows, Fish Lake Rest Area
Discovered the fascinating and similar habits of bears and toads from local experts Wayne McCrory and Marcy Mahr. Co-sponsored with Valhalla Wilderness Society.
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.
This year a total of 128 people attended Wild Days!