Welcome to the new SONC website. If you have any suggestions please get in touch with Bob Handfield or Glenda Ross.

Mission Statement:

“To provide a dynamic local focus for experiencing the natural world of B.C. and for promoting its conservation”

  • Indoor meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month, September to May (except for December) at 7:00 pm in the basement of the Penticton United Church, 696 Main Street (blue church on the corner of Main & Eckhardt). Please bring your own coffee mug —- New members always welcome.
  • Our birding, wildflower, geology, social group meets Thursdays in the north parking lot of Cherry Lane Mall (north of Warren Ave. and east of Atkinson St.) at 9 AM.
  • Field Trips are generally made in the spring and fall.

Looking for something specific?

You can search our site through this search tool….

Next Monthly Meeting

Arthur Scully completed his BSc. and MSc. at Washington State University studying wildlife Ecology. For his MSc. research, he studied Canada lynx’s habitat selection response to the presence of bobcat and cougar in Washington State using camera-traps. This research is published in the Journal of Mammalogy. Arthur is currently a PhD candidate at Trent University, studying bobcat and Canada lynx habitat selection, travel corridors, and behaviour in response to habitat fragmentation. He has been collecting data on bobcat and Canada lynx in the Okanagan using GPS collars. Arthur will tell us about the results of his work so far.

2019 Picnic July 3rd Summerland Gardens

You must purchase tickets in advance to attend the picnic. Tickets are $12 (same as last year) and $18 for non-members. This is a catered event – all you can eat – burgers, hot dogs, salads and dessert. Vegetarian and GF options. Tickets must be paid for no later than June 24th. You can either purchase here (below) or leave an envelope with your payment at the United Church office on Main Street. (Office open 9-1 Monday to Friday). Mark the envelope SONC picnic. Put your name in the envelope and whether you are requesting vegetarian or GF. Bring your own beverages – coffee will be supplied.


Number and type of tickets




Recent Newsletter

Our most recent newsletter is March and is available on the Honker page under NEWS.

Nature in Focus – A Photo Contest

The contest is over and the nearly 5 month long exhibit at the Penticton Museum is finished. Thanks to everyone who participated.

The winners of the Penticton Western News Readers’ Choice awards have been announced:

First place: Waiting for Mom by Paul Graham
Second place: Big Horn Sheep in the Snow by Andrew Morrissey
Third place: Spotted Lake by Julian Giordano

The winner of the Waypoint Advisory Group (Raymond James) Peoples’ Choice Award was:
Paul Graham: Waiting for Mom

We would like to recognize and thank our sponsors for this contest: Vortex Binoculars Canada, Parks Canada, Burrowing Owl Winery, London Drugs, Penticton Western News, Waypoint Advisory Group – Raymond James Ltd, Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society, Penticton Golf & Country Club, The Nature Trust of BC, The Book Shop, BC Nature, BC Naturalists Foundation and The Penticton Museum.