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.

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Next Monthly Meeting

Even though our next meeting is not until September we will be having a number of field trips between now and then. Watch this space for details. June 8th: trip to Lehmann Springs. You must be a member of SONC to attend this trip.

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.