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


Remember there is no regular December meeting. The Penticton Christmas Bird Count is on December 15th with a pot-luck supper to follow at the Church Hall.

The January meeting will feature a presentation by Bryn White, the Program Manager for South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program and Administrator for the South Okanagan Conservation Fund, who will bring us up-to-date on what has been happening with the SO Conservation Fund. You may recall this program receives funds from the RDOS by way of a special levy on all properties within the south Okanagan portion of the RDOS.

Recent Newsletter

Our most recent newsletter is September 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 (2018). 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.