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 every Thursday in the north parking lot of Cherry Lane Mall (north of Warren Ave. and east of Atkinson St.) at 8 AM (SUMMER hrs as of June 7/18).
  • Field Trips are generally made in the spring and fall.

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Next Monthly Meeting

The annual Club picnic will be held July 4th at the gazebo area of Summerland Gardens. We have the area reserved from 3 to 6PM. Dinner will be served at 5PM. In keeping with the vote of the membership, this year’s picnic is a catered affair: hamburgers, hot dogs, vegetarian patties, salads and dessert. All you can eat. Members $12 pp; non-member guests $18 pp. BYOB. Order tickets through PayPal , mail a cheque to our address or leave an envelope with your payment at the United Church office. Tickets must be purchased in advance no later than June 26. If you require gluten free please send an email to Chris or Bob before June 26.


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Nature in Focus – A Photo Contest – Breaking News

A new category with additional prizes just added to the photo contest.  The new category is Invasive Species and is sponsored by the Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASISS). See the photo contest page for additional details.
Note also that a new payment option has been added

Recent Newsletter

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

Nature in Focus – A Photo Contest

The Club is hosting a nature photo contest open to all residents of the RDOS – you need not be a member of SONC. There are number of categories such as landscape, waterfowl, birds, wild flowers, etc. Prizes will be given in all categories with the total value of prizes in excess of $4,000. Photos must have been taken within the boundaries of the RDOS. There will be a small entry fee per photo. Entries must be made between March 1 and July 15. Get more details by clicking on the photo contest page above.

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