Meadowlark Nature Festival is the flagship event presented each year by the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance (OSCA). Courtesy of www.meadowlarkfestival.ca

Meadowlark tickets on sale soon

The festival showcases the best of the Okanagan and Similkameen valley’s natural environments

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the creatures that call Ginty’s Pond home, or what makes the grasslands so unique in the Similkameen?

How about learning how to identify birds by call or sight? Everyone’s wondered what’s the real deal with Spotted Lake.

Well now is your chance to have those experiences and more during the 20th anniversary of the Meadowlark Nature Festival taking place May 18 to 22.

Tickets for the festival go on sale April 8 at 10 a.m.

The festival showcases the best of the Okanagan and Similkameen valley’s natural environments.

This year the festival offers 79 tours including hiking, cycling, horseback riding, canoeing, geology tours, astronomy events, children’s programs, film screenings, art exhibitions, Aboriginal events, and photography, painting and writing workshops.

“Our 20th Anniversary roster of events includes some old favourites, as well as some really exciting new tours we’ve added this year,” said Festival Coordinator Jayme Friedt in a press release. “What’s really great about all Meadowlark tours though, is that participants have the opportunity to engage with experts in their fields, including biologists, botanists, historians, traditional knowledge keepers, herpetologists, naturalists and artists, and really learn about the environments they’re exploring.”

This year’s Keynote Speaker, Tzeporah Berman, is one of Canada’s most influential environmentalists. In her early 20s, Berman faced nearly 1,000 criminal charges and six years in prison for her role organizing blockades in Canada’s rainforest. Today, she is an Adjunct Professor at York University and works as a strategic advisor on climate and energy issues to a number of First Nations, environmental organizations and philanthropic foundations.

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary, the Festival is presenting a Founders’ Gala taking place Saturday, May 20 at the Penticton Golf and Country Club. Founders Richard Cannings, who is now the South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP, Doreen Olson and Lisa Scott will be recognized for their role in launching the Festival in 1998.

For a complete look at the 2017 Festival go to meadowlarkfestival.ca and click on 2017 Festival at a Glance.

Both online and in-person ticket sales start at 10 am Saturday April 8. Online tickets can be purchased at the website www.meadowlarkfestival.ca using any major credit card via PayPal. In person ticket sales take place from 10 a.m. to noon in Room Two at the Penticton Community Centre, 325 Power St.

Note: From April 11 to May 16, in person ticket sales take place every Tuesday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Penticton Visitors Centre, located at the South Okanagan Events Centre parking lot.

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