Thursday May 18, 2023 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tour Location: Johns Family Nature Conservancy Park, Kelowna Meeting Place: Thomson Marsh at the south end of H2O parking lot , 4075 Gordon Drive Kelowna. Look for the wildlife decorated vehicle!
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Tour 01 – “Into the Dark” Hike

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Description Of This Tour

Join Park Interpreter James Chester at the Johns Family Conservancy Park for an unusual trip into the park at night. The evening’s adventure will celebrate an exciting announcement from the Royal Astronomical Society earlier in May.

James will take you into the park as dusk descends and offer you a glimpse at the creatures that inhabit that nocturnal world, with a focus on owls and other animals that prefer the darkness to the light. James plans to make his audience more aware of how human-produced light changes behavior patterns of these animals – and not always for the better.

This is a moderately difficult hike and will involve low-light hiking. Biting insects come alive at dusk so insect repellent and long sleeves/pants are recommended.

Tour Leader: James Chester

Additional light information:
It is our hope that we can offer the hike without the use of light as part of a dark skies preserve experience, and the hike participants will acclimatize to the low-light environment like how the wildlife will adapt in the park. However, due to varying light conditions on any given night, the use of headlamps may be required for the hike safety. We have enough red-light headlamps to loan each hiker a headlamp for the hike. Extra flashlights will be available in case of emergencies.

Please be prepared for all sorts of weather – hot, sunny, windy, cold and rain too! Dress in layers and bring all-weather clothing, sunscreen, a sun hat, sturdy hiking footwear, a snack and at least 1 litre of water for all tours and events. For longer walks and hikes you will need at least 2 litres of water, as well as snacks and a bagged lunch (if not provided). Cameras, binoculars and plant and bird field guides are optional but add to your enjoyment. Please note any additional items to bring if applicable for your tour.


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Tour Details

Difficulty Level: 3

Price: $25.00

+ Price Includes: N/A

 Max Group: 20

Additional Items To Bring

  • Water
  • Pocket Snacks
  • Insect repellant
  • Red-light headlamps will be provided for all participants to use.
  • We will be reducing the light for our hike, while still providing a safe hike.


Location: Johns Family Nature Conservancy Park, Kelowna

Meeting Place: Thomson Marsh at the south end of H2O parking lot

Transportation: Carpool

Age Permitted