Sunday May 19, 2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tour Location: Penticton Meeting Place: Japanese Garden parking lot - 199 Marina Way, Penticton, BC V2A 1H5
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Tour 39 – Urban Forest Tour and Art Walk

Tour Leader: Dianne Bersea

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Ticket Types Qty
Adult $25.00 / ticket
Child $5.00 / ticket

Description Of This Tour

Explore the natural history of Penticton’s Urban Forest and, perhaps even sketch your discoveries! Penticton trees and green spaces offer a myriad of Urban Forest benefits from reducing carbon and air pollution, to reducing stress and asthma impacts, to providing cool shade and wildlife habitat. Tree lover, professional artist/illustrator, and Nature Wise columnist Dianne Bersea will share some of Penticton’s best Urban Forest/Tree Canopy settings. We’ll start at the Okanagan Lake waterfront for tree interpretation with biologist Lia McKinnon, followed by a short sensory awareness exercise with Forest Bathing facilitator, Joanne Scofield, to tune up our eyes & ears. Followed by easy walking along city trails, streets, creekside paths and city overlooks, ending at Marina Way park. There you can experiment with simple sketching projects to more closely observe the “often overlooked” natural environment of our city. Absolutely no art experience or special art ability is required! Ideal for all ages.

Tour Leader: Dianne Bersea

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: 2

Price: $25.00

+ Price Includes: N/A

 Max Group: 20

Additional Items To Bring

  • Equipment required: Notebook or sketchbook,
  • pencil or pen, or your favourite sketching tools if you have them/ 
  • Portable lawn chair, sun hat, water, personal snacks. 
  • Some additional art supplies provided if needed


Location: Penticton

Meeting Place: Japanese Garden parking lot - 199 Marina Way

Transportation: None

Age Permitted