Night exploration and voyageur canoes part of Scout Island activities this week

Scout Island Nature Centre is offering two special programs next week.

Scout Island Nature Centre is offering two special programs next week.

On Tuesday, Aug. 19 people will be able to learn about and hopefully see some of the animals that are active during the night at Scout Island.

This event starts at 8 p.m.

There’s a whole other community of creatures that day visitors rarely see.

Naturalists invite the public to prowl the trails with with them in search of beavers, bats, bodacious bugs and, and if they are lucky, maybe even an owl.

Bring a flashlight that shines red (or red cellophane will be available to cover the white light).

Registration not required for this free, all-ages program.

For more information call 250-398-8532 or email shemphill@netbistro.com.

Then on Wednesday, Aug. 13  children, ages five and up participating in the Nature Fun program will have the opportunity to help paddle one of the community’s two magnificent voyageur canoes around Williams Lake with help from the naturalists.

There is space for 20 children at at time in the canoes with rides lasting about an hour.

Each child must bring an approved, appropriately-sized lifejacket. Adult lifejackets are not safe for small bodies.

Email scoutisland@shaw.ca for further details and to register.

Organizers will send a waiver for parents to sign before a child can ride in one of the canoes.

There will also be regular activities for children ages three and four at Scout Island next week.

The week’s theme is reptiles and amphibians.