Nurtured by Nature theme for naturalist’s banquet

This year the Williams Lake Field Naturalists have an extraordinary treat for those who attend their annual fundraising banquet.

This year the Williams Lake Field Naturalists have an extraordinary treat for those who attend their annual fundraising banquet.

Nurtured by Nature: Why we need to spend time outdoors is the theme. Award-winning teacher, broadcaster, author and videographer Briony Penn shares her stories and the science on why getting trapped inside is really bad for us and is impacting life expectancy and quality of life for our children.

Spending more time outside in nature makes us happier and more resilient to the upheaval caused by climate change.

Penn has a special interest in making nature accessible to children. She brings some of the best success stories from leaders in this field on how to bring society back to a healthy relationship with the natural world.

She envisions a restoration economy, where nature is valued properly and where meaningful, interesting outdoor work is once again a choice for our kids.

The annual banquet is a much-anticipated event. The dinner prepared by the St. Andrew’s United Church women is always delicious and the desserts legendary.

Door prizes, Volunteer of the Year Award and camaraderie make for a lively evening.

This year we have a special enticement, a silent auction item of great interest to parents, grandparents and special friends of children.

To help raise funds for the much-needed energy upgrade to the Nature House, Jurgen Hornburg has created a kid-sized table and chairs made of local aspen, and very generously donated it for silent auction.

Bids will close at the banquet, but if you can’t attend, you can submit a bid by phoning 250-398-8532 or emailing

Starting bid is $400.

Pre-dinner social starts at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m. at McKinnon Hall (United Church).  Adult tickets are $35, 16 and under $15, available from the Open Book or from members of the Williams Lake Field Naturalists.

Please get your tickets by March 30 so we can tell  the kitchen staff how many they’re feeding.


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