Story contest celebrates Scout Island Nature Centre’s 40th anniversary

Hooray for Scout Island Nature Centre. What do you love about this natural treasure right in our city?

Hooray for Scout Island Nature Centre. What do you love about this natural treasure right in our city?

We want to hear what Scout Island Nature Centre means to you, so we’re announcing a writing contest, open to everyone.

Express your thoughts celebrating Scout Island Nature Centre and you’ll be eligible for some delightful prizes, provided by The Nature Trust and Williams Lake Field Naturalists.

In honour of its 40th anniversary, the Nature Trust of BC is partnering with us in this project.

Since 1973, the nature trust has owned the property we now call Scout Island. The City of Williams Lake leases the property, and the Williams Lake Field Naturalists operate the environmental features of the park.

Working since 1978, and still at it, volunteer naturalists have transformed the Nature Centre into a wondrous natural environment for you and for wildlife by providing trails, restoring habitat, and offering educational and interpretive nature programs.

Any written format is welcome: poem, story, essay, illustrated or not.

The contest topic is open to your imagination, but here are some ideas: What do you like to do there? What secret places or special walks do you treasure? Do you have a favourite memory? What animal or plant have you connected with?

What do you think about the people and the history that have made Scout Island Nature Centre what it is today?

You might write a note inviting a friend to visit Scout Island Nature Centre with you, describing what you’ll do and see, what the best part will be, etc.

The nature trust and field naturalists are offering prizes in the following categories:

Primary (grades K-4): suggested simplified topic:  Why Scout Island Nature Centre is a happy place for me and for wildlife.

Intermediate (grades 5-7) suggested simplified topic:  Why Scout Island Nature Centre is a happy place for me and for wildlife; High School (grades 8-12); Adult.

The contest deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 15. The maximum story length is 250 words.

 

E-mail submissions to neptune@goldcity.net or mail to Scout Island Nature Centre, 1305A Borland St., Williams Lake, BC V2G 5K5. Include your contact information and age if under 18.