Parks & Recreation

Earth Week Celebration

Summerland's 8th Annual
Earth Week Celebration - April 18-23, 2017

Are you looking for an "eco-happening" event to help you celebrate this year's Earth Day? Well, look no further! Summerland's 8th annual Earth Week line up of activities and events are full of fun, educational, hands-on and thought-provoking things to do.

All events are FREE! Everyone is welcome!

Annual Summerland Freshet Contest 

Throughout the week Contest entry forms available at all Earth Week events

When Will The Thirsk Dam Stop Spilling? Guess the right date and time and you win fresh fruit in season, honey, juice and other treats produced by your farming community! Summerland residents depend on snowpack and rainfall to fill our reservoirs every year, which is then managed by our Summerland Works and Utilities Department. Residents, businesses and irrigators rely on this water to get the community through the year until the next freshet season. Clean, adequate, gravity fed water to the town is a precious resource, beginning with spring freshet. The earlier Thirsk Dam stops spilling the excess water, the earlier we must start managing this limited water efficiently. 

For more information contact: Denise MacDonald: 250-494-1347 

Electronics Recycling Station

Throughout the week
Municipal Hall – Parking Lot (13211 Henry Ave)

Recycling your small electronics is easy this week! Just bring your computers, TVs, or small appliances to the bins in the parking lot at Municipal Hall, which will be out from April 18-23. For more information on acceptable items, visit or

Earth Week at True Grain Bread

Throughout the week
True Grain Bread (10108 Main St.)

We’ll be celebrating Earth Week with in-store education stations focusing on earth-friendly packaging and the impact that local sourcing can have on reducing food miles. Join in the fun by answering our daily Earth Week question to win a prize, and put your name in the draw for our “Local’s Feast” basket of True Grain Bread goodies. Children will be invited to “play with their food” by taking home organic grain sample packets to plant ancient grains in their own gardens.

Summerland Earth Week – Philosophers’ Café

Tuesday, April 18, 7-9pm (Doors open 6:30)
Summerland Arts & Cultural Centre – Upper Level (9525 Wharton St.)

Being One With Nature: The Benefits of Spending Time in Our Natural Environment
Research has shown that spending time in nature contributes to our overall well being.  However, with our busy and structured lives, do we spend enough time interacting with nature? Are we missing out on the physical, psychological, social and spiritual benefits of the human-nature interaction? If so, what are some strategies to get reconnected?
Hear what the experts have to say and then join the discussion!

For more information contact: Barbara Thorburn

Waste Water Treatment Plant Tour

Wednesday, April 19 & Friday, April 21, 10:30 am-11:30 am
Summerland Waste Water Treatment Plant (7630 Dunn St.)

Join us for a fun tour of our wastewater treatment plant. We will see the way that water from Summerland’s drains is cleaned step by step from screening, to biological treatment, to ultraviolet disinfection. The tour should take less than one hour and demonstrate the care we take in protecting our environment.

*Please pre-register by contacting or 250-404-4068

Project Wild Thing - Film Night

Thursday, April 20, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Summerland Arts & Cultural Centre – Lower Level (9525 Wharton St.)

David Bond's film is a “gripping story” about his strategies to reconnect his own children with nature. Children stay indoors today, unlike their parents, who as children got to roam free and experience creative play. Now children are addicted to iPads and consoles. Rates of childhood obesity and depression are rising alarmingly. Parents are seeing that corporations have more control than they do. Children are seeing the outdoors to be “dangerous and irrelevant. "We think we've outgrown nature," says Bond, and wonders if the way is to promote nature as a brand, so the kids can "get" it. He launches a campaign to get British children outdoors through billboards and social media to spread his message, and talks to environmentalists like George Monbiot about this future risk to protecting the environment.

A Model for a Native Plant Garden - Presented by Friends of the Summerland Ornamental Gardens

Friday, April 21, 10 am-12 pm
Big House, Summerland Ornamental Gardens (4200 Hwy 97 S.)

Harold Baumbrough presents slides of the diverse natural plants and flowers of South Africa, conserved and displayed in Kirstenbosch botanical gardens.  A discussion of the challenging problems of native plant conservation will follow.

*Please pre-register by contacting

Going Green - Why Bother? Making the case for environmental action

Friday, April 21st, 2017, 7:00 pm to - 8:30 pm
Centre Stage Theatre (9518 Main Street)

What's the point of 'going green'?  Do one person's actions even make a difference?  How does sustainability benefit me and my community?  

Join Joshua MacNab (Pembina Institute), Geoff Dembicki (Journalist & Author), and Helesia Luke (Green Jobs BC) in a panel discussion to discuss these questions and to explore how going green benefits more than just the environment.  The discussion will be open to the audience for questions and comments & will be moderated by Tami Rothery, Sustainability/Alternative Energy Coordinator for The District of Summerland.

Neighbourhood Clean-up Challenge

Saturday, April 22, 10 am -12 pm  Throughout Summerland

Meet the Neighbourhood Clean-up Challenge and make YOUR neighbourhood garbage free! Get together with your neighbours and spend a couple of hours picking up the trash! Register your Clean-up team on our Facebook Page:

For more information or to register contact or 250-404-4068 

Prairie Creek Tour with Don Gayton

Saturday, April 22, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm 
Meet at Montessori School, 10317 Prairie Valley Road at 2:30 p.m.
There will be a brief introduction and PowerPoint presentation in the upstairs classroom.
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tour and map Prairie Creek.
Walking tour of Prairie Creek, starting at Giants Head Road, ending at the edge of District land, near the Sinclair Ave walking trail.
On the walk back, map the vegetation of the upper end of Prairie Creek, using prepared base maps. Identify any wildlife species and take note of other features.

Imagination Station

Saturday, April 22, 1:00 pm - 4:00pm 
Summerland Arts & Cultural Centre – Upper Level (9525 Wharton St.)

Imagination Station invites kids and those "young at heart" to join in our "Earth Play for Earth Day" activities.
Come and create frogs, bugs and creepy crawlies, weave a web in a tree branch for a spider, make a cork boat to float, all from recycled materials and your imagination.

Simply Play on Earth Day

Saturday, April 22, 1:00 pm - 4:00pm 
Okanagan Regional Library Summerland Branch (9533 Main St)

Join us at the library 1-4pm for an afternoon of self-directed play.  Build KEVA runs and ramps, construct LEGO or try giant JENGA.  At 2pm make 'Seed Bombs' and help us plant on the terrace. (weather permitting)

Neighbourhood Garage Sale

Sunday, April 23, 9am - 2pm 
Throughout Summerland

Garage Sales are one of the best ways to RECYCLE! Take part in this Summerland Neighbourhood Garage Sale. Empty out your closets. Haul out your trinkets. Make some cash on what you don't use and do the Earth a big favour by recycling and re-using! Set up in your yard with your neighbours and share in the fun! Advertise your Garage Sale on our Earth Week Facebook Page:

For more information or to register contact or 250-404-4068 

Summerland's 11th Annual Earth Day Celebration

Sunday, April 23, 10am-12pm 
Adams Bird Sanctuary (Peach Orchard Rd. – across from the Peach Orchard Campground)

Celebrate nature in Summerland!  Join other community members at this FREE family celebration to enhance the natural creekside habitat in the Adams Bird Sanctuary off Peach Orchard Road (across from the campground). There will be planting of native trees and shrubs. Display booths will have information on local wildlife, invasive species, saving energy, landscaping with native plants and more. 

Birding Tour 

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Adams Bird Sanctuary (Peach Orchard Road - across from Peach Orchard Campground)

Join a birding tour led by wildlife biologists Matthias and Jason Bieber.  Learn about the diversity of bird life in one of Summerland's conservation areas.