North Vernon Park
Several years ago, two wetlands were created in a natural park along BX Creek in North Vernon. Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship approached the City of Vernon, looking for a site for a demonstration project in the region. Our hope is to further restore and steward this site while engaging the community around it in learning about the wildlife supported by the site, including amphibians, reptiles, and birds, as well as participating in ongoing stewardship such as invasive species management and native plant re-vegetation.
North Vernon park offers important wetland and riparian habitat to all sorts of native plants and animals. BX creek runs along the east edge of the park and the park is located between swan lake and the heron rookery making it very important to the habitat connectivity in the area. The park is also home to a garter snake den. These harmless snakes gather together in safe den sites to survive the winter.
With support from the Okanagan Basin Water Board and RDNO Greater Vernon Natural Areas and Trails grant, we will host several opportunities for local residents to get involved in stewardship of this park.
Upcoming workshops and opportunities will include:
Indigenous Tree and Shrub Planting
All About Amphibians
Attracting Native Pollinators
To date, we have held opportunities for the public to join us at
North Vernon Park to:
- assist with invasive plant management
- Weed Walk
- Beginner Birding