The Junior Naturalists program returns!

Matt Kieller
Matt Kieller will run the Junior Naturalists Program for the NCES.

The North Columbia Environmental Society is reviving the popular Junior Naturalists Program this summer.

The NCES said in a statement that it has hired contractor Matt Kieller to deliver the program over the summer. Matt has an Honours degree in Geography and has extensive experience running outdoor programs for youth and children, including instructing the All-Mountain Program through the Revelstoke Ski Club and leading Junior Mountain Bike Rides through Skookum Cycle and Ski.

The Junior Naturalists program has been very popular over the past five years, and the NCES is happy to have the opportunity to ensure that it continues to connect children to nature in our local ecosystems.

The program will run for 5 weeks in July and 3 weeks in August on weekday mornings from 9am-12am. The program will cost $5 per child. It is open to children ages 5-10. Pre-schoolers may attend with older siblings if accompanied by a parent. The program topics have yet to be finalized but will likely include such programs as: Going Batty, Mountain Caribou and Bear Aware.

Pre-registration is required and spaces fill quickly. Payment can be made the day of each program. Please contact in order to register your child or gather further information on programming. 

Matt Kieller will is also working for the NCES to support the Glacier Adventure Stewardship Program (GASP) which will be running on August 30, 31 and Sept 1st, in partnership with Parks Canada, Community Connections, the Stoke Youth Network and Revelstoke Secondary School.

The statement said the NCES is grateful for support from Parks Canada and funding from the TD Friends of the Environment Fund, as well as supplies and files handed-over by the Friends of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks before they ceased operations.