June 23, 2018


Date: Saturday, June 23. Events from 9am-3pm

Location: Idlewild Park, Cranbrook, BC

Cost: Free

For: Everyone – all ages welcome



Become a scientist for a day as you join experts and Columbia Outdoor School educators on a BioBlitz of Joseph Creek! Bring the whole family for this fun morning outdoors. You will receive hands-on experience using tools to measure the health of the stream. Learn how to identify and map invasive species, areas of erosion and fish barriers. Your findings will be used to help experts determine the health and biodiversity of Joseph Creek! Meet at Idlewild Park at 9am and you will be assigned an educator and study area. All ages welcome! Dress for the weather. Bring rubber boots if you have them. 


Community Celebration

Come and see what Restore Joseph Creek Project and partners have accomplished at Idlewild Park. Learn about the project, meet the experts, tour the park and wetland, join in activities, and launch the floating island. Celebrate with games, fun activates and a free BBQ lunch. Bring the whole family to learn more about bats, plants, mosquitoes, fish, and osprey. Speeches at 12:30pm with the launch of the floating island habitat to follow at 1pm. 

Meet the experts and discover the incredible biodiversity at Idlewild Park! Experts include:

  • Restore Joseph Creek ~ Join a walking tour of the rehabilitation project at Idlewild
  • Columbia Outdoor School ~ Play hands-on outdoor education games
  • City of Cranbrook – Discover how the Idlewild dam works and its history
  • Kootenay Community Bat Project – Learn about bats and the new rocket boxes installed at Idlewild Park
  • Morrow BioScience – Discover how mosquito control works in Cranbrook
  • Bill Dove – View the osprey nest through a scope and learn more about these amazing raptors
  • WildSafe BC – Become Bear Aware and reduce human-wildlife conflicts
  • Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC – Learn about the fish in Idlewild Lake
  • East Kootenay Invasive Species Council – Identify invasive plants and learn how to help native species thrive


This event is made possible with funding from the TD Friends of Environment Fund, City of Cranbrook, Columbia Basin Trust and BC Hydro.