Environmental Education Centre Re-opens June 23


For the first time since mid-March when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of public facilities, the EECO will open again.

However, when the doors open for visitors on Tuesday, June 23, there will be some new restrictions in place in order to keep everyone safe.

Physical distancing is required:  everyone must keep at least two metres between themselves and others and a maximum of five people will be allowed in the public portion of the facility at any time.

The EECO will be open from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm each Tuesday through Sunday for the rest of the year and is closed Mondays and all statutory holidays.

Isabella Hodson, Supervisor of Community Relations and Visitor Services for RDCO Parks, says “We want everyone to feel comfortable knowing that we’re following the guidelines of our health experts to ensure their safety.  Visitors to the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park can learn and see more about what they can do in our regional park system.  Staff will be available to answer questions about our parks and help with any program registration requirements residents may have.”

She adds, “Due to the limited capacity at the EECO, we encourage people to only visit when needed.  Staff is available by phone (250-469-6140) or email eeco@rdco.com to answer any inquiries.  As well, information about Central Okanagan regional parks and programs is always available online at rdco.com/parks.”

At this point, no public meetings or rentals are being accepted for the facility.

All Regional Parks remain open for visitors using safe distancing practices.  There are 63 kilometers of formal trails in 30 regional parks, many of which are naturally protected forested areas and may contain natural hazards.   Visit rdco.com/pickapark for more information.  If you do visit our regional parks, please practice healthy hygiene and physical distancing by keeping at least two metres between you and other visitors.