Kootenay River Sturgeon Release (annually, April/May)
We love the Sturgeon Release, and venture there for field trips when it lines up with the schedule of our classes. This event is organized by the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho's fish program. The sturgeon are raised in the hatchery there and driven to Creston for the children to release. PBS has a documentary here about these interesting fish and our water system: https://www.pbs.org/video/montanapbs-presents-fish-between-falls/
Magic School Bus (Creston and Crawford Bay)
These are wonderful annual events organized by the Creston Valley and Crawford Bay Early Years team, a collaboration with multiple organizations in Creston and Crawford Bay (The Library, Recreation Centre, Interior Health, Creston Kids Outside and more!). Children ages 3-5 have the opportunity to travel around town on the big magic bus, participating in a wide variety of kindergarten-readiness activities, assessments, and snacks of course! Creston Kids Outside organizes a nature station at Centennial Park and the Grey Creek Hall for the children to explore different inquiry-based, hands on activities.
The Bird Festival is an exciting weekend jam-packed with nature and bird-focused activities. Primarily for adults, the Festival does include outdoor activities and learning for children hosted by the Wildlife Centre. During the 2019 Festival, Creston Kids Outside offered two mornings of activities: a 'pop-up playground' at Millennium Park, complete with giant boxes, huge sandpits, water and assorted loose parts for creative play. We also hosted a morning of 'nature challenges' at the Wildlife Centre, where children embarked on a wetland walk to solve challenges (how many steps on the tower? can you find a bug? try out a compass to find North?). The children explored rocks, created wood cookie decorations and practiced tying knots. Fun for all!
Loose Parts Creative Play!
Community Campfire Evening (March)
In March of 2019, CKOS hosted our first Community Campfire evening, in collaboration with Morris Greenhouse and the Peppered Pig. The evening brought together families with children around a fire for songs, laughter, food and games. Children had the opportunity to explore and play in the beautiful garden area behind the greenhouse. We look forward to more Campfire Evenings in the future!