Adopt-a-Stream program

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The Adopt-a-Stream program gives organizations, families, individuals, clubs and community groups an opportunity to help keep Kelowna’s streams healthy.

Groups can pledge to help our streams by:

  • Picking up litter and debris        
  • Removing noxious weeds

watch our instructional video 

Adopt-a-Stream

For information on the program or to volunteer to adopt a stream, please contact the Parks office at 250-469-8503. If there are no streams available, you can ask to be placed on a wait list.

Requirements

  • Organization adopt a portion of a stream for at least two years.
  • The minimum requirements include picking up litter along the stream a minimum of once a year, but preferably twice.

We supply kits that contain garbage bags, gloves and garbage pickers. Kits can be picked up from Park Services, 1359 KLO Rd. 

Consent Form - Adults                  Consent Form - Minors

Signage

Once the first clean up has been completed, we will install and maintain an Adopt-a-Stream sign, displaying the name of the active group volunteering in the area.

Participating Adopt-a-Stream Groups
Thank you to our 2019 participating groups
  • Anne McClymont Elementary

  • UBCO Geography Course Union

  • UBCO Freshwater Sciences

  • Urban Systems

  • Coca-Cola Refreshments

  • BC Geocaching Association

  • UBCO Earth & Environmental Science Course Union

  • The Bridge Family & Youth Services

  • Central Okanagan Naturalists Club

  • Okanagan Christian School

  • Tetra Tech EBA Environment

  • ECOSCAPE Environmental Consultants Ltd.

  • Hiawatha -  in memory of Sgt. Robert Short

  • Rutland Senior Secondary - Environmental Science

  • 1st Brandt's Guide Unit

  • 1st Naitaka - Pathfinders

  • Interior Savings Glenmore

  • GreenStep Solutions Inc. & Clients

  • HSBC Bank Canada

  • École KLO Middle School

  • Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas

  • Okanagan College Deans Office

  • 4th Naitaka - Girl Guides

  • Pathways Abilities Society

  • Scotiabank Glenmore

  • Girl Guides of Canada - Layer Cake Mountain District

  • Lewis Family

  • Elevate Environmental Inc.

  • Hiawatha - in memory of Amy Parkes

  • Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport

  • Caro Analytical

  • KONE

  • RONA Contract Sales

  • Mission Lions Club

  • Wayant Group / Porsche Dealership

Benefits

The Adopt-a-Stream program encourages organizations to make a commitment to our environment. Healthy streams, even very small ones, are an asset to our community. Streams and stream corridors provide 85 per cent of our wildlife species with habitat, plus valuable spawning and rearing areas for fish. They affect our drinking water and have a large influence on our recreational water quality.