naturalist programs

An Authentic Canandian Outdoor Experience

Learn more about Manning Provincial Park — its history, its inhabitants, and its unique features. Offered from June to September.

Manning Park’s interpretive programs are supported by Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning, Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission, BC Parks, and Manning Park Resort.

Check out our Event Calendar link for any upcoming dates.

Naturalist Programs

Entertaining and Educational for the Whole Family

Please Note!

To comply with social distancing guidelines, we have implemented some changes to our summer Naturalist Programs. Please click here to see the updated protocols.

Join Manning Park Naturalists and guest speakers for entertaining and educational evenings at the Lightning Lake Amphitheatre throughout the summer. The area is wheelchair accessible, located in Lightning Lake Campground and accessed from Spruce Bay Beach parking lot.

These events are for the whole family to enjoy, and last approximately one hour. Amphitheater programs will held rain or shine so please dress appropriately. Check with the Visitor Centre for more specific details.

Make sure to check out our Event Calendar for any upcoming dates and program information.

The Guest Speaker Programs are offered throughout the summer at Manning Park. Specific details are available at the Visitor Centre.

Interested in being a guest speaker? Let us know! Contact us at [email protected]

Join our Naturalists as they guide you on an interpretive walk of one of Manning Park’s many trails. These events are appropriate for all ages, and everyone is welcome. Themes and locations will vary. Please wear good footwear and dress appropriately. Rain or shine! Most interpretive walks last approximately one hour.

Check with the Visitor Centre for more specific details.

Make sure to check out our Event Calendar for any upcoming dates.

Jerry’s Rangers is a program designed especially for the youngest park visitors and their families. Learn about Manning Park’s flora and fauna and more. Get an official Jerry’s Rangers Certificate and earn stickers and pins. Themes and locations will be announced; please contact the Visitor Centre for more details. The Jerry’s Ranger program is offered during all-day programs. Always rain or shine, so please dress appropriately.

Make sure to check out our Event Calendar for any upcoming dates.

Learn to Fish programs are offered by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC typically every Tuesday throughout the summer. Kids aged 5-15 and their adults can learn all about fishing – and give it a try! Programs start at the Lightning Lake Amphitheatre, and no registration or equipment is necessary. Parent supervision is required.

Make sure to check out our Event Calendar for any upcoming dates.

fishing information



For the hardy hiker, Poland Lake and Nicomen Lake offer good fishing for rainbow trout. Lightning Lakes chain also offers fishing opportunities for small rainbow trout. No motorized boats including electric motors. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Fishing is a major activity in several rivers and lakes within the park. The Similkameen, Skagit, and Sumallo rivers are popular with anglers, especially those areas that are easily accessed from the highway. Lightning and Strike lakes are also productive for rainbow trout. The Tulameen River and a number of lakes including Nicomen, Poland, Burr, and Bodie provide backcountry-fishing opportunities. Many of the lakes have been stocked over the years.

Please ensure you have read and familiarized yourself with the rules and regulations for fishing the waters in our park. You can view the regulations for the Lower Mainland Region which encompasses most areas within Manning Park. If you plan to go to other areas nearby, you may need to view the Okanagan Region regulations.