Penticton Environmental Science Class visits the Oxbows

As part of the EESC 101 class on the Penticton Campus, students visited one of the local oxbows that was created by the channelization of the Okanagan River in the mid-1900’s. The field trip was lead by members of Friends of the Oxbows, a local volunteer group working to increase awareness and understanding of these features.

EESC 101 Students examining studying oxbow habitat

EESC 101 Students examining studying oxbow habitat

The trip included discussions about the formation and status of the oxbows, local species that use the oxbows, threats and plans/opportunities for restoration and enhancement. In addition, students gained experience in water sampling and basic water quality testing.

Friends of the Oxbows member Ray Halladay discussing wildlife habitat use of the oxbows.

Friends of the Oxbows member Ray Halladay discussing wildlife habitat use of the oxbows.

The EESC 101 class would like to thank Friends of the Oxbows members Bob Anderson, Ray Halladay and Allan Garland for leading the tour and helping us learn about this unique local habitat.

Oxbow along Warren Avenue in Penticton

Oxbow along Warren Avenue in Penticton


Putting Geography on the Educational Map

Why study geography? This according the Harvard Business Review…

“Which brings us back to the sheer lack of geographical training available. Recommitting to a geography curriculum in both our high schools and universities will be crucial to effectively developing a generation of great data visualizers who can tackle our challenges. Quantitative spatial analytics offer vital insights into the world’s most important domains including public health, the environment, the global economy, and warfare.

Without geography—or any teaching that emphasizes spatial thinking—the focus will remain on the data, and that’s a mistake. Yes, data are undeniably important but they are not holy. Data are middlemen. Even the term “data visualization” overemphasizes the role of the middleman, and mischaracterizes the objective of the activity. Nobody wants to see data; nobody learns from that. The best visualizations never celebrate the data; instead they make us learn about worldly phenomena and forget about the data. After all, who looks at the Mona Lisa to think about the paints?”

First Nations and Environmental Assessment and Consultation in British Columbia and Canada


The Department of Geography and Earth & Environmental Science at Okanagan College invites you to attend a free presentation by Dr. Annie Booth from UNBC.

Title: First Nations and Environmental Assessment and Consultation in British Columbia and Canada

Presenter: Dr. Annie Booth, Professor, Ecosystem Science and Management, University of Northern British Columbia:

6pm on 19th September 2013
Okanagan College Theatre (S104)
1000 KLO Rd., Kelowna, BC

Job: Continuing, full-time professor in Geographic Information Science

Okanagan College, Salmon Arm Campus 
Department of Geography and Earth & Environmental Science

Continuing, full-time professor in Geographic Information Science


The Department of Geography and Earth & Environmental Science at Okanagan College is seeking to fill a full-time continuing position based in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. The successful candidate will have experience in Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing, an excellent teaching record, interest in program development, and an engaging research program. Okanagan College is a SSHRC and NSERC eligible institution. The position is a teaching intense position, with the opportunity for research release. PhD preferred; a Master’s degree in Geography or related field required. Salary and working conditions are governed by the Okanagan College Faculty Association Collective Agreement. Placement on the salary scale is dependent upon qualifications and experience. As a learner-centred institution, Okanagan College is committed to providing excellence in teaching and learning. For more information about the mission of Okanagan College, please visit our website at 

The successful candidate must be able to teach the following courses:

1.      EESC 101 Environmental Science

2.      At least one of the following: EESC 111 Earth and Environmental Science, GEOG 111 Introduction to Physical Geography: Climate & Vegetation, or GEOG121 Introduction to Physical Geography: Water & Landscapes

3.      GEOG 210 Introduction to Environmental Issues

4.      GEOG 270 Geographic Data Analysis

5.      GEOG 272 Introduction to Cartography, GIS and Remote Sensing

6.      A remote sensing course at the 200 or 300-level

7.      At least one more GEOG or EESC course at the 200-level

Application review will begin on 09 July 2013.  

Anticipated start date is August 2014 or earlier.

Interested candidates should submit the following documents to the online employment site (
1.      Letter of application

2.      Curriculum vitae

3.      Evidence of teaching excellence and a statement of teaching philosophy

4.      Statement of research interests
5.      A copy of an academic publication

6.      Contact information of three references

For inquiries of an academic nature, please contact Arthur (Gill) Green, Department Chair, Geography and Earth & Environmental Science at

The Earth as Art

What do geographic, earth, and environmental scientists do?

Well, here’s a little hint at a small fraction of what we study:

In courses like EESC 101 Environmental Science you’ll discover the basic principles underlying environmental change, in GEOG/EESC 222 Geomorphology you’ll discover how we see deep into the landscapes all around us, and in GEOG 272 Introduction to Cartography, GIS, and Remote Sensing you’ll learn to use Landsat and other tools to create the images and interpret the data you read about in the TIME article!

Why Maps Matter

Check out this great article from the Globe and Mail called “The enduring power of maps: ‘You find where you are on it’”.

Maps have always had those dual powers: They help us understand our place in the world, and they elicit an undeniable sense of adventure, of possibilities.

You too can learn about the history of maps and how to make maps in the 21st century in GEOG 272 Introduction to Cartography, GIS and Remote Sensing (link).

This is Geography!!!

From the Canadian Council for Geographic Education:

“As geographers, teachers, and general education enthusiasts we are asking for your help in a national campaign to raise the profile of Geography in Canada. This is Geography is a joint project of CG Education and the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) aimed and increasing Canadians’ perception of geography as a subject area and integral aspect of our daily lives. The program consists of two main strands: Google Plus Hangouts and a photographic collection.

We are asking all Canadians to upload photos that answer the phrase “This is Geography” on the website and on Twitter and Instagram using the hash tag #thisisgeography. We want you to also include a brief description of why your photo shows geography. We know that there are endless possibilities of photos that you can upload so get creative! We’ve started the collection but need your help!

Over the next few months we have planned to host our first few Google+ Hangouts. Each hangout will focus on one aspect of geography and have four expert panelists speaking about the issue at hand. The first hangout is scheduled for May 15th at 4:00 p.m. ET and will take a look at some cool “Geo Jobs.” Once completed the hangouts will be uploaded to Canadian Geographic’s YouTube channel, so even if you can’t watch at 4:00, check it out afterwards.”

See the website here!