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Manning Park Interpretative Programs

Entertaining and educational for the whole family, naturalist programs held at E.C. Manning Provincial Park teach visitors about the park's history, its inhabitants, and its unique features.


Offered from June to September, Manning Park interpretive programs are a collaborative effort supported by Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning, Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission, BC Parks, and Manning Park Resort.

See the event calendar posted on our Facebook and Instagram page and on the Manning Park Resort website for upcoming dates. 

Manning Park interpretive programs are free educational programs for all ages during the summer season, held multiple times throughout the day, seven days a week. Activities include nature walks, amphitheater shows, and other special events. Topics include plants, animals, and human history with BIG concepts such as climate change, keystone species, light pollution, seasonal migration, and adaptation woven into several of the programs.


Nature Walks

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.

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Amphitheater Shows

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 be held rain or shine so please dress appropriately. 


Special Events

Special events are held throughout the summer months. You can always find us in the Lightning Lake Day Use area for Parks Day on the third Saturday in July. Other programs and events may vary year to year, including guest speaker programs, and more. 

Want to Work as a Park Interpreter?

Every winter/spring, we hire seasonal Park Interpreters to work throughout the summer months at Manning Park. Contact our Board Director and Senior Interpreter, Jo Hughes at to express interest. You can also subscribe to our email list, follow our social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram , or check out our Jobs Page where we announce upcoming job opportunities. 

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