The culturally interpretive trail is currently undergoing maintenance along the river bank section where there are several erosion sites under repair. We plan to re-open the trail to the public in spring 2017.
In 2017 the Switzmalph Cultural Society will be offering a traditional ecological knowledge educational program to youth and schools. The program is based on the teachings of Dr.Mary Thomas. Mary was concerned about preserving and protecting traditional plants so they would be there for future generation, but she was also concerned about protection of the air, the earth, the water and the animals.
Participants can learn about features of a wetlands ecosystem through activities provided in a printed program guide. Trail signs identify the locations of some of the culturally important trees, shrubs and plants. The signs include the Secwepemc plant names and a scannable QR code that links to a detailed page on the website for each plant.
The Society’s interpretive trail initiatives are closely aligned with the goals of the Shuswap Trail Alliance and the strategies of the Shuswap Regional Roundtable.