Clerke Nature Reserve
The Clerke Nature Reserve is at 3497 Alexis Park Drive in Vernon. It was donated to the Regional District of the Okanagan by Kenneth May and the late Kathleen May (née Clerke), a member of a prominent Vernon family, and is to be maintained in its natural state for the enjoyment of residents of the North Okanagan and visitors. It was dedicated at a public ceremony on October 8, 2004.
The Regional District granted a covenant to the North Okanagan Parks & Natural Areas Trust to monitor the condition and use of the land and ensure that that it remains in its natural state. It is on a steep west facing slope with rock outcroppings that contains native plants and some shrubs and trees. This one acre parcel provides a natural green space in the middle of Vernon. It is to the west of Becker Park and can be accessed off Alexis Park Drive and 36th Avenue. While separated by a few metres from Becker Park, it is expected that a connection eventually will be provided, to allow access to another natural area with walking trails, at the edge of downtown Vernon.
In January 2014 under a reorganization of parks within the Regional District, ownership of the land transferred to the City of Vernon, with the terms of the conservation covenant remaining unchanged.