All Events

Enjoy a variety of events for all ages at ABNC throughout the season.


Environmental Artist Presentation by Caetani Fresh! AiR Speaker – Aaron Lish
Jul 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Fresh! AiR, Allan Brooks Nature Centre, Aaron Deans, Aaron Lish, Nature, Art, Environment, technology

Aaron Deans (right) of the Allan Brooks Nature Centre welcomes Caetani Artist in Residence Aaron Lish to the Fresh! AiR partnership program.

turtle, painted turtle, Allan Brooks Nature Centre

Do like nature, art and technology?

Come up to Allan Brooks Nature Centre to find out how Aaron Lish, Caetani House Fresh AIR Artist in Residence from the US, combines all three in participatory art!

Wednesday, July 9th 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Allan Brooks Nature Centre

Admission by donation.

What to bring: camping chairs (optional) and your sense of curiosity and adventure!

Volunteers, do you enjoy being in nature and acting? Well this is your chance volunteer and be a part of Aaron’s upcoming local art project!

Fresh! AiR

Think Like an Animal!

Environmental Artist seeking participants

Guest Speaker Artist Aaron Lish

Wednesday, July 9, 7 pm

Allan Brooks Nature Centre

Calling all nature lovers, artists, and performers!

Have you ever wondered how it would be to think like an animal? How do we capture a snapshot of nature in art? When nature based works have fallen out of vogue – how do we make them relevant again? Can nature produce it’s own self-portraits?

Join artist Aaron Lish on Wednesday, July 9 at 7 pm, for an illustrated presentation of his past work and discussion of his current participatory environmental art project, as part of the Allan Brooks Nature Centre and the Caetani Cultural Centre’s Fresh! AiR program partnership.

Lish’s work combines art and science in innovative ways that involve community participation, performance, the environment and art. As part of his explorations, Lish has sometimes even built simple machines that allow rivers, waves and wind to draw their own self-portraits, thus giving nature a “voice”. The talk will be held at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

Lish will also present a series of two workshops on Saturday, July 12 and Saturday, July 19. The workshops are intended to explore the natural environment and wildlife in the North Okanagan, investigating new ways of seeing our natural surroundings and its inhabitants, and the works produced will be incorporated into a final art work. Each workshop is designed for both artists and non-artists of any level, and no experience is necessary. Just bring your enthusiasm and have some fun!

Aaron Lish is currently Artist in Residence at the Caetani Centre, and will be working extensively with the Allan Brooks Nature Centre. He has a background in outdoor leadership and Sport Science from Northern University and also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Boston, MA. He has taught as an outdoor educator at a community college in Bend, Oregon, where he currently lives and works.


For more information about the artist, artwork and the 2014 Artist-in-Residence project please contact the artist Aaron Lish directly at [email protected] or call 1-541-728-7264.

For additional information about the Allan Brooks Nature Centre and the Caetani Cultural Centre partnership or programs please contact:

Aaron Deans – Allan Brooks Nature Centre – 250-260-4227

or Susan Brandoli – Artist-in-Residence Coordinator/Caetani Centre 250-275-1525

Astronomy Night with RASC @ Allan Brooks Nature Centre
Jul 26 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to learn about far off galaxies?

Come and explore the cosmos with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) telescopes!

Look up on the hill and into the stars. Allan Brooks Nature Centre (ABNC) and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) will be holding an Astronomy night on Saturday, July 26th starting at 8 pm – 11:00 pm.  View planets like Mars, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, deep-sky objects, or see the moon up close! Bring your own telescope/binoculars or use one available on site.

Admission is by donation. This is a very popular event and is held regularly weather permitting. Come early to get the best viewing spot, parking is available on site!

Allan Brooks Nature Centre is located South on Commonage Road just past the Army camp. For updates and further events like us on Facebook or call 250-260-4227.


Movie Night – Legend of the Guardians- The Owls of Ga’Hoole
Jul 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tuesday 29th Movie – Legend of the Guardians- The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Young owl Soren marvels at his father’s epic stories of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, mythic winged warriors who fought a great battle to save all owl kind from the evil Pure Ones. When he and brother Kludd fall from their treetop home and into the talons of the Pure Ones, it’s up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave owls.

Movie nights will be showing on an outdoor screen every Tuesday evening at the Centre! 

Owls, movie, adventure, nature

Legend of the Guardians- The Owls of Ga’Hoole


Bring your lawn chair and enjoy some popcorn.

Admission by donation.

Symphony of the Soil Film Screening @ Schubert Centre, Vernon BC
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a screening of the Symphony of the Soil !

From Deborah Koons Garcia, the director that brought you “The Future of Food”, the “Symphony of the Soil” is an new film that explores the mutualEducationalVersion_SymphonyOfTheSoil_101512ity between soil, water, humans, plants and animals.

Symphony of the Soil will be presented Thursday, March 19 at 7pm at the Schubert Centre by Allan Brooks Nature Centre in partnership with the BC Institute of Agrologists, the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan (FASNO), and the Sustainable Environment Network Society (SENS). Tickets available at the door.



Did you know that 2015 is the International Year of the Soils?


Flights of Fancy Gala Fundraiser @ Best Western Vernon Lodge
Apr 10 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Calling all ABNC Supporters & Nature Lovers…

2015 Flights of Fancy postcard 6 001 handbill size

Tickets are now on sale for the  Allan Brooks Nature Centre 2nd Annual Flights of Fancy Gala Dinner & Auction…  

Plans for are now under way for our major fundraiser  & we hope to see all our ABNC supporters and friends of nature out & feathered in their very best!

Please join us at the 2nd Annual Flights of Fancy Gala Dinner & Auction  at the Best Western Vernon Lodge on Friday, April 10, 2015.  Tickets are on sale at Ticket Seller  – $65.00 each or $500.00 for a table of eight.

Congratulations to the Super Early Birds for buying their tickets before March 15th! They will be entered into an exclusive draw!

Early birds still get their worm! Receive $5 auction bucks with each ticket purchased before Apr. 1st.

For further information check our website, or call 250.306-7945

All proceeds will be used to educate our next generation of nature lovers & maintain our reputation as a leader in education & promotion  – but we can’t do it without YOU!

For your convenience… press here for the Ticket Seller Link

Doors open at 5:00 pm

Dinner starts at 6:30 pm