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

Think Like an Animal! Participatory Environmental Art Project
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Do you like getting off the beaten track? Ever wondered what it would be like to see the word from an animals point of view?

Well, here is your chance to do both!

Join Aaron Lish, Caetani Fresh AIR Artist in Residence from the US, with his participatory art project.

Think Like an Animal! Participatory Environmental Art Project

Saturday, July 19, 6 – 8:30 pmUsing GPS tracking systems, participants will go on a self-guided interpretive hike and become part of a larger investigation into the behaviour of our favourite wild animals by “becoming” one and tracking their movements. The results will be printed out onto paper and included in a larger final art piece. This workshop is designed for both artists and non-artists of any level and no experience is necessary. Location TBA. Register online at or call 250-275-1525.

Caetani would just like to get a reading of possible numbers to expect, there is no charge for this project.