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.


Sunset Speaker – Wildcrafting with Don Elzer
Aug 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Don Elzer

The Future of Our Sense of Place in the Okanagan

Join us as rural advocate, innovator and wildcrafter Don Elzer shares his views about the landscape, the importance of storytelling and the future of the Okanagan Valley. Based in the Monashees, Don Elzer has spent much of his life developing concepts that link deep ecology to mainstream culture and then putting them into practice. He is best known for his work in alternative media and investigative research, as well as his early promotion of permaculture in the 1980’s. He is known as one of the first modern wildcrafters, creating a variety of products including a style of visual art made from natural found material; and eventually Wildcraft Forest Tea blends.

Elzer will also tell us about two efforts he is currently involved with that will include a mix of observations and ideas about the future of the Okanagan:

The “Wildcrafting Bioregional Studies Program” offers students an opportunity to learn and practice stewardship, restoration and harvesting in remote wildland areas. The program introduces participants to the foundations of the ancient art of “wildcrafting” that links to lifestyle, wellness, activism, stewardship, Ancestral Mapping and an understanding of the Earth’s energies. Participants will become aware of wild harvesting methods and the uses of wild botanicals.

The Okanagan Geotourism Initiative includes collaboration with similar global efforts helped by the National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations (CSD). This effort seeks to establish a Geotourism Charter for the Okanagan Basin that includes British Columbia and Washington State. Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. National Geographic ‘s Geo-tourism (NGG-tourism program) is “best practice” tourism that sustains, or even enhances, the geographical character of a place, such as its culture, environment, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. The program incorporates sustainability principles, but in addition to the do-no-harm ethic focuses on the place as a whole. The idea of enhancement allows for development based on character of place, rather than standardized international branding, and generic architecture, food, and so on. more information contact ABNC 250-260-4227……..Or Don Elzer at 250.547.9812



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