Nature in the Classroom - our Fall School Programs
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- 4 months ago
Fall School Programs
We are now running our Fall School Programs! We are offering programs on-site at the nature centre, as well as Kokanee Salmon Programs at Coldstream Park, in partnership with the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre.
Choose between a wide array of hands on activities at the nature centre, from critter dipping in our pond to dissecting owl pellets to painting native grassland plants, all of which will have your students learning in an interactive atmosphere.
We offer students a unique experience stream-side in Coldstream Park to see the spawning Kokanee Salmon. Students will participate in a stream-side habitat walk, Kokanee salmon lifecycle teachings and a lifecycle field game that has the students acting out the Kokanee salmon lifecycle.
We are happy to be hosting our 3rd annual Kikinee Festival on October 2nd, 2019 at Coldstream Park. Approximately, 130 students will be joining us to celebrate the spawning of the Kokanee Salmon through teachings, games, crafts and storytelling.
Okanagan Nation Alliance and Kiki the Eco Elf will be joining us to lead activities for the event.
In September, with thanks to the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) and its Okanagan WaterWise program Allan Brooks Nature Centre was proud to offer a new program to local high schools. The Stream Science will teach high school students about their local streams and the greater watershed. The program aims to provide youth in the Okanagan Basin with the opportunity to learn about and interact with a local stream and experience real field work, while contributing to data collection and monitoring of local watershed conditions. The guiding questions of the program are: what is the health of my local river? What is the cause of its health? And what can we do in our community to improve the health of the local river? To answer these questions, participants use scientific protocols to collect benthic macroinvertebrates (i.e. water bugs), conduct water quality and quantity tests and then analyze their findings. Throughout the program ABNC staff and participants discuss the importance of the tests and possible explanations for the results.
Allan Brooks Nature Centre was able to run the Stream Science program with classes from Kalamalka Secondary School, the Vernon Community School, Students Without Borders and the Vernon V-Learn school on Coldstream Creek, Vernon Creek and BX Creek.
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