Check out some of our other Education Programs

During mid-September to mid-October join us at Coldstream Park for a Kokanee Salmon Outing! Students will learn about the life cycle of the kokanee salmon, as well as the important role they play in the ecosystem. They will observe a restored salmon habitat and spawning channels, and play a game that demonstrates the hazards faced by spawning salmon.

This program runs for ~1.5 hours at Coldstream Park. Due to the short running season of this program, dates book up quickly so book your spot now!

This program is offered in partnership with the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre. For more information visit https://abnc.ca/programs/kokanee-salmon-outing/.

Allan Brooks Nature Centre is working with the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) and its Okanagan WaterWise program to provide a hands-on learning experience for youth to connect with their waterways through the new Stream Science program.

The Stream Science program is a water quality monitoring program for local high school students. Get your students out of the classroom and to a local stream to gain a better understanding of the streams overall health. 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? Students will gain a hands-on experience, while using 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 will discuss the importance of the tests and possible explanations for the results.

This program runs for ~2.5 hours at a local stream. It is offered for grade 8- 12 students in May and June, September and October.

View the Stream Science program Overview

Cost: $5 per student (minimum 15 students or $75). For more information visit https://abnc.ca/programs/stream-science/.

Allan Brooks Nature Centre now offers visits to your classroom from September through March. These programs have been designed to suit each grade level from pre-k to grade 7, are curriculum based and mostly focus on the ecosystems and wildlife of the North Okanagan. Each consists of a presentation, an opportunity for students to see and touch wildlife furs and bones, and an activity (time allowing). The Pre-K and K-1 programs run approximately 45 minutes while pr

ograms for older students run 60 minutes.

See our Nature In the Classroom Overview for the full list of Nature in the Classroom programs and their descriptions.

Pricing: $20 base fee plus $65 per class. Travel fees of $0.50 per km will be charged beyond a 15km radius of the Nature Centre. Contact us for “Out of Town” pricing.

Call us at 250-260-4227 or visit https://abnc.ca/programs/nature-in-the-classroom/ for more information.

Experiences at the Nature Centre

Get hands on with your natural environment with Allan Brooks Nature Centre!

ABNC will be running school programs during the fall of 2020, during Covid-19. Many activities take place outside and we have increased our cleaning protocols. We have a new outdoor hand washing station on site and classes are broken into smaller groups to allow for more physical distancing. 

Experiences at the Nature Centre are offered April through November and are designed to fit the new BC curriculum for students in grades pre-K to 7. We are able to provide programming for up to two classes at a time (max. 60 students).

During your program, your class will experience four engaging activity stations of your choosing in a 2.5 hour session of outdoor and/or indoor fun! When your classes arrive, you’ll be greeted by a Nature Interpreter who will guide your group to your lunch spot where students may leave their bags. After a brief introduction, your class will be divided into four groups, each going to a separate station led by one of our enthusiastic staff and/or volunteers. Each group will partake in two stations before having an ~20 minute snack and play break on our Outdoor Nature Play Area. Afterwards, you’ll round off your day with the remaining two stations.

Classes are more than welcome to enjoy an outdoor lunch at the Nature Centre given advance notice to the Education Coordinator.

Suggested Morning session is from 9:00-11:30 am. Suggested Afternoon session is from 12:00 – 2:30 pm.

Cost: $5 per student (minimum 15 students or $75).*Teachers and teaching assistants are free. 1 parent for every 10 students is free.

Call us at 250-260-4227 or fill out the form below to request a school booking.

Book a School Program

Our Facilities

  • Washrooms available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Covered picnic tables
  • Bus parking
  • First aid kit on site

Expectations At The Centre

  • We are guests in the home of the plants and animals living around the Nature Centre. Before your visit, please remind your students that we are welcome to admire this home and study it – and then leave it as we found it.
  • Stay on the trails
  • Do not pull (or eat!) plants unless told otherwise
  • No smoking on the site
  • Supervision is the responsibility of the teacher and parent chaperones