Here at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre we are pleased to offer a variety of activities for students to experience!

What to Expect on Your Tour

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

During your tour, your class will experience four engaging activity stations of your choosing in a 2.5 hour session of outdoor and 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 lead by one of our enthusiastic volunteers. Each group will partake in two stations before having a 15 minute snack 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.

Seasonal Combination Packages

In the Spring experience the tranquillity of Kalamalka Lake with a combination field trip to Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary. In the Fall, explore the awe-inspiring story of our splashy swimmers with a combination field trip to the Kokanee Salmon Program hosted in Coldstream Creek Park in collaboration with the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre.

Please be aware that teachers are responsible for bussing between locations in combination tours.

Kokanee Salmon Tours

Are you saving your expedition to the grassland for the spring, but still want to enjoy the drama and struggles of the Salmon down by the creek? Good news: we are now offering Kokanee Salmon Only tours as well as our combination packages! These 1.5 hour tours fill up quickly due to the short running season, so book in quickly to secure tour spot!

Field Trip Fees

  • $4.75 per student for a tour of the Allan Brooks Nature Centre
  • $6.75 per student for a Seasonal Combination Tour
  • New! $3.75 per student for a Kokanee Salmon Only tour
  • Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Home School Coordinators are free of charge
  • One adult supervisor per ten students is free of charge
  • $3.50 per additional adult

Booking

  • To Register by phone call the Nature Centre at 250-260-4227
  • To Register by email contact [email protected] with the subject line “School Booking”
  • Suggested Morning session is from 9:00-11:30am.
  • Suggested Afternoon session is from 12:00 – 2:30 pm.

Our Facilities

  • Public washrooms
  • 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 helpers

Notice: Due to limited funds Bussing Subsidies are not available for the 2018 Education Programs

Location

The Nature Centre is perched atop Mission Hill at 250 Allan Brooks Way, Vernon, BC

School Programs Offered Monday-Friday 9am-4pm


School Program FAQs

How long are the sessions?
Sessions are approximately 2.5 hours in length and fully customizable. Sessions at Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary are approximately 1.5 hours long.

How Do I Schedule a Field Trip?
Register your group by calling the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. To avoid disappointment, please schedule as far in advance as possible. School Programs are available in the mornings and afternoons, Monday through Friday from May through October.

What Are the Admission Fees?
Full Program cost with Nature Centre Interpreters is $4.50 per student. Combination tours (with Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary in the spring, or the Kokanee Salmon Program  in the fall) are $6.50 per student.Teacher led visits are $3.50 per student. Teachers and CEA's are free.

How Many of Us Can Visit?
The capacity at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre for each field trip session is a maximum of 60 participants or two classes, with an approximate group size of 15 students for each station. Sessions are usually two and a half hours in length with 4 stations and time for a snack.

What is the Recommended Adult-to-Student Ratio?
The ideal ratio is one adult or nature interpreter for every group of 10 students, for grades one and up. The number of guides available for your group is based on the number of students quoted at the time of reservation.

What About Rain?
Canceling grassland trail walks and outside activities due to rain is rare but will occur if the weather is too severe. We will do our best to find fun activities to do inside.

What Else Should I Know?
Your program date will be confirmed by phone or email. If you are not contacted, please call us to confirm your registration at least a week in advance. Picnic tables and a restroom facility are available on site.

Successful Field Trips

  1. Arrive On Time!
  2. Please arrive on schedule. Notify us if buses are running late! Groups who are more than 20 minutes late may not have the opportunity to experience a full learning program.
  3. Students should be divided into their groups before visiting us. This will optimize your time and the student learning experience.
  4. There are bathrooms located inside the building. Picnic tables are located outside. Please remind students that there is no water fountain and ensure that each child has enough drinking water! A First Aid kit is available inside the building. Please note: There is a live bee display on the grounds!
  5. Remind students and chaperones of the importance of staying on the trails with their guide.