Experiences at the Nature Centre
Here at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre we are pleased to offer a variety of curriculum-based activities for students to experience!
What to Expect During your Experience at the Nature Centre!
Get hands on with your natural environment with Allan Brooks Nature Centre!
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. Customized activities can be made for older students. 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 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.
Kokanee Salmon Outing
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 hour at Coldstream Park. Due to the short running season of this program, dates book up quickly so book your spot now!
Combine your Experience at the Nature Centre with a Kokanee Salmon Outing at Coldstream Park, or a Raptor Flight Demonstration (dependent on dates).
Please be aware that teachers are responsible for busing between locations in combination tours.
Field Trip Fees
- $5.00 per student for an Experience at the Nature Centre
- $5.00 per student for a Kokanee Salmon Outing
- $8.00 per student for a Combination Tour (experience at Allan Brooks nature Centre and a kokanee salmon outing at Coldstream Park)
- 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 chaperone)
- To Register by phone contact Chantelle at 250-260-4227
- To Register by email contact [email protected] with the subject line “School Booking”
- Suggested Morning session is from 9:00-11:30 am.
- Suggested Afternoon session is from 12:00 – 2:30 pm.
- 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 chaperones
The Nature Centre is perched atop Mission Hill at 250 Allan Brooks Way, Vernon, BC
School Program FAQs
How long are the sessions?
Sessions are approximately 2.5 hours in length and fully customizable.
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. Experiences at the Nature Centre are available in the mornings and afternoons, from April through November. Winter Programming is available at your school or centre November through March.
What Are the Admission Fees?
An Experience at the Nature Centre lead by Interpreters is at a cost of $5.00 per student. Combination Packages are $8.00 per student.
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
- Arrive On Time!
- Please arrive on schedule. Notify us at 250-260-4227 if buses are running late! Groups who are more than 20 minutes late may not have the opportunity to experience a full learning activity.
- Students should be divided into their groups before visiting us. This will optimize your time and the student learning experience.
- 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.
- Remind students and chaperones of the importance of staying on the trails with their guide.