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Abundant Autumn- Edible Plant Class

Mikaela Cannon is a wilderness guide with a passion for plants and sharing her knowledge! In this class you will walk the Grasslands Trail at ABNC to learn about the various edible plants and their uses. To finish off the experience you will have an opportunity to sample edible treats made from wild plants. This tasting will be held at the covered picnic area, which provides scenic views of Okanagan Lake! You can expect to taste seasonal jams and other goodies that incorporate an element of local flora.

Sampling these treats will be done at your own risk and no dietary substitutions will be made. Due to the nature of this class, we recommend participants are 19+

This class will operate rain or shine, so please ensure you are dressed for the weather and wearing closed toe shoes. Meet at the covered picnic area around 9:50am.

 

Bat Basics Class

Join us at Allan Brooks Nature Centre for a one hour class on “Bat Basics” with our lead nature interpreter, Alexis Olynyk. Learn more about what makes these nocturnal mammals so fascinating and important! You will also have access to our limited time exhibit “Bats: Out of the Darkness.”

As this is a seated (lecture style) presentation, we recommend participants be 12+ years of age.

Please check in at the front desk of the interpretive centre when you arrive.

BATS: Out of the Darkness

Do you love bats or have a bat nerd in your life? Join us at Allan Brooks Nature Centre for a month-long travelling exhibit! BATS: Out of the Darkness is an exhibit all about BC bat species, with an aim to “bring the bats of British Columbia out of the darkness and into our consciousness.” The exhibition serves as a reminder of how essential bats are to the environment. It also provides a chance to celebrate these amazing creatures and foster stewardship within BC.

Though they face some stigma for seeming spooky or scary, bats are integral to keeping our ecosystems healthy! Many bat species have seen a rapid decline in recent decades, and need our help and awareness to grow their populations again. If you want to learn more about what these wonderful mammals do for us, and what we can do to support them, visit the centre during our open hours from October 1st – 29th.

The exhibit is open to the public Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00-3:30. Admission is by a suggested donation of $5 per person. 

Nature Talk – Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes with Pete Wise

Meet us in the grassland theatre for a short nature talk! Our ABNC interpreters will use some of our natural materials and props to teach you more about our local plants and animals and give you an up close look. A new theme every week! There is no need to pre-register, simply check-in at the Interpretive Centre upon arrival and find a seat on one of our benches, or bring your own lawn chair. Nature Talks are free, but a donation is appreciated.

***Please note, ABNC programming will be cancelled should the temperatures exceed 35C, for the safety of all patrons and staff.

Nature Talk – Kokanee Salmon

Meet us in the grassland theatre for a short nature talk! Our ABNC interpreters will use some of our natural materials and props to teach you more about our local plants and animals and give you an up close look. A new theme every week! There is no need to pre-register, simply check-in at the Interpretive Centre upon arrival and find a seat on one of our benches, or bring your own lawn chair. Nature Talks are free, but a donation is appreciated.

***Please note, ABNC programming will be cancelled should the temperatures exceed 35C, for the safety of all patrons and staff.

Cats and Birds in Your Community

Join us at ABNC for a fascinating talk about the connection between cats and birds in your community!

Tonight’s presenter,  Anna, will discuss the current state of birds in Canada and the top 3 threats to bird populations. She will also provide science-based resources and advice on what people can do to support birds in their community. The presentation will address climate change, bird-window collisions and bird predation by roaming cats. This topic will be of interest to cat owners and non-cat owners alike!

Anna Skurikhina is a biologist and a nature enthusiast currently residing in Kelowna, BC. Anna works as a Cats and Birds Project Coordinator with the non-profit Stewardship Centre for BC. The Stewardship Centre leads the Cats and Birds project to improve cat welfare and protect birds from the impact of roaming cats. As part of the project’s advisory committee, Anna works with animal welfare groups, conservation organizations, academia and governments to help address the issue of roaming cats and bird decline in BC.
This event will be held in the classroom at ABNC.
Admission is by donation and pre-registration is required!

BC Wildlife Parks – “Conservation in Action”

BC Wildlife Park is returning to ABNC this August on Wednesday 10th! They will be bringing several at-risk species to ABNC including a painted turtle, rubber boa, and some at-risk raptor species. The audience will have the chance to meet the wildlife up close and ask questions!

We’ll start the evening at 6:00pm, so please arrive 10-15 minutes early in order to get checked in and find a seat on our benches. The event will run from 6-7pm and pre-registration for tickets is required!

The cost is $15 for adults, $6 for kids ages 4-17, free for kids 3 and under. (There is no need to register kids 3 and under).

Please feel free to bring blankets for the benches, or your own camp chairs!

***Reminder: This is an OUTDOOR event, please dress according to the weather.***

BC Wildlife Park “The Grasslands Biome”

The BC Wildlife Park is coming to Allan Brooks Nature Centre on Wednesday, July 13th! Their park educators will provide information on the grassland biome and the animals that live there. The audience will meet wildlife up-close and have the opportunity to ask questions. Some of these grassland creatures include the burrowing owl, great basin gopher snake, and more. We’ll start the evening at 6:00pm, so please arrive 10-15 minutes early in order to get checked in and find a seat on our benches. The event will run from 6-7pm and pre-registration for tickets is required! The cost is $15 for adults, $6 for kids ages 4-17, free for kids 3 and under. (There is no need to register kids 3 and under).

Please feel free to bring blankets for the benches, or your own camp chairs!

 

***Reminder: This is an OUTDOOR event, please dress according to the weather.***

 

Guided Trail Tour

Join us on a short walk through our rare and delicate grassland ecosystem! Learn about grassland plants and animals, their special traits that allow them to live in this hot, dry habitat and how they interact. Touch, smell, and feel as we explore the wilderness all around us!  This tour starts at the trailhead and follows an easy gravel path loop around the centre.

Fee: $5.00 per person (youth under 16 + ABNC members are FREE!). Registration is required. 

***Please note, ABNC programming will be cancelled should the temperatures exceed 35C, for the safety of all patrons and staff.

Guided Trail Tour

Join us on a short walk through our rare and delicate grassland ecosystem! Learn about grassland plants and animals, their special traits that allow them to live in this hot, dry habitat and how they interact. Touch, smell, and feel as we explore the wilderness all around us!  This tour starts at the trailhead and follows an easy gravel path loop around the centre.

Fee: $5.00 per person (youth under 16 + ABNC members are FREE!). Registration is required. 

***Please note, ABNC programming will be cancelled should the temperatures exceed 35C, for the safety of all patrons and staff.