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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.

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.

Kitchen Sink Pocket Orchestra

Come to the Allan Brooks Nature Centre for our Evening Arts pop-up performance by the Kitchen Sink Pocket Orchestra. Take in the beauty of the natural world while listening to the sounds of music. Gates open at 6:30 pm, the performance will begin at 7:00 pm and will be comprised of two 45-minute-long sets with a 15-minute intermission. The concert will end at approximately 8:45 pm. Guests will be seated on the Grasslands Theatre benches or may bring their own lawn chair or blankets/cushions to sit on. Please check-in when you arrive. Admission is by CASH donation with a suggested amount of $10 per person.

The Kitchen Sink Pocket Orchestra is a mixed string and wind ensemble designed to introduce orchestral instruments in accessible and non-traditional settings. Their diverse repertoire appeals to audiences of all ages and includes arrangements of much-loved orchestral works, mashups of traditional folk and fiddle favourites alongside recognizable tunes from more contemporary artists including Lady Gaga, Simon and Garfunkel and Metallica. There is something for everyone on this program – that includes everything and the Kitchen Sink!

Pre-registration is required.

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

 

 

Bat Basics + Bat Count

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! After the presentation, we will drive to a private residence 30 minutes away for a formal bat count (this address will be disclosed after the presentation). The bat count will be led by Anna Skurikhina, a project coordinator at the Stewardship Centre for BC. We will be counting bats until it is too dark to do so (approximately 10pm).

**IMPORTANT** Due to the location of the bat count, there is a limit of 9 parking spaces available and a total of 15 tickets that will be sold.  Please ensure you secure a “vehicle pass” (at no charge), then proceed to adding the amount of tickets for your group.

Things to keep in mind: 

  1. The bat count is weather dependent. If the weather does not meet certain criteria, we will reschedule this portion of the event to a different night. 
  2. You will need to have your own vehicle to drive between the two locations. 
  3. We encourage you to bring a light snack/ drink to enjoy during the presentation. 
  4. Pack your own lawn chair and blanket to get cozy while we wait for the bats. 
  5. Children 12 and older are welcome! This is an exciting opportunity for them to participate in real research.

If you have any questions, please contact Chelsea at 778-943-2335

Opening Day!

Join us on opening day of the 2022 season; admission to the interpretive centre is by donation. Guided trail tours will take place between 10:00am and 2:00pm, at $5 per person (youth under 16 and members are free!). Come visit “Smile” the turtle and take in the 360° views overlooking Vernon. Bring a picnic lunch and don’t forget your camera! We are open from 9:00am – 3:30pm.

CANCELLED – Bee Smart, Understanding Bees and Bee Conservation Workshop

CANCELLED

Bees are essential to our food chain. Learn how we all can help save the bees – both our domestic and our native species, and about the many amazing things they give us. Join Mary from Orchard Blossom Honey in Armstrong for this incredible learning opportunity all about bees! She will provide guests with a presentation, support material and be available to answer all of your bee related questions. Pre-registration is required and current Covid protocols will be in effect.

A bit about Mary: “It started with a swarm. Home Sweet Home Apiaries was born. Before that, it was a niggling interest, especially as we are avid gardeners. We knew bees were essential, but it wasn’t until they literally landed in our lap that we really began to look into them. Once we started, there was no turning back. Three hives, and the incredible honey they produced, led to many more colonies, then to more yards in which to keep the colonies. How could they not? These creatures are really the most amazing, intriguing, wonderful little ladies. Every event with them leaves us in awe, from watching them on warm winter days somehow finding pollen to bring in, to watching them ban the drones from the hives in the fall, and absolutely everything between… including swarm chasing.”

Waterwise and Firesmart Workshop

Join us for a presentation with RDNO Water Sustainability Coordinator Jennifer Miles for a very relevant discussion on reducing water use and keeping safe from fire. Participants will learn how to use the FireSmart zone method for choosing where to plant, you will also learn to select plants that are WaterWise and FireSmart, and she’ll give maintenance tips to keep your yard looking good without using a lot of water. This summer is a good reminder to be pre-pared and make smart choices for everyone’s health and safety! Pre-registration is required. Limited space available in our classroom setting.

OSO Pocket Orchestra in the Grasslands

Come to the Allan Brooks Nature Centre for our Evening Arts pop-up performance by the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Vintage Brass Trio. Take in the beauty of the natural world while listening to the sounds of music. Gates open at 6:30 pm, the performance will begin at 7:00 pm until approximately 8:00 pm. Guests will be seated on the Grasslands Theatre benches or bring your own lawn chair. Walk the Grasslands Trail and view the exhibits in the Interpretive Centre before the event. Pre-registration is required. Please check-in when you arrive. Water and Okanagan Ice Pops available for purchase. This event is FREE but donations are appreciated.

TICKETS AVAILABLE STARTING THURSDAY, JULY 8

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra’s brass players bring over 100 years of combined professional experience to the stage in a program that will blow you away! Brass instruments are traditionally used to honour our heroes and in joyful celebrations. Join the Vintage Brass Trio as they share a program designed to herald our collective achievements and inspire your love of life. The trio’s repertoire features traditional classical favourites including music from Beethoven, Handel and Bach as well as contemporary Canadian works, and even some highlights from Hollywood.

*** This event is limited to 75 people, allowing for social distancing in the Grasslands Theatre. Covid masks are recommended for guests who enter the Interpretive Centre.

Dinner Under the Stars Auction Fundraiser

The Allan Brooks Nature Centre presents the third annual Dinner Under the Stars auction fundraiser. Guests are invited to place a bid on any of the five private starlit dinners, featuring Vernon’s finest chefs including four course dinners, wine pairings, live entertainment, and a shuttle service to and from the Nature Centre, for one of the most memorable Okanagan experiences in nature.

The online auction will open on Friday June 4th at 9am and close on Sunday June 6th at 8pm. The winning bidders will then attend the dinner with up to 8 friends and family, for an intimate evening at one of the most breathtaking locations in Vernon. 2021 Dinner Under the Stars participating restaurants include:

June 21: Gumtree Catering presents “Summer Solstice”

July 11: Isadore’s on Main and Bamboo Beach Fusion Grille collaborate to present “East Meets West”

July 25: Chef Mathew Morazain presents “As You Like It”

August 8: Predator Ridge Resort presents “Globally Inspired, Locally Created”

August 21: SilverStar Mountain Resort presents “A Night Under the Tuscan Stars”

Proceeds from Dinner Under the Stars supports the future of the Allan Brooks Nature Centre. Our mandate is to “promote the enjoyment of nature and increasing awareness of habitat conservation through environmental education and nature-related activities in the Okanagan region. We are thankful that our dinners are Covid-friendly so that we can continue to provide outstanding experiences in nature, and also support our efforts to deliver quality programming and provide guests of all ages a connection to nature.

The auction will be live soon HERE