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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. 

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!

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.***

 

 

Garage Sale @Private Residence

ABNC Volunteers are graciously hosting a Garage Sale Fundraiser at 2206 23rd Ave. East Hill Vernon (near the corner of 23rd St. & 23rd Ave). They will have a collection of quality items that have been well sorted and organized. Expect to find furniture, books, tools, seasonal items and so much more! All proceeds will be donated to Allan Brooks Nature Centre. We appreciate your support!

 

Where: 2206-23rd Ave Vernon, BC

When: Friday and Saturday, June 10th & 11th 8am-4pm daily

Garage Sale @Private Residence

ABNC Volunteers are graciously hosting a Garage Sale Fundraiser at 2206 23rd Ave. East Hill Vernon (near the corner of 23rd St. & 23rd Ave). They will have a collection of quality items that have been well sorted and organized. Expect to find furniture, books, tools, seasonal items and so much more! All proceeds will be donated to Allan Brooks Nature Centre. We appreciate your support!

 

Where: 2206-23rd Ave Vernon, BC

When: Friday and Saturday, June 10th & 11th 8am-4pm daily

The Bug Guys

Come to the Allan Brooks Nature Centre on Wednesday, July 6th for an evening with The Bug Guys! Stu will present a variety of live, exotic animals including slithering, creeping, and crawling critters of all kinds. If you are crazy for snakes, turtles, birds and bugs, you won’t want to miss it! We’ll start the evening at 6:00pm with a show and tell presentation, which will include information about each of the species along with fun and interesting facts! The event will run from 6-8pm, pre-registration is required, and space is limited to 96 guests. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-17, free for kids 3 and under. (There is no need to register kids 3 and under). In addition, the Interpretive Centre and Grasslands Trail will be open in the evening.

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.

The Raptors 2022

The Raptors are coming! Allan Brooks Nature Centre is thrilled to present The Raptors, featuring a live demonstration of a wide range of native and non-native raptor species including owls, hawks, and vultures. The Raptors is an organization dedicated to inspiring conservation and protecting wildlife species. Demos include the raptors showing off their amazing flight skills as their handlers narrate and engage with visitors, discussing raptor ecology and conservation actions.  Meet these majestic birds and learn what we can do to help them thrive in our natural world! The Raptors will be onsite from August 25th– September 1st, for daily flight demonstrations in a group setting, and up-close and personal encountersThe Raptors travel all the way from their home in Duncan BC to come to the Okanagan, so don’t miss the chance to connect with them at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

Learn more about this unique opportunity here. 

GET YOUR TICKETS! For a complete description and where to purchase tickets, visit Ticketseller.ca, or call Ticket Seller at 250-549-7469, or visit the Ticket Seller Box Office at 3800 33rd St Vernon. (Performing Arts Centre).

Pre-registration is required.

(Full refunds are available only if the Allan Brooks Nature Centre must cancel the event due to poor air quality or nearby evacuation notices. The safety of our patrons and the raptors are our greatest priority.)

Special thanks to The Raptors Title Sponsor Nixon Wenger LLP for their support!