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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.

Volunteer and Member Only Special Event – Just Another Birds and Bees Story

Just Another Birds and Bees Story 
An Educational Event with Dr. Bernard Roitberg

Join us on Thursday, June 24 from 6:30 – 7:30pm for our first 2021 educational opportunity exclusively for volunteers and members of Allan Brooks Nature Centre. Dr. Bernard Roitberg, a world renowned entomologist, will be presenting about bees that are native to BC and the Okanagan as well as discussing how certain bees can be used as proxy “birds” when studying bird behaviour. For more information and Zoom login information contact [email protected]

Vermicomposting Workshop

This course will teach you to properly and safely compost a small amount of vegetarian food scraps in a vermiculture (worm) bin, harvest worm castings to use in the garden and will introduce you to the soil-food web and alternate ways of composting at home to fulfill your zero waste lifestyle goals. We will plan to facilitate the workshop outdoors at ABNC, with additional support material provided. Space is limited to 10 people and pre-registration is required. Suitable for ages 16 years and up.

 

Keli Westgate is a local Compost Educator and Certified Permaculture Designer. She also works with Spa Hills Compost, a food waste composting facility in Salmon Arm. Keli is passionate about waste reduction, soil improvement and local organic agriculture. She spent 5 years on the Board of the Sustainable Environment Network Society as well as serving on a number of other local non-profit boards and committees, including the RDNO’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee.

 

*** COVID Update: Wearing a mask and social distancing is mandatory for all ABNC facilitated programming. Please check in regularly for any changes or updates on our social media and website. Should this workshop be cancelled due to Covid restrictions, participants will be notified immediately and refunded in full.

Nature Nibbles – How to Recognize and Use Wild Plants for Food

Join Mikaela Cannon on an exploration of wonderful wild plants. Learn to identify local plants and their uses and benefits in your food! Mikaela has a background as a wilderness guide and her biggest passion is plants and their uses. Her education includes herbal medicine courses at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC and various courses in Ethnobotany, Anthropology and Biology at Okanagan College. Since 2011 she has been running her business, Herbal Myth, where she teaches adults and youth about plants and how to use them. She runs a small farm in Armstrong with her husband and two young children and is currently writing a field guide about wild Okanagan plants and their uses. Samples of her work can be found at foragingforestfables.blogspot.com Mikaela will inspire you to look at the weeds in your lawn in a whole different light and will treat you to some samples of wild goodies she prepared herself. Pre-registration is required and Mikaela requires a waiver signed. Pre-registration and signed waiver for Mikaela (provided in person) required.

*** COVID Update: Wearing a mask and social distancing is mandatory for all ABNC facilitated programming. Please check in regularly for any changes or updates on our social media and website. Should this workshop be cancelled due to Covid restrictions, participants will be notified immediately and refunded in full.