We are so fortunate to have Allan Brooks Nature Centre (ABNC) in the Okanagan. Located in grasslands up above Vernon, ABNC’s purpose is to engage and educate visitors about the flora and fauna, and our local ecosystems while encouraging/promoting stewardship of nature. It provides education, resources, hands on experiences and opportunities for individuals of all ages, especially children. ABNC gives all of us the opportunity to appreciate the Okanagan’s unique and diverse natural history.
Allan Brooks is a charitable not for profit organization. We rely on the support of donors, granting agencies and fundraising activities to operate. This past year we worked hard to raise funds to upgrade our facility and next year we hope to do even more to improve Allan Brooks.
One of the important projects we hope to complete in 2020 is to improve our children’s play area. Last year over 5000 children enjoyed using our play area. Unfortunately, with the many years of use it is sadly deteriorating and really needs an upgrade to ensure a great safe experience for kids.
Our vision is to install a nature-inspired playground next summer: a play environment that consists of elements and textures from the earth such as tree logs, tree stumps, boulders and plants.
We have a good start on fundraising, as we recently received a grant for $20,000. Now, we are asking you for your help to build a new playground. All gifts received by December 31, in the amount of $20.00 or more will be receipted for 2019 income tax purposes.
We want ABNC to be your family’s destination of choice for fun, learning and appreciation of our environment. With your support we will build the playground.
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“My Dad taught me how to slow down, listen and observe; how to see and appreciate the small things. He would have us lie down in the forest in the middle of the day and watch the treetops sway and listen to the birds sing. Or we’d lie on the dock at night and be amazed by the stars above us.
We would look closely at the insects, frogs and turtles that we would catch and he would tell us how important each of them were. All things have a purpose and value, and that everything in this world is connected. I know that my father is why I feel so passionate about nature and the environment around me. And why I love working for the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.”
Chantelle Adams, Education Program Coordinator, Allan Brooks Nature Centre