Children check out the environment around the Allan Brooks Nature Centre in Vernon.

Children check out the environment around the Allan Brooks Nature Centre in Vernon.

Allan Brooks Nature Centre seeks support

The Allan Brooks Nature Centre needs community support to access a potential donation

The Allan Brooks Nature Centre needs community support to access a potential donation.

ABNC will be granted $5,000 from the B.C. Tire Stewardship Community Grants if it can match these funds with donations from the community.

“It’s an amazing opportunity,” said Aaron Deans, ABNC executive director.

“And, I believe that as a nature-loving community we’re up for the challenge.”

Funding will go to revitalize the nature centre and enhance public access to programs, including an upgrade to the roadway leading up to the centre.

“We have bus loads of children from all over the Okanagan coming to the centre to explore the nature of the region,” said Deans.

“For their safety and that of everyone driving to and from ABNC, we need to upgrade the road.”

In addition to curriculum-based nature education for school-aged children, there are preschool and summer camp programs, as well as those featuring art making and nature photography.

“Anything that gets children and their families outside and active exploring this amazing region is what we’re about,” said Deans.

The centre is funded largely from admission and memberships, private and corporate donations and community grants.

“The biggest on-line donation days of the year are Dec. 28, 29, and 30,” said Deans.

“We challenge community members to come together to support this campaign and we look forward to announcing at our annual dinner and auction April 10 that we’ve met our goal.”

To donate or for information, go to www.abnc.ca or e-mail ed@abnc.ca.