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Vernon nature centre launches online learning program

Nature-based lessons created for teachers based on B.C. science curriculum
Vernon’s Allan Brooks Nature Centre is launching the first phase of its new online learning platform. (ABNC photo)

Vernon’s Allan Brooks Nature Centre is ready to launch the first phase of a brand new online learning platform centered around B.C.’s science curriculum.

The new nature-based lessons have been created for teachers, in conjunction with the popular Nature in the Classroom presentations currently available. This project was originally created in response to the shift in learning that is taking place due to COVID-19.

“We are now reimagining what it means for students and teachers to experience education,” said nature centre manager Cheryl Hood. “It is our goal to grow and develop this platform over the coming years and eventually generate student-led modules.”

The Allan Brooks Nature Centre e-Learning platform provides big ideas relating to nature in a ready-to-use lesson format. The education team is currently beta testing the Grade 4 model through a secure login with local teachers to ensure the content is effectively meeting their needs.

Some of the Allan Brooks Nature Centre e-Learning features include curated lessons that promote further investigation. There are pre-scaffolded science notebooks, giving students the opportunity to individualize their learning and engage with scientific practices. And built-in brain breaks allow the brain to shift networks and provide resting pathways a chance to be restored, fostering an optimal level of attention and memory.

“Should the Grade 4 program prove to be a success, we will plan to move ahead to the next phase of development,” said Hood.

This project was made possible with the support of the Foord Family Foundation, Community Foundation of Canada, as well as the Jim and Laverne Popowich Foundation.

For more information on how to access Allan Brooks Nature Centre Educational Programming and e-Learning platform visit

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