Youth getting to know nature

Allan Brooks Nature Centre invites public to enjoy a day of nature, art and music for opening day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • May. 4, 2012 5:00 a.m.

One of the best viewpoints in town is springing into season.

The Allan Brooks Nature Centre invites everyone to come to the top of Mission Hill in Vernon to enjoy a day of nature, art, and music for opening day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Throughout the day there will be guided grassland walks, pond critter collecting, bird watching, and nature sketching and painting led by local artists. There will also be an opportunity to use digital video and photo equipment with local photography enthusiasts. Enjoy a hot dog barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Vernon Public Art Gallery will facilitate En Plein Air (Art in Nature) and Our Kids Have Talent musicians will perform starting at 11:15 a.m. Admission is by donation.

The Nature Centre is also hosting the regional launch of the Get to Know contest Saturday at 11 a.m.

“We invite people of all ages to come on up to the top of Mission Hill, enjoy 360 degrees of spectacular views, see spring flowers, curious marmots, and a diversity of birds, and “Get to Know” more of our valley’s rich natural history by creating and celebrating Art in Nature,” said Aaron Deans, ABNC executive director.

ABNC has partnered with renowned wildlife artist and naturalist Robert Bateman and the Canadian Wildlife Federation as a Regional Sponsor of the Get to Know program, the motto of which is ‘Connect. Create. Celebrate.’

“The Get to Know contest invites youth to get outside and create original works of art, writing, photography, videography and music inspired by nature. Bateman is the official endorser of the art category.”

The contest theme this year is “Get to know Your Wild Neighbours” and is open to Canadian youth under 19 years of age.  The Allan Brooks Nature Centre launch event will offer young people a unique opportunity to connect with Nature while creating nature-related art, writing, photographs, videos or music compositions to enter into the Get to Know contest.

The contest runs until July 16 and entries can be made through the Allan Brooks Nature Centre website. There are lots of prizes to be won and all contest entrants will receive a free gift.

“The goal is to be as creative as possible – so have fun and let the natural world inspire you,” said Deans.