Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 13, 2021
Bob Clarke introduced Cheryl Hood, Centre Manager at Allan Brooks Nature Centre.  Coming from a varied background, Cheryl began her work with ABNC in February 2020, perfectly coinciding with the beginning of Covid-19 restrictions.  Overall, ABNC has survived reasonably well, benefitting from Board members’ expertise in maintaining government funding, & from continued support from area schools.  ABNC offers a variety of School & Community Programs aimed at introducing people, especially children, to nature – these include field trips, “Nature in the Classroom,” Stream Science, Kokanee Salmon Outings, etc.  Many were restricted to follow Covid-19 guidelines, but most offerings were fully booked, so interest in programs remains high.  Recent unprecedented heat has not helped attract guests, but indoor activities are now more comfortable, thanks to Kalamalka Rotary’s installation of air conditioning.  Upcoming programs include the “Bug Guy,” who introduces snakes, a salamander & smaller bugs, plus the popular raptor shows.  Online teaching programs are being developed.  Ken Barton’s extensive records are being reviewed by current ABNC Board Chair Jim Popowich.  Cheryl told us one of their priorities is enhancement of the grassland amphitheatre.  Dave Weatherill suggested use of shade cloth & high-pressure misting equipment.