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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Allan Brooks Nature Centre - Live Artist "Plein Air" Event


Drawing Nature & outdoors Painting Photography Self-guided Tour
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Allan Brooks Nature Centre

250 Allan Brooks Way

Vernon, BC

Directions: Entry to the Nature Centre is off of Mission Road. Please drive slowly to avoid hitting wildlife. Parking is limited, carpooling is recommended. We recommend that you bring: refillable water bottle, sunscreen/sunglasses/hat, closed toed shoes, and your own seating.


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Has gender-neutral washrooms, is a relaxed performance, and wheelchair accessible.

Food trucks


The Allan Brooks Nature Centre BC Culture Days event invites painters and other artists to come to our nature centre and create art "en plain air" (denoting or in the manner of a 19th-century style of painting outdoors), with a chance to win prizes in one of three categories: Experienced, Emerging & Youth!

This event will engage the local and provincial community and create awareness of the artists working in the North Okanagan, as well as highlight the incredible beauty of this endangered grassland habitat. Guests are welcome to come respectfully observe the artists in their process throughout the day, and to vote for their favorite (at 2pm) in each of the 3 categories!

This is a FREE event, sponsored by the Arts Council of the North Okanagan and The Allan Brooks Nature Centre, on Saturday, October 7 from 8-3:30pm.

Artists can register on the day-of (from 9am-Noon), and choose a spot along the trail/lookout for the day. At 2pm, the artists will bring their art up to the centre for guest voting and refreshments. 2:30pm the voting will be closed for counting and then prizes will be announced! The centre closes at 3:30pm in the afternoon.

Joining us all day will be the amazing WICKED WAFFLES food truck! Fresh and delicious GLUTEN & WHEAT FREE waffles in savory and sweet forms.

Come celebrate art and nature with us!


Allan Brooks Nature Centre & ACNO

The Allan Brooks Nature Centre provides visitors a first-hand opportunity to see and learn about the Okanagan’s unique and diverse natural heritage through views, information, programs and displays of the region’s natural areas. It is ideally situated on a grassland knoll at the confluence of the Okanagan and Coldstream valleys. Three lakes and five ecosystems can be seen from this site and spectacular, panoramic views of the Okanagan and its diverse ecosystems.

Our Mission and Vision is to Promote the enjoyment, understanding and stewardship of the North Okanagan's unique and diverse natural environment, that is currently threatened and endangered.

This event is part of a hub:

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Arts Council of the North Okanagan Vernon, BC

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