About Us

About the Knowlesville Art & Nature Centre

We welcome you to discover a unique learning opportunity for all ages in Carleton County, New Brunswick, Canada.

Knowlesville Art & Nature Centre is a not-for-profit rural learning centre based in South Knowlesville, Carleton County, New Brunswick. The mission of the centre is to provide a space where the community can gather, learn, dream and explore creative projects that enrich the social fabric and environmental stewardship of the area.

The mission is translated into practice through four broad educational goals:

Our Four Goals:

  1. Opportunities for Lifelong Learning: Accessibility for all ages.
  2. Holistic education through art, gardening, woodworking, bushcraft and forest stewardship.
  3. Instill respect in the natural environment.
  4. Practice responsible, knowledgeable citizenship.

These goals are intended to reflect an ongoing process that happens over time as children, youth, adults and elders are given opportunities to grow and learn together.

History

The Knowlesville Art and Nature Centre was formed in 2008 with the dream of creating an intergenerational space for families in the Aberdeen & Brighton Parishes. The KAN Centre is housed in a century-old one room church building that was built in 1897 by community spirit and effort.

In 2008, Leland and Tegan Wong-Daugherty purchased the Armond Church from the Armond Community Group, moved it down the road to South Knowlesville and began the big project of revitalizing this historic building.

The initial renovations were completed in November 2008 and a small preschool opened to service families in the area. Outdoor summer camps started in 2009. In 2010 adult programming began including pottery, yoga, sewing, quilting, firecraft and basketmaking.  In 2012 our first teacher was hired to start an community-based grade school program.  Over the years our programs have continued to grow and evolve to include a forest kindergarten, homeschool parent-co-op unto grade 8, art & nature camps, weekly yoga classes and more.

The Knowlesville Art & Nature Centre has also become the heart of a growing rural community with frequent community potlucks, seasonal gatherings and meeting spaces for community collaborations.  This is all part of the journey we envisioned at the start.  One of the seniors in our area shared that when the one-room schools were closed, we lost the heart of the rural villages.  So far we are taking the first tentative steps: bringing back a sense of place and community engagement to our rural home.