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VIRTUAL PROGRAMS - SPRING 2021

The Ecology Centre is doing everything we can to deliver safe and engaging programs to children and their families by moving our programs and workshops on-line. From story time for tiny tots to virtual adventures for young nature lovers, we have programs that will get your kids excited about the natural world around them!

Sign up on Eventbrite for the Zoom link to the programs below. Only one ticket required per family. Please consider donating $2 so we can continue to offer these great programs and workshops!

INVASIVE SPECIES OF BC

Wednesday, March 3, 2021. 10:00 am to 11:00 am

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Join the Invasive Species Council of BC to learn about invasive plants and animals that could be lurking in your backyard! Use your detective skills during this interactive presentation where you will learn how to identify three common invasive species and learn simple ways that you can help prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals. This virtual program is suitable for ages 6 and up.

SIGNS OF SPRING STORYTIME

Friday, March 5, 2021. 10:00 am to 10:30 am

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What are the signs of spring? Join us for stories and songs! This program is family-friendly. Suitable for ages 2 and up.

These programs are for children ages 5 to 13. Children must be accompanied by an adult for in-person programs. You are welcome to register for a complimentary NatureKids to try it out - then you must become a member of NatureKids BC. www.naturekidsbc.ca

FINDING FLOWERS

Saturday, February 27. 10:00 am to 10:30 am

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What flowering plants live in the temperate rainforest? Learn more about forest flowers and discover the PlantWatch program that tracks plant flowering times across Canada.

Join Ecology Centre naturalists for three days of adventures, fun and outdoor education. Suitable for children aged 5 to 8. Each mini-camp costs $81.50 and is held entirely outdoors. Please ensure you have read our Covid-19 Policies. There are spots for 6 children maximum for each camp. Phone 604-990-3755 to register.

Boisterous Birds

Monday, March 15 to Wednesday, March 17. 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

It's almost spring, and the birds are starting to sing. Learn about local birds, their habitats, and their nests, and start to understand bird language.

Forest Explorers

Monday, March 22 to Wednesday, March 24. 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Increase your appreciation for nature by exploring with all five senses. We will learn about the temperate rainforest using fun activities and games, including every campers favourite game, camouflage!

Pollinator Party

Wednesday, March 24 to Friday, March 26. 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Buzz over to the Ecology Centre for three afternoons of pollinator exploration. Learn how you can provide homes and food for hummingbirds, beetles, butterflies, and bees.

Join us online for our virtual Spring Break programs!

Suitable for ages 6 and up, these programs are family friendly. Suggested donation per program: $3.50 per person or $6 per family.

NIGHT FLYERS

Monday, March 15, 2021. 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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Join biologist Danielle Dagenais from the BC Community Bat Program. Learn about the threats to bats, including the deadly disease known as White-nosed Syndrome, that's killing bats across North America. Discover how you can help the bats living around your neighbourhood.

THE GREAT GATHERING

Tuesday, March 16, 2021. 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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Join wildlife photographer Liron Gertsman for a virtual exploration of British Columbia's coastal ecosystems above and below the surface, featuring the annual salmon run and wildlife gatherings that follow them.

FANTASTIC FROGS

Wednesday, March 17, 2021. 10:30 am to 11:30 am

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Join David Wong, "the frog guy" for a virtual talk about amazing amphibians. Learn why they are important and discover how young people can help frogs locally.

CITY SALMON

Monday, March 22, 2021. 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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Take a virtual journey with "outdoor storyteller" Fernando Lessa into the watery world of Vancouver's rivers and streams. Discover urban salmon and other creek creatures that depend on clean water and be inspired to protect our local waterways.

TALES OF A BIRD BIOLOGIST

Tuesday, March 23, 2021. 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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Have you ever wondered how we save endangered animals? Join bird biologist Dr. Thomas Flower on a world wide virtual adventure! Go on a journey to a desert island off the coast of Africa, tackle climate change with hot birds in the Kalahari desert, swim with penguins in Cape Town, and meet some sneaky Steller’s jays in BC’s coastal rainforest.

FLOURISHING OCEANS

Wednesday, March 24, 2021. 10:00 am to 11:00 am

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Take a deep dive into marine mammal rehabilitation with Emily Johnson of the Ocean Wise Marine Mammal Rescue Centre. Learn about the Vancouver Aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue program and its Sea Lion Disentanglement Program, and discover how you can help protect marine mammals by managing plastic waste.

WILD ABOUT BEES

Friday, March 26, 2021. 10:00 am to 11:00 am

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As pollinators of flowering plants, native bees play an important role in the environment and in our food production. Bees come in every shape, size, and colour. Learn how to identify our mason bees, discover what makes their life cycle so fascinating, and build a bee house. Materials needed to build a bee house building are listed on the Eventbrite page.

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