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Nature House Week 9 Events: August 24 - 28

Catch the last week of the Summer Nature House program from Wednesday, August 24th to Sunday, August 28th. We are offering our usual host of events, including talks, walks, nature crafts, and Junior Biologists. This Thursday is the last Seaquarium drop-in as our curious sea critters will be placed back into the big blue on Friday by our local dive team.

Hope to see you sometime this week, but if not, we will still offer occasional events throughout the year - so keep em' ears open!

Releasing a wee leather star from 2021 ReGen program.

Wednesday, August 24

9:00 am start: Wednesday Wander at Fairyslipper Forest (all ages)

Join us for our last wander of the summer! Come out and identify bird and plant species with us one last time! This morning Linnea will be focused on pointing out edible and medicinal plants along the path; and, as always, we will be logging what we see on iNaturalist and eBird, see you there!

2:00 - 4:00 pm: Make your own all-purpose cleaner using herbs from the PAG, Lot 62 North Cove Road (all ages)

Today we will be creating a vinegar-based all-purpose cleaner using the bountiful herbs from our people’s apothecary garden. This homemade cleaner is a natural and powerful alternative to store bought cleaners which can have harsh chemicals. For the cleaners we can use mint, rosemary, lavender, thyme, sage and lemon balm, all of which smell great and will clean super well! Come on down to create your own unique cleaner alternative.

Thursday, August 25

9:00 - 11:00am: Harvest Hours at the PAG (all ages), Lot 62 North Cove Road (all ages)

Drop by the People’s Apothecary Garden anytime between 9:00 - 11:00 to take a wander, harvest some herbs, and learn about the PAG's 40 + medicinal plants.

2:00 - 4:00 pm: Seaquarium & Craft Drop In at the Nature Houses (all ages)

Learn about our local marine life by interacting with our touch tank. This is our last day with creatures before their release! Our last feature creature is the decorator crab, come learn about this camouflage expert. For today’s craft we are decorating picture frames with paints, shells, dried flowers and more.

7:00 - 9:00 pm: 'What’s the catch? Sourcing local and sustainable seafood on Thetis' with Sahir Advani at Forbes Hall (adult)

Have you ever wondered where the seafood on your plate comes from? Who caught that fish? When? Where? How? Come to Forbes Hall on Thursday, August 25 at 7 pm to learn about sourcing seafood sustainably. Sahir Advani, a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Maine, is going to talk about sustainable seafood considerations and ways to support the local economy while ensuring the health of BC's marine ecosystems.

Friday, August 26

2:00 - 4:00 pm: Junior Biologist - Naturific - at the Nature House (kids 8 - 12)

Today we will explore the scientific method and our natural surroundings. Participants will come up with hypotheses and test them with experiments. We will also be doing the classic egg drop contest, where students create a safety mechanism for their egg to be dropped from increasing heights.

4:00 - 6:00 pm: Seaquarium Creature Release starts at the Nature House (all ages)

Help us release your favourite denizens of the touch tank! We will meet at the Nature House and release the creatures that can be let go at the shore. Then we will place the next group of animals in bags that need to be released at Lot 214 - Brown / Waddell, where we will hand them off to a group of divers who will SCUBA dive them back to the depth they came from. Andy Lamb and Bill Golley, who collected the animals in the touch tank will be there to answer any last questions about your favourite creature! If you would like to meet at the Lot 214 instead of starting at the Nature House, you are welcome to do so. Everyone please park on the side of Pilkey Point Road and walk down the driveway. The creatures should arrive there around 4:45.

Sunday, August 28

9:00 - 11:00 am: Harvest Hours at the PAG, Lot 62 North Cove Road (all ages)

Drop by the People’s Apothecary Garden anytime between 9:00 - 11:00 to take a wander, harvest some herbs, and learn about the PAG's 40 + medicinal plants.

2:00 - 4:00 pm: Thank You Tea for Volunteers at the Nature House (volunteers only)

To all the volunteers that made this summer’s Nature Programs possible and so special, ThINC would love to have you join us for tea and treats at the Nature House! We would love to say thank you one more time for your donated time and resources, and for making our programs incredibly fun this summer!


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