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Got your sculpture design sketched and your best carnival outfit ready?

Join us for Winterfest!

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 12 - 4 pm

The Morgan Arboretum is hosting an afternoon of winter fun in association with the municipality of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. Everyone is welcome. Display your artistic skills in a snow sculpture contest, take a ride on a dog sled or explore the great snowy forest on our walking, snowshoe and cross-country ski trails. Admission is free. Hot chocolate and hot dogs will be sold at a nominal charge.


Snowshoe Walk: The Canadian way to Travel

Sunday, February 15, 2015, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran to the sport, join Scott Pemberton, our resident naturalist, to explore the hemlock groves and beech forests of the Arboretum's beautiful 4.4 km snowshoe trail. Learn a little about snowshoe techniques, winter tracking, forest ecology, owls, deer, and much more.

Language: English and French

Bring: appropriate clothing, a snack, and snowshoes

Member Adult: $5 / Child: Free
Non-Member Adult: $12 / Child: $5


Bird Protection Quebec field trip on snowshoes
Saturday, February 21, 8:00am - 12:00pm

A 5km birding walk along the snowshoe trail (so bring snowshoes) visiting generally dog-free parts of the forest not accessible at other times of the year as the trail is closed in summer to protect rare plants.

As a group in snowshoes is unavoidably noisy we will be making frequent stops to pause and listen and look for the birds coming to us.  Looking for the usual winter forest resident species with a chance of raptors. Good exercise for everyone. More information will be posted on the Bird Protection Quebec web site shortly.

This activity is free for Arboretum members, regular entrance fees apply to non-members: $7.

No reservation. Meet in the first parking lot after the Gatehouse.


Owl Prowl

Choose one of two sessions offered:

Saturday, February 28, 7 - 9:30pm or
Saturday, March 7, 7 - 9:30pm

The Arboretum is the permanent home for 5 species of owls. Reports of sightings are made in all seasons and at all times of day. Bring your headlamps, flashlights and snowshoes (TBD) and join Chris Cloutier as we venture off the beaten path to explore the darkest recesses of the Arboretum in search of these legendary and awe-inspiring birds.

Language: English and French

Member Adult: $15 / Child: $5
Non-Member Adult: $20 / Child: $10

Space is limited, don’t wait to register.


In touch with nature:

A workshop to teach kids about bird feeding

Choose one of two sessions offered during spring break:
Monday, March 2
Tuesday, March 3

In French: 10am - 12pm, in English: 1 - 3 pm

Looking for something to do with the kids during spring break? This workshop is designed for families. Come and learn about some of our winter birds, build a feeder and have the opportunity to have chickadees feed right out of your hand! We will begin the workshop with a presentation in the Conservation Centre, followed by a bird feeder craft activity and finally a short walk down to Blossom Corner to hang up our feeders and look for birds.

Public: 3 to 10 year old children

All children must be accompanied by an adult. The craft activity may involve the use of peanut butter, so please alert staff BEFORE the event of any peanut allergies!

Member Adult: $5 / Child: free
Non-Member Adult: $7 / Child: $3

Wear: layered winter clothing

Space is limited so get the family signed up today.

Let’s make this a joyful treat for our lovely feathered friends!


Sugaring off
Saturday, March 14 and 21, 12 noon – 3:30pm

Celebrate the return of springtime in our sugar maple grove, one of the few remaining on the Island of Montreal. Enjoy a wagon ride to our sugar house and learn how syrup is made in the traditional way: on a wood fire, from sap collected in buckets. German sausages, hotdogs, drinks and, of course, taffy on snow will be sold at a nominal charge. Freshly made maple syrup will also be sold onsite! This is, for the most part, an outdoor event. We don’t take reservations. First come, first served.

Free for members, regular entrance fees apply to non-members:
Child $3, Adult $6, Senior & Student $4, Family $15


How to be a (better) birder

The Morgan Arboretum is offering two separate workshops aimed at helping you to become a better birder or to get started in this wonderful hobby. You can attend one of these outings, or both.

The instructors are Dr. Richard Gregson of Bird Protection Quebec and Arboretum Naturalist Chris Cloutier.

Birding Basics
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 9 am – 12 pm

Have you always wanted to know more about birds and be able to identify them but don’t know where to start? Spend a morning or two learning on the best of all pastimes.

Birding has gained momentum in recent years with people of all ages getting involved. However, identifying and observing our feathered friends can be quite challenging and even frustrating at first, but, once you get the hang of it, birding is a very rewarding, relaxing and challenging pastime that keeps you coming back for more.

Topics that will be covered include:

- What is a bird? Why birds matter?
- Identification and field marks
- Habitat and song
- Tools of the trade (optics, field guides, cameras)
- Citizen science/conservation
- Life lists and internet resources
- Bird photography
- Birding clubs and associations

The majority of this workshop will be held indoors. All experience levels welcome.

This Just In... Spring Migration Walk
Sunday, May 17, 2015, 8 am - 12 pm

The best way to become familiar with birds is to head out and observe them.

Come and search far and wide for as many spring migrants as possible. Learn about their natural history and discover the diversity of bird life here at the Morgan Arboretum. Bring your binoculars, water bottles and field guides. (Note: this workshop involves a walk of nearly 5 km).


Member          One workshop            Both

Adult                $15                               $25

Child                $10                               $15


Adult                $20                              $35

Child                $15                               $25

Space is limited, don’t wait to register.


Nocturnal Rummage
This activity is offered as part of the second edition of Quebec’s Nature Days, an event that promotes nature interpretation.
Friday, May 22, 2015, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Ever wonder what goes bump in the night? Join our resident naturalists Chris Cloutier and Scott Pemberton as we explore the Arboretum after dark. Come and discover the secret life of those nocturnal creatures which we seldom see.

Language: English and French

Bring your flashlights and headlamps on this 3 km walk.

Free entrance, donations are welcome.


Nature Workshop Information

Registration: Most activities require advanced registration unless otherwise noted. To make a reservation, please contact the main office by calling 514-398-7811. Payments can be made by cash or cheque at the gatehouse before the start of the event. Receipts can also be issued. We recommend that you purchase tickets ahead of time at the main office since many of the activities fill up quickly.

Cancellations: If the minimum number of participants has not been reached by the registration deadline, the event may be cancelled. Cancellations will be made at least 24 hours before the start time of the event and all of those registered will be informed by telephone. If we cancel an event, anyone who has already paid a fee will be given a refund.

When you arrive, please check in at the Gatehouse for more information on parking and starting locations.

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On Monday, August 12, at 8 pm, join the members of theAstronomical Society for a public lecture by Andrew Fazekas. Following the presentation, telescopes, including the Bellevue Observatory, will be available for the public to enjoy the evening's sky (weather permitting).

Bring something to sit upon, (chair, blanket, cushion…), mosquito repellant and binoculars if you have a set, to enjoy the celestial fireworks.

For up-to-date info, please consult
Entrance is free. No reservation required. Meet at the Conservation Centre of the Morgan Arboretum.
Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 21:16