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Winter Orienteering

Sunday, March 1, 2015

John Charlow and the Ramblers Orienteering Club will be holding their annual ski and snowshoe orienteering challenge. Come and find your way through the forest using map and compass. This is a great activity to do with kids. Registration will take place at the Conservation Centre from 10 am to 12 pm.

 



Introduction to Star Gazing

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 7pm - 9pm

Interested in the night sky? Curious about our universe? Want to learn more about astronomy?

Join the members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Montreal Centre as they offer a free public lecture titled “Introduction to Astronomy”. Weather permitting, the Bellevue Observatory will be open for a tour and sightseeing.

Free admission. Donations are welcome.

Meet at the Conservation Centre.

 


 

In touch with nature:

A bilingual workshop to teach kids about bird feeding

During spring break: Thursday, March 5, 2015, 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!

Cost:
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, 2015, 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. This is, for the most part, an outdoor event. We don’t take reservations. First come, first served.

Cost:
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).

Cost:

Member          One workshop            Both

Adult                $15                               $25

Child                $10                               $15

Non-member             

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 http://www.rascmontreal.org/
Entrance is free. No reservation required. Meet at the Conservation Centre of the Morgan Arboretum.
Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 22:11