What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Adventure On! Family Nature Day
By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist
Over 300 environmental educators from across Canada are gathering on campus this May long weekend. Acadia is excited to be hosting The Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) conference. EECOM is Canada’s only national, bilingual, and charitable network for environmental learning. They strive to ensure that Canadians are environmentally literate, engaged in stewardship, and working together to contribute to a healthy, sustainable future.
Families are invited to be a part of the conference on Saturday May 20. Join us at The Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens for “Adventure On! Family Nature Day” from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Meet at the main entrance to the Gardens for this free family event. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds. The event will run rain or shine, so dress for outdoor play in all weather.
A for Adventure and Parks Canada will be starting off the day with “Let’s Go Camping! Hands-on learn-to-camp activities”. There will be fun activities and challenges for the whole family from 10:30am to 12noon. Participants will get a taste of camping basics such as what equipment to bring, how to set up a tent, cooking on a fire, how to make the perfect s’mores, and more.
After a picnic lunch on your own, join us for “Wild About Nature! Kid’s music concert with Little Miss Moffat”. The concert takes place from 1:15pm to 2:30pm in the Yurt on the Quiet Lawn. Little Miss Moffat has been crafting and performing award-winning nature-themed music for 15 years. Her quirky and catchy nature tunes about sea cucumbers, bats, owls, beavers, and even pandas, appeal to nature lovers of all ages. If you can’t make it to both activities, join us for just the morning or afternoon. All are welcome, and no registration is required.
For additional information on the conference entitled “See Change: Tides of Environmental Learning”, visit eecom.org/2017-conference. To learn more about the Family Nature Day presenters see: www.aforadventure.ca and www.littlemissmoffatmusic.com.
Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens