On a rainy spring weekday, the entire Public Education & Outreach team undertook “The Great Nature House Cleanup”—mounting new walls, painting old ones, dusting off hard-to-reach cobwebs, sweeping the floors and more, all in preparation for the Stanley Park Nature House’s new summer hours!
From July to August, the Nature House will be open Tuesdays-Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Everyone from tourists to school children out for the summer are welcome to come by to interact with our displays, read a book from our library, and ID a species of bird that they spotted with our knowledgeable Nature House Hosts.
Children have an entire section of their own with colouring sheets, craft ideas, magazines, and a puppet stage to get naturally creative. Dogs are welcome, too—we’ll set out a bowl of water as you take a break from your walk!
You can find our new Nature House Educator Adam Smith running the show for the summer. With a background of Environmental Studies and Geography and enough public engagement experience to last a lifetime, he is primed and ready for the many visitors and their ecology questions coming through the Nature House this summer. Ask him about the nest box sitting right outside the door, or where best to find beavers in the Park!
By Dannie Piezas, Environmental Educator