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Critter Club: From Insects to Eagles, Discover Stanley Park’s Creatures!

Do you know any children who are captivated by creatures? Engrossed by eagles? Stupefied by snakes? Infatuated by insects?  
Starting January 21st, SPES educators are offering an interactive online club for children who are passionate about animals, want to learn more about them, and want to help protect them.  We will explore wildlife in Stanley Park and around us through art, activities, short presentations, Q&A, and more!  

Critter Club offers young minds a place to grow their curiosity, meet other like-minded children, and have fun!   

Clubbers will meet once a week, over six weeks, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for home-schooled children and 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for those joining us after school. Additionally, clubbers will be offered an optional exciting activity to do on their own over the next week! Activities will be based around sustainable living and learning how to protect our precious wildlife. Participants can bond with each other over what they did in the break-out session the following week.  

Choose from a morning (10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) or after school (3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) session 

Ages: 9-13* 

Platform: Zoom 

Dates: January 21 – February 25, 2021 on Thursdays

Club Themes: 

Week 1 – Radical Raptors

Week 2 – Furry Wetland Friends 

Week 3  – Scaly Snakes and Slimy Salamanders 

Week 4 – Flying Wonders 

Week 5 – Cool Creepy Crawlers 

Week 6 – Marvelous Marine Mammals   

*We welcome youth outside the suggested age range (younger participants should be accompanied by an adult to help with tech support) but programming will be designed for 9–13-year-olds.  

Participants can join for the full six weeks, or individual days. Members receive special pricing – please e-mail to receive the promo code.

Jan 21 Week 1: Radical Raptors  
Explore high flying Stanley Park raptors including Bald Eagles, Barred Owls, and Sharp Shinned Hawks in our introductory week! We’ll look at real taxidermy specimens from the SPES collection to discover how strong these birds’ talons are, why they’re at the top of the food chain, and learn their haunting calls!  

Jan 28 Week 2: Furry Wetland Friends
Do you find the quest for beaver knowledge gnawing at you? Do you know how to tell the difference between river and sea otters?  Look no further! We’ll learn about the busy and playful wetland mammals that reside here in Stanley Park, and find out what life is like inside the beaver lodges on Beaver Lake and Lost Lagoon  

Feb 4 Week 3: Scaley Snakes and Slimy Salamanders 
From skinks to salamanders, discover which scaley and slimy creatures are lurking under logs. Is it garter or gardener snake? Can bullfrogs really eat whole chickens? Are newts poisonous? We’ll metamorphosize our knowledge of these cryptic reptiles and amphibians and learn how invasive species are taking over Beaver Lake!  

Feb 11 Week 4:  Flying Wonders  
Learn the difference between the only true flying mammal and the squirrel who thinks it can fly! Watch our nighttime video from the critter cams that confirmed flying squirrels do live in Stanley Park! Stretch out your wings (or patagium) for this batty program and explore the Park’s nocturnal skies with us! 

Feb 18 Week 5: Cool Creepy Crawlers  
From ants to spiders, we get up close with our 6 or more-legged friends! Why are insects important? Do we have any harmful spiders in Stanley Park? Who makes those funnel webs? Which beetle smells like a Jolly Rancher candy? Crawl on over and find out who’s hiding in Stanley Park and around your home! 

Feb 25 Week 6: Marvelous Marine Mammals 
Join us for a deep-sea dive where we’ll explore the marvelous marine mammals off our coast! Find out which of these intelligent animals live around BC, and along Stanley Park’s beaches, and how they survive in the deep blue ocean.