MONTRÉAL, Jan. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - The Biosphere, Environment Museum, is
inviting families to participate in fun, educational and free
activities being held over eight weekends, from January 21 to March 11,
2012, and during the spring break, from March 5 to 9. Presented as part
of the Parc Jean-Drapeau winter program, the Biosphere's Wild about
Nature programming offers indoor and outdoor activities, all on nature
"With its Wild about Nature programming, the Biosphere is the perfect place to go to learn more
about the behaviours of urban wildlife in winter and appreciate its
diversity," said the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the
The Wild Side of Winter Outdoor Rally
Equipped with binoculars and accompanied by a naturalist, young
adventurers head out on an adventure to discover animal life in winter.
The first of the three stages in this educational rally involves
finding clues indicating the presence of animals around the Biosphere.
These young people will also learn the various tricks used by
hummingbirds, groundhogs, raccoons, grey squirrels and bullfrogs to
survive the winter. At the end of the expedition, their skills will be
tested in a mini-treasure hunt.
If there is enough snow, the rally can be done on snowshoes (provided by
the Biosphere). Otherwise, it will take place on foot. The French
activity will start at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and the English one at
12:00 and 2:30 p.m.
The short animated features All Nothing and Illusion, directed by Frédéric Back and produced by Radio-Canada, will play on a
loop, along with La colère des bois by Productions du beau joual vert. Young people can enjoy building
inukshuks and being photographed in a kayak, wearing a survival vest,
with images of the Arctic in the background. Visitors can buy warm
drinks and delicious homemade waffles and use a rest area.
At dusk, the Biosphere will be illuminated by multiple colours offering
a pleasant outside view of this iconic building.
During this entire programming period, visitors must still pay admission
to see the museum's exhibition rooms. However, it should be remembered
that visitors age 17 and under can come to the Biosphere for free at
any time (organized groups excepted).
As an environment museum, Environment Canada's Biosphere is mandated to
encourage everyone to take environmental action. In addition to
presenting exhibitions and special events, the Biosphere develops
educational and awareness products for various clienteles across Canada
and is a recognized forum for exchanges on the environment.
SOURCE Environment Canada
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