Winter may be a quiet season at Richmond Nature Park but that is about to change with the launch our spring programming. Check out these upcoming programs and events:
Exotic Reptile Show Saturday and Sunday, March 20/21. 11am – 4 pm.
This show of exotic reptiles is presented by the West Coast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles. You’ll see a variety of snakes, reptiles and geckoes while talking to their owners and learning about the animals and the challenges they face around the world. Admission is by donation. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Spring Break Programs for Children Daily March 22-26.
There is a full week of programs for children during spring break.
Check these out:
Insect Investigations on March 22, 9:30 - noon, 6-8 years, $15
Snakes and Frogs on March 23, 9:30 – noon, 6-8 yrs, $15
Mammal Mysteries on March 24, 9:30 – noon, 6-8 yrs, $15
Forensic Nature Science on March 25, 9:30 – noon, 9-12 yrs, $15
From 1:30 – 3:30 each afternoon from March 22 to 26 there will a different version of Sticky Smelly Science. The cost is $15/session. March 23 and 24 is for age 6-9 years. March 22, 24 and 26 is for 9-12 year olds.
Space is limited so pre-registration is required for these programs. Call 604.276-4300 to register by phone or go on line at www.richmond.ca/register.
We’ll be doing some spring-cleaning in the Nature House at the end of March so the building will be closed from March 29 – April 1. The park, the picnic shelter and the outside washrooms will remain open. The Nature House will reopen on Friday April 2. Would you mind wiping your feet before coming inside? The floors will be freshly refinished and will look lovely.
April 13 is the first day of school programs in the park. Our educational programs have been on hiatus since December so we’re glad to welcome them back to the park.
Another sign of spring is the Richmond Nature Park Society’s Annual General Meeting. The meeting will take place in the Nature House on the evening of Wednesday April 21. Please plan to attend if you’re interested in the Nature Park or would like to get involved with the RNPS.
We’re doing our annual hummingbird watch. Rufous Hummingbirds love the environment of the Richmond Nature Park and return by mid-March every year. I got a bit excited when I saw a hummingbird on Feb 10, and then again on Feb. 11. I thought we might be seeing an extraordinary early return but, as we haven’t seen any hummingbirds since then, my sighting might have been one of the handful of hummers that overwinters in the lower mainland. In case, we’ve got the feeder up behind the Nature House and are ready to welcome these tiny dynamos back for the nesting season. On Saturday, April 17, 11am- 3pm, we’ll be doing our official Hummingbird Homecoming – you’re invited to come along and meet the biggest little bird in town.
Posted by Kristine Bauder
Nature Park Coordinator