Delta Home Learners

Your Volunteer Club Leader: Michal Sirton 
Presently seeking additional volunteer co-leader. Click here for more information.
Meet your volunteer leader! Michal is a mother of 2 girls. She fell in
love with the sea the first time she went snorkeling and with the rest of the
outdoors when she discovered hiking. She’s been sharing her passion with her
kids since they were tiny. Her eldest was fortunate to be a member of a very
active Young Naturalists Club (now NatureKids) when she was younger. Now the younger one wants
the same chance, so Michal has started up a group for the her and the rest
of the home learners in Delta who want to get connected to nature and have fun times
together.

Upcoming Explorer Days

Please RSVP to attend

Mar 9, 2017
Draw a Bird

Time: 10-11:30
Mentor: Kathleen Fry, Sanctuary Manager 
Location: Reifel Bird Sanctuary, 5191 Robertson Rd, Delta
RSVP by: Mar 5, 2017

We are going to learn how to draw a bird from Kathleen, an artist/biologist who really knows the birds at the sanctuary. We’ll be working both in the on-site museum and outdoors. Parents can participate too. All materials will be provided. Cost: Free to those with Reifel membership, otherwise $2.50/adult and $1.50/child.

We need 15 kids minimum to make this happen and there is a maximum group size of 30 (including the adults) so be sure to RSVP on time if you want to go. Kathleen suggests that any younger siblings coming along will have more fun exploring the sanctuary, so if you have younger kids with you, you might want to plan on spending some time visiting the ducks while the bigger kids are working in the museum. Bags of bird seed are sold on site for $1 each.

Thursday April 20, 2017
Broom Again
Location:
Boundary Bay Regional Park, 12th Avenue Entrance (by Beach Grove Rd)

RSVP by Apr 18
Mentor: Justine Nelson of the Boundary Bay Park Association

We are doing it again for everyone who didn’t make it to the previous broom pulls and everyone who just wants to use those clippers and saws again. We are partnering with the regional parks and Boundary Bay Park Association to cut down a new patch of invasive scotch broom at Boundary Bay Park. This time we’ll meet at the other park entrance. Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. (And maybe a change of clothes if it is wet/cold). The parks will provide gloves, safety glasses, healthy snacks and tools/training.

Monday May 29, 2017
Earthwise Tour: Kingdom search and microscopic world
Location:
Earthwise Garden, 6400 3rd Avenue, Tsawwassen

10-11:15am
Cost: $3/child
RSVP by May 26

We will tour Earthwise gardens looking for all 5 kingdoms on the way. Then we will do the microscopic world workshop where we’ll discover the microorganisms working to decompose waste.

Past Explorer Days

Feb 16, 2017
Broom Pull #2

Time: 10am – noon
Location: Cammidge House at Boundary Bay Regional Park
Mentor: Sam Cousins
RSVP by: Feb 15

We had so much fun in November that we are again partnering with the regional parks to pull up a patch of invasive scotch broom at Boundary Bay Park. We are returning to finish up the site we started last time and we will take out some invasive blackberries this time too. Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. (And maybe a change of clothes if it is wet/cold). The parks will provide gloves, safety glasses, healthy snacks (apples and bananas) and tools/training.



Milk Jug Gardening
Jan 19, 2017

Time: 10am – noon
Location: Cammidge House (near Centennial Beach)
RSVP by: Jan 18, 2017

Master Gardener Kristin Crouch will be showing us how to grow seeds in winter using milk jugs. Bring a clean 4L milk jug if you can, and we’ll have extras if you need any. All other tools and materials will be supplied.



Broom Pull!
Date: Thursday, Nov 17, 2016
Time: 10 am – noon
Location: Cammidge House at Boundary Bay Park (the heritage house on the road into Centennial Beach)
Mentor: Sam Cousins

We are partnering with the regional parks to pull up some of the invasive scotch broom at Boundary Bay Park. Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. (And maybe a change of clothes if it is wet/cold). The parks will provide gloves, safety glasses, light snacks and tools/training.



Bird Nest Boxes

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Meet at the 12th Avenue entrance to Boundary Bay Regional Park (the entrance at the corner of 12 Ave and Beach Grove Rd) .

We’ll be joining the Delta Naturalists to check and clean the Bird Nest Boxes in Boundary Bay Regional Park, and perhaps Earthwise too. Wear boots.



Birding & Solstice Cookout
Date: Sunday October 2, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm (birding begins at 4 pm)
Location: Centennial Beach, Tsawwassen (meet at the playground)

The Vancouver NatureKids club has planned a fun outing at Centennial Beach and invited us along. Come anytime between 3:00 to 4:00 pm to enjoy the amazing playground and beach area. From 4:00-5:00 pm Tom Bears of the Delta Naturalist Club will lead us to explore some of the resident birds and perhaps lead a scavenger hunt!

Around 5 pm we will be asking interested and intrepid parents to help us chop some wood for the fire and to have a lovely campfire on the beach. The Vancouver Club will supply hot dogs (beef and vegetarian), buns, condiments, hot chocolate, and of course marshmallows. If you would like to bring a potluck side, that would be welcome but definitely not required. If anyone happens to have an ax or a roasting stick, please bring them along!


Eat Your Weeds
Event Date: Sept 19, 2016
Location: Delta Community Farm (shares a parking lot with Earthwise Garden and Farm), 6400 3 Ave, Delta
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Mentors: Yasmin Sirton and John Woolliams
RSVP date: Sept 18, 2016

We are going to learn about edible weeds. We will search the Delta Community Farm and maybe Earthwise for some delicious weeds and learn about how to use them. Then we’ll make a weed and veggie salad and tea, so bring along plates or bowls, forks and mugs.


June 6, 2016
Earth Art
RSVP date: June 3


In this two hour workshop, we will learn about how artists are pushing the boundaries of how art can be made by creating art in nature (also known as “Earthworks”). We will learn about how artists like Andy Goldsworthy collaborate with nature to create fascinating and beautiful sculptures using only the materials that they find at a specific natural location. Andrew will begin the workshop with a short artist talk and presentation on Andy Goldsworthy and then will support the students individually with all aspects of the creation of their sculptures. 


May 7th, 2016
Campbell Regional Park in Langley

Nature Mentor, Al Grass will be leading a program on birds (as part of Bird Week). And if you can spare 5-15 minutes, you are also invited to the NatureKids AGM, which will be held at the same place.

May 12, 2016

Salmon Hatchery Tour and Hike
RSVP date: May 4
Location: Little Campbell Hatchery (www.sfgc.ca)
1284 184 Street, Surrey

Time: 10 am – 11:45 (meet at 9:50)
Nature Mentor: Bob Donnelly, President of the Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club

We’ll park in the lot above the hatchery building and meet at the hatchery at 9:50 so everyone has time to sign in before the tour starts. We will be visiting the salmon hatchery and walking the nature trails along the Little Campbell River. There is the option to stay after the tour for a picnic in the gazebo.



April 21st, 2016
Hedgerows Help
Time: 10 am – 11:30 am
RSVP by April 19
Location: 
Westham Island Herb Farm, 4960 Kirkland Road, on Westham Island

A Nature Mentor naturalist from the Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust will take us on a hedgerow visit so we can learn about how farmers use hedgerows to provide habitat for our native animals.


March 10th, 2016

Feed the Birds!
10 am -11:30 am
Meet at Cammidge House near Centennial Beach
RSVP (with link sent by email)
Nature Mentor Karen Devitt of Bird Studies Canada will give us a workshop on building and caring for bird feeders. We will build feeders from recycled materials, learn what to put in them, where to put them, and learn about some of the birds that might visit them. Karen will also talk about how you can become citizen scientists through Project Feeder Watch.



February 18th, 2016
Pond Peering
10-11:30
Meet at Cammidge House near Centennial Beach
RSVP
 (with link sent by email)
Naturalists from the Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society will help us explore tiny life in ponds. They will give us a presentation on the macroinvertebrates in pond water. Then we will use magnifying glasses and petrie dishes to study the macro-organisms in pond water. If the weather is good, we’ll go on an excursion to a nearby pond




Thursday January 21st, 2016
Biology at the Beach


10 am – noon (see details below)
Boundary Bay.
  Meet at Cammidge House near Centennial Beach

Join Nature Mentor biologist Pamela Zevit with the South Coast Conservation Program for a share and tell about local endangered species and their ways in the Tsawwassen area.
10 am – 11 am: Share and tell presentation on some familiar and not so familiar local creatures through story reading and learning about local First Nations histories.
11 am-12 pm: Walkabout on Boundary Bay and some fun activities.
Dress for the weather and the outdoors. RSVP by Jan 19, 2016 using email link sent.


Thursday Nov 19th
Shorebirds!
10-11:30 am
Please RSVP (using email link sent)
Meet at Cammidge House near Centennial Beach and go for a walk to learn about the shorebirds at the Boundary Bay Regional Park with members of the Delta Naturalists as our Nature Mentors.  


Friday October 23, 2015 
Bird Banding

Iona Island Bird Observatory, Richmond
9 am-10/10:30 am 
(The tour is 1 to 1.5 hours long)
Meet at 8:45 am at the parking lot of Iona Beach Regional Park in Richmond (near the washrooms). 

Nature Mentors at WildResearch will be giving us a tour of the Iona Island Bird Observatory. We’ll learn about bird banding and see how it’s done. 



Come Meet the Owls!
Thursday October 1st, 2015
10-11:30 am; please arrive at 9:45

Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (OWL), 3800 72 St, Delta 

Directions: From Ladner Trunk Rd go south on 72nd St and look for signs to OWL just past the Boundary Bay airport.

Come meet the owls. Learn about their biology, the dangers they face and what you can do to help wildlife. Tour the outdoor exhibits and learn about the many birds of prey onsite.
Please note: there will be a cost of $5 per child; OWL requests ages 6+ years. 


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