View a list of upcoming Explorer Days and read our Explorer Day Etiquette below!
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April 29, 2017 @ 2:00 pm PDT
Our next Explorer Day will be on Saturday, April 29th, 2:00-3:30pm at the Rotary Riverside Trail/Ruth Masters Greenway. The theme is “Native Plants and Invasive Plants.” There should be some nice spring flowers in bloom!
Directions: We will be meeting right at the end of Rod and Gun Road near the Puntledge River. Go through downtown Courtenay up 5th Street. Turn right on Menzies Ave, which goes down a big hill and turns into 1st Street. Pass Puntledge Park and Willemar Ave. Turn right on Rod and Gun Rd and follow right to the very end where there is a parking area at the trail head.
What to bring: A snack and water bottle. As always, dress for the weather!
Optional items to bring: A camera is a favourite naturalist tool to take pictures of interesting treasures! If a child finds a special stick, rock or flower, please encourage them to take a photo, and to “leave nature in nature.” If you’d like to bring a bag to remove bits of garbage and “un-natural” objects, you are welcome to do so. We ask that you do not bring bird seed or other items for feeding wildlife as it can be harmful to nature and potentially dangerous for explorers.
Explorer Day Etiquette:
- Be prepared to HAVE FUN!
- Pre-registration with your Club Leader is required for most Explorer Days (Friends are welcome if space permits).
- Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the scheduled start time to ensure enough time for passport stamping and organization. Starting times are firm, and Leaders cannot wait for late-comers!
- Please stay with the Leader and let them know if you are leaving early.
- Children must always be accompanied by an adult guardian, who is responsible for their behaviour. Children consistently disrupting the experience of others may be asked to leave.
- Bring appropriate weather gear, sunscreen, snacks, water, and other useful tools like binoculars, sketch books, cameras, and magnifying glasses.