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November 8, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PST

Tsolum River at the Exhibition Grounds with Tsolum River Restoration Society

Our next Explorer Day is this Sunday at the Tsolum River behind the Courtenay Exhibition Grounds. We are lucky to have Caroline Helm from the Tsolum River Restoration Society (TRRS) as our guest leader, and Caroline is going to help us check out some minnow traps, and do some invertebrate investigations to get clues about the river’s health. We’ve got plans to include a scavenger hunt and make some nature art as well, and Caroline can let us know how the salmon are doing in the Tsolum River, and share some information about the work of the TRRS in the valley.
Covid Considerations:
NatureKids BC has updated all its protocols to be in compliance with provincial health recommendations. Please do not attend if any family members are experiencing covid-related symptoms, and check email prior to attending the event to ensure there are no last minute cancellations due to leaders’ illness. This outing will be arranged so families can stay in their own groupings, and we ask guardians to help us maintain social distancing between the family groups. Please bring masks to this event, as there will be times when there may be a tendency to crowd up a little as we are looking at specimens. 
If you would like to attend this Explorer Day, please RSVP by email by Friday the 6th, as we need to have a sense of numbers for our programming and we also have a group size limit on account of Covid. We will have a maximum of 6 family groups and a total maximum of 20 people, including leaders. It will be “first come first served”, and I will confirm your attendance by email. In your RSVP, please indicate the number and age of participants in your family group. I will keep a waitlist if we get more than 6 families, so please let me know if you end up being unable to attend.
Where to meet:
We will meet at the parking lot behind the curling rink located at 4835 Headquarters Road (across from Vanier Secondary School).
What to Bring:
As always, please come dressed to spend approximately 2 hours outside. We will be spending time down by the river, so it is a good idea to wear boots. You may want to bring a snack/drink, but we won’t be taking a formal break for snack this time. Please leave dogs at home, and help us remind the kids to “leave nature in nature”.
Weather etc. 
We typically head out rain or shine, but I will cancel the outing if winds look too high to be safe in the forest. If the weather looks “iffy” on Sunday morning, I’ll send out an email by 10am confirming whether or not we are going ahead.


November 8, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm PST

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.