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February 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Celebrate World Wetlands Day at Rithet’s Bog!
We will celebrate World Wetlands Day on February 2nd by visiting the last remaining peat bog on the Saanich Peninsula: Rithet’s Bog. Come join NatureKids for a scavenger hunt and a guided walk around Rithet’s Bog led by our Nature Mentor, Russ Pym, of the Rithet’s Bog Conservation Society. We will learn about the great work that is being done to protect and restore this important wetland.
Location: Rithet’s Bog. Meet at the corner of Chatterton Way and Dalewood Lane in front of the information kiosk. There is parking along Dalewood.
OTHER LOGISTICS: Dress for the weather, rain or shine. Note there are no washroom facilities along the trail. The loop trail around the bog that we will be following is 2.8 km (about a 2 hour walk).
Why are wetlands and bogs important?
Wetlands play a critical role in flood control, maintaining water quality and providing habitat for diverse animal and plant life. Peatlands (bogs) in particular, are also important carbon sinks. Carbon sinks are natural systems that absorb and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and use it in the process of photosynthesis. When plants die, some of this carbon is transferred to soil through decomposition. Peatlands store twice as much carbon as the entire world’s forest biomass (wetlands.org).
By conserving and restoring high carbon wetlands we can reduce carbon emissions and increase our capacity to adapt to climate change, while improving biodiversity, water security and human well-being (wetlands.org).
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.