Prince George NatureKids
be prepared for all weather conditions! Unless otherwise indicated, all
activities will go between an hour and an hour and a half.**
Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids
Sunday Dec.11th, 2016.
9 am sharp – noon with lunch provided
Meet at Exploration Place
We will break into small groups, each group having a experienced ‘birder’ as a guide and will spend from 1-2 hours in various bird rich areas in Prince George. When we meet back at Exploration Place at 12, we will tally our bird counts and this will be followed with hot drinks, pizza and more good times. Nature Mentors will be Cathy Antoniazzi and Michelle Sims (former club leader).
NOTE: dress warmly, bring binoculars if you have them, a snack for the time spent out in the field, and passports. If you have any food concerns, please bring your own.
Sunday September 25th, 7:30pm
Amphibian Road Surveys
Saturday September 10th, 7:30pm
To help protect our amphibian creatures, we will once again be participating in road surveys – led by Mark Thompson – our local amphibian expert. We will meet at the UNBC parking lot C, near the maintenance building. This is a wonderful opportunity for our NatureKids to participate in field work with an objective of saving more amphibians. Refer to sent email for more details
Amphibian Day for people of all ages on Wednesday August 30th at the John Prince Research Forest north of Fort St John. Refer to the PDF sent by email for more details!
MacMillan Creek Fishing Park
Sunday June 5th
Come and learn how Department of Fisheries and Oceans captures and identifies juvenile fish in small streams (McMillian Creek) and larger streams (Nechako River) using nets and traps. We will learn how to capture and identify aquatic invertebrates (bugs that live in the water) using nets, and what insects the fish in streams and lakes/ponds like to eat. We will also capture, and learn about, some of the bugs from McMillian Creek
MOTHER’S DAY BIRDING ADVENTURE
Sunday May 8th
Many species of birds are just waiting to be seen, listened to and identified. Bring your bird cards, binoculars (if you like), your passports and a snack that can be shared at our after birding picnic which will be about 10.30. Oh…and don’t forget your sense of wonder and your enthusiasm !
Cathy Antoniazzi and Michelle Sims will be your Nature Mentor birding guides for this adventure.
Birds, Birds, Birds
Sunday April 17th, 2016
What kinds of birds are in Prince George in the Spring? What kinds of things do we look for when trying to identify a bird? What do they eat? Where do they live the rest of the year? How do you use binoculars to see the birds better? Join us in this entertaining outting and get started on a livelong passion for birding. Victor Bopp will lead us in questions, activities and games which will be followed by a walk through the Hudson Bay wetland path on a hunt for spring birds. We will start at Exploration Place (main room) at 2pm. Bring your passports and warm clothes for the outside portion or our adventure. If you have them, bring binoculars and perhaps a camera. (we have some extra binoculars) Who knows what we will see!
Sunday February 28th
Moore’s Meadows Foothills
Once again we are going to be led on an outing by enthusiastic university students – this time talking about how both humans and the natural world adapt and survive the winter.
Sunday January 24th
Dress warmly as we will be outside between 1 – 1 1/2 hours. We hope you will support the students by coming out and participating in the program they are preparing. Please RSVP by Wednesday evening so that I can tell them approximately how many participants will be attending.
Sunday December 13 – 2 PM at Exploration Place
Bring a glass jar that is big enough to put your hand in.
Sunday November 15 – 1 PM at the Spruce Trailhead by UNBC
This will be an incredible opportunity to learn about how First Nations lived and survived during the winter time.
Sunday October 18th
Sunday September 20th – 2 PM
will be on a photographic mushroom hunt! Please bring your cell phones
or digital cameras (although that is certainly not a requirement) and
we will try and find, talk about, and photograph a variety of mushrooms.
And for those that we can not identify, we will forward to some
experts for help!
Special Amphibian Monitoring Program
a reminder of this special program being offered by Mark Thompson as
part of the provincial Nature Kids amphibian monitoring project.
Sunday June 14th
Vanderhoof Sturgeon Facility
There has been some exciting news this week at the Sturgeon Facilityas the first hatch happened. Although this has resulted in the main hatchery being closed to ensure hatch success, there is still lots to see and do including the seeing and learning about the adult sturgeon in the outside tanks, seeing the boat and learning how the sturgeon are caught and handled, and learning about the only known spawning centre in the centre of Vanderhoof.
We will then go for about an hour and a half walk along a 2.3 km loop trail. Because this area is in an inland rainforest, please come prepared for rain and cool temperatures – regardless of what the weather is in town.
Special Frog Program!Mark Thompson, a local amphibian expert, has found time in his busy calendar to lead a special program for the NatureKids. Eight years ago, Mark led a wonderful program for the club.
Pond Study at Shane Lake in Forests for the World
Terri McClymont of REAPS will be leading our pond study adventure and will be bringing the supplies and materials that will allow us to see what is in the lake.
We will then sign in and hike the ten minutes as a group to the dock site.
A set of binoculars would also be nice to bring in case there are some birds on the lake.
Sunday March 1st, 2015
The Scoop on Poop
This special activity is hands on (don’t worry, not with the real poop!) and is a not only a lot of fun, but everyone will also learn a lot about animal eating habits.Thanks to Exploration Place for providing us with a location for our March Explorer Day.
Sunday January 25th
12:30 to ~ 4:30 / 5 PM
Parkhill Centre at 556 North Nechako Rd
By popular request ~ Trumpeter Swans!
Nature Mentor Sandra Kinsey, a local naturalist who is an excellent birder and tracker. Although one can never guarantee wildlife sightings, if the swans are there, it is a truly marvelous experience. And even if the swans are not there, Sandra will certainly be able to tell us about any tracks that mammals and other birds might have left.