The St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) are kicking off this summer’s 5 part series of Family Environmental Education Workshops with Wild for Wildlife or “Biodiversity is a Blast” on Saturday, May 30th between the hours of noon and 4 pm at Ontario Power Generation’s St. Lawrence River Power Development Visitor Centre in Cornwall.
The entire family is invited outdoors to discover the world of science and nature along the St. Lawrence River in Cornwall at OPG. “Wild for Wildlife” is a local adventure in biodiversity. This fun filled afternoon is action packed and invites the public to join in on several interactive Science and Nature Stations that explore the local plants and animals. Visitors are invited to become real wildlife detectives by helping to build up an inventory of local species through an outdoor scavenger hunt otherwise known as a mini “Bio blitz”.
This event is an opportunity to learn more about those species that live in our own back yard through hands-on activities for all ages. For those with a natural curiosity, the St. Lawrence River watershed provides the outdoor living laboratory that accommodates thousands of different species of plants, fish, mammals, and reptiles. Bats, eels, fish, plants, trees and turtles are subject matter for some lively discussion with River Institute scientists as they undertake their research on and along the upper St. Lawrence River. “The general health of local ecosystems can ultimately be determined by understanding the varieties of plant and animal life that exist in and around the St. Lawrence River,” says Biodiversity Educator Lacey MacDonald. “A healthy biodiversity provides us with the natural amenities that give us our food, drinking water, wood/lumber, medicine and so much more. The more we learn about local biodiversity, the better our chances for protecting our own health and the health of our environment.”
Family workshops are free of charge and are facilitated by research scientists from the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences and their special guests. The OPG Visitor Centre also offers displays and interactive exhibits that illustrate the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project construction story and its effects on the nearby communities. Visitors can also learn and observe how OPG safely generates electricity at its power generating stations located across Ontario. Visit www.opg.com/stlawrencevisitorcentre for details, or call Karen Cooper at 613- 936-6620 (ext. 229) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org at the River Institute.