On Saturday afternoon, August 17, from 2 to 4pm, people of all ages are welcome to attend the second annual “Nature Day in Cadzow Park” to experience a variety of nature-based activities. Visitors will be invited to help build a fairy village on the front lawn of the St. Marys Museum, or to go inside to make wild creatures out of park pinecones with Jensen Dundas. In the park Patsy Day and friends will teach us how to make 3-D nature postcards and medicine wheel medallions. St. Marys forester, Dave Pullen, will lead tree tours and answer your questions about Cadzow trees. Local artist Janet Panuska will encourage nature observers to draw a tree, flower, leaf, or other piece of nature with art supplies provided.
The guest naturalist for this special outdoor afternoon will be Monarch expert Barb Hacking from Stratford. After raising Monarchs in her classroom for 30 years, Barb became concerned when Monarch populations dropped a few years ago. She has visited the Monarch wintering grounds in Mexico and has written a book, When a Butterfly Speaks. Barb will bring her knowledge and enthusiasm, butterfly wings for trying on and having a photo taken, and maybe even real butterflies to release.
Also included in Nature Day: enter a draw to win a family pass to Wildwood, the quarry, or to McCully’s Farm fall festival; go on a nature scavenger hunt; and lie on a blanket near the museum to rest, feel the earth and see the sky.
Bring your curiosity and questions to Nature Day on Saturday afternoon.
No rain date, but museum will be open. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Nancy at 519-284-2698.