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ACTIVITIES

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HIKES

Cell One Walk - register here

Monarch caterpillarArrive early to meet your guide at the Cell One junction where you will explore the wetland trail looking for monarchs, sulphurs, whites and others.  This walk will also showcase the significance of wetlands and feature birds and mammals that depend on this unique habitat.

* Participants must arrive early in order to make their way to the Cell One junction (approximately 20 minutes from the entrance).

* Photography enthusiast welcomed.

Family Nature Walk - register here

Orange Sulphur by A. GrayExplore the diversity of wildlife that thrives at TTP. The knowledgeable guide will point out butterflies, birds and plants as you walk along the nature trail and offer tips on nature viewing.

* There are opportunities to leave the walk early if necessary.

Butterfly Walk - register here

Take a walk with local butterfly experts through the meadow habitat at TTP. Learn about the different species of butterflies, caterpillars and larvae you see along the way. Walks will depart from the front entrance and will follow the nature trail through the Baselands.

* There are opportunities to leave the walk early if necessary. 

 TTP Nature Bike Tours- register here

Bring your bike and join local experts for a bike tour of Tommy Thompson Park! Explore the park's various habitats, while experts highlight various bird, butterfly, flower and tree species that inhabit TTP.

*Participants must bring their own bike and safety equipment
*Participants should bring cameras and plenty of water
*Dress appropriately for the bike tour and weather
*This tour may not be suitable for young children or beginner bikers. Please consider the distance and the pace before registering children under the age of 12.

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WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS

Butterflies Near and Far Presentation - register here 

Butterflies around the world include about 17,500 species! Learn about our own beloved Monarch and their fascinating life cycle from egg to adult, and also about butterflies abroad! Costa Rican species have their own stories to tell - come hear about what makes them unique! 

 

 

Macro Photography: Getting Close to Nature Workshop - register here

Maxwell's Nature Photography

Professional photographer Max Skwarna will provide an introduction presentation to close-up and macro photography of flowers, insects and other small subjects. The interactive workshop involves an indoor presentation geared towards photographers with basic photographic knowledge. Techniques to create stunning close-ups and macro photography will be discovered throughout this workshop. An outdoor session will follow to practice the techniques you have learned in the beautiful setting of Tommy Thompson Park.

*Please wear appropriate clothing as outdoor session could be held in long grass areas (hat, pants, closed toe shoes, etc).

What to Bring:

Maxwell Monarch Photo

 

Visit www.maxskwarna.com to view photos or flashbulb555 on Instagram.                

Flight of the Butterflies Documentary -  register here

Come enjoy the SK Films documentary, Flight of the Butterflies, to view the year-long annual migration cycle of hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies as they travel from Canada to the mountaintops of Mexico!

  • Start Time: 12:15 p.m.
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Meeting Location: Staff Booth
Flight of the Butterflies

Nature Sketching Workshop - register here

Learn how to sketch your favorite element of nature with Katherine Laco. This workshop will demonstrate sketching techniques to capture all aspects of your drawing. Sketch paper and supplies will be provided.

 

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DISPLAYS

Indiana the Red-tailed Hawk from WEEP

The list of displays are from the following organizations :

  • Toronto Field Naturalists
  • Wild Ontario
  • Monarch Teacher's Network
  • LEAF
  • David Suzuki Foundation
  • rare
  • and more!

DEMONSTRATIONS

Live Bird Banding Demonstrations

Visit the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station (TTPBRS) on Peninsula D to see and meet our banding coordinator , Nigel Shaw, and see him in action as he bands migratory birds as part of the migration monitoring program. Learn about migration monitoring, the standard protocols and the importance of the research. Bring your camera as you'll also have the rare opportunity to see migratory birds up close and personal in Nigel's hand! Banding demonstrations are weather dependant.

  • Times: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Peninsula D, at the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Banding Station

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