The oldest municipally operated nature centre in Canada is right here in Edmonton, and they’re celebrating a milestone this weekend.
The John Janzen Nature Centre turns 40, and as Alex Hamilton, the Nature and History Program Manager tells us, that’s a reason to celebrate.
“There’s been a couple of renovations, different exhibits coming and going but most recently we had the Integra Discovery Zone, which was put into the facility. It was completed in 2012. That’s our indoor playground system and everyone seems to really take to that quite nicely.”
The celebration goes Sunday starting at 11:00 and going until 3:00. There will be children’s entertainment, bannock making, interactive exhibits and the Trail Tales reading program.
“One of the things that we’re really striving to do with this event is, just remind people that we’re here. That we are a place where people can come and experience nature, experience the river valley, and they can learn a lot about their own backyard and what’s living in their area.”
Hamilton says this is a great chance for young adults to get together with many of their partner groups.
“Things like the master composter recyclers with the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Native Plant Group, pest management, Front Yards in Bloom. Different ways that people can get engaged with nature in their own community and it doesn’t really rely on them giving a huge amount of their time.”
Regular rates apply.