Once a month, parents and children are invited to the Redpath Museum to take part in its new Wild Family Nature Club, where they can learn about the environment and wildlife through various free activities and games.
A partnership with the Canadian Wildlife Federation, the meetings are an incentive for parents and kids to form their own community nature clubs. After attending a session at the museum, you can register online for free and become a Canadian Wildlife Federation volunteer. They will then send you a manual on how to lead your own club events and activities.
According to Jacqueline Farrell, the Canadian Wildlife Federation urban outreach representative at the museum, the program is “a great way for families to get outside and explore nature together.”
At previous meetings, participants followed nearby trails and found tracks belonging to various animals. The club is geared towards parents with children between 5 and 10. Parents receive a backpack with gear including a tarp, a magnifying glass, a first aid kit, cards and educational games.
Since the program began earlier this year, three different community clubs have been formed and have organized different activities from building snowmen in city parks to skating on Mount Royal.
The next sessions will take place on March 3 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and on March 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in room 106 at the Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke St. W. Every monthly session (two in March because of Spring break) will have a particular theme, with this one celebrating all things related to spring. For more information, visit mcgill.ca/redpath/whatsnew.