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J.C. Taylor Nature Interpretive Centre

July 2017

Arboretum Wednesday Night Walk

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for our weekly summer walk in the Arboretum.  Cost is $2 per person with children under five free.  This week's topic is Leave the Log. Contact arbor@uoguelph.ca.

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Arboretum Wednesday Night Walk

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for our weekly summer walk in the Arboretum.  Cost is $2 per person with children under five free.  This week’s topic is Milkweed… it’s not just for Monarchs. Contact arbor@uoguelph.ca.

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Arboretum Wednesday Night Walk

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for our weekly summer walk in the Arboretum.  Cost is $2 per person with children under five free.  This week’s topic is I’m lichen it. Contact arbor@uoguelph.ca.

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June 2018

Arboretum Wednesday Night Walks – Community and Symbiosis

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Every living thing, both plants and animals alike, belong to a community and are constantly interacting with one another. Some of these interactions are friendly, while some not so much. Let us fill you in on the latest gossip about all the complicated relationships found in nature. $2 per person. Free for children under age 5.

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Arboretum Wednesday Night Walks – Mother Bird Knows Nest

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Once upon a time there were three little birds. One bird made its nest out of sticks, the second made theirs out of moss, and the third made theirs out of its own saliva. Different species have unique ways of constructing their homes for different purposes. Let’s explore the incredible world of nest building and find some of these architects and their designs around the Arboretum! $2 per person. Free for children under age 5.

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Arboretum Wednesday Night Walks – It’s Getting Hot In Here

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Climate change is a hot topic being passed around these days but are we being directly affected even though we’re not in the Arctic or near an ocean? Discover how climate change is affecting plant and wildlife in the Arboretum and find out what you can do to help! $2 per person. Free for children under age 5.  

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January 2020

Arboretum Workshop: Jewellery Making with Natural Materials

Friday, January 31, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this workshop, we will create jewellery pieces with the inspiration of nature. Learn to create something beautiful with treasures you find on the forest floor! All materials and tools will be provided and everyone will leave with at least two pieces. A great family activity! Children age 9 and older are welcome to register with a registered adult. Guest Instructor: Savannah Stuart Registration Fee: $ 25 plus $10 transaction fee (multiple people can register under one transaction fee). Fee…

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Arboretum Workshop: Introduction to Watercolour Painting

Friday, January 31, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn the basics of watercolour painting in this fun and relaxed four-week class. Students will learn a variety of techniques to help them build confidence painting in this amazing medium and develop their own personal style. Students will explore colour theory and focus on creating paintings inspired by the Canadian Landscape. No experience necessary. Required supply list will be given on registration. Guest Instructor: Candice Leyland Registration Early Bird Fee: $100 by Mar. 18. Regular Fee: $115 Note: If we…

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February 2020

Arboretum Workshop: Animal Tracking

Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what made those marks in the snow? In this full-day program we will learn how to track animals. We will study the tracks and signs of Ontario mammals and other types of wildlife. By the end of the day you will learn to identify and interpret animal tracks by looking at foot morphology, track patterns and gait analysis. The workshop will also include an introduction to scat identification. There is an outdoor component that will have…

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Arboretum Workshop: Winter Landscape Watercolour Painting

Saturday, February 8, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Winter landscapes do not have to be bleak and boring. Learn how to paint expressive and vibrant winter landscapes in watercolour with artist Candice Leyland. Explore a variety of ways to paint glistening snow and ice using the Canadian winter landscapes as inspiration. All materials provided. Guest Instructor: Candice Leyland Registration: Early Bird Fee: $60 on or before Jan. 31. Regular Fee: $70 Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled.…

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Arboretum Workshop: Winter Tree Identification

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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No leaves? No problem! In this workshop you will learn about the variety of tree features that are useful for winter identification of deciduous trees. From bark to buds to leaf scars…you will get hands-on experience in reading these winter clues to tree ID. We will focus on native Ontario trees, and we’ll be spending part of the session outdoors, so please dress for the weather! Arboretum Director: Shelley Hunt Registration: Early Bird Fee: $80 on or before Feb. 20.…

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Arboretum Workshop: Winter Tree Identification

Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 9:00 am

No leaves? No problem! In this workshop you will learn about the variety of tree features that are useful for winter identification of deciduous trees. From bark to buds to leaf scars…you will get hands-on experience in reading these winter clues to tree ID. We will focus on native Ontario trees, and we’ll be spending part of the session outdoors, so please dress for the weather! Arboretum Director: Shelley Hunt Registration: Early Bird Fee: $80 on or before Feb. 20.…

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March 2020

Arboretum Workshop: Winter Invertebrates – Cold and Spineless

Thursday, March 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In winter’s frigid grasp, insects, spiders and other invertebrates seem to vanish from the surface of the earth. Knowing what to look for and where to find these hidden creatures make cold-weather expeditions far more enjoyable. During this half-day program, we will search for goldenrod gallfly larvae and caterpillars that hide in burrs, learn how woolly bears forecast the severity of winter’s blast, and discover a great variety of other “bugs” that are surviving their most challenging season. Photographs, hands-on…

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January 2022

Owls: A Who’s Whoo in Ontario

January 21 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Masks, proof of vaccination and screening required to attend this event. Instructor: Chris Earley Discover how to use your eyes and ears to identify Ontario's owls. Through a wide variety of hands-on activities participants will learn about owl plumage, calls and behaviour, habitat requirements, migration patterns and owl folklore. The day will be spent learning in the classroom. Registration also includes an outdoor Owl Prowl on The Arboretum grounds from 6 - 8 p.m. Check out this video of a…

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Owls: A Who’s Whoo in Ontario

January 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Masks, proof of vaccination and screening required to attend this event. Instructor: Chris Earley Discover how to use your eyes and ears to identify Ontario's Owls. Through a wide variety of hands-on activities participants will learn about owl plumage, calls and behaviour, habitat requirements, migration patterns, and owl folklore. The day will be spent learning in the classroom. Registration also includes an outdoor Owl Prowl on The Arboretum grounds from 6 - 8 p.m. Check out this video of a…

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