Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital would like to invite you to our 3rd Annual Wildlife Education Day.
The Wildlife Education Day, held at Meadowlark Acres Nature and Education Center (MLANEC), will take place on Saturday September 28th, from 12pm to 5pm. We have a great day planned with an educational program, guided nature walks, ranger station, arts and crafts, and a gift shop packed full of wildlife related items. There are walking trail maps available if you prefer to walk alone, lawn games and scavenger hunts for children young and old! There will be lots to do so we suggest you bring a picnic and spend the day!
We have an excellent guest presenter, Marty Thompson (founder and executive director of Wanakia Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center) who will introduce you to her educational animals and teach you about their natural history, or you may like to enjoy a nature walk with one of our experienced birders and learn about the birds we commonly spot at MLANEC. This year we will also offer Storytime with Robbie the Screech Owl - Aimee Sosenko our Supervising Intern will entertain children with a wildlife story while educating them about Screech Owls - this program is suited for ages 10 and under.
The Nature Center entrance fee of $5/person provides access to the following activities:
Scavenger hunts, coloring and drawing activities, self-guided walking trails, gift shop, Ranger Station, playground equipment, lawngames and parking.
Registration and additional fees are required for education programs, guided walks and arts & crafts.
To register, simply click on the link below. Fill in your details and select the activitie(s) in which you would like to participate. Please ensure you arrive at least 5 minutes before the start time of the walk or talk you register for.
Places are limited so register soon to avoid disappointment!
"Supporting Wildlife Rehabilitation Through Education" (All proceeds go to Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital)
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
We hope you will join us to enjoy our indoor activities which include the Rangers Station, Wildlife Education Program, Arts & Crafts, Gift shop and many of the games (which will be under cover of tents).
Guided walks - if the guide decides to cancel the walk due to inclement weather, walk registrants will be given a certificate which can be used to pay for a guided walk at the next MLANEC event.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE
When you arrive at MLANEC, you will be greeted by our volunteers at the admission gate. Give the volunteer your name and the names of your registered guests and they will give you tickets to each of the activities you have registered for before directing you to the parking area.
WILDLIFE EDUCATION PROGRAM
Please arrive at MLANEC at least 15 minutes before the start of your program to allow for parking etc. Programs are held in Mary Elizabeth's Learning Lodge and we ask that guests be seated no later than 5 minutes prior to the program to ensure programs can start on time. Late guests will not be allowed to enter the Learning Lodge.
If you have young children we suggest you sit at the rear of the Learning Lodge to allow you easy access to the doors should your child become unsettled during the presentation. We also ask that if you have to leave during a presntation you do not re-enter the Learning Lodge. Thank you for your understanding.
GUIDED NATURE WALKS
The walks are guided by experienced birders who volunteer their time. The guided walks leave from outside the Ranger Station. Please be ready to leave by 5 minutes to the start time. The walking trails are maintained regularly, however some areas can be muddy or slippy due to rain so please wear appropriate footwear. We suggest you bring binoculars as the nature walsk are predominantly bird based.
SELF-GUIDED WALKING TRAILS
Collect your copy of the walking trail map from the Ranger Station and enjoy exploring the trails while spotting wildlife. The walking trails are maintained regularly, however some areas can be muddy or slippy due to rain, so please wear appropriate footwear and always let someone know where you are going before heading out on a walk.
A great space for children and adults to learn about wildlife with a range of reference books and a touch table filled with wildlife artifacts. We have great scavenger hunts and an area where kids can enjoy coloring and drawing while their parents browse the gift shop!
We have a stocked gift shop with lots of wildlife-related items. Staff and volunteer favourites include our selection of Folkmanis puppets, t-shirts and Robin Raab stoneware. With items to suit every budget we hope you will stop in and take a look around!
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Sign up for one of these sessions and express your inner artist with one our wildlife craft projects
We only stock soda and water in our gift shop so please bring any other refreshments with you. Feel free to bring a picnic - we have many picnic tables dispersed throughout the property.
When you arrive, the gate attendent will direct you to the parking area
DO I HAVE TO REGISTER?
We strongly reccommend that guests register before the event. If we have tickets left, we will sell them on the day, at the gate, however, we cannot guarantee that there will be tickets available for sale on the day of the event.