Save The Salamanders
Learn about the amazing world of salamanders! Join the Matt Ellerbeck (aka The Salamander Man) for an insightful talk on nature’s tailed amphibians. Receive information on the conservation of these rarely seen animals. This workshop will feature live salamander species, both local and exotic. Come out and see these colorful and charming salamanders up close!
Wed. May 24 @ 11am, Thurs. May 25 @ 9am & 11am
In addition to their beauty, pollinators provide an important link in our environment by moving pollen between flowers and ensuring the growth of seeds and fruits. Marie loves to teach people about honeybees and native pollinators, and their gigantic contribution to feeding us! We hope that with more information, participants will lose some of the fears associated with insects. In this workshop, groups will explore the roles of pollinators, and take action! Bringing in simple materials, Marie will assemble a ‘bee condo’ with the group that can later be installed in a garden to help encourage habitat for native bees.
Wed. May 24 @ 12:30pm, Thurs. May 25 @ 1pm
Composer/musician/artist/educator Jesse Stewart will lead groups on a series of soundwalks throughout the Wintergreen Studios grounds, encouraging participants to listen as closely as possible to the soundscape, the immersive sonic environment that surrounds us. Together, we will listen to—and reflect on—the “geophony” (earth sounds), the “biophony” (animal sounds), and the “anthrophony” (people sounds). Each soundwalk will culminate in a soundscape-inspired interactive musical workshop that will take place inside a geodesic dome.
Wed. May 24 @ 12:30pm, Thurs. May 25 @ 12:30pm, Fri. May 26 @ 10:30am & 12:30pm, Sat. May 27 @ 2pm, Sun. May 28 @ 8am
Japanese Viewing Party
Monica Capovilla and/or Rena Upitis
A Viewing Party is an activity designed by a group called The Institute for Earth Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people of all ages live more harmoniously and joyously with the natural world.
Borrowing from a Japanese tradition in which a person might invite guests for a special “viewing” of a single flower reaching the peak of its bloom, The Institute for Earth Education classifies Viewing Parties as “solitude-enhancing” activities, whose criteria include the following: focus on being alone, in direct contact with the elements of life (light, air, water, and soil); include specific things to do but gradually wean you away from a regular need for such tools; emphasize both relating to the natural world and relating the natural world to yourself; utilize and strengthen such nonverbal skills as watching, waiting, receiving; and involve you in a personal realization and appreciation of the flow of life.
Wed. May 24 @ 7:30pm, Sat. May 27 @ 7:30pm
In this session, Marie will guide the groups to think critically about industrial and convenience foods while touring the woods with foraging in mind. Through hands-on discovery, participants will learn about incorporating wild foods into their lifestyles, identification of key spring plants, availability of wild edible foods, and mindful harvesting. In a bountiful season, there may be snacking as part of this workshop. There is food everywhere!
Wed. May 24 @ 12:30pm, Thurs. May 25 @ 12:30pm
Slime Moulds: Half “Animal”, Half “Plant” … totally cool
Myxomyetes, or slime moulds, are some of the most intriguing organisms on the planet. Come to this evening talk to find out why. After the talk, you will have an opportunity for a close-up look at some specimens.
Thurs. May 25 @ 6:30pm
Music Jam Session
Get up close and personal with Jesse Stewart – composer, musician, artist, educator.
Thurs. May 25 @ 8:30pm
Birding for Beginners
Learn the basics of birding by sight (bring binoculars is you have them) and sound (many birds are heard rather than seen). We will also discuss some interesting bird behaviours.
Wildflowers: Identification, Ecology & Natural History
Learn to identify a variety of early spring wildflowers. We will also discuss the interesting lives that many of these plants lead.
Wildflower Names & Meanings
Discover how the Dandelion, Stinking Benjamin and many other plants got their names. The stories are sure to intrigue you.
If weather conditions are favourable (above 12C, not too windy, no rain), we will set up lights to attract moths to sheets. If we do, the event will be preceded by an indoor intro talk and Q & A. (Bring insect repellent for outdoor portion).
Trees: Nature’s Silent Sentinels
Trees play many fundamental roles in the ecosystem. Find out why they are so important and also learn to identify a variety of species. We will also explore the crucial relationships that trees have with fungi.
Dragonflies & Damselflies: Aerial Acrobats & Hunters
Using a net, the leader will catch and identify some of the early-season species that will hopefully be flying (and release them afterwards). We will also discuss some of the interesting features and lifestyles of these creatures.