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  Pond Creature Crawl

  May 17, 2014

 Pond Creature Crawl

DragonflyPonds are crawling with creatures, and this program gives you a chance to see the pond ecosystem up close and hands on. Grab a dip net and start hunting for critters, then view your quarry with microscopes and magnifying lenses. Fun games and activities will show you “who’s eating who” in the pond food web and reveal how wetlands are so important in our lives.

Thacker Marsh is alive with aquatic life, including turtles, frogs, and tons of weird-looking insects.  You’ll learn their strategies for survival and their amazing adaptations for life in the water. When the program is over, we’ll return these animals unharmed back to the pond.

This program is tons of fun for people of all ages!

Event Leaders:

 Kelly Pearce

Kelly is a naturalist and outdoor educator, based in Hope, BC.  Kelly worked for 14 years as a park naturalist at Manning Provincial Park, and has a detailed knowledge of the natural and human history of the Fraser River and North Cascade Mountains.

 Stephanie Hooker

For some people, like Stephanie, the outdoors comes through heredity. Her grandparents were active back-country guides and brought the family up with a strong respect for the environment that has carried through the generations. She enjoys nature and has honed her outdoor skills with six seasons of forest firefighting in BC's remote and wonderful wilderness.


Free!  Voluntary donations to Hope Mountain Centre are gladly accepted, and all ages are welcome.  Please register online so we know how many are coming.


10:00 AM - meet at Thacker Marsh Regional Park.  Click HERE for directions.
12:00 noon - program ends (If you have time, pack a picnic lunch and lounge
           at a beautiful beach within walking distance on the Coquihalla River).

Organizers will provide:

* Instructors
* Dip nets
* Buckets
* Microscopes
* Games and activities for all ages

    What to Bring:

    * Snacks and drinking water
    * Sun protection
    * Warm clothes
    * Gum boots or sandals for wading
    * Camera, binoculars

Be prepared for any weather!


All participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Thacker Marsh Regional Park. You can walk or ride a bike to the park, which is in Hope town boundaries.  Please carpool if possible.


A note about liability:

Hope Mountain Centre carries liability insurance and maintains excellent safety records.  Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these trips do involve some personal risk.  Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property and we will require each participant to sign a liability release and assumption of risk form before participating in this program.

Please be aware that activities typical of this program involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: accidents which occur during transportation or travel to and from events; slips and falls; vehicular impact, water immersion; repetitive strain injuries; dislocated shoulders; sunburn, sunstroke and heatstroke; changing and inclement weather conditions including storms, high wind and lightning; landslides and falling objects; encounters with domestic or wild animals; bites from insects, including ticks with the possibility of leading to disease; poisonous plant contact; choking, food poisoning, cuts, and burns; and negligence on the part of other participants, leaders, staff and volunteers.
While we love dogs, we ask that you please leave Fido at home.

Reserve a spot now by registering through this website, or call us at 604-869-1274 or by email at info@hopemountain.org for more information.

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