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Nature Guelph Members’ Family Picnic with Wild Ontario
June 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Nature Guelph Members’ Family Picnic at St. Brigid’s Villa, Ignatius Jesuit Centre of Guelph – with Wild Ontario!
* Please note that this event is for Nature Guelph members and their families. Not a member? Joining is easy! Go to http://www.natureguelph.ca/membership/ to sign up. Memberships purchased now will be at the 2016-2017 rate and will apply to the remainder of this season, as well as to the 2017-2018 season.
* No dogs allowed please, as they would frighten the WIld Ontario raptors
This June, rather than host our monthly speaker series at the Arboretum Centre, we have decided to end our 50th anniversary year with a grand offsite event for our members: a picnic at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre with special guest Wild Ontario. This event will be fun for everyone, so please bring your family!
St. Brigid’s Villa, Ignatius Jesuit Centre – 5420 Highway 6 North, Guelph
The Ignatius Jesuit Centre lands form a 600-acre ecologically significant corridor stretching from the Guelph Lake Conservation Area to the Guelph-Elora Trail. The landscape is comprised of farmland, wetlands, forests, meadows, streams, formal gardens, naturalized landscapes, walking trails and various buildings.
We will meet at St. Brigid’s Villa and use it as our home base. We hope the weather will cooperate so we can picnic outside, however if it doesn’t we can eat in the Villa.
There are many hiking trails that lead from the villa to explore forests, provincially significant wetlands, meadows, streams, and more – even a stone labyrinth!
Information on the trails, including a map, can be found here: https://ignatiusguelph.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/IJC_Trails_5-2016_web.pdf
A map showing the location of St. Brigid’s Villa, as well as a photo of the Villa, can be found in the Discussion section of the Facebook event posting. There is parking beside the Villa.
Please bring your own supper. There is a full kitchen in the Villa if you need water or to heat up your food. *IMPORTANT – Please do not bring bottled water as the Ignatius Centre is a bottled water-free area.
Our special guest – Wild Ontario:
We are very excited to welcome Wild Ontario as our special guest, to meet and learn about some of our native raptors up close!
Wild Ontario is wild about wildlife! The only thing they love more than nature is sharing it with others. Their non-releasable education birds arrive as a result of a negative interaction with humans and act as ambassadors for their species. Their stories spread the word about our impact on wildlife, and how to turn it from negative to positive. Whether it’s the beautiful, yellow eyes of an owl or the bald, wrinkly head of a vulture that captures your imagination, you are sure to have a memorable and unforgettable experience.