August fun at the Museum of Nature

Museum of Nature

Photo credit: National Film Board of Canada.

Looking for something to do with your family or visitors this month? Head to the Museum of Nature! Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Long weekend activities, August 5 – 7

Beading workshop

Sunday, August 6 and Monday, August 7

Two one-hour sessions, at 1:15 pm and at 2:30 pm

Learn how to design and make your own pair of earrings! Join Christine Kudluk from the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre as she teaches traditional beading techniques using brick-stitch, wild-fire thread and seed beads. Bilingual. All material is provided.

Make a biodegradable plant pot

Aug. 5 -7, 10 am to 5 pm

Learn about the plants, shrubs and trees of the Museum’s Landscapes of Canada Gardens as you roll your own biodegradable plant pot from newsprint. Take home some complimentary Scotts Miracle-Gro for your own garden. This activity will take place outside in the big tent on the PCL Plaza.

Pollination Challenge (for young children)

Aug. 5 -7, 10 to 5pm

Young visitors become a local pollinator by dressing as a monarch or a bumblebee and fly around the Bird Gallery to find hidden flowers where they collect pollen and nectar stamps on their cards and return to volunteer for a little prize!

Focus on the Arctic – special programming

Throughout the “Arctic season” at the Museum, visitors of all ages can enjoy hands-on science and discover the cultural heritage of Northern peoples through performances, demonstrations and special activities.

Beading workshop

Sunday, August 6 and Monday, August 7

Two one-hour sessions, at 1:15 pm and at 2:30 pm

Learn how to design and make your own pair of earrings! Join local Inuk Christine Kudluk from the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre as she teaches traditional beading techniques using brick-stitch, wild-fire thread and seed beads. Bilingual. All material is provided.

Importance of light in Inuit Culture

Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20 at 2 pm

Join Inuk elder Reepa Eric-Carleton for stories about light in the North.

Make a solar eclipse observation box

Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20 from 10 am to 4 pm

Make and decorate your own eclipse observation box. Hold the box on an angle to the sun so you can watch the sun projected on the inside of the box and not harm your eyes while watching the eclipse on August 21.

Activity Zone

Daily until Sept. 4

Children love the fun activity zone where they can make marine mammals from modelling clay, build an inuksuk, learn about Arctic science in the Explorer’s Tent and crawl inside a ceiling-high, inflated polar bear! 

Canada Goose Arctic Gallery

Discover a land like no other – the Arctic. Learn about its geography, ecosystems and sustainability, as well as the impacts of climate change through authentic specimens and artefacts, stunning multimedia, indigenous perspectives, guided learning, activities, games and more. Take in the multimedia experience Beyond Ice, a collaboration with the National Film Board where stunning images are projected onto real ice. Enjoy Inuinnauyugut: We Are Inuinnait, a temporary exhibition curated by the Kitikmeot Heritage Society, located in the Northern Voices Gallery. Behold the original work created by northern artist Nancy Saunders, brought to life in the gallery’s wing in an experience called Anamorphosis,

Canada C3 Hub, Water Gallery

Follow the 150-day Canada C3 voyage – a Canada 150 signature project – as it cruises along Canada’s coastlines. In our Canada C3 Hub, watch the adventure on a screen as well as a giant floor map. Enjoy several fun, hands-on activities. Hear stories of some of our scientists involved in the voyage. Check out a unique sculpture co-created from ocean debris by B.C. artists Pete Clarkson and Dan Law.

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Awesome 3D movies!

Incredible Predators 3D

The world of major predators and the remarkable strategies that they use to succeed.

Check the above link for schedules and fees.

Earthflight 3D

Fly with the birds in this lovely production narrated by actress Cate Blanchett.

Check the above link for schedules and fees.

NatureTRADE

Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am – 4 pm (and Thursdays 5 pm  8 pm).

Visitors can bring in their personally-collected, natural history items (shells, minerals, rocks and fossils) to trade.

Science in action! specimen preparation on site

Live fossil prep, Saturdays, 1 – 4 pm

See real palaeontology in action on Saturday afternoons as precious dinosaur fossils are extracted from their protective plaster field jackets.

Plant-mounting in the Arctic Voices exhibition, Sundays, 1 – 4 pm

Learn museum plant-mounting techniques on Sunday afternoons as skilled volunteers prepare botanical specimens for National Herbarium of Canada. 

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Canadian Museum of Nature is at 240 McLeod St, Ottawa. Follow the museum on Twitter (@museumofnature) and Instagram (museumofnature), and Like it on Facebook. Visit nature.ca or phone 613-566-4700.

 

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