It was a busy Saturday afternoon for the Outlook and District Regional Park. They had a traveling museum on display, which was put on by the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife area and Migratory Bird Sanctuary. The museum includes a trailer stocked full of displays.
Cara Drury, Volunteer Board Member for the Outlook and District Regional Park, said the traveling museum is offered by the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife area, "It spreads an opportunity for clubs or parks to have an interpreter come to their area and provide either a conservation or nature themed program with hands on material and demonstrations."
The interpreter, Alex Dunleavy, showed and talked about some of the elements in the museum. Drury said Alex did a great job of involving the kids, "We had a great interpreter, she had a lot of material for the kids to go to." Alex even added some games into the mix, including a predator prey game. "She covered demonstration material that had animal pellets, from minx to coyote to skunks. She had a range of bird eggs there as well so you could see the different sizes and shapes from a hummingbird to a sand hill crane. We also had some live examples of native prairie plants for kids to take a look at, and insect displays."
It wasn't just a learning experience for the kids; they also had cotton candy and face painting available for the afternoon. Overall, Drury said it was a great afternoon for all.
Drury said this was part of the park's initiative to host more events, "The park was looking at different ways to enhance the camping experience in Outlook, as well provide some programs for youth in our local community."
- Families taking in the traveling museum Saturday afternoon. Families taking in the traveling museum Saturday afternoon.
- Animal pellets on display, including pellets from minx, skunks, and coyotes. Animal pellets on display, including pellets from minx, skunks, and coyotes.
- Bird eggs ranging from a sand hill crane to a hummingbird. Bird eggs ranging from a sand hill crane to a hummingbird.
- Butterflies and other insects on display. Butterflies and other insects on display.
- 'Feel free to smell and lightly feel the plants!' 'Feel free to smell and lightly feel the plants!'
The Outlook Regional Park will be hosting a few more events this summer;
- August 2nd - Interpreter from Nature Saskatchewan will be doing a bird walk. They will identify birds by sight and sound.
- August 4th - Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre will be coming out to discuss the conservation of burrowing owls. They will also have a burrowing owl for people to meet and see.
- August 10th - The Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife area and Migratory Bird Sanctuary will be doing a pond dipping experience for family.
- August 17th - The Meewasin Valley Authority will be doing a presentation on bat conservation. Visitors we be able to meet two rescue bats.