Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Valleyview Field Day


A beautiful day for a field trip yesterday, as a couple dozen kids from Valleyview Elementary with parents & teacher came up to the meadows for a day hike.

After a bit of an overview about Strathcona Park, wilderness ethics & Leave No Trace principles, the group looked at some plants & trees around the boardwalk.

The skies stayed blue for lunch at Lake Helen Mackenzie.

A highlight of the day was a flock of Sandhill Cranes flying overhead. This is the time of year that they migrate over the Park – some people think they are Canada Geese, but the croak of the cranes is unmistakable.
Any school group that is planning a visit to the Park is welcome to contact Strathcona Wilderness Institute – with just a couple days notice, we can arrange to have the Wilderness Centre open for information, and perhaps provide a naturalist guide.
The presentation at the Wilderness Centre tomorrow at 1 p.m. should appeal to students of all ages. “Marvelous Marmots” will give you a view behind the scenes of the Marmot Recovery Centre. No worries about inclement weather as the presentation will be indoors.

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