January 29, 2013

February Events & Valentine's Day at Oak Hammock Marsh

World Wetland Day / Groundhog Day
February 2

Learn more about wetlands as Oak Hammock Marsh, designated a Wetland of International Importance, proudly celebrates World Wetlands Day.

A colouring contest and special presentations will highlight the importance of wetlands. 

While ordinary groundhogs are sleeping soundly, Manitoba Merv, the weather predicting groundhog, takes on the task of coming out of his den to announce the arrival of spring.

If Merv sees his shadow at sunrise, a late spring will follow.
But if no shadow is seen, an early spring is on its way!

Snowshoe Workshop
February 10 - 1 p.m.

Discover the different styles of snowshoes and their history.
A snowshoe walk in the marsh and hot chocolate will follow.

Pre-registration is required. 
Workshop fee is $5 plus admission.

Valentine's Day Dinner
February 14 - 6 p.m.

Enjoy a wonderful dinner at Oak Hammock Marsh this Valentine's Day.
Members : $30 (plus tax) Non-members: $36 (plus tax) 

Reservations are required for this event.
Call (204) 467-3300 until February 9 to purchase your tickets.

Voyageur Weekend
February 16 to 18

Try our Voyageur Challenge and get ready for some real challenging outdoor activities!
Practice your skills at Bannock Tossing and many other a fun activities.

You can also learn how to make your own delicious Bannock at 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. 

Bring your skates and glide on Cattail Pond or take up sponge hockey.
Sticks, nets and pucks are available for your use.

Join an interpreter on a snowshoe walk and look for clues of wildlife activity.
Jackrabbits, coyotes and winter birds are still present and active in the marsh.

Canvasback Decoy Carving Workshop
February 17, 24 and March 3 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn to carve your very own Canvasback decoy from award winning carvers Harry Williams, John Frye and Ross Gage. 

The head and tail will be carved from white pine, the body from a special watertight bonded cork. The decoy will be fitted with glass eyes, ballasted keel and painted to represent a drake Canvasback.

Cost is $70 for members and $85 for non-members. 

For more information about this workshop call (204) 467-3300.

Astronomy Night - The Moon
February 21, 7 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of stargazing.
A special theatre presentation followed by an observation session to help you appreciate our moon.

Kid's Nature Craft Club
February 24 - 1 p.m.

Learn all about wetlands and make a Wetland Shadow Box to take home.

The Club is most appropriate for children ages 5 to 10. 

Pre-registration is recommended.

Workshop fee is $5 plus admission.

First Goose of the Year Contest
Until March 1st or when the first goose arrives.

Guess the date and time of the arrival of first Canada Goose at Oak Hammock Marsh and win a great prize!!
Last year, the first goose was seen on March 11th. 

To enter, fill out a ballot at the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. 

The contest will close on March 1st or when the first goose is seen.

The Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre is located 30 minutes North of Winnipeg.
For more information call (204) 467-3300  Jacques Bourgeois

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