This summer, Espace pour la vie (Biodome, Insectarium, Botanical Garden, etc.) is reaching out to celebrate nature with citizens in the parks and other public spaces across the agglomeration. A team will be at Mount Royal’s Dakin Park from 11:00 to 15:00 on Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27.
Throughout the summer, Espace pour la vie teams will be facilitating observation and exploration in people’s everyday natural environments which often go unnoticed. Like tour guides in an art gallery, science educators will encourage people to take a closer look at the life around them. The artworks featured in this open-air museum are plants, mammals, birds, insects, minerals, weather and night sky—a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with nature in these spaces brimming with life.
Having undergone various improvements in recent years, Dakin Park lends itself perfectly to this type of activity. Apart from its impressive living sculpture, made of Miyabe willow, the park has also been home to a pollinating insect hotel since 2018, as well as a butterfly garden, a flower bed planted with milkweed, verbena, echinacea and buddleia, where you can admire monarchs, painted ladies, mourning cloaks and hummingbird moths.
While young science enthusiasts take part in the “Espace pour la vie near you” activities, families can also enjoy the park’s water games, which are sure to delight the younger members of the household.