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SUBJECT: Families invited to celebrate national garden day at the MUN Botanical Garden
DATE: June 4, 2013

Canada’s first National Garden Day is taking place on Friday, June 14. To celebrate, the MUN Botanical Garden is inviting the public to join in a full day of family-friendly activities.
“The Botanical Garden will be celebrating this inaugural event in fine style,” said Anne Madden, education co-ordinator. “We are offering a variety of activities for visitors of all ages, with something for everyone, including free admission to the flower gardens, nature trails and our special National Garden Day programs.”
 
Highlights include the following:
PlantWatch N.L. Information Session: 10 a.m.
PlantWatch is part of a national NatureWatch series of volunteer monitoring programs designed to help identify ecological changes that may be affecting our environment. Learn how to become a citizen scientist and get involved in environmental research by simply recording flowering times for locally selected plant species.
 
Family Nature Program: 10:30 a.m.
Discover our garden with nature exploration, storytelling, and songs. This is an excellent opportunity for parents (or care-givers) and children to have fun together while learning about nature. A respect for nature and all its “critters” will be emphasized. Education staff will lead a leisurely guided stroll along the exploration trail, through the flower gardens and down to Oxen Pond, where we will feed the ducks (duck food is provided). Parents are invited to bring along a healthy snack for story time.
 
Garden Tours: 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Bring your gardening questions for our staff, get tips for maintaining a garden in our challenging climate and see what’s blooming at MUN Botanical Garden.
 
Nature Hike: 2:30 p.m.
Explore Newfoundland barrens, boreal forest or bog as you hike one of our nature trails with education staff. Learn about Newfoundland plants and animals in spring while you enjoy plenty of fresh air and exercise.
 
For more information, please check the garden’s website at www.mun.ca/botgarden, email bgprograms@mun.ca or call 709-864-8590.

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