Nature P.E.I. is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a picnic weekend, in association with the P.E.I. National Park, Aug. 23-25.
The celebration starts Aug. 22 with a reception at Ravenwood, at the Experimental Farm on Mount Edward Road in Charlottetown. Then from 7-7:45 p.m., there’s a nature walk along the Confederation Trail. Participants are asked to meet at Ravenwood.
On Aug. 24, there’s mackerel fishing at the Charlottetown waterfront. Participants are asked to meet at the red 2019 sign by the Delta Prince Edward at 6 p.m. Pre-register with leader Gerald MacDougall at email@example.com. He will provide a limited number of rods or participants can bring their own. No license is required.
Then at 1:30 p.m., it’s All About Dragonflies at the Southport Room, Stratford Town Hall. For the occasion, Nature P.E.I. welcomes Robert Harding of Parks Canada. After the presentation, weather permitting, organizers hope to capture (and release) some dragonflies at Pondside Park. All ages are welcome.
On Aug. 25, there’s a birding trip from Charlottetown to East Point. Participants are asked to meet at Provincial Administration Building parking lot, 11 Kent St, Charlottetown, for car-pooling at 6 a.m. Led by Dan McAskill and Dwaine Oakley, the trip will include stops along the way; returning via Greenwich, P.E.I. National Park.
There’s also a Greenwich walk at 10 a.m. Participants are asked to meet at the Greenwich Interpretive Center P.E.I. National Park. Walk through woods, wetland boardwalk and dunes to the beach with leader Robert Harding of Parks Canada.
Then at 12 p.m., there’s a Greenwich barbecue and picnic at the Greenwich Interpretive Centre, P.E.I. National Park. Bring a picnic lunch or consume favourites from the barbecue and salad table.
At 1:30 p.m. there’s another Greenwich walk. Meet at Greenwich Interpretive Center. Walk through woods, the wetland boardwalk and dunes to the beach. Sen. Diane Griffin will be the leader.