News from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission
Niagara Falls, Ontario – The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) is pleased to offer free guided hiking tours of the Niagara Glen on Saturday, May 17, in partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s (RASC) solar viewing exhibit.
Guided hiking tours depart from the Niagara Glen Nature Centre at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and will take visitors on a search of rare and unique spring blooms, birds and other wildlife found within the magnificent Niagara Glen. From week to week, the variety of blooming wildflowers is constantly changing, and spring ephemerals (flowers) such as Red and White Trilliums, Wild Columbine and Dutchman’s Breeches only bloom for a short period of time each spring.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the RASC Niagara Centre’s Solar Exhibit will also provide visitors with the opportunity to safely view the sun through “sun-scopes”. Knowledgeable astronomers will be on-site to answer questions and provide participants with a better understanding of the solar system.
All activities will start at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre. Guided hikes last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours and require proper footwear suitable for rugged terrain. Participants are reminded to stay on marked trails and follow “leave no trace” principles. The Niagara Glen Nature Centre is located at 3050 Niagara Parkway, across from the Whirlpool Golf Course.
About the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Niagara Centre
Since it was founded in 1890, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada has fulfilled a special role in both amateur and professional astronomy. Today, it has almost 5,000 members who share a passion for the night sky and make contributions to astronomy in many ways. The Niagara Centre, which is one of 27 Centres of the RASC, has been bringing astronomy to the citizens of the Niagara Region since 1960.
About The Niagara Parks Commission – NPC is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.
For more information, visit www.niagaraparksnature.com or contact
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