River Institute Creates a Buzz with Insect Workshop at OPG

June 4, 2013
River Institute Creates a Buzz with Insect Workshop at OPG

River Institute

Cornwall, ON – This summer the River Institute will partner up once again with the OPG St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre to deliver a fun-filled and fascinating series of science and nature workshops for all ages. The first workshop kicks off the summer on Saturday, June 22nd from noon to 4 pm when the OPG Visitor Centre plays host to a jam packed afternoon dedicated to insects that promises to be fun for all ages.

Is a spider an insect? What is an invertebrate? River Institute scientists and educators will provide all kinds of interesting information and lead hands-on activities that will answer those questions.

Visitors can take a microscopic look at preserved specimens by exploring the River Institute’s insect collection. They can also learn all about interesting insect adaptations and their biological importance. Opportunities to track, net, handle and identify live insects will also be provided. Workshops are free and can be signed up for upon arrival at the Visitor Centre, 2500B Second St. West.

The OPG Visitor Centre also offers displays and interactive exhibits that describe the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project construction story and its effects on the nearby communities. Visitors can learn and observe how OPG safely generates electricity at its nuclear, thermal and hydro generating stations located across Ontario. The Centre is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday. Visit www.opg.com/stlawrencevisitorcentre

for details or call 613-932-4563 ext. 3523 for more information.

Other workshops scheduled with OPG at the Visitor Centre this summer take place on July 6 (Fish: noon – 4 pm) and August 7(Bats: 7pm – 9 pm). All workshops are delivered by science educators from the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences. Programs are free of charge and are family-oriented. For more details, visit www.riverinstitute.ca or call the River Institute at (613)936-6620 for more information.

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