Family fun day in the coulee

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Written by Dale Woodard for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 15:50

It’ll be a day of fun for the whole family.
   For the 21st year consecutive year, the Helen Schuler Nature Centre stages an afternoon of family activities at its Family Day Track Trek Feb. 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Once again, those attending will get a close-up look at a number of demonstrations.
“We’ll have a variety of family-oriented activities for people to do. We have some special guests joining us,” said Jessica Deacon-Rogers, nature interpretation technician. “The Canadian Search Dogs Association will have different tracking demonstrations they’ll do with their dogs. It’s always fun to watch. It’s amazing to see how good the dogs are at tracking. There will be three handlers and three dogs.”
The Canadian Search Dogs Association will do two different demonstrations throughout the afternoon, she said.
Also on hand for the Family Day event will be Irena Woss and the Lethbridge Astronomy Society.
“They’ll be outside for a couple of different demonstrations,” said Deacon-Rogers. “They’re going to bring solar telescopes so people can track the sun. We’re hoping it’ll be a sunny day. If it’s cloudy they’ll have some different activities that have to do with astronomy and tracking the stars. It should be a lot of fun.”
There will be plenty of indoor activities as well, said Deacon-Rogers.
“We have Waterton Provincial Park that will be inside the building doing a variety of tracking activities and games for different kinds of animals. We’ll have some different crafts that are related to tracking and activities you can play indoors, painting and those sort of things.”
The annual event typically brings in 400 to 800 people, she added.
“It’s our biggest special event that we host in the year. So it’s a lot of people.”
What’s better is there is no cost to attend.
“It’s nice for people to know they can come down and have a nice time with their family and go for a walk,” said Deacon-Rogers.
More than two decades later, the annual event continues going strong.
“It’s gone through an evolution of different forms and amounts of people we can handle,” said Deacon-Rogers. “People are always looking at Family Day to do something unique in their own community. Not everyone goes away on holidays. It’s nice to have something here where people can be outside and somewhere fun with their family and still discover something about their community they might not have known before. Last year, we had the Canada Border Services Agency come and do a demonstration with one of their search dogs. We have different types of groups that come. It’s really fun.”



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