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Wednesday, October 4 • 13:00 - 17:30
[Field Trip] Canadian Museum of Nature Collections or Pink Lake Hike

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Pick-up your boxed lunch in Ballroom C 12:30 PM - 01:00 PM before catching a school bus; there will not be anywhere to buy food. Dietary restrictions communicated with registration will be accommodated.

There will be one bus for the Canadian Museum of Nature Collections tour and one for the Pink Lake hike. Please be sure to embark on the correct bus.

Canadian Museum of Nature’s Research & Collections Facility

Bus departs at 1:00 PM from the side of the Delta Hotel on Albert Street and later departs the Collections Facility at 4:30 PM to make the 25 minute return trip to the Delta Hotel.

Not typically open to the public, this tour will bring participants behind the doors of the museum’s innovative collections facility, which was designed specifically for the management and preservation of natural history specimens. The tour includes the following collections: minerals, fossils, large skeletons (mammals), invertebrates, botany (National Herbarium of Canada), library & archives, conservation lab, and the Molecular Biodiversity Lab (DNA). This tour runs about two hours, with participants divided into smaller groups to promote engaged discussion with the museum’s scientific staff.

Tour Notes:

  • The Facility is a scent-free workplace, please do not wear perfume or cologne
  • No open-toed shoes
  • No food or drink (we'll eat before visiting the collections)
  • No large bags or backpacks in the collections
  • Secure storage will be provided for jackets and bags

Pink Lake Hike in Gatineau Park

Bus departs at 1:15 PM from the side of the Delta Hotel on Albert Street and later departs Pink Lake at 4:30 PM to make the 35 minute return trip to the Delta Hotel.

Participants may choose to do the ~2.5km easy loop trail or simply enjoy the lake area. The lake has a unique ecosystem; no swimming is allowed. Sturdy footwear is recommended. We also recommend that you bring a daypack to contain camera(s) and rainwear in the event of inclement weather.

Wednesday October 4, 2017 13:00 - 17:30 EDT