Environment Canada

Environment Canada

February 17, 2009 11:14 ET

Environment Canada: Explore the North and Get in Green Gear During Spring Break at the Biosphere

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2009) - For spring break from February 28 to March 8, 2009, Environment Canada's Biosphere will feature programming that is sure to entertain the entire family. The special activities will include many modules on the theme of the Far North, the theatrical presentation 3Rcadabra! with its clown magician and Get in Green Gear, an exhibition on sustainable transportation. During the spring break period, admission at the Biosphere will be free for all only for this week and the museum will be exceptionally open on Monday March 2.

Explore the North by participating in several activities and discovering various modules: an Inuit inukshuk, a giant map of the polar region, a model of an iceberg, the outdoor Polaris Expedition rally and the outdoor exhibition Arctic: Walking on Thin Ice featuring 40 giant photos. As a souvenir of their visit, families will be able to have their photo taken in a kayak in front of an iceberg!

The theatrical presentation 3Rcadabra features a clown playing a magician who makes the enormous pile of waste we produce disappear. With its interactive and entertaining approach, this show will raise public awareness of good waste management, the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), and other practical actions that we can take every day.

Covering approximately 80 square metres, the giant three-dimensional game, Get in Green Gear, encourages players to use their knowledge, imagination and skill. The route includes several stations where participants can discover green transportation alternatives in a fun way. Visitors will also learn more about the new national vehicle scrappage program, Retire Your Ride. During spring break, regular programming and permanent exhibitions will continue to be offered. For more information, please visit: www.biosphere.ec.gc.ca.



BACKGROUNDER

REGULAR PROGRAMMING AND ACTIVITIES FEATURED AT THE BIOSPHERE

EXHIBITIONS

Water Wonders!: eight interactive modules invite you to play games, conduct experiments and tackle challenges such as generating energy or walking on water

Moving Giant, the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Ecosystem: a circuit of interactive games, models and videos to get better acquainted with this vast territory

Planet Bucky: a concrete look at sustainable development showcasing contemporary innovations and inventions by Biosphere architect Richard B. Fuller as well as wind turbine energy

GUIDED TOURS

- Green Light for Ecotechnologies to get familiar with the Biosphere's green technologies such as its wind turbines and its geothermal system

- The Ecoological House to know more about ecological solutions and the latest technological innovations in house building

INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES AND MULTIMEDIA

- One-Earth Challenge: about greenhouse gases and concrete steps we can take to reduce our emissions

- All the Water in the World: learn how to better protect drinkable water

- Man and His World: an impressive short film on Canada's biodiversity

- Creative Workshop: design and create various objects from recycled materials

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Arctic: Walking on Thin Ice: through this outdoor exhibition of 40 giant photos, discover the Arctic's stunning landscapes, its inhabitants and its biodiversity

GeoTour 67 (in season): walking circuit where visitors find their way with a GPS featuring video and audio clips and anecdotes to rediscover Expo 67's pavilions from a new environmental perspective

Trilogy- The Surprising Nature of Water (in season): an interpretative trail that takes you to three wetlands in Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Egalement offert en francais.

Contact Information

  • Environment Canada
    Media Relations
    819-934-8008
    1-888-908-8008
    www.ec.gc.ca