Environment Canada

Environment Canada

June 02, 2009 10:30 ET

LIVE GREEN and Outdoors This Summer at the Biosphere!

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 2, 2009) - As part of Canadian Environment Week, Environment Canada's Biosphere today unveiled its summer programming. Focused on nature, eco-friendly landscaping and sustainable transportation, the new programming aims to foster a greater appreciation of our environment and the need to protect it. The 2009 summer programming includes workshops on eco-friendly landscaping, outdoor exhibitions, an observation kit, a film on extreme weather, as well as exhibitions on green transportation.

To start the summer season in style, the LIVE GREEN event will teach visitors all they need to know about green roofs, water harvesting, creating an ecological garden and composting. Eco-urban workshops presented by experts such as Albert Mondor, will be offered on June 6 and 7 as part of the celebration. All activities and admission into the Biosphere will be free of charge. In the same spirit, the Ecoological House will be environmentally landscaped this year, inviting visitors to explore alternatives to grass, native vegetation that is low-maintenance, a food garden and fruit trees for attracting birds and butterflies.

The outdoor exhibition, They're Here!, features 40 giant photos of invasive alien species to increase awareness of their impact on our ecosystems and how to limit their proliferation. The art-nature exhibit, "Water Bearer," will feature 13 group sculptures made with branches by 900 students directed by renowned artist Marc Walter in collaboration with choreographer-dancer Maureen Shea.

Starting July 1, Biosphere's all new Sainte-Helene Island BioKit will be offered free of charge. This new tool provides clues, observations and points of interest for visitors to further explore animal and plant life and see this environment in a new light. Visitors will find their way around using a GPS device. Visitors will be on the edge of their seats with X-treme Weather, a film showing the worst natural disasters, extreme meteorological phenomena and how to prepare for them.

Opening on July 1, the 300m2 exhibition, U-TURN-Toward sustainable transportation, will occupy the greater part of the belvedere. Featuring a dissected automobile, four main interactive stations will provide visitors with information about the impact of personal vehicles on the environment and on public health, as well as tools to help them make better choices regarding transportation. Also on the programming is the giant three-dimensional game, Get in Green Gear, where visitors can discover green transportation alternatives in a fun way.

Opening hours are June 1-October 31, 2009 everyday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For further information on the summer programming, please visit: www.biosphere.ec.gc.ca.

Also available in French.

Contact Information

  • Environment Canada
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    1-888-908-8008
    www.ec.gc.ca