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Special Events 2016

February

Family Day Fun!
February 15
1 p.m. – 4 p.m., White Pine Picnic Area

Chase the winter blahs away over a roaring fire, complete with roasted marshmallows! Bring a mug for hot chocolate and your favourite song or story to share. Connect with family and friends while making crafts or playing games. If snow conditions allows, join in our snow sculpture contest! Will you create a classic snowman or push the limits with something truly out of this snowy world? Whatever the weather, bring your creativity and smiles!

Dark Sky Night
February 27
Visitor Centre parking lot at 8 p.m.

At nightfall, the brilliant winter stars, including those of the magnificent constellation, Orion, are now seen at their very best in the south and overhead. Through telescopes that will be on hand, we will be touring many of the beautiful star clusters and nebulae that so richly populate this area of the sky. And with the aid of the dark sky afforded within the park, the subtle, ethereal light of the winter Milky Way threading through the stars should also be in view.

Join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada at the Visitor Centre parking lot at 8 p.m. Park open until midnight.

March

March Madness
March 14-18, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., daily, White Pine Picnic Area

Looking for something to do this March Break? Bring the whole family and get active in Point Pelee National Park! Embark on an adventure to complete our outdoor scavenger hunt, for your chance to win a prize! Explore a trail and witness the beauty of late winter in the park.

Dark Sky Night
March 26

Take a break from the busy holiday weekend and enjoy the peaceful solitude of the night sky at Point Pelee National Park. Park open until midnight.

April

Dark Sky Night
April 9
Visitor Centre parking lot at 8 p.m.

With the coming of mild, springtime evenings, our gaze outwards into the night sky is toward intergalactic space. If the weather is clear, the dark, moonless night sky at Pt. Pelee on this evening will be the perfect place to view a few of the nearer galaxies which, nevertheless, lie far beyond our own Milky Way. They’ll be glimpsed through telescopes operated by members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Windsor Center.

Join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada at the Visitor Centre parking lot at 8 p.m. Park open until midnight.

What’s Croaking?
April 23
Visitor Centre, 7 p.m.

Spring is here and love is in the air. Take a stroll through the swamp forest with a park interpreter and hear the nocturnal courtship songs of Point Pelee’s frogs and toads. Stay later and enjoy the other night sights and sounds. Park open until midnight.

May

Woodcock Walk
May 21
DeLaurier Homestead and Trail, 8 p.m.

Join a park interpreter to see and hear the amusing antics of the American Woodcock as it performs it aerial courtship display. Can you do the Woodcock Walk? Stay later and enjoy the other night sight and sounds. Park open until midnight.

June

Marsh by Moonlight
June 18
Marsh Boardwalk, 8:30 p.m.

Have you ever enjoyed the marsh by the light of the moon? Here’s your chance. Join Pelee Wings Paddlesports for a moonlit paddle through the marsh and explore it like few others have. Paddling not your speed? Join park staff for a stroll around the boardwalk and learn how we study the natural world after dark. You’ll have the chance to become part of our Marsh monitoring program and hear just how active the marsh is at night. Park open to midnight.

July

Parks Day Astronomy Weekend
July 16-17

Join acclaimed astronomy writer Peter McMahon for a weekend filled with astronomy. View the surface of the sun, take in a show at the portable planetarium and join in the stargazing. Park open to 2 a.m. for maximum viewing experience.

August

Perseid Meteor Celebration
August 12-13

We’re staying open all night to view the peak of this annual meteor shower. Kick the night off with a local moth expert and see what amazing species he’s able to attract – you’ll be surprised just how colourful some moths are. Join members of RASC later in the evening and enjoy the meteor show. Park open all night between August 12 and 13.

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