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On Tuesday, May 5th, participants will take different excursions. These include a short talk about interpretation at the facility by a supervisor or manager, and sometimes a behind-the-scenes look. Participants will come away inspired, with examples of other ways to do things and fresh perspectives. Costs are included in registration fee, and lunch is included.

1. Life in the Americas (...and elsewhere in the Universe)
Montreal Space for Life – Biodôme and Planetarium






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We will begin the search for life through the "Exo" exhibit In the Planetarium through large touch screens,  multimedia game tables and interactive activities. Try your hand at terraforming mars! How will the interpretive learning in this 100% electronic and multimedia exhibition compare with the live exhibits after lunch?
More than 4500 animals live in ecosystems at the Biodôme. Go behind-the-scenes of the lush and humid Tropical Rainforest and Laurentian Maple Forest.  A manager will meet with us to discuss the issues and challenges of this facility, along with education program successes and surprises. Do puffins steal the show at the Labrador Coast, or do auks?
These are two of the four Space for Life facilities that make up the largest natural science museum complex in Canada. Since the 1976 Summer Olympic Games this vast site has continued to grow and evolve. Soon Space for Life will fully take on its role by inviting citizens to reconnect with nature and invent new ways of living.
Time: 10:00am-5:00pm
Meals included: Lunch provided by Project Sol during Presentation by Biodôme’s Program Director
Travel time: 20 minutes each way
Accessibility: Minimal walking from the bus to the site and 350m walking (sidewalk and street) between the sites.

2. Making Noise vs Making Music – Tinkering our way to new learning

Montreal Science Centre at Quays of the Old Port


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Take part in an extensive workshop for professionals about the tinkering philosophy – one of the 10 innovative pedagogy approaches according to the Open University. Tinkering is the basis for the this science centre’s newest exhibit, "Fabrik, the Creativity Factory". This is your chance to dream up and animate your own tinkering tables and labs.

Then roam free with your interpretive peers through exhibits like "Clic! The Zone For Curious Young Minds", a virtual newsroom where visitors file reports, and "Sex: A Tell-all Exhibition".

The Montreal Science Centre is one of the many activities offered at Quays of the Old Port - another vast site that continues to evolve. Most recently added: an urban beach.

Time: 9:30am-4:30pm
Meals included: Bag lunch – option to eat in group room or while strolling through the Old Port's terraces and shops
Travel time: 15 minutes each way
Accessibility: Facility is accessible.




3. Help Protect Mount Royal’s Diversity  Cancelled due to low registration
Mount Royal Park



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4. Dig Deeper into Montréal’s History  Cancelled due to low registration
Pointe-à-Callière – Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History




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5. A Country to Dreams – Canada under Construction

Sir George-Etienne Cartier and the Lachine Canal National Historic Sites

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Nearly 150 years ago, the Fathers of Confederation had a vision – to build a country with a lasting democracy that would serve as a model for the world. Canada is now preparing to celebrate its 150th birthday. At Sir George-Etienne Cartier's home in Old Montreal you can try out Parks Canada's new collaborative storytelling project - one way to celebrate that vision.
Then it's off to Atwater Market, one of Montreal's oldest public markets. Savour the smells and tastes of Quebec and meet passionate local artisans.
The second part of the off-site session will get you moving – either on foot or by bike. For those choosing to ride, a guide will lead us to stops along the waterway to explore it's impact on the industrialization of Montreal. For those on foot, a mobile device will be your guide. If you have your own, you can download the explora Lachine Canal app prior to the visit. If not, some other mobile devices will be available.
Time: 9:30am to 4:00pm
Meals included: Bag lunch (or catered at Atwater Market)
Travel time: 20 minutes each way, plus 10 min between sites Accessibility: includes walking (at own pace with self-guided mobile app) or bike riding (8 km)