May 28th, 2017

Nature centre celebrating 100th in-house exhibit since 1982


By Schnarr, J.W. on May 3, 2017.

Zoe Wright, left, along with her nephew Jackson and her parents Kin and Wanda, are framed by an outdoor exhibit piece as they explore the paths Tuesday at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

J.W. Schnarr

Lethbridge Herald

jwschnarr@lethbridgeherald.com

The Helen Schuler Nature Centre is celebrating 100 in-house exhibitions with an exhibition designed to get local residents outside.

“One Hundred Reasons to Go Outside” is the 100th in-house exhibit for the centre since 1982. It will run until November in the centre’s main gallery.

The exhibit features both indoor and outdoor displays to show viewers activities they can do when spending time in nature. It is more informal than many previous exhibits, but explores many reasons why it is so important to connect with nature daily.

“We have talked a lot about nature over the last 100 exhibits,” said Coreen Putman, Helen Schuler Nature Centre Manager, in a recent news release. “Literally, from the world under our feet to the stars and everything in between. We felt this was a good time to help our community celebrate how good it is to just be with nature.”

“In Lethbridge we are really lucky. You don’t have to go very far to get a taste of wild nature,” stated Jessica Deacon-Rogers, Helen Schuler Nature Centre technician. “There are some parts of the river valley where you can forget that you’re in the middle of the city.”

Research shows connecting with nature can be good for health and wellness from infancy to adulthood.

Starting in May, and running through September, the centre is planning a wide range of programs to bring Lethbridge residents together with the exhibit theme while inspiring people to spend more time outside.

The 100 Reasons to Go Outside exhibit will be featured in the Helen Schuler Nature Centre’s Main Gallery until November of this year. The exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., closed Mondays.

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