Spring awakens nature. Hibernating animals arise from their slumber, vibrant flowers begin to bloom, and the exuberant spirit of wildlife makes the Canadian landscape more vibrant.
This spring is a great time to learn all about Canadian wildlife and nature that’s native to the Niagara Falls region. Through April 28, the Art of Nature Series is one of the coolest Niagara Falls events for nature lovers to check out. The series is one of the best things to do in Niagara Falls with kids and includes special nature-themed programming throughout Niagara Parks.
Here’s a closer look at the events in the Art of Nature Series and why you should check it out when you visit Niagara Falls this spring.
Canadian Wildlife Photography Exhibit
The Canadian Wildlife Photography Exhibit is a traveling exhibition of 30 stunning, award-winning photos of Canadian birds, mammals, amphibians, urban wildlife and other animals. The display is at the Butterfly Conservatory through April 28 and is free to see with admission to the conservatory. Each photograph is accompanied by a label and description, making this exhibit as educational as it is beautiful.
The photos were taken by amateur and semi-professional photographers from all over Canada, including young photographers. They’re so impressive, you’d think they were all industry-grade professional.
They were judged by some big players in the Canadian wildlife world, including the Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian Geographic and Canada Post. Wondering what animals you might see on display? Some common animals found in natural habitats around Canada include:
- Polar bears
- Grizzly bears
- Bighorn sheep
- Canada geese
- Canada lynx
- Ladybugs, snails, spiders and beetles
- Grey owls
- Gray wolves
These are just a few feathery and furry creatures you might encounter in Canadian wildlife. By viewing the exhibit, you can get an up-close look at neat animals like these photographed in their natural habitat, and learn a little bit more about the diverse ecosystems in Canada.
While you’re at the Butterfly Conservatory, located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, check out the more than 2,000 butterflies consisting of 45 different species. Feel some butterfly kisses as they travel around you, and check out the tropical setting complete with vegetation and waterfalls.
Birds in Flight Photography Sessions
Also at the Butterfly Conservatory, you can participate in a Birds in Flight photograph session, two of which are offered in spring 2019 for $40 each. The birds in flight are provided by the Canadian Raptor Conservancy, an organization focused on educating the public about the important role birds of prey play in ecosystems.
During each 3-hour session on March 16 and April 13, from 8 to 11 a.m., photography professionals from Henry’s Photography lead participants through classroom learning, practical guidance inside the Butterfly Conservatory and an outdoor photo session with live raptors. Participants should bring their own cameras and will learn how to capture majestic creatures in flight for beautiful photos.
If you’re not interested in photography but still want to get close to the birds, you can head to one of three free demonstrations that take place after each photo session outside the Butterfly Conservatory, at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Create Your Own Art
Let nature inspire you to create your own art masterpieces at two nature-themed art classes. The creative painting party with Debi takes place on March 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre. Participants will have a view of the Niagara Glen to paint, and instructor Debi leads painters through the workshop. You can also nibble on local cheese and sip local wine. All workshop materials are provided in the $40 class.
On April 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., there’s a Floral Showhouse Creative Workshop. Admission is $60 and includes all workshop materials. Participants can create their own floral masterpieces with expert guidance at the DIY floral workshop. Take home some Canadian nature that’s colourful and arranged by you.
Love Nature? You’ll Love Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is a global destination for nature lovers. The Niagara Falls area contains dozens of hiking trails and parks for active visitors to explore. You never know what plants and animals you’ll encounter. That makes exploring the outdoors one of the coolest things to do in Niagara Falls with kids in spring and any time of year.
If you love nature and wildlife, the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel team can help you plan a memorable trip to Niagara Falls. From tour recommendations, to helping with directions on how to find the best trails, we’ve got you covered. Contact us to book a Niagara Falls trip, and we’ll help you create a nature-filled itinerary you’ll love.