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March Break camps kick off in Joggins

Birdwatching was the focus this morning, as Liza Barney of Bird Studies Canada visited the young people enrolled in the March Break camp at the Joggins Fossil Centre.
Birdwatching was the focus this morning, as Liza Barney of Bird Studies Canada visited the young people enrolled in the March Break camp at the Joggins Fossil Centre. - Andrew Wagstaff

Variety of activities spread over three days

JOGGINS, N.S. – There may be no school here this week, but local youngsters still have plenty to do.

The Joggins Fossil Centre kicked off its annual March Break camps today, as Liza Barney of Bird Studies Canada led an information session on the migration of Semipalmated Sandpipers, and a birdwatching field trip around the museum.

The Tuesday morning session was the first of several planned for the week, with a focus on variety.

“We have lots of activities going on this time,” said education and outreach coordinator Laurie Glenn Norris. “We have everything from birdwatching to making self-portraits, to studying biodiversity on the farm with Broadfork Farms. We’re also going to do some painting, and some improv with Charlie Rhindress.”

Plans for Tuesday afternoon included painting and molding fossils, as well as an Easter egg hunt, while Wednesday morning had self-portrait painting scheduled, followed by monster painting in the afternoon. With a storm moving in, these sessions were depending on the weather.

“This is always a problem during March Break week – inevitably there is a storm,” said Glenn Norris. “We’ll just do it one day at a time.”

Thursday has the Broadfork Farm session planned for the morning, while improv with Charlie Rhindress is set to go in the afternoon.

All sessions are sold out.

“We’ve had very good turnouts for the camps,” she said. “We have 20 children signed up for each day, plus we have a waiting list. We’re very excited about that.

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