Forest Family Fun Event to Celebrate Opening of Witty’s Lagoon Teaching Shelter

Jul 14, 2009

Victoria, BC- The public is invited to a Forest Family Fun event to celebrate the grand opening of the Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park Teaching Shelter on Saturday, July 18 at 11am.

The drop-in celebration will feature speeches from dignitaries, a ribbon cutting ceremony and refreshments, followed by an afternoon of family forest fun events including crafts, games, music, nature displays and a forest adventure.

The teaching shelter project was led by Team Witty of Leadership Victoria—a community-based, voluntary organization committed to developing outstanding leaders. They teamed up with Capital Regional District Parks, Victoria Natural History Society and community sponsors to build the shelter, the first of its kind in the CRD parks system: a purpose-built structure to deliver educational environment programs in an outdoor classroom setting.

At the teaching shelter children and adults can learn about the park’s natural and cultural history with Regional Parks Interpreters, the Victoria Natural History Society and other associated groups.

“CRD Regional Parks is committed to partnerships such as this,” said CRD Parks Committee Chair Christopher Causton. “They are a valuable way of working with the community to build stewardship for our natural areas.

“Incredible things can be accomplished when the community comes together to achieve a goal,” said Aaron Slingsby, Team Witty member, Leadership Victoria. ”Together with CRD Regional Parks, the Victoria Natural History Society and our sponsors we shared a common vision and made a lasting contribution to environmental education in Victoria. We couldn’t be more pleased with the result.”

Date:    Saturday, July 18, 2009

Time:   11am - 3pm

Place:  Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park, main entrance off Metchosin Road (directions attached)

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For further information, please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332       

Aaron Slingsby 
Leadership Victoria, Team Witty
Tel: 250.361.5918