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Animal Gibberish

Animal Gibberish


On until April 24, 2017

What are they saying? Animals express themselves in many ways to convey simple messages, such as "I like you," "Danger!" or "I'm hungry." The more social they are, the more unique their ways of communicating. Discover who does what and send messages just like animals do. Dogs, cats, and horses are all part of it! 




Species whose survival depends on a variety of social interactions have developed unique ways to communicate. Imitate the bee’s dance, discover the language of touch, and listen to the strange vocalizations of whales.



When faced with predators, animals emit warning calls to alert their fellow creatures. Become the predator of the vervet monkey, provoke the prairie dogs, and guess who sounds the alarm.




The need to reproduce is vital to animals. Some males will do anything to seduce their mate.Guess who does what.
Be careful not to disturb the male. Protecting his harem!


Man's Best Friend

Mankind has developed special bonds with certain animals. Decipher messages from dogs and cats and listen to moving stories about special experiences with animals.


Educational Programs

Hop your way down to the Museum and spend two hours indoors learning about how animals communicate with your class. This engaging program will spark your students' curiosity with hands on learning, dance and art. Students will explore themes of camouflage and mimicry, and even get the scoop on poop and how animals use all their senses to talk to each other! The program touches on curriculum expectations, including non-verbal cues, the needs of living things, adaptations, dance, and much more! This program is designed for Kindergarten to Grade Two.

For a full day option, add on our two hour, outdoor Winter Habitats program, and take your class on a nature adventure around our 25 acre site. Students will learn about animal needs, habitats, and survival techniques through even the chilliest winters. With a pair of binoculars in hand, students will interact with the environment in creative and exploratory ways. Finish off the experience by making their own winter bird feeder, so they can help make a difference to our environment.This program is designed for Kindergarten to Grade Six.

Each program is $7/student. 

For information on how to book, check out our Group Programs page

March Break Family Drop-in Program

Print, Paws & Paths
Explore communication at our newest exhibitions, Animal Gibberish and In Our Own Words. Visit our Print Shop to discover how humans communicate in past and present. Find out how insects talk on a nature walk to our Honey House. At each stop, pick up the supplies you`ll need to create your very own historical letter.

Dates: March 13-17 2017

Times: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

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