Botanical Garden: Pond life under the microscope

Join Michael Bradley and his microscopes at the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden Monday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. to discover with your eyes life forms you cannot see because they are so tiny. 

Bradley will give an overview of what you might find – plants, animals, and other life forms you may not have heard of or imagined. Then take a trip to the ponds to see the visible plants and animals before collecting water samples to take into the “lab” to examine. 

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Bradley has been tracking the Garden pond life for a couple of years and has found some surprises, which he will share. He can help participants make and view slides under the microscopes. One microscope will be a high-powered biological scope for especially clear viewing. 

This event is family friendly, eight years or older recommended. (There will be some classroom lecture time not geared to youngsters. Parents are welcome to bring younger children for the part of the session best suited to them.) 

Admission is by donation.

The Botanical Garden is at 5941 Mason Rd., Sechelt, and is generally open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except Thursday. Members enjoy unlimited visits, discounts, plus many extra perks. For information, see www.coastbotanicalgarden.org or follow the Garden on Facebook.

– Submitted by Paddy Wales

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