“When we begin to see how nature works, we are awestruck by the literal beauty of its complexity: a beauty that is more than skin deep.” – Master Naturalist
For the second year the Whistler Museum will be offering our Whistler Nature 101 program. This three hour training seminar was developed to help elevate the knowledge of Whistler’s natural environment throughout the community.
In short, the goal is to help Whistlerites better understand their home and all of its biodiversity so they can speak knowledgeably about it to other people.
Without some knowledge about nature, experiencing Whistler is like a walk through a gallery filled with wonderful works of art, nine-tenths of which are turned to the wall. In this seminar the museum shares valuable knowledge needed to fully experience and appreciate all the “works of art” in our breathtaking valley.
Topics covered in Whistler Nature 101 are wide ranging and include what you need to know about Whistler’s geography, geology, volcanoes and glaciers – and how these physical elements influence the variety of life here. And Whistler has a ton of biodiversity to cover.
Since 2004 the Whistler Biodiversity Project, led by biologist Bob Brett, has added over 3500 species to Whistler’s total list of over 4000 (and growing every year) species. Biodiversity is the foundation of healthy, functioning ecosystems upon which all life depends. For anyone who’s curious about the natural world, Whistler is a pretty awesome place to be.
Participants from last year commented: “Whistler is far more interesting (in terms of biodiversity) than I ever imagined,” “There is way more than just a ski hill here” and “Good explanations of biodiversity and geology of Whistler. Many guests ask about these topics.”
The Whistler Nature 101 seminar is three hours with handouts and other learning materials provided. Cost is $50 per person, with a special half-price rate for any active nature-based volunteers.
The full outline for the seminar can be found here. For more information, email Kristina at DiscoverNature@whistlermuseum.org. To register please call the Whistler Museum 604 932 2019.
The Whistler Museum would like to thank the Community Foundation of Whistler for financial support to develop the seminar.
Kristina is a long-time volunteer with the Whistler Naturalists and is grateful to share information from the knowledgeable naturalists from whom she’s learned over the years during Nature 101.