Curiosity takes me to Ralph Klein Park
Until a few days ago, I did not know this park existed. Ralph Klein Park opened in the summer of 2011 and would be a great, free place to take the kids if you are looking for something different to do this summer. They can enjoy the wetlands, waterfall, watching ground squirrels and chasing dragonflies. Inside there are exhibits about the wetlands and water management, along with air conditioning and washrooms if it is really hot. They offer free nature drop in programs during the summer where kids 5-12 years can learn about bugs or birds (with adult accompaniment). You can’t buy food or drinks and note, no dogs at any time.
The building is really modern, with educational displays, a great rooftop area and would be a unique place to book for a party or meeting – not that I have a need right now. There was a school group there, but I was the only one in the wetland area, other than two City employees taking a lunch break walk.
It is also good for birding as I saw, in the distance, two great blue herons, cormorants, tons of different types of ducks (including large groups of Canada Geese with larger goslings). Cliff swallows nest under the building and are easy to see.
I am always intrigued by eyes (both human and animal), so couldn’t resist this pair of lesser scaups. Entrancing…