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get to know the local ecosystem


get to know the local ecosystem


Join us on the third Sunday of each month for a FREE I-hour guided walking tour of the Niagara Gorge on the trail system that surrounds the Aquarium. Each month, you’ll hear stories and interact with our local environment and the animals that call it home. Breathe in the smells of a changing season, hear the sounds of local species, and spot signs of life hiding in plain sight, all with the guidance of an Aquarium educator.

The trails are paved, mostly flat with moderate inclines in some areas, and easy to navigate; however, closed toe shoes are recommended. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Families and friends of all ages are welcome! There is no fee for this event, but pre-registration is strongly recommended.

We will meet at Whirlpool Commons in front of the Aquarium at 10:30am.


When: Sunday, March 17th

Sensory Spring
For the month of March, we will focus on the emergence of Spring. This is a great time of year to use your senses to observe plants and animals as they awaken from Winter’s slumber. To record these observations, we will go over the basics of nature journaling – with your own entry to take home at the end!


When: Sunday, April 21st

April Showers
For the month of April, we will focus on the rain we often see this time of year and why it is a necessary part of our environment. From the frogs on the ground to the birds in the sky, we need April showers.


When: Sunday, May 19th

Spring Bird Migration
For the month of May, we will focus on the spring bird migration. Binoculars will be available for participants to borrow.


When: Sunday, June 16th

Wonderful Wildflowers
For the month of June, we will focus on the colorful wildflowers emerging around us. We will learn some basics of flower identification and create vibrant wildflower-inspired artwork with watercolor.


When: Sunday, July 21st

“Plogging” for Plastic Free July
For the month of July, we will focus on the impacts people have had on the area – including littering. One way we can keep the area beautiful is by “plogging” (jogging and picking up trash). Bags and trash-grabbers will be provided.


When: Sunday, August 18th

Pollinators and Perceptions
For the month of August, we will focus on the lives of pollinators. Be ready to observe, and record, some of the work pollinators do through nature journaling and scavenger hunts!


When: Sunday, September 22nd

Autumnal Equinox
For the month of September, we will focus on the autumnal equinox. We had a great Summer, but our daylight is dwindling. Walk with us to learn what that means for the plants and animals around us and make a sundial to measure your own daylight changes.


  • Friends and family of all ages are welcome. 
  • There is no fee for this event, but we kindly ask that you pre-register. 

One Sunday/Month, 10:30-11:30 am
1 hour
All ages
Outdoor friends


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From seasonal celebrations and animal-centric soirees to fundraisers and educational opportunities, special events offer so many ways to experience the Aquarium.