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  Sept. 20, 16h-20h30: Stones and Beer Bike Tour

An exciting bike trip exploring local history, architecture, secret spots and building stones. The tour starts with ancient fossils at the Redpath Museum, travels along Sherbrooke street west to the Sulpician’s reflecting pool at the Grand Seminaire, heads up the old Indian trail on Côte Ste. Antoine road that leads to Leonard Cohen’s boyhood home, glides downhill through the Glen to McAuslan Brewery for a tasting of 5 different micro-brews, and finishes with the ghosts of Griffintown.

You can read about some of the fossils and stones here 

Price: $25 regular or $10 for students. Includes the popular booklet What Building Stones Tell,  and beer tasting at the McAuslan Brewery with fresh market bread, fruit, and cheese. Registration: Reserve in advance by calling 514-398-409 or email redpath.museumscience [dot] outreach [at] mcgill [dot] ca.">@mcgill.ca. Tour is limited to 20 participants. Meeting place and time: The front steps of the Redpath Museum at 4 pm. Rain or shine.

  Sept. 25, 17h: If Trees could Talk

 Join Jacky Farrell (Redpath Museum) for a walk around some of the campuses proudest trees. Followed by the film Butterfly, about the environmental heroine and tree sitter Julia Butterfly Hill who gained the attention of the world for her two-year vigil  60 metres atop Luna, an ancient redwood tree preventing it from being clear-cut. No reservation necessary. Meet on the front steps of the Museum. Rain or shine.

PHOTO: One of McGill's oldest trees - a spindle tree planted in the 1850s as part of Principal Dawson's garden. Credit: Claudio Calligaris.

This event is also part of McGill's Science Literacy  Week program.


McGill Bioblitz 2014

  The Redpath Museum and Science Outreach participated in the McGill BioBlitz last September and we'd like to share our experiences with you. Over 60 undergrads and their course profs and TA explored the insects, bees, wasps, birds, frogs, toads, salamanders, and snakes of the Morgan Arboretum in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. This project couldn't have happened without funding from McGill's Sustainability Projects Fund and the support, expertise, and enthusiasm of Drs. David Green and Heather Grey (Redpath Museum), Drs. Julia Freeman and David Goodin (Ethics, Knowledge, and Environment), Chris Cloutier and Scott Pemberton (Arboretum naturalists), Sheldon Harvey and the volunteers from Bird Protection Quebec, and all of the students who braved the cold and mud to experience some of the wonders of the Arboretum. We thank you for making this project such a success!

October 19,  2014: Island of Trees book launch

Celebrate the publication of Bronwyn Chester's Island of Trees (Vehicule Press, 2014). This book follows the trail of 50 Montreal trees and defines each one and interprets the tree’s story—stories that anchor us in time and place. Illustrated by Jean-Luc Trudel and Charles L’Heureux, this book will be available for sale at the launch. Bronwyn Chester wrote a column on trees for the Montreal Gazette and was influential in the city as a naturalist. Check this NFB documentary short film Sacrée montagne - Les arbres, about Bronwyn's keen interest and respect for trees.

October 26, 2014: Rattlesnakes of Mexico - through my eyes.

Opening of temporary exhibit of photographs by the independant photographer Eric Centenero Alcala. Outside Room 200.

Nov 16, 2014:  Explorations in Plant Intelligence
By Catherine Polcz (Dept. Plant Sciences, McGill). Recent research into plant behaviour has claimed that plants possess memory, can react to the sound of running water, and are even able to recognize their kin.  Animals and even computers have long been described as intelligent, so why are we so unwilling to grant plants complex behaviour?  In this lecture, botanist Catherine Polcz will discuss the manifold ways in which humans have tried to understand plants.   In Auditorium.

Dec. 14, 2014: Mitigating climate change: The role of science and public policy

With Catherine Potvin (Prof. Dept. Biology, McGill; Canada Research Chair in Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Forests),  Dominique Paquin  (Simulations and climate analyst, Consortium on Regional Climatology and Adaptation to Climate Change - OURANOS and Université de Montreal),  Normand Mousseau (Professeur titulaire: Chaire de recherche de l’Université de Montréal sur les matériaux complexes, l'énergie et les ressources naturelles), Bronwen Tucker (McGill University and Canada Youth Climate Coalition) who will by skyping in from the 20th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima, Peru and  Shaun Lovejoy (Prof., Dept. Physics, McGill). Moderated by Victor Frankel  (PhD Candidate, McGill University & Graduate Fellow, Smithsonian Institution)

Archives 2015

March 8, 14h – 16h: MINERAL DAY @ MUSEUM

  Meet mineral 'experts', learn about the diversity and wonder of the world of minerals, and maybe play a game of Mineral BINGO. Special mineralogical prizes! For all ages. Bilingual. FREE. No reservation required. Bring your own minerals and rocks to be examined and identified. IMAGEs: Torsten Bernhardt, Peter Tarassoff. Avec Mining Matters.

May 30, 10h-11h30:  Secret Science Spots
As part of Atlas Obscura, join us on an exciting walk to find the secret science spots on McGill University’s downtown campus. Includes special refreshments and a booklet.

START: 10h, Meet at the front steps of the Redpath Museum.  Cost: $4 REGULAR ADULT, $2 CHILD/SENIOR/STUDENT, MAX $10 / FAMILY.
Rain or shine. We will only cancel if the weather is unusually dangerous! In English.

July 7 juillet, 11h – 12h30:
  Visite guidée/ guided visit of / de McGill’s Edible Campus / Le jardin du campus comestible. (bilingual/bilingue).  Avec/with Vikram Bhatt (Directeur).  Meet at the front steps of the Redpath Museum.  Reservations: 514-398-4094 ou/or science [dot] outreach [at] mcgill [dot] ca.