Brian Brunen shows off a Prairie Exotics python at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre's 25th anniversary event. (Juliet Kadzviti/Interlake Publishing/Postmedia Network)
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre celebrated its 25th anniversary on June 2, with a multitude of fun events for attendees.
OHM’s Jacques Bourgeois said the centre was excited to be celebrating 25 years with the public. “We just feel as young as ever. It’s just fun to see how things have changed over the past 25 years. When we first started opening this place, people were not sure what wetlands were, what this building was going to be about, but I think people have come to understand and appreciate what this space is all about,” Bourgeois said.
“We have now had more than two million visitors in the course of 25 years, so I think our mandate has been fulfilled and we are now looking forward to 25 more years.”
The event was packed with attendees who where able to participate in a variety of activities including water bug identification, a live owl presentation, an illusion show, a live reptile display, bouncy castles and slide, face painting and crafts and guided marsh walks.
“Despite the weather... we have had a great turnout. We have had more than 200 people come so far; it’s been a good day,” Bourgeois added.
As well, Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman MP James Bezan, on behalf of the Parliament of Canada and his constituents, presented the centre with a 25th anniversary plaque commemorating its silver anniversary.
“It’s been a great honour to be presented with the plaque of achievement and to have the roll that we have played since the beginning too,” Bourgeois said.
The OHM Interpretive Centre was first opened in 1993.