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Summer at the Saunders Hydro Dam Visitor Centre

Join Ontario Power Generation and our community partners this summer for some fun, FREE educational programs. Whether you are interested in science and technology, community service, environmental research or history, the Saunders Hydro Dam Visitor Centre has something for you. All programs are family friendly and FREE.

When: Saturday, June 15 to Saturday, September 28
Where: Saunders Hydro Dam Visitor Centre
2500B Second Street West Cornwall, ON K6H 5R6
Cost: FREE
Pre-register: No

Schedule of events


Earth Rangers

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019,
Showtimes at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Join us and meet the live animal ambassadors of Earth Rangers through a fascinating and educational experience you and your family won’t soon forget!

Earth Rangers is a kids’ conservation organization committed to instilling environmental knowledge and positivity, and giving kids the inspiration and confidence to take action.

Falling Into Autumn

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join us to learn how various creature species react to the changing of seasons. Find out why leaves change colour and why only certain birds migrate south for the winter. Enjoy an interactive live-animal presentation that’s both exciting and educational.

Guests include the River Institute of Environmental Science and Speaking of Wildlife.

Wonderful World of

Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join OPG and the River Institute and learn more about the many fascinating creatures living right nearby. Identify wildlife through their sounds, droppings and tracks. Make fun crafts and find out about conservation efforts to protect local bird species. The Canadian Raptor Conservancy is presenting a live bird show! Showtimes are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Guests include the Canadian Raptor Conservancy and local bird expert Mike Chegrinec, a friend of the River Institute of Environmental Science.

Teddy Bear Picnic

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You’re invited to our fourth annual Teddy Bear Picnic!

Pack a lunch, grab your favourite furry friend and find a nice shady spot to eat. Local emergency responders will be on-hand including ambulance workers to treat any bear boo-boos, and fire fighters to teach your bears about fire safety. Fun for the whole family while learning about the importance of community safety.

Guests include the Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance, Cornwall Fire Department and Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

OPG Electricity Day

Sunday, July 28, 2019,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join us to learn more about Ontario’s electricity system and how we produce more than 40% of Ontario’s power. Find out more about electricity itself through fun activity kits provided by Ingenium, the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology!

OPG Science and
Technology Day

Saturday, July 20, 2019,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join us to explore some amazing technical innovations. Learn about 3D printing technology and take part in a fascinating virtual reality experience.

Guests include Midnight Makers 3-D Printing and Colony VR.

Nocturnal Creatures

Wednesday, July 17, 2019,
6:30 to 9 p.m.

Join us to learn more about Bats including how to avoid conflicts with them, key habitat management practices and what’s being done about their declining populations. Examine moth specimens and learn how they’re tracked. Meet a live American Eel!

Guests include Dr. Brian Hickey from the River Institute of Environmental Science, moth expert Michael Levieielle and our own John Sanna.

OPG Family Fun Day

Saturday, July 13, 2019,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join us to meet and interact with a large collection of live animal visitors. Take part in a scavenger hunt and get a chance to win a prize.

Guests include the Vanderlaand Barnyard Zoo.

OPG Environment Day

Saturday, July 6, 2019,
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Little Ray's Nature Centres'
showtime is 1:30 to 2:30

Join us to learn about environmental and biodiversity work taking place in Eastern Ontario including conservation efforts for Sturgeon and the American Eel. Inspect a collection of bones, pelts and tracks, and learn to identify the animals they belong to. Find out what tarantulas do for self defence and why skunks are black and white. Make your own animal track mold!

Guests include Raisin Region Conservation Authority, Little Ray's Nature Centres and members from the OPG Eastern Operations Environmental Team.

Budding Scientists

Saturday, June 22, 2019,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join us for science-related activities including a chemistry presentation using elephant toothpaste and a sun exposure craft using cyanotype photos. Learn about conservation efforts for threatened species like the Barn Swallow and Whip-poor-will. Perform water quality tests you can use at home.

Guests include Matt Watson from the River Institute of Environmental Science and Water Rangers.


Saturday, June 15, 2019,
10 a.m. to noon

Join Tackleshare us for some fishing fun. Hear a presentation on fishing basics to get you started and learn about invasive species in our water bodies, then enjoy some fun educational games and activities with prizes!

Guests include TackleShare, Muskies Canada and the Cornwall Lunker Club.