Play Eat. Learn. Celebrate.
That is what’s in store for visitors to the Jan Marais Nature Reserve on Friday 4 December when this much loved nature reserve celebrates its 100th anniversary.
Entrance is free, and from 10:00 until 17:00 the nature reserve will be abuzz with activities for young and old, ending with a Park Run at 16:00 and a Kids Cycle Run at 17:00. Swings, slides, bubble station will also provide lots of fun for the young ones.
Educational activities include a school programme with fire and traffic safety and disaster management demonstrations, eagle encounters, live snakes and book prizes. There is a herb and healing tour at 13:00 and 15:00, an indigenous garden tour at 15:30, a pop-up organic veggie shop and a bee demonstration - and you can get around the nature reserve on an electrical scooter!
Apart from the park run, fitness fanatics can exercise in an open air gym, rent bicycles and receive biokinetic advice.
There is also inspiration for the artistically inclined – live sketching, sculpture tours at 15:30 and 16:30, an art and photographic exhibition, and crafters at work! Poetry recitals, buskers and music will certainly liven up the reserve and contribute towards the celebrations.
However, for those who prefer the quiet and peace of a nature reserve, there will be a specific calm zone, with a bonsai demonstration at 12:00 and a labyrinth tour at 11:00. Neck and shoulder massages will also be available.
By this time you will probably be thirsty and hungry. You can visit the stalls for food and drinks, and if you have energy and lots of good will left, visit the blood station and donate a highly valued pint of blood.