Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Here is how you can experience Cayman heritage & nature this summer

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park

The Minister of Culture, the Honourable Dwayne Seymour has encouraged all residents of the Cayman Islands to "take time to revisit your history, revisit your culture, revisit your Cayman…and celebrate the importance of preserving our natural habitats and our heritage."

Many national attractions opened to the public as of this weekend. The Minister of Culture advises that this is a great way to have time outside of the house, to enjoy nature and to learn about our islands past. 

Here are ideas for the entire family to get immersed in Cayman heritage this summer:

The National Museum will be conducting its Immerse Summer Camp in mid-August with a focus on Cayman's Maritime Heritage.

Let your kids take part in the Cayman National Trust Kids Explorer Passport Challenge during 27-31 July. Purchase an Explorer Passport for $10 which includes a fun activities map featuring a variety of local sites, and interesting facts. Some places you may visit include Mission House, Blue Iguana Conservation, Bioluminescent Bay, Spotts Beach, Crystal Caves and more!
Children can submit photos and a short essay about their experience, what they learned and their favourite site by 7 August. (applicable sites) Email submissions to marketing@nationaltrust.org.ky. The winning submission will be posted on the NT website & social media, plus receive a prize of NT t-shirt, NT mug and one year NT membership. Winner will be announced on 14 August.

The Cayman Parrot Sanctuary offers a friendly interactive and educational experience for the whole family. Enjoy meeting face to face with Cayman's native animals as well plants and unspoiled natural landscapes.

At Pedro St. James Castle, discover the history of the Birthplace of Democracy in the Cayman Islands and step back in time at the place where the Slavery Abolition Act (1833) was read, ending slavery in the Cayman Islands. Admission is only $5 for residents. Kids 5 and under and seniors 65 and older are free. Last 3D showing at Pedro is 4 pm.

At Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, enjoy the outdoors with a family picnic on the lawn, birdwatch along the woodland trail or catch a glimpse of our Blue Iguanas. Discover the indigenous plants and animals that reside in the natural habitat at the Botanic Park, learn about our conservation efforts and take a tour through a 100-year-old traditional Caymanian home inside the Heritage Garden. Admission is only $5 for residents. Kids 5 and under and seniors 65 and older are free. The last admission is 4.30 pm.

At the Cayman Islands Turtle Centre, swim in the Breakers Lagoon, ride the Turtle Twister water slide, see the baby hatchlings, explore the wildlife and of course, enjoy all of the turtle encounters.

At Mission House in Bodden Town, you can take a tour and learn about the history of Cayman's early settlers; many of whom were missionaries establishing the early church in Grand Cayman.

Blue Iguana Conservation, located at the QEII Botanic Park in North Side is a conservation programme by the National Trust for the Cayman Islands working towards sustainably conserving the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana. Tours available 10.30 am, 11.30 am and 2 pm, Monday through Saturday.

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands promotes the appreciation and practice of the visual arts, of and in the Cayman Islands and to encourage dialogue in relation to cultural heritage, national identity, Caymanian history and the history of art.

There are many opportunities for those who feel restricted by the closed borders to learn and get immersed in nature.

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