Category Archives: Field Trips

Field Trip 4: Motorcycle Races
Sunday, May 29, 2022 10:00 AM

10:00am Arrive at Atlantic Motorsport Park. Meet in the parking lot to the right near a small set of bleachers, inside the main gate next to the track. Entry fee is $10 per person, children under 12 can enter for free with an adult. The trip takes 50-60 minutes from Halifax.

10:15am Parking Lot – Orientation, Safety and Rules as per racetrack official’s instructions *MANDATORY*

10:30am Enjoy the races!

Track Rules/Safety Notes:
1. DO NOT wear Yellow or Red jackets, t-shirts, etc. You will not be allowed track side. The riders can easily misinterpret a yellow t-shirt or jacket as a caution flag and may slow causing a hazard on the track. Red is worse as a red flag means the track is blocked by a hazard and stop immediately.

2. ALWAYS listen to the marshals. If you hear a whistle, STOP immediately and look around. This usually means you have walked somewhere you are not allowed to be for safety/security reasons. If the marshal is yelling at you to back-up, do it immediately or you will be ejected from the track area.

3. Pit Lane. Only pit crews are allowed on Pit Lane. DO NOT walk along Pit Lane. It is very active and a rider can very quickly exit the track and drive down Pit Lane for any number of reasons. Serious injury can occur if you are in the way when an emergency happens.

4. Tower Area. Everyone is welcome to view the racing from the bottom level of the tower. To access the tower, you need to cross Pit Lane. You can only do this at the entrance to Pit Lane and only after exercising EXTREME caution looking for hazards first.

5. NEVER, EVER, cross the race track. The only access to the inner track area is via the tunnel under Turn 1.

6. NO ONE is allowed anywhere on an inside or outside corner unless behind a safety barrier and the marshal knows you are there and says it is okay. Some marshals will be more easy-going than others. Your deportment can significantly improve your odds of getting a great location and it is advised to ALWAYS ask first rather than hear a whistle and be told to move.

7. NO CHAIRS are allowed track side. If you take one, you can only use it in specific areas behind safety barriers.

8. Accidents happen and you must be able to react instantly to move out of the way. If a marshal thinks you are a hazard you will be removed. No questions or discussion.

General Notes:
1. Atlantic Motorsport Park is located about 15 minutes from Shubenacadie and 50-60 minutes from Halifax. Directions:
Take Exit 10 off Highway 102, and head into Shubenacadie (2.3km)
At the stop sign, turn hard right onto West Indian Road (watch for the sign: Indian Brook / Mill Village / McPhee’s Corner)
Drive 2.6km, keep right (Look for the Motorsport Park sign)
Drive 2km, turn right (Look for the North Salem / Atlantic Motorsport Park sign)
After 2.6km, the road will change to gravel. Drive on gravel road for another 2.2km
Turn Right just before the farm (look for the Atlantic Motorsport Park sign)
Follow this road (1.2km) until you reach the Atlantic Motorsport Park gates

2. Recommended attire – Wear sturdy (maybe waterproof) footwear and prepare for wet and dry weather. The field trip will take place regardless of the weather. Sunscreen and insect repellent are also recommended. Protect yourself accordingly against ticks.

3. Lunch and snacks – take your own. There may be limited “canteen type” food onsite located next to the registration building. There will be approximately an hour for lunch from noon to 1pm. Take lots of water.

4. Washrooms are located at the outfield between Turn 10 and 11. Vehicles are strongly discouraged from pit road/paddock, so you will need to plan any trips to the washroom / tower / pit road area.

5. During orientation, I will collect field trip waiver forms which are required for access to the track. You can also email your digital copy of the waiver to me by Saturday, May 28th at noon Atlantic. See below for more information.

6. Be prepared to walk. The track is 2.5km long and consists of 11 challenging turns and varying elevations. The infield area can also be challenging to walk and covers a very large area – about 300+ acres. If you prefer not to walk those distances, there are other great options.

7. Race schedule usually includes:
Practice Sessions – 9 to 11
Qualifying Sessions – 11 to noon
Races – 1 to 4:30 with awards following

Note: The race schedule will be subject to change and delays due to weather/wrecks/etc.

Gear/Equipment:
1. Depending on what you hope to achieve, a dSLR is highly recommended. A fast lens is not necessary, but will significantly improve your chance of capturing a good image.

2. You will likely want at least a 100mm lens. I use a 100-400mm lens and most images are shot at 200mm. You will want a shorter lens for photos in the pit area.

Health Etiquette:
If you do not feel well for any reason, please stay home. Although the field trip is outside, please be respectful and give people enough physical space regardless of whether or not they are wearing a mask.

URLs:
Map
Atlantic Motorsport Park
Society of Atlantic Roadracing League

PGNS Field Trip Waiver – mandatory. Two choices:
Digital version can be filled out electronically and sent to P. Mills by return email the day before on Saturday, May 28th by noon Atlantic. Download the form here.
This field trip waiver can be printed, signed, and given to P. Mills at the meet-up area on Sunday morning. Download the form here.

Track Map:
Meet-up area shown in red below and is close to the tunnel under Turn 1.

Warblers and other Songbirds Field Trip
Sunday, May 15, 2022 8:00 AM

PGNS – Warblers and other Songbirds Field Trip
Leader: Terry Boswell
Location: Meet at the front gate at 8am
Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park
4775 St. Margaret’s Bay Road
Upper Tantallon
Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park

The park does not open until May 17th so we will meet at the gate. If, by chance, the park opens earlier, follow the road to a parking lot on the left next to a grassy area with picnic tables. It is a 1km walk from the gate to the park and approximately 1.5km loop around the park. The total distance, with a few side trails, will be about 5km. The main trails are easy but some may be muddy.

Recommended:

  • appropriate footwear for wet trails
  • rain gear unless of course, there is 0% chance of rainwater
  • snacks/lunch
  • insect repellent
  • rain protection for your equipment
  • longest lens you can carry – at least 200mm but more is better
  • binoculars, if you have them

PGNS Field Trip Waiver – mandatory. Two choices:
Digital version can be filled out electronically and sent to P. Mills by return email by Saturday, May 14th at noon Atlantic. Download the form here: Digital Signature
This field trip waiver can be printed, signed, and given to Terry Boswell at the gate on Sunday morning. Download the form here: Print and Sign

Warblers and other songbirds are difficult to photograph as they rarely sit still. Hopefully, the leaves will not be fully out, allowing us better views of the birds.

Weather: As of May 10th, the forecast is for showers on May 15th. An email will be sent by about 7pm on Saturday evening if the trip is cancelled due to weather.

Health Etiquette: If you do not feel well for any reason, please stay home. Although the field trip is outside, please be respectful and give people enough physical space regardless of whether or not they are wearing a mask. Those who are disrespectful will be eaten by mosquitoes.

Field Trip, Saturday, October 10, 2020

Waterfalls near Wentworth Nova Scotia
Leader: Barry Burgess

Saturday, Oct. 10, Wentworth, Nova Scotia, meet at Irving Big Stop in Enfield at 8:30 am. Rain date Sunday Oct. 11.

Important we will be crossing Hart Lake Brook to access the falls of Horse Pasture Brook, bring rubber boots or be prepared to get wet. As a bonus there is a waterfall on Hart Lake Brook which you will see as you cross the brook, there is also an opportunity to explore Wentworth Falls afterwards for those interested. There are numerous falls on Horse Pasture Brook, we will start near some of the upper falls and work our way downwards, participants will explore at their own speed and ability and decide how far to explore downstream, allowing enough time to return to the parking area between 1:00 and 1:30.

More details can be found on Trailpeak.

Please note, field trip waivers are essential.
We do need to follow the PGNS field trip safety measures during this trip – see below.

See you there!

Thanks,
Laszlo

PGNS Field Trip Safety Measures

1) Do not attend a field trip or meeting if you are feeling ill or have any one of the following symptoms.
Fever (greater than 38°C) or feverish chills, sweats, muscle aches, light-headedness
Sore throat (difficulty swallowing/hoarse voice)
New or worsening cough
New or worsening headache
New or worsening shortness of breath
New or worsening nasal congestion/runny nose/sneezing
Diarrhea
Unusual fatigue
Loss of sense of smell or taste
Red, purple or blueish lesions on the feet, toes or fingers without clear cause
If you answer yes to two or more of these symptoms, please call 811 for further assessment and testing.

2) Practice physical distancing by remaining 6 feet apart and wear a face covering to protect others, when physical distancing is not possible during the field trip.

3) The Field Trip Waiver should be filled out at least a day in advance and emailed to the Field trip leader before attending the field trip. This will serve as a “roll call” and a means of contact tracing should it become necessary.

4) Consider adopting a “photo bubble” when travelling to the field trips, if carpooling with members not from your household. (i.e. Both driver and 1 passenger wearing masks and sitting as far apart as possible).