- Phone: 028 2566 4400
- Web Site: http://www.ballymena.gov.uk/ecos/
The interactive displays in the galleries are designed for fun while encouraging thoughts about how we can get enough food, energy and a place to live, without destroying the planet for future generations (known as Sustainable Development). In Gallery 1, spin boards and push buttons to calculate your environmental footprint, and see if your lifestyle makes too many demands on the planet. Puff and pump up the renewable energies to reduce carbon emissions. Investigate the importance of preserving as wide a range of wildlife as possible in Gallery 2 by using your skills to find out which animals live in different habitats, and see what things you could do to help wildlife where you live. There is an amazing ‘Colour in Nature’ display from The Ulster Museum, which has several hundred brightly coloured and fantastically camouflaged specimens from all over the world, including a bird that looks like a tree, and a butterfly that looks like a leaf. Also on display is some of the latest green technology that reduces the effect of global warming by using renewable resources. See how we save money and help save the planet by heating the building with wood pellets. Come and see what you can do too. Outside, Ecos Nature Park is an oasis of wildlife. Eight kilometres of mostly flat footpath gently lead visitors around 220 acres of parkland that includes maturing woodland, peaceful lake and ponds, grazed meadows and hay meadows. Most of the park is managed by The Ulster Wildlife Trust in a way that gives wildlife the best possible chance to thrive.
Easter Week Mon – Fri 10.00-17.00 (last admissions 16.00) Easter Saturday & Easter Sunday 12.00–17.00 (last admission 16.00) Easter - October Mon - Fri 10.00-17.00 (last admissions 16.00) June – August Mon – Fri 9.00-17.00 (last admissions 16.00) Sat & Sun 12.00-17.00 (last admissions 16.00)
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