|Event Name||Start Date||End Date||Location||Description|
|Family Day Weekend||February 19, 2018||February 19, 2018||Visitor Centre, Winter Activities Area/Chalet, Day Use Beach, Walking Trails||
No need to hibernate! Family Day is a great excuse to get out and explore nature in winter. Be sure to check out the Visitor Centre between 10AM-5PM on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, and take in a fun nature program with your friends and family!
Saturday - 11AM-12PM (Visitor Centre): Ask the Naturalist about...Winter Survival - strategies to cope with the toughest time of year!
2PM-3PM (Visitor Centre): Ask the Naturalist about...Feeder Birds!
6:30PM (Visitor Centre/Cedar Trail): OWL PROWL - indoor presentation on Pinery's owls, followed (weather-permitting) by a "prowl" on the Cedar Trail
Sunday - 11AM-12PM (Visitor Centre): Ask the Naturalist about...Turtles' Hurdles!
3PM (Visitor Centre): Special Film Screening - the Messenger
Monday - 11AM-12PM (P9 Day Use Beach): Chickadee Feeding with a Naturalist (seed provided)
1PM-3PM (Chalet): Family Day Campfire - Warm up by the fire for nature stories and show-and-tell with Naturalists
ALL WEEKEND - Grab your friends and family to head out on an adventuresome scavenger hunt! Pick up your challenge sheet at the Visitor Centre.
|Memories in March - Get Outdoors at Pinery||March 10, 2018||March 18, 2018||Start your discovery at the Visitor Centre where you can obtain park information, orientation, answers to your questions and plan your stay at Pinery.||
Memories start at Pinery this March during the school holiday. Experience the best of Pinery in the colder months by starting your discovery at the Visitor Centre which will be open daily 10-5 from March 10th to March 18th. Pick up a Scavenger Hunt sheet at the Visitor Centre, and set out on an adventure of discovery throughout the park! Completed Scavenger Hunts can be redeemed at the Visitor Centre before 5PM each day during March Break. The Visitor Centre also offers exhibits, an indoor theatre featuring nature documentaries, park naturalist staff, washrooms and the Friends of Pinery Park Nature Store. Naturalist staff are offering a variety of guided hikes, Ask-the-Naturalist chats and chickadee programs throughout the week and weekends. Visit the Friends of Pinery Park website www.pinerypark.on.ca for details on March Break programming. Please check our winter ski conditions report for updates about skiing, snowshoeing, skating and other winter services. In milder weather, one of Pinery’s many trails is the perfect location for a healthy walk or quiet solitude. Bring your camera, a picnic lunch, art supplies, family and friends and work on that rosy glow on your cheeks. Consider an overnight stay in a tent, trailer or one of our roofed accommodation options!
|Migration Weekend||May 18, 2018||May 21, 2018||Visitor Centre, Riverside Trail and other areas within the park.||
Join Park Naturalists, local birders, and bird banders to celebrate the arrival of our colourful migratory songbirds and other signs of spring!
Save the Date - details to follow!
|Family Fishing Week||June 30, 2018||July 8, 2018||Visitor Centre and Park Store Causeway||
Join Pinery Naturalists and our partners to learn more about sustainable angling and the ecology of the fascinating Old Ausable Channel.
Please visit www.pinerypark.on.ca to view the current detailed Activity Schedule.
|Savanna Fest||July 21, 2018||July 21, 2018||Visitor Centre, Park Store, Outdoor Theatre||
Join Park Naturalists, Conservation Officers, The Friends of Pinery and other partners to celebrate Parks Day in Canada in the largest remaining parcel of Oak Savanna in Canada. Spend one of the best weekends in summer showing your love for your favourite park; Events will be run from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Grab a Savanna Fest Passport when you arrive and get a stamp from each station to enter a draw for some awesome prizes!. Further details can be found on the Activity Schedule which is available at www.pinerypark.on.ca
|Ausable Adventures||August 4, 2018||August 4, 2018||Old Ausable Channel and Park Store Complex||
Join us to celebrate the unique ecological communities that thrive in the Old Ausable Channel in the heart of Pinery. Please consult our Activity Schedule for more details which can be found at www.pinerypark.on.ca
|Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup||September 15, 2018||September 15, 2018||In 2018, we will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in Canada. You can make a world of a difference by joining Canadians from coast to coast to coast to clean up shoreline litter. Meet at the Pinery Visitor Centre to start the day, where gloves and garbage bags will be provided. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear sunscreen, and consider wearing insect repellent to combat biting flies. Please pre-register by calling 519 243 8574. Visit www.shorelinecleanup.ca for more details. For high school aged students, this is a great way to work towards completing your community service hours and for everyone else, this is a great way to give back to the park and ensure our shorelines are kept devoid of human litter.|
|Dune Grass Restoration||October 13, 2018||November 30, 2018||
We need your help to restore Pinery’s fragile Freshwater Coastal Dunes! Assist with rolling boardwalk storage, dune grass transplantation and other initiatives to protect this rare and fragile component of Ontario’s Biodiversity. Dune grass can only be transplanted after it becomes dormant following several killing frosts. Please call the Visitor Centre in the fall by dialing 519-243-8574 to obtain more information and a final program date. You can also check out www.pinerypark.on.ca.
|Pinery Fall Classic||October 14, 2018||October 14, 2018||Event registration, start and finish lines at the Park Store.||
Jog your way through the Oak Savanna and help support Pinery through the Friends of Pinery Park. You can participate in the 10 km, 5 km, or 2 km road race, or the trail run (approx. 4.8 km); there is even a Fawn Run for kids (250 m). Please go to www.pineryfallclassic.ca for more information and registration.
|Halloween Weekend||October 19, 2018||October 21, 2018||Visitor Centre and Riverside Campground||
Experience autumn camping in Riverside Campground with a spooky theme! Join park naturalists throughout the weekend for special Halloween themed interpretive programming. Learn to differentiate between spooky myths and facts; decorate your campsite (no outside plants, hay or straw and please respect the park environment by ensuring ALL decorations are removed upon vacating your site); participate in campground trick-or-treating or decorate a scarecrow using natural objects from your campsite to profile one of Pinery’s interpretive themes - prizes will be awarded for the best scarecrow! You can learn more about Pinery interpretive themes by speaking to a Park Naturalist, attending a program throughout the year or by calling the Pinery Visitor Centre at 519-243-8574.
|Christmas Bird Count||December 15, 2018||December 15, 2018||Pinery and surrounding area||
Join birdwatchers for this incredible day of winter birding! Please contact the Visitor Centre to obtain more information by calling 519-243-8574. This event requires being able to tolerate cold conditions for prolonged periods as surveying takes place outdoors beginning before dawn for owls and continues until late afternoon. If snowy conditions prevail, hiking in snow or using snow-shoes may be required. If you are interested in participating, please contact the Visitor Centre early to learn more about the day, to share your birding experience level and to get a better understanding of how you can assist with this Citizen Science Program!