Today’s post comes from Mackenzie Schmidt, a Natural Heritage Education Leader at Bonnechere Provincial Park.
Bonnechere is celebrating a very special birthday this season. This summer marks 50 exciting years as an established provincial park!
After some reminiscing, we realized that Bonnechere has experienced some pretty significant changes throughout the past five decades…which is why we feel this year calls for an awesome festival!
Find details about our week-long anniversary celebrations at the bottom of this post.
But first, let’s take a walk down memory lane…
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Calling all citizen scientists!
Grab your paddle and join us for the 21st Annual Loon Counts at Killarney Provincial Park.
The Piping Plover 10th anniversary event, lovingly entitled Ploverpalooza, is scheduled to take place over the course of the summer of 2017.
Wasaga Beach Provincial Park and the Friends of Nancy Island have spearheaded the Piping Plover Recovery Program since the species returned to Wasaga Beach in 2008.
Help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of the return of this beloved species at risk!
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Today’s post comes from Martha Martens, a Natural Heritage Education leader from Killbear Provincial Park.
I’ll admit: when I first heard the word “bioblitz,” I was confused. What does this strange word mean?
It might be helpful to break the word down in order to understand: “bio” means “life” and “blitz” means a “sudden, energetic, and concerted effort, typically on a specific task.”
So a bioblitz is a brief period of time, usually 24 hours, that experts and amateurs come together to specifically record all nature sightings in a given area. All the records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity of that location at that point in time.
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Today’s post comes from Hayley Tompkins and Sarah Johnson, biologists with Wildlife Preservation Canada’s Native Pollinator Initiative.
Calling all nature lovers! If you’re available June 24-25, 2017, we have a great program to help conserve pollinators that you can be a part of!
Continue reading Bumble Bee conservation volunteer opportunity at Pinery and Awenda
During March, spectacular events are taking place at Ontario Parks. One of them takes flight at Presqu’ile Provincial Park’s on March 25-26, 2017.
It’s the 41st anniversary of Waterfowl Weekend, hosted by park staff and Friends of Presqu’ile Provincial Park volunteers.
Make plans to witness one of the best waterfowl migrations in the world!
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Is your family looking for a fun way to take flight this March Break? Check out Rondeau Provincial Park’s “Wing of Spring.”
This bird-themed spring series runs March 11-19, 2017, and features different feathery activities every day!
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During the winter months, many of us get less “Vitamin N” than usual.
Yet contact with nature has been found to lower blood pressure, strengthen immune system, help prevent disease, and reduce stress levels.
Outdoor time is thought to have important contributions to children’s cognitive, emotional, social, and educational development. Likewise, as exposure to nature rises, children’s stress levels decrease and their self-worth increases.
Keen to spend time in nature with your family this March Break?
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Every March, cross-country skiers of all abilities descend on Quetico Provincial Park and the nearby town of Atikokan for the Cross Quetico Tour.
Normally known for its world-class wilderness canoeing opportunities, Quetico’s interconnected waterways become a winter venue for a ski adventure like no other.
Continue reading The Cross Quetico Tour: a true winter adventure
Six of our most popular parks are hosting Family Day events — is your family spending time in nature this winter?
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