Interpreting Ontario: introducing Ontario Parks’ interpreters

Today’s post comes from Cathy Entwhistle, the Natural Heritage Education Leader and Volunteer Coordinator at Bronte Creek Provincial Park.

Reading the title, you might think this blog is about the many languages featured in Ontario.

While Ontario Parks is visited by dozens of different language speakers each year and we do our best to communicate with everyone, the staff we call “interpreters” might only speak one language (or at least, one human language).

In Ontario Parks, an interpreter’s job is actually to interpret Ontario’s nature and history for our many park visitors.

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Sandbanks superhero wins Ecological Integrity Award

We’re proud to announce the winner of this year’s Ontario Parks Ecological Integrity Award: Yvette Bree, our Natural Heritage Education Coordinator at Sandbanks Provincial Park!

Yvette has given decades of dedicated, passionate service, protecting the ecological integrity of one of our busiest parks.
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Are Ontario’s provincial parks free in 2017?

If you ordered the FREE 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass, we wish you a wonderful time exploring Canada’s national parks.

BUT before you hit the road, make sure you know the difference between national and provincial parks in Ontario…

…because only national parks (Parks Canada) are offering free day-use in 2017.

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Owl-induced whiplash

In today’s post, Alistair MacKenzie, Naturalist Heritage Education Supervisor at Pinery Provincial Park, recounts a dramatic encounter with an eastern screech owl.

We desperately needed to confirm breeding evidence for eastern screech owls in our survey squares for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas back in 2005.

It was our last chance given that the atlas was wrapping up the collection period and I was frustrated since I confidently knew that screech owls did indeed breed in the park, but sadly we just hadn’t managed to be in the right place at the right time to confirm it.

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5 questions with a park planner

Welcome to our “5 Questions” series! We chat with park staff around the province to give you an inside look at what it’s like to work at Ontario Parks.

Meghan Pomeroy started with Ontario Parks as a maintenance student, and worked as an Operations Technician and Assistant Park Superintendent at several parks before becoming a Park Planner.

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Making The Pinery more butterfly friendly

In today’s post, summer student Barbara Alber shares a project she completed this year at The Pinery Provincial Park.

Butterflies. They’re beautiful, they’re ecologically significant, and they’re one of the only insects that doesn’t make people squirm.

They’re also in trouble.

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Why I love being a park naturalist

As summer fades, we love hearing from our seasonal students. Today’s post is from Michael Berry, a naturalist at Rondeau Provincial Park.

Two years ago when I applied to be a Natural Heritage Education Assistant at Rondeau Provincial Park, I didn’t really know what to expect. I had visited Rondeau a handful of times as a child, but never imagined I would have the opportunity to work there.

Fast forward to present day where being a park naturalist has changed my life forever!

Why you might ask?

Here are a few of my favourite things about being a park naturalist:

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Accessible playground at Murphys Point

Today’s post comes from Josie Grenier, Assistant Superintendent at Murphys Point Provincial Park.

Ontario Parks is working to ensure that everyone can access and enjoy new playgrounds being built or replaced across the province. This involves more planning and consideration than just the design of the climbing structure as you’ll see featured here at Murphys Point Provincial Park.

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