Humanity’s fascination with the celestial bodies dates back millennia.
And times haven’t changed.
Star parties and night sky events are held in our parks every summer, especially in northern Ontario, where there’s less light pollution.
Continue reading Summer star parties 2019
Family with young kids? This is the park for you!
We have large private campsites, activities to keep the wee ones entertained for hours, and large towns are just a short drive away.
Continue reading 5 reasons to stay at Emily Provincial Park
In our “Behind the Scenes” series, Discovery Program staff across the province share a “backstage” glimpse of their favourite programs and projects. Today’s post comes from Alexander Renaud, the Discovery Program Lead at Emily Provincial Park.
Seven years ago I applied to every job under the sun (as all university students do) and I finally got the call.
The only hiccup…I had never been to a provincial park before.
Continue reading Behind the scenes: life as a Discovery Leader at Emily Provincial Park
Last year marked Ontario Parks’ 125th anniversary: 125 years of campfires, hikes, nights under the stars, days at the beach, and unforgettable family memories of the countless visitors who use our beautiful park system.
This year marks two other important anniversaries – Rondeau Provincial Park’s 125th anniversary and 75 years of interpretation in Ontario Parks!
Continue reading Trailblazers of Ontario Parks interpretation
Today’s post comes from Olivia Pomajba, a summer student at Rondeau Provincial Park.
“I hold no terrors in these hands
I am but a vessel to unknown lands
There is nothing to fear but fear itself
Of what, the memory of love or wealth
You will take my hand, make no mistake
A new life starts as you awake.”
— Graham Jones, “Fear of the Unknown”
Continue reading Exploring the fear of the unknown
Today’s post was written by Alida Lemieux, Discovery Program Coordinator at Ontario Parks.
Kids seem naturally drawn to bugs. Maybe it’s because bugs are small and easy to handle. Maybe it’s because they are plentiful and easy to find. It could be because they are beautiful, funny, strange or creepy!
Continue reading A bug in the hand
Today’s post comes from Natural Heritage Education Supervisor Alistair MacKenzie and Bat Stewardship Technician Heather Sanders.
Did you know Pinery Provincial Park has been a bat research hot spot for more than four decades? We’ve collaborated with research groups at York University, Western University and the University of Waterloo.
Much of what we know about Ontario bats — including their migration, diet, and behaviour — is all thanks to work done at Pinery.
Continue reading Pinery goes to battle for bats
Today’s post comes from Camille Koon, a Learning and Education Leader with Ontario Parks.
“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.” – Alexandra K. Trenfor, educator
Every child who visits a park should see it as an exciting adventure waiting to unfold. With lakes, rivers, beaches, forests, fields, and more, the opportunities for discovery are endless.
By observing the diversity of plants and animals found in the outdoors, children discover the wonders of nature and develop a deeper appreciation for it.
Here are five ways we can empower all children to become explorers of the world around them.
Continue reading 5 ways to empower children to be explorers
Today’s post comes from Megan and Cora, two of Halfway Lake Provincial Park‘s discovery guides.
As discovery guides, part of our job is inspiring, encouraging, and motivating visitor to explore and discover nature everywhere!
Continue reading Hiking through Halfway Lake, discovery-style
Today’s post comes from Madeline McNabb, a 2017 Discovery Guide at White Lake Provincial Park.
We all dream of turning our passion into a job.
My chance came this past summer when I worked at White Lake Provincial Park as a Discovery Guide.
The Discovery Program is a new program focusing on inspiring curiosity in park visitors and encouraging exploration of our natural environment. I made so many amazing memories this past summer. There are too many wonderful things I want to share!
After much deliberation, I have narrowed it down to five top reasons why I loved being a Discovery Guide:
Continue reading 5 things I love about being a Discovery Guide