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Event Name Start Date End Date Location Description
Guided Hikes May 21, 2018 September 3, 2018

Take to the trails with Killarney Provincial Park naturalists! Enjoy a guided day/night hike into Killarney's interior where you can experience the rocky granite ridges, beautiful quartzite peaks, an abundance of wildlife and breathtaking sunsets, all the while learning about the rich history of the crown jewel of Ontario Parks. Take in the stunning views of Georgian Bay during a hike on our Chikanishing Trail or rest on top of Granite Ridge while being mesmerized by the ever- changing yet always beautiful Killarney sunset. Dust off your hiking boots and clean your camera lenses for a hike to remember. Evening Granite Ridge hikes will be taking place every Wednesday throughout the summer season. Keep an eye on our social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for more information on event schedules!

Kids Programming June 30, 2018 September 3, 2018

School is out for the summer and you are packing up the kids for a fun filled, week-long vacation. Or maybe an adventure packed day-cation? Well It just so happens that at Killarney Provincial Park, WE LOVE KIDS! We have just the programs to educate and entertain your little nature lover. From pond dipping  for frogs, snakes and other reptiles and catching majestic butterflies to fun nature crafts and interactive games. Your child may spend a day in the life of a white-tailed deer or an Algonquin wolf as part of our Ecosystem Survival game OR learning how to make their way through the park with a compass during our Orienteering program! With all of the fun they'll have, they may never want to leave! Keep an eye on our social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for more information on event schedules!

Amphitheatre Programs June 30, 2018 September 3, 2018 The Amphitheatre

Looking for a fun and educational way to end your evening? Why not head on down to our Park's Amphitheatre to view an informative and entertaining presentation delivered and created by one of our park naturalists. Bring your blanket and get comfortable on one of many ampitheatre benches and enjoy a night learning about the history and future of the Algonquin Wolf or Back Country Camping 101. Amphitheatre themes are currently being put together by the creative minds of our knowledgeable staff. Keep an eye on our social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for more information on event schedules!

Drop In Programs June 30, 2018 September 3, 2018

Spending some time in the Park this summer? Why not pop by one of our Drop-In programs? No sign up or arrival time required. Maybe you have found a species of butterfly that you are having trouble identifying, stop by our "Ask A Naturalist" pop up booth for some insight! Or maybe you want to learn more about fish conservation and what it means to the ecological integrity of our Park, while getting an up-close look at one of our native fish species?  Whether you stay a while or are just stopping by, we are happy to have you! Keep an eye on our social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for more information on event schedules!

Drop-In Astronomy July 3, 2018 August 28, 2018 Park Observatory

Join an astronomer-in-residence every Tuesday night at the park observatory for a chance to get a close-up view of Jupiter, Saturn, and some of the most obscure celestial bodies in the night sky! Currently the only provincial park with a high powered telescope, Killarney is excited to expand what has been one of its most popular programs in recent years. You don't want to miss it! Check our social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for program specifics.

*Program is weather dependant*

Vintage Movie Nights July 6, 2018 September 3, 2018 Amphitheatre

Remember the old days of photo slides and movie reels? Come re-live the past with freshly-popped popcorn and a classic movie projector to celebrate Ontario Parks' 125th year! Bring a blanket and the family and join park naturalists at the amphitheatre to take in some classic flicks about the history of the park on 16mm film. Don't forget the bug spray! Programs will run weekly on Friday evenings. Watch out on social media for program details.

Healthy Parks Healthy People/Ontario Parks 125 Day July 20, 2018 July 20, 2018

It's that time of year again! Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP) Day encourages both campers and the public to get out and enjoy what Ontario Parks have to offer. This year, HPHP is getting a makeover with the addition of the Ontario Parks 125 (OP125) celebrations, so our ever-popular activity- and creativity-based programming will be interspersed with vintage throwback-style offerings to show how the park has changed over the years. With free day-use all day (8:00AM-10:00PM) there's no reason not to enjoy the activities and programs throughout the day. Watch out on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for a detailed schedule of the day's events, which will include a special bat program courtesy of Trent University researchers!

Art in the Park July 23, 2018 October 12, 2018 Various Locations throughout George Lake Campground

Have you always dreamed about painting in Killarney and becoming the next A.Y Jackson, Tom Thompson, A.J Casson or Frank Carmichael? Well here at Killarney Provincial Park, we would like to help you follow those dreams! Join us this season for our Art in the Park programs, including Artist in Residence, which provides free art lessons conducted by various professional and passionate artists! Our programs cater to a variety of different skill sets and groups of all ages. Join Danielle Gardner from July 23rd- 27th (Spots limited, sign up available at the main gate) and Christy Smith from October 8th - 12th. Stop by the Friends of Killarney Park's 2018 Annual Art Show & Sale on July 28th from 10am - 5pm! Located at the Veteran's Memorial Hall (community centre complex) in the village of Killarney. Free admission but donations to the Friends of Killarney Provincial Park are welcome. Watch out on social media for updates and more Artist in Residence details!

4th Annual BioBlitz July 28, 2018 July 28, 2018

9:00 a.m at the Amphitheatre Join park naturalists and other volunteers in a full day of drop-in style programming. Help us gain insight on Killarney’s ecosystems’ health and learn how to assist researchers. Afterwards, join us for an awards ceremony, where we’ll celebrate everything from the person with the most observations to the person with the best photo from the day. Naturalists will be posted around the park to answer questions and hold naturalist skills workshops. Don’t forget your camera, bug spray, sunscreen, good walking shoes and rubber boots (if you’ve got them!).

Drop-in Sessions

9:00 am – 9:30 am: Opening presentation (Amphitheatre) — What is a BioBlitz? What can the average citizen do to assist in research and monitoring to help protect and manage our wildlife? Join us to learn about what our Bioblitz is all about and for an introduction to the day.

9:30 am – 10:30 am Birding for Beginners (Nature Centre— Join park naturalists for a bird walk to see what bird species we can see and hear in the area! 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pond Dipping (Proulx Marsh) — Bring your rubber boots (not required!) and sense of play as we use nets to collect and then identify all the amphibians, invertebrates and pond-loving critters that reside in Proulx Marsh.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Tree Beating (Path behind Amphitheatre) — Ever wonder what bugs are living in the trees? Join park naturalists in shaking the trees, collecting cool bugs and then trying to identify them all.

Study Plots (Main Beach) — Identify all flora and fauna species in your own designated study plot with the park naturalists. No experience needed!

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Butterfly Count (Nature Centre) — With butterfly nets in hand: stalk, chase and catch all the butterflies you can! Join us in identifying the many species in our Park. Also explore the Nature Centre and learn how to identify our park’s wildlife! 

Pond Dipping (Second Beach)— Bring your rubber boots (not required!) and sense of play as we use nets to collect and then identify all the amphibians, invertebrates and pond-loving critters that reside at Second Beach!

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Submit Observations/Get identified (Main Office) — Join the iNaturalist community and submit your observations online. Submit your best pictures for the closing presentation and the chance to win an award. Park naturalists will be on hand to help with identification.

8:00 pm- 8:30 pm

Closing Presentation/Award ceremony (Nature Centre— Wrap up of the BioBlitz, showing pictures of the day from all our volunteers. Awards and prizes will be given at this time to our outstanding participants! 

 

2018 BioBlitz Award Categories

Most Stamped Wildlife Passport — Earn stamps for each station you attend throughout the day, and win bonus stamps for every species you are able to identify by yourself. Show us your Earth Rangers Wildlife Passport at the office between 5:30 and 7:30 for a chance to win this award and a cool prize! (12 and under)

Silliest Photo — Bring us your monkey faces, your frog-dives, your wipeouts! We’re looking for the person (12 and under) with the silliest photo to win this award and an awesome prize!

Most Observations — Join iNaturalist at the Main Office anytime during the day (or visit iNaturalist.org on your mobile device) and post observations throughout our BioBlitz. Make sure to join the Killarney Provincial Park Wildlife Project and the Killarney Provincial Park BioBlitz 2018 Project.  At 7pm our Naturalists will take a look and the person with the most observations will get an award courtesy of the Friends of Killarney Park.

Best Overall Photo — Bring us your best photo between 5:30 and 7:30 up at the Main Office for a chance to win something special, courtesy of the Friends of Killarney Park.

22nd Annual Summer Loon Count August 11, 2018 August 11, 2018 Nature Centre

Park Nature Centre - 9:00am

Come paddle the beautiful lakes of Killarney Provincial Park while contributing to ongoing ecological preservation by participating in our Annual Summer Loon Count!  All information collected will be submitted to Bird Studies Canada for research purposes.  A complimentary BBQ dinner is provided for all of our volunteers. Email killarneyparknhe@gmail.com to sign up and RSVP by July 21st. 

Group of Seven Festival August 18, 2018 August 19, 2018

The famous painters of the Group of Seven played a major role in ensuring Killarney Provincial Park is the wilderness-class wonder we enjoy today. Come out to celebrate the Group of Seven and learn about their importance within the park. We will be offering a variety of programs, from guided hikes and guest speakers to creative programs with our artists-in-residence. Watch out on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for a schedule of the days' events!

30x30/OP125 Weekend August 31, 2018 September 3, 2018

Did you know August is 30x30 month across Ontario Parks? All month long we encourage everyone to spend at least 30 minutes outside for 30 days in a row. Here at Killarney we're going to end off the month with a Labour-Day-Weekend-Long celebration of the great outdoors! From August 31st to September 3rd take part in a variety of programs geared towards enjoying the wilderness.

2018 also marks Ontario Parks' 125th birthday! Throughout the weekend programs will focus on the development and evolution of parks over the years, and there just might be some vintage footage of Killarney in the old days! Watch out on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for event schedules.

Stars Over Killarney September 22, 2018 September 22, 2018 Park Observatory

Big news! Killarney Provincial Park has been deemed Ontario Parks' first-ever official Dark Sky Preserve! The low light pollution and fantastic night sky views in the park have contributed to attaining the new title. To celebrate the designation, we're throwing a nighttime Star Party! Join us on September 22nd to view the stars through our brand new high-powered telescope and learn about the night sky with astronomers-in-residence. Grab a campsite (they fill up fast!) and bring the family to what is sure to be a one-of-a-kind experience.