Today’s blog post comes from Ecologist Corina Brdar. When Corina’s not working at Ontario Parks, she is actively involved in the growing nature journaling and mindfulness community.
It seems the term “mindfulness” is showing up everywhere in our lives these days. It can be a tricky concept to try out in your everyday life, though. An easy place to give it a try is in nature.
At the very least, some mindful time in nature can allow your busy brain a moment of rest and your nervous system an opportunity to hit pause. It can also bring a new richness to your outdoor experiences.
So what is mindfulness, and how do you “do” it in nature?
Continue reading This mindfulness moment brought to you by nature….
In today’s post, Assistant Discovery Program Leader Emma Dennis invites us to reflect on Killarney Provincial Park’s landscapes, past and present.
When I was young, we used to play a game where we would stand or sit in one spot, and use our imaginations to create an idea of what might have happened there years before us.
At that age, our ideas were that perhaps dinosaurs roamed in that same area or the princess kissed the frog in that same place hundreds of years ago (and they lived happily ever after!).
Today, I find myself playing a similar game as I explore Killarney Provincial Park.
However, my record of historical events is slightly more accurate.
Continue reading Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Group of Seven
Art and nature go together like columbine flowers and hummingbird tongues.
Indigenous artists express their relationship to land through art; Canada’s Group of Seven found inspiration in several Ontario Parks; parks offer residency programs, and our park visitors find many artistic ways to capture their memories. We love it when visitors share their artistic creations with us.
However, a new trend is starting to cause problems province-wide: the painted rock.
Continue reading Can we bring painted rocks to the park?
In today’s post, Discovery Leader Carlin Thompson from Sandbanks Provincial Park shares her top tips for nature journaling with kids.
We did it, parents! We made it through another winter.
The struggle of tackling young children into layered outerwear and the scavenger hunts for matching mittens now seem like a distant memory. What sweet relief.
But before the unbridled joy of shucking the outerwear gives way to sunscreen-application-induced carpal tunnel and the din of summer boredom, let’s capitalize on our children’s excitement to be outside.
Continue reading Open eyes, open mind: nature journaling with kids
This blog post comes from Laura Myers, a Learning and Education Leader with the Ontario Parks Discovery Program.
Provincial parks are powerful places filled with inspiring elements. They have inspired artists for countless generations and continue to draw artists from near and far.
Continue reading Finding inspiration through nature
Whether you’re perusing for holiday gifts, soaking in the arts, or simply in need of a hot drink after a November hike, it’s the perfect season to visit Presqu’ile Provincial Park!
Christmas at Presqu’ile unfolds November 2, 3, 6, 9, and 10, 2019. Presented by the Friends of Presqu’ile Park, this annual event features wares from more than 100 of Ontario’s artisans, artists and crafters.
Continue reading Christmas at Presqu’ile
Today’s post comes from Jess Matthews, a Natural Heritage Education Specialist at Rondeau Provincial Park.
A change was needed at the Rondeau Visitor Centre and we wanted it to be big.
So, we worked with three different local Indigenous communities over three years to generate something amazing.
Continue reading “Gathering” at Rondeau
Today’s post is from Maureen Forrester, Neys Provincial Park’s Natural Heritage Education Leader.
The Group of Seven is a famous group of Canadian artists who formed with the mission to paint the truly rugged landscape of Canada; something they did not feel could be achieved with the popular European artistic style of the time.
Continue reading Sketching Superior: the Group of Seven in Neys Provincial Park
Ontario Parks is pleased to announce a new summer concert series with singer and songwriter Zach Oliver. The 19-show tour will kick off on July 19, this year’s Healthy Parks Healthy People Day celebration, and continue until the end of August.
We invite you to spend time outdoors and take in a great musical performance this summer!
Continue reading Summer concert tour with Zach Oliver
This article was written (and illustrated!) by Courtney Lafleur, Senior Park Clerk at Murphys Point Provincial Park.
Time spent in nature can have a profound and lasting positive effect on our physical and mental health, and journaling has long been heralded for its own health benefits. Put them together and you’ve got nature journaling; an activity that inspires creativity, mindfulness and connectivity with nature.
In the simplest terms, nature journaling is about looking at the natural world around you and recording your thoughts and observations. You don’t need a lot to get started, just a piece of paper and something to write with.
Continue reading Nature journaling — just try not to be inspired