Friends of Ontario Parks

The next time you walk the boardwalk at Presqu’ile Provincial Park or attend the Huron Fringe Birding Festival at MacGregor Point Provincial Park, thank a Friend. 

Friends of Ontario Parks are not-for-profit, charitable organizations full of dedicated volunteers. These volunteers usually hail from a nearby community or they’ve camped in a park that they’ve grown to love and respect. Today, there are 27 not-for-profit Friends organizations dedicated to enhancing the educational, recreational, research and resource protection mandates of the parks they are affiliated with.

If you want to become a Friends volunteer at your favourite park, contact a Friends group directly. But if your park doesn’t have a Friends group and you are interested in starting one, speak to your local park superintendent.   http://www.ontarioparks.com/partnerships/

Some of Ontario Parks’ best events are organized by Friends. Here are two you won’t want to miss in 2014:

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Parkbus gears up for another season

Guest Blogger:  Alex Berlyand from  Parkbus

 

Spring is finally here, and with it comes the 2014 Parkbus schedule for the upcoming season. The first Parkbus of the season leaves Toronto on Victoria Day long weekend (May 17-19), which is now almost a month away. It’s time to get that dusty backpack out of the garage, open up the maps and start planning! Continue reading Parkbus gears up for another season

Ontario Parks Partners support Water Safety

In 2013 Ontario Parks is again proud to recognize Mountain Equipment Co-Op and Ontario Power Generation for their support of our ParkSmart Life Jacket Lending Program. Visitors to Ontario Parks enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches and waterfronts in Ontario. Continue reading Ontario Parks Partners support Water Safety

Trips and gear for adventure-lovers

T’is the season so we asked Ontario Parks staff and three corporate partners; Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), Coleman and Bushnell for gift ideas. Park staff suggested 2012 trip ideas in Ontario Parks while our corporate sponsors suggested cool new gear ideas. Here are our favourites. Continue reading Trips and gear for adventure-lovers

You Could Win Seven Days With The Giant!

Tourism Thunder Bay has once again organized Canada’s ultimate outdoor adventure campaign, “Seven Days With The Giant”. This summer, one lucky winner and three friends will be able to enjoy an all expense paid weeklong adventure exploring the Thunder Bay region. Continue reading You Could Win Seven Days With The Giant!

Ontario Parks Thanks Students

This past Friday, forty students were recognized by Ontario Parks Partners and Staff for their work in our provincial parks system.

The Ontario Parks Partners Bursary Awards was established in 2000 by several corporate partners who wanted to recognize students who excel in their jobs with Ontario Parks. Peers, the visiting public and/or the student’s supervisor may nominate a student for the bursary. Students must demonstrate high levels of customer service, employee initiative, leadership and dedication in their job.

The $500.00 educational bursary presented to each of these 40 students was donated from Ontario Parks’ Partners. These bursaries help the students with their post secondary education and to pursue their career goals. Many of these students choose to remain in the public service.

On behalf of Ontario Parks, Friends Associations and corporate Partners, we would like to congratulate these outstanding employees.