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 Jill Legault, an information specialist at Quetico Provincial Park.
Quetico’s oral histories have been locked away on archival cassettes at the John B. Ridley Research Library — until now.
Courtesy of history enthusiasts from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, they have come out of the vault and into our ears.
Continue reading Quetico’s wilderness voices
Are you new to camping, or maybe a park veteran looking to brush up on your knowledge?
We’ve assembled a handy guide to all the terms you’ll need to know and understand before you visit the park…
Continue reading An Ontario Parks glossary
Today’s post comes from Alexander Renaud, a Discovery Program Lead at Emily Provincial Park.
In the summer of 2018, our Discovery staff at Emily Provincial Park wanted to do something BIG to help the park.
Previous years have seen the instillation of turtle nest protection boxes, the collection of species data through a BioBlitz, and the design and creation of a new trail system.
Last summer, we decided upon creating a pollinator garden!
Continue reading The story behind Emily Provincial Park’s pollinator garden
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 David Bree, Discovery Program Lead at Presqu’ile Provincial Park.
Trails and parks go together like (fill in your favourite pairing here: “like peas and carrots,” as Forrest Gump would say). Trails are arguably the most used recreational facility in our park system.
But trails don’t just happen; first a concept must be born.
Continue reading Discovery and trails go together like peanut butter and jelly
Today’s post comes from David LeGros, a park naturalist with the Ontario Parks Discovery Program.
“I’ve never seen one of those” is among my favorite sentences.
There’s a scary thing that happens the longer you look into nature. The more you find, the more you find out that you don’t know that much. It can be an intimidating feeling, but also, an exciting feeling.
Your mind is about to be blown.
Continue reading “What the heck is that?!”: when to #AskanOPNaturalist
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 Caroline Freitag, a Discovery Guide at Rainbow Falls Provincial Park.
When I was a very young child, I was fascinated by leaves and rocks. On walks around my neighbourhood I would collect the biggest, coolest leaf I could find and bring it home to show whichever family member hadn’t been with me when I’d found it.
My preferred method of showing affection to people was to give them a “very cool rock”- usually a piece of gravel I’d found on the side of the road. My one neighbour loves to tell the story of the shy girl who left her piles of pebbles by the garden gate!
Continue reading My journey to becoming a Discovery Guide at Rainbow Falls
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
Did reading this title send chills down your spine? Did your heart beat just a little faster with the thought that you might hear a coyote?
Each New Year’s Eve since 2000, Bronte Creek Provincial Park has rung in — or, more accurately — howled in the new year.
You can be part of the park’s coyote howl tradition this December 31.
Continue reading Bronte Creek’s annual coyote howl
Today’s post comes from Jessica Stillman, School Outreach Coordinator for Bronte Creek Provincial Park.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park is a unique setting, with rich natural and historical features. As the School Outreach Coordinator at the park, I get to connect students to this wonderful site on a daily basis!
Let me tell you a little about myself and the programs we offer:
Continue reading When the student becomes the teacher