Saying farewell to summer with Learn to Camp

With the end of summer approaching, our Learn to Camp – Book an Ambassador program is winding down for the season.

Whether you learned how to build campfires, became familiar with Ontario’s wildlife, or participated in another one of our educational programs, our ambassadors hope to see you in our park next summer mastering your newly-learned skills!

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Gaining experience with the Learn to Camp program

Today’s post comes from the family at CreateWithMom.com — a family of four living in the GTA, looking for adventure whenever possible!

Our first learning experience on how to car camp was with the Ontario Parks Learn to Camp program a few years ago.

After this, we invested in camping equipment and have gone on many camping adventures at different Ontario Parks.

Camping has become an activity we love doing as a family.

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Healthy Parks Healthy People Day 2022

We know that spending time in nature is good for us.

Sometimes, we just need a little push to get outside and feel the effects!

That’s why on July 15, we are offering a variety of activities in parks across the province in celebration of Healthy Parks Healthy People Day.

All parks that normally charge a day-use fee will be offering free entry so you can enjoy the benefits of being in nature.

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5 reasons to visit Earl Rowe Provincial Park

With hundreds of parks in Ontario, it’s easy to overlook one that’s right next door.

But you don’t need to drive far for great camping options!

Here are five reasons you should consider Earl Rowe Provincial Park when you’re planning your next (or your first!) camping adventure.

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How to become a park ranger at Ontario Parks

Applications are currently closed. Please stay tuned to find out when applications open for our 2023 season!

Calling all Ontario students!

Do you enjoy the outdoors and have an appreciation for Ontario’s natural and cultural resources?

Are you self-motivated, with a positive attitude and a desire to learn?

Do you enjoy working and interacting with the public?

Then this is the job for you!

Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for a position as a student park ranger with Ontario Parks this summer.

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How our partners helped us protect our parks in 2019

We are privileged to work with partner organizations that help us keep our parks protected and accessible for the millions of Ontarians who use them every year.

Now, we would like to look back on 2019, and thank our partners for their contributions and ongoing support.

It’s also a great chance to let you know about the important work that they’re doing in public and behind the scenes. Continue reading How our partners helped us protect our parks in 2019

201.9 fm Learn to Camp: we’ve been everywhere, man

You are tuning in to the 201.9 fm Learn to Camp station. We will be your disc jockeys for this blog, and will be playing some of the sweet, sweet sounds of summer.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy reading about the “sites” and scenes of our Learn to Camp season!

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True beginnings in nature: four generations of campers

Today’s post comes from Rebecca van Massenhoven, a Learn to Camp leader at Grundy Lake Provincial Park.

In 1951, at the age of forty, my great-grandmother crossed the Atlantic Ocean with her family on the ocean liner The Volendam. She wanted a better future for her family, and moved to Canada in search of this dream.

I can still recall her burning curiosity about the world around her. From spiders to birds, she loved learning about nature and often spent time sharing this passion with the family. As a child, I sat in her bay window watching the birds that came to her feeder as she told me about them as if they were her dear old friends.

My story truly began with my great-grandmother’s passion for the environment. In each of the four generations that have come to call Canada home, we continue to foster her love of the natural environment as our own.

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For the love of camping

The crackle of the campfire. The ripple of the wind across the lake. The call of a loon at dusk. The soft cushion of pine needles beneath your boots.

For many of us, camping sings in our heartstrings. The sounds, sights, smells of our favourite parks are a balm for our tired minds.

We wish everyone could know the deep satisfaction found in the soft resistance of water against a paddle, or the smoky perfection of a fire-cooked meal.

But sadly, not everyone does.

Yet.

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