With another busy summer season of programs about to begin at parks across the province, we wanted to profile one of our award-winning staff members.
Earlier this spring, Mark Read, Senior Naturalist at Murphys Point Provincial Park, won the Sandy McBeath Outstanding Seasonal Interpreter Award. This honour is awarded to one interpreter annually in the Great Lakes Region by the National Association for Interpretation.
Continue reading Award-winning interpreter in our midst at Murphys Point
Today’s post comes from Martha Martens, a Natural Heritage Education leader from Killbear Provincial Park.
I’ll admit: when I first heard the word “bioblitz,” I was confused. What does this strange word mean?
It might be helpful to break the word down in order to understand: “bio” means “life” and “blitz” means a “sudden, energetic, and concerted effort, typically on a specific task.”
So a bioblitz is a brief period of time, usually 24 hours, that experts and amateurs come together to specifically record all nature sightings in a given area. All the records are compiled into a single data set of the biodiversity of that location at that point in time.
Continue reading What’s a bioblitz?
Nothing’s more inspiring than a person with a true passion for nature.
Tobi Kiesewalter is one of those people. He puts his passion to work as the Natural Heritage Education leader at Murphys Point Provincial Park.
Tobi’s been a valued member of the Ontario Parks family for a whopping 22 years. Now, we’re proud to announce he is the recipient of the National Association for Interpretation’s Great Lakes Region Master Interpretive Manager Award.
Continue reading Tobi Kiesewalter: interpretive naturalist extraordinaire
Today’s post comes from Josie Grenier, Assistant Superintendent at Murphys Point Provincial Park.
Ontario Parks is working to ensure that everyone can access and enjoy new playgrounds being built or replaced across the province. This involves more planning and consideration than just the design of the climbing structure as you’ll see featured here at Murphys Point Provincial Park.
Continue reading Accessible playground at Murphys Point
During the summer of 2015, several research projects were conducted at Murphys Point Provincial Park, but one in particular attracted the attention of staff and public alike.
With long-handled nets in hand, park staff — led by expert volunteer Bev Edwards — could be seen thigh-deep in the vernal ponds, streams and lakes located within the park.
What were they doing?
Surveying for odonates (that’s dragonflies and damselflies to most of us).
Continue reading Hunting dragons, discovering damsels
Spring is a great time to score your perfect campsite. Across Ontario, most parks still have a good selection of sites available for the weekend, for tent and RV campers alike!
Scout out your ideal campsite on our Campsite Browsing/Reservation tool (including pictures of most campsites!), or check out these featured campsites (available as of noon, June 9):
Continue reading Campsite vacancy highlights: June 10-12
Ontario Parks host the BEST winter events!
We’re starting the season with a December Victorian Christmas celebration at Oakville’s Bronte Creek Provincial Park, and wrapping up winter with a late March Candlelight Ski and Tea at northwestern Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park.
And there’s lots going on in between.
We’ve highlighted a sample of what’s planned. For a complete listing, visit our Calendar of Events.
Continue reading Winter events at Ontario Parks
Here’s our weekly report of available campsites for a quick weekend getaway!
Continue reading You could be camping (August 28-30)
Planning to visit a provincial park this summer? Looking for something different the whole family can do together? Why not take a walk on the ‘wild’ side? Discover how to track animals. Catch insects. Learn birdcalls – or communicate with wolves in the wild at night. Create nature-inspired art in the medium of your choice. Or find out how different species mate by attending a ‘Glee’-style musical!
Continue reading The call of the Park
Because of the 5 month booking window at Ontario Parks, to reserve a specific (and popular) campsite for the August Civic long weekend, reserve now. Over 40% of reservations made by the end of March are for the most popular parks. Park staff suggests these provincial parks as alternatives to Ontario’s busiest five.
Continue reading Ontario Parks to visit in 2015