Workshops & Events

Here you’ll find all of our upcoming webinars, walks, and BioBlitzes!

All-Star Bioblitz: Habitat Heroes

Mini BioBlitz| August 15

Are you ready to up your naturalist game? Our Blitzing All-Stars are excited to explore our nature reserve with you and find more living things than ever before! Learn about species identification, sampling methods, and the wonderful naturalist community.

There are two ways to participate

In-person Volunteers: Join one of our All-Star guided teams in a Mini-Blitz competition on our private nature reserve! Sign up for three-hour shifts beginning at 10am and 1pm. Groups will be limited to 5 volunteers.

Virtual Volunteers: Can’t make it out to the Nature Reserve for this event? Register as a “Virtual Participant”. Contribute your own sightings via iNaturalist! Virtual submissions are accepted from 12:00AM – 11:59PM on August 15th.

Photo by Nick Fewings

Let Them Bee: Native Bee ID and How to Support Them

Webinar | Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 | 7:00pm

Ever notice how many little bees you see but don’t know the name of?

Well, it’s a good thing we have Sheila Colla to present on one our favourite topics, native bees! Sheila has a a PhD in biology as well as a lengthy and diverse list of experiences. Most recently she has acted as a Scientific Advisor for the At-Risk Pollinator Program at Preservation Wildlife Canada and now as an Assistant Professor at York University.  

Thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for sponsoring this event.

Tree Talk: Seasonal Tree ID and Tree Health

Webinar | Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 1:00pm

Trees may stand still but they how many times have you walked by without knowing what they were? What species they house, or how we protect them? Who here was absolutely bothered by Gypsy Moth caterpillars this year? Or maybe you have questions about other signs of tree health. Aileen Barclay will teach you all about trees of the Oak Ridges Moraine, focusing on tree identification to make sure you’re connecting with nature even in the winter months. She will also speak to habitat conservation and how best to support your trees and wildlife.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Patrick Barbara Keenan Foundation, for making this presentation possible!

Photo by Nick Fewings

Winter Birds

Webinar | Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 | 1:00pm

If you thought winter was a boring time for nature, well Kristen is going to burst your bubble! We welcome back Kristen Martyn, avid birder and an owner at Wild Birds Unlimited, to present on winter bird species and how to spot them.

Thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for sponsoring this event.

Photo by Nick Fewings

Life in the Cold Lane:
How animals survive winter’s deep freeze
Webinar | December, 2021 

Have you ever walked outside on a cold Canadian winter day and immediately wanted to go back in? How do animals survive their whole lives outside. Learn about winter adaptations from Michael Runtz!

Registrants will be notified when a date and time is determined. 

Thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for sponsoring this event.

The Great Backyard BiOlympics – Speed Scavenger Hunt

Downloadable Scavenger Hunt!

How many items can you “collect” in one hour? Earn points for nature and earth friendly objects in your home and yards.

Don’t forget that you can watch our past webinars on demand!

Click here to explore our library of presentations.

COVID-19

Your health and safety is important to us. The Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust has changed how we are delivering our events based on social distancing guidelines, mask recommendations and suggested cleaning practices. While we have taken steps to prevent the spread, we would like to also emphasize the importance of your actions in protecting yourself, loved ones, and those most vulnerable in our community. We thank you for your ongoing support and safe participation.

We ask each participant to review the ORMLT COVID-19 Event Protocol here.

If you still have questions about how we are adapting to the COVID-19 situation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 Have an idea for a nature event or want us to present to your group?

We’d be happy to talk with you!

 

You can contact the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust at landtrust@oakridgesmoraine.org or

905 853 3171 x 30 during office hours, Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM.

This work would not be possible without the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and our many other funders

Ontario Trillium Foundation
York Region
York Region
TD Friends of the Environment

iNaturalist at Blitzing the Moraine Events

iNaturalist is a smartphone app which lets you become a citizen scientist – at home and at our events. Take pictures of organisms, post them to iNat, and learn more about the species that surround us. Get started by visiting: https://www.inaturalist.ca/