Watch Our Past Webinars and Videos

Join our community of experts and learners through our webinars amd videos available on demand! Whether you are looking for gardening, birding, hiking, or species identification tips, we’re sure there’s lots for you to learn about here. 

Pollinator Garden at Starcliff Nature Reserve

We have created a new pollinator garden at our Starcliff Nature Reserve. Using native plants, we have gotten rid of our grass and added much needed biodiversity.  Watch the video to learn how we did it, and how you can create your own garden at home! 

Thank you to our sponsors – the Regional Municipality of York, the Catherine and Maxwell Meighan Foundation, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Patrick and Barbara Keenan Foundation and all the volunteers that helped plant this garden.  The bees are loving it!!

Brilliant Butterflies

April 14, 2022

ORMLT proudly hosted Gary Yankech, a fun, passionate, and knowledgeable teacher of nature interpretation and conservation. Join Gary in learning all about the brilliant butterflies of the Oak Ridges Moraine!

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

Prescribed Burn for Grassland Habitat

This restoration project took place on the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust’s MapleCross Nature Reserve. This 80-acre property is located in Schomberg between the Pottageville Wetland Complex and Happy Valley. The project goal is to provide breeding habitat for Bobolink (Threatened), Eastern Meadowlark (Threatened), Grasshopper Sparrow (Special Concern), Monarch (Endangered-COSEWIC) and Mottled Duskywing (Endangered-COSEWIC) by restoring 2.4 hectares of horse pasture to a grassland habitat.

Thank you to the Regional Municipality of York, the Catherine and Maxwell Meighan Foundation, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Patrick and Barbara Keenan Foundation the TIDES Foundation and all the volunteers that helped with this project.   

Fish of the Oak Ridges Moraine

February 7, 2022

Learn about the fish of the Oak Ridges Moraine, and how to identify them with our friends at Ontario Streams in this webinar recording.

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

Animal Tracking

with Kim Cabrera
Jan 10, 2022

Tracking expert Kim Cabrera a.k.a. “Beartracker” teaches us how to identify animal tracks of mammals on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Learning to identify tracks will help understand which species we share our yards and local greenspace with!

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors including the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Patrick Barbara Keenan Foundation.

Tree Talk

with Aileen Barclay
October 19, 2021

Trees may stand still but they how many times have you walked by without knowing what they were? 

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!

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

with Dr. Sheila Colla
September 23, 2021

It’s a good thing we have Sheila Colla to teach us about native bees! Sheila has a PhD in Biology and an impressive resume demonstrating both professional and academic experience related to pollinator conservation. Most recently she acted as Scientific Advisor for the At-Risk Pollinator Program at Preservation Wildlife Canada, and is now an Assistant Professor at York University.

The Oak Ridges Moraine would like to share their gratitude for our generous sponsors, the Patrick and Barbara Keenan Foundation and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Darkside: Illuminating the Moths of the Oak Ridges Moraine

with Basil Conlin
May 20, 2021

Basil Conlin, a local naturalist and moth watcher, will take us on a journey through the seasons to understand our huge diversity of moths. Topics include how to find moths, where to find moths, and what species of native plants you can include in your gardens to attract and support moths and their caterpillars. Come to the Darkside and see what you’ve been missing. 

Mammals of the Moraine
with Michael Runtz
May 6, 2021


We are pleased to welcome back Michael Runtz , naturalist extraordinaire in this webinar about local mammals on the Oak Ridges Moraine. You’ll be surprised at how much you don’t know about some of our most charismatic friends!

Dragonflies and Damselflies
with Michael Runtz
April 22, 2021


OMRLT welcomes Michael Runtz all the way from Carleton University to teach us all about dragonflies and damselflies. How many species are there? What do they do and how are they important? If you didn’t think there was much to learn about these unique looking insects, Michael will convince you otherwise!

Winged Wonders: Life History and Conservation of Ontario’s Bats
with Chris Ketola
April 15, 2021

Let’s get batty!

We’re excited to have Chris Ketola, Head Field Research Coordinator at Fauna Forever, in this webinar about Ontario’s bats, why they are important and how we can help to protect them on the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Snakes, Salamanders & Other Slithery Things
with Josh Feltham
March 23, 2021

Did you know that some salamanders have tongues up to TEN times as long as their body!? Our knowledgeable speaker, Josh Feltham, will be indulging us with neat facts about the various snakes, salamanders and other slithery creatures that make Ontario home. You will also learn how to identify the different species, why they need protection, and how you can help!

Owls of Southern Ontario
with Annick Gionet Rollick
February 25, 2021

Join us with Annick Gionet Rollick, Senior Wildlife Rehabilitator and Zoologist at The Owl Foundation to learn about our local owls, what makes them unique, and what they sound like (hint: not every one whoos)! Annick will also be answering your questions on owls and what we can do to help.


Safe Hiking
with David Francis
February 9, 2021

Join seasoned hiker, David Francis, for an online session where you will learn techniques to prevent slips and falls on your walk, how to pack and prepare for any hike, and how to ensure your hike is environmentally friendly and economical. Beginners and intermediate hikers will benefit from this workshop and it is never too early to do yourself a favour and invest in prolonging your mobility!

Learn Animal Tracks
with Aileen Barclay
January 13, 2021

Join Biologist, Aileen Barclay, for this webinar on identifying animal tracks of animals found on the Oak Ridges Moraine! Did you know that winter is one of the best times to learn this fun skill?

What’s Blooming?
with Paul Heydon
September 30, 2020

The fall is the grand finale of the blooming season, from asters to goldenrods, the blooms don’t stop just because summer is over! Join native plant expert Paul Heydon in this webinar to learn more about amazing plant species that flower in the autumn on the Moraine.

Fall Birding 101
with Kristen Martyn
September 16, 2020

Leaves aren’t the only thing to change in the fall – birds can change colours too! This and a change in behaviour can make the fall an especially fun time for birding if you have the right tips! Join Kristen in this webinar and get inspired to check out your feathered friends.  

What to Do with a Downpour
with Sean James

Rain Gardens are the latest gardening trend, as they are a beautiful addition to a yard, allow the planting of some truly interesting plants and help the environment by catching and cleaning storm water so it can sink into the ground, restoring the Oak Ridges Moraine’s precious groundwater. Join Master Gardener, Sean James, as we cover how to design and build a rain garden.

Turtles in Trouble
with the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre

Seeing turtles basking on logs in the sunshine is a summer staple, but how much longer will we see this sight? Ontario’s turtles are facing some big challenges, but together we can help them out! Learn about some of the troubles turtles are in and meet a few live turtles from the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre.

Nifty Native Plants
with Sean James

Why do we think that using native plants means a sacrifice in beauty? It does not! Sean James, Master Gardener, will discuss the best native plants to use in your gardens for stunning results, as well as best locations, ideas for difficult soils and situations. Adding native plants to your garden is one of the best ways to help the pollinators and birds.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making these presentations possible!