Workshops & Events

Here you can find all of our upcoming nature events and workshops, on and near the Oak Ridges Moraine. You won’t want to miss them!

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Amid concerns about the Novel COVID-19 Pandemic, the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust has decided to cancel all events until the end of May as an effort to keep our community safe. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation over the next month and will notify attendees if we decide it is necessary to also cancel subsequent events.

We would not be here without your support. Our Land Trust has a large network made up of partners, volunteers, and the attendees of our events, and it is important to us to do everything that we can to keep our community safe and to help limit the spread of the virus. Thank you for your understanding on this matter, and for your support of our Land Trust and the work we do on our Moraine.

This decision has been made as a social distancing measure, which is listed by the Public Health Agency of Canada as a recommended community-based measure to mitigate the spread of the virus.

The Great Backyard BIOlympics: Nature Decathlon

Date: June 6-7, 2020  virtual event

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics may have been postponed, but nature is still on! While we safely keep our physical distance, we can explore the nature in our own backyards and contribute to citizen science at the same time!

The Nature Decathlon consists of 10 nature ‘sport’ challenges for you to do from your own backyard or neighbourhood. Compete in one event, a few, or all of them! Virtual medals will be given for each event, and for the overall Decathlon winner!

You have all weekend to complete the challenges.

Virtual Forest Bathing

Date: June 19, 2020  7- 9pm – webinar

Date: June 20, 2020  7- 9pm – webinar

Please join us for our virtual Forest Bathing as we celebrate the Summer Solstice, as the sun sets on the longest day of the year, while still safely sheltering-in-place. Though Forest Bathing (a translation from the Japanese ‘shinrin yoku’) walks usually take place outdoors, virtual ‘walks’ are also beneficial. All you need to participate is access to the free web app Zoom, a place to sit, and a quiet space. The virtual forest bathing sessions allow for easier access, as you join within the comfort of your own home or backyard. If you are outside, it will be even better, but please dress accordingly. These sessions will use technology to help you relax, unwind, and restore on a virtual forest bathing walk.

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.

Turtles in Trouble

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. This event is family friendly.

Thank you to our generous funders: Town of Caledon, Patrick and Barbara Keenan Foundation, the Regional Municipality of York, and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation for your support of this event.

What to do with a Downpour!

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 including placement, construction, and plant choices!

This event has been generously funded by the MapleCross Fund, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Barbara and Patrick Keenan Foundation and the Regional Municipality of York.

Nifty Native Plants

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 funders, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and the Regional Municipality of York for making this event possible.

 

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.

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/ 

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