Get Involved with Biodiversity – Explore what’s happening in your community

Ontario Power Generation has partnered with the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Earth Rangers, LEAF, Ontario Nature, Rouge Park and Toronto Wildlife Centre to support important programs and events. These make it easy and fun for you and your family to get involved with our environment.

  • April Events
     
    Join us and celebrate biodiversity
    Apr. 3: Benefits of the Urban Forest (Downsview Library)

    What is the urban forest and why does it matter? Join us to learn about Toronto’s urban forest and the benefits it provides our city. Find out how you can help it thrive by getting involved in LEAF’s planting, education and stewardship programs.


    Thursday, Apr. 3, 2014 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Cost: Free
    Location:
    Downsview Library
    2793 Keele St, ‎(Keele & Wilson)
    Toronto M3M 2G3
    Canada


    Apr. 5: Hike Leader Training 2014 (Toronto Club)

    Have you ever considered becoming a Hike Leader for the Toronto Bruce Trail Club (TBTC)? This is your opportunity to give back to your Club and to be a trail blazer.


    Saturday, Apr. 5, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
    until Sunday, Apr. 6, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
    Toronto


    For details visit www.brucetrail.org


    Apr. 14: Benefits of the Urban Forest (Parliament Library)

    What is the urban forest and why does it matter? Join us to learn about Toronto’s urban forest and the benefits it provides our city. Find out how you can help it thrive by getting involved in LEAF’s planting, education and stewardship programs.


    Monday, Apr. 14, 2014 – 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Cost: FREE

    Location:
    Parliament Library
    269 Gerrard St E.
    Toronto M5A 2G3
    Canada


    Apr. 22: Introduction to Hiking in Southern Ontario

    Hoping to learn more about hiking? Join the Toronto Bruce Trail Club’s Hiker Initiation Program – Spring 2014. All are welcome. Open to Bruce Trail Members and non-members alike!


    In this informal classroom session, experienced Hike Leaders will guide participants through the ins-and-outs of hiking on the Bruce Trail and other trails in Southern Ontario.


    Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    YMCA (Toronto Central), Auditorium
    20 Grosvenor St, Toronto
    (West of Yonge St., between College and Wellesley Sts.)


    For more information and to register, visit: www.torontobrucetrailclub.org


    Apr. 23: Wychwood Barns Park Tree Mulching

    Join us as we welcome spring by mulching the trees in Wychwood Barns Park! Woodchip mulch will improve the health of newly planted trees by conserving water, adding organic matter to the soil and suppressing weeds.


    The event will start with a short ceremony to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support of LEAF’s programs.


    Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Cost: FREE
    Registration Recommended
    Wychwood Barns Park

    601 Christie St
    Toronto, ON M6G 4C7
    Canada


    Apr. 24: Hiking gear review at Mountain Equipment Co-op

    Hoping to learn more about hiking? Join the Toronto Bruce Trail Club’s Hiker Initiation Program – Spring 2014. All are welcome. Open to Bruce Trail Members and non-members alike!


    Take a look at the some of the essential gear…and some of the nice-to-have accessories…for your hike. Learn a bit more about boots, socks, backpacks, clothing, poles, water containers and other hiking accessories.


    Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014
    Two sessions: 6:00-7:00 p.m. or 7:00-8:00 p.m.
    Mountain Equipment Co-op
    400 King St. W., Toronto


    For more information and to register, visit: www.torontobrucetrailclub.org


    Apr. 25-27: Green Living Show

    Are you attending the Green Living Show this year? If you buy your tickets through LEAF, 50% of the cost will be donated to LEAF! The Green Living Show is Canada’s largest show dedicated to all things green and healthy.


    The show will take over the Direct Energy Centre from Apr. 25-27, 2014.


    Buy your tickets online!


  • May Events
     
    Join us and celebrate biodiversity
    May 3, 6 & 10: Tree Tenders Volunteer Training (York Region)

    This multi-day course is designed for individuals who want to gain tree-related knowledge and skills. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about trees and how to properly care for them, then this course for you!


    Each session provides basic arboriculture training through a combination of indoor and outdoor instruction, and a group tree planting.


    Saturday, May 3, 2014 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    Saturday, May 10, 2014 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Cost: $50 + HST or $70 + HST with Citizen Arborist manual (recommended)

    Registration required

    Location:

    Oak Ridges Community Centre

    12895 Bayview Ave.

    Richmond Hill L4E 3G2

    Canada


    May 4: Scenic guided hike at Scotsdale Farm

    Hoping to learn more about hiking? Join the Toronto Bruce Trail Club’s Hiker Initiation Program – Spring 2014. All are welcome. Open to Bruce Trail Members and non-members alike!


    Join hike leaders for a 10 km scenic loop hike on the Bruce Trail at Scotsdale Farm near Georgetown (approximately 3 hours long).


    A bus to Scotsdale Farm will leave Clarence Square (on Spadina between Front and King) at 10:00 a.m., with a second stop near Bloor and Islington at 10:15 a.m.. The bus fare is $10.00 per person.


    A separate hike will be offered at 10 a.m. for those who prefer to drive to Scotsdale Farm.


    Bring a packed lunch, 1 litre of water, and $10 for bus fare.

    If you prefer to car pool, directions to Scotsdale Farm are available.


    For more information and to register, visit: www.torontobrucetrailclub.org


    May 31: EAB Ambassador Training Workshop

    All of the 2.8 million ash trees in York Region are at risk of dying due to the Emerald Ash Borer. We must act now to defend our urban forest through treatment and replanting!


    Help spread the word by becoming an EAB Ambassador. It’s easy and we’ll help you every step of the way! Learn how to identify ash trees and the signs of EAB, the most effective ways to share information with your neighbours, and about planting programs to get new trees growing in your neighbourhood.All attendees will receive a resource kit.


    Saturday, May 31, 2014 – 10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.

    Registration required


    York Region Administrative Centre

    17250 Yonge Street

    Seminar Room

    Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 4W5


    May 31: Emerald Ash Borer Volunteer Training Workshop

    All of the 2.8 million ash trees in York Region are at risk of dying due to the Emerald Ash Borer. We must act now to defend our urban forest through treatment and replanting!


    Saturday, May 31, 2014 – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Cost: FREE

    Registration required

    Location:

    York Region Administrative Centre

    17250 Yonge Street, Seminar Room

    Newmarket, ON L3Y 4W5

    Canada


  • June Events
     
    Join us and celebrate biodiversity
    June 1: Bring Back the Wild with Earth Rangers and OPG

    This unique and up-close encounter with the animal ambassadors from Earth Rangers will leave you educated and inspired to help protect animals in the wild.


    Sunday, June 1, 2014 – 1 p.m. AND 2:30 p.m.
    Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre
    33 Victoria Street, North Southhampton
    Free admission to the show.
    General admission applies for Museum exhibits.


    June 11, 12, 14 & 18: Tree Tenders Volunteer Training (Toronto)

    This multi-day course is designed for individuals who want to gain tree-related knowledge and skills. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about trees and how to properly care for them, then this course for you!


    Each session provides basic arboriculture training through a combination of indoor and outdoor instruction, and a group tree planting.


    Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Thursday, June 12, 2014 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Saturday, June 14, 2014 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


    Cost: $50 + HST or $70 (+HST) with Citizen Arborist manual (recommended)
    Registration required
    Location:
    Bain Apartments Coop Community Centre
    100 Bain Ave
    Toronto M4K 1E8
    Canada


    June 22: 50 KM Conservation Challenge

    Fifty kilometers in one day to help grow our Conservation Corridor.


    Join us for a unique, long-distance hike along the fantastic Beaver Valley section of the Bruce Trail, and help raise funds for the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC).


    Distance: 50 km (1 km for each of the BTC’s 50 years of preserving and conserving the Niagara Escarpment)


    Route: Along the Bruce Trail in the Beaver Valley.


    The Cause: Hikers are asked to raise a minimum of $500 to participate.


    For more information and to register visit www.brucetrail.org


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