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.

  • September Events
     
    Join us and celebrate biodiversity
    Sept. 9: Ashbridge Estate Tree Tour

    Come explore the living heritage of historic Ashbridge Estate, a two-acre oasis in Toronto’s east end. Discover trees planted by the Ashbridge family during their two centuries of living here, and find out how the land has changed over time.


    Tuesday, September 9, 2014 – 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.
    Cost:
    $5.00 suggested donation
    Registration Recommended
    Location:
    Ashbridge Estate
    1444 Queen St E. (Queen St E and Greenwood Ave)
    Toronto, ON M4L 1E1


    For more information, visit the LEAF website.


    Sept. 11: Tree Tenders Volunteer Training (fall session)

    Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.
    Cost:
    $50 + HST or $70 (+HST) with Citizen Arborist manual (recommended)
    Registration required
    Toronto Botanical Gardens
    777 Lawrence Ave. E. (at Leslie St.)
    Toronto, ON M3C 1P2


    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!


    Full course dates & times:

    Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Saturday, September 13, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


    For more information, visit the LEAF website.


    Sept. 13-14: Parks Canada and MEC present Learn to Camp in Rouge Park

    New to camping? Want to learn the basics in a friendly, learning atmosphere? Don’t want to leave the city? Join Rouge Park!


    Saturday, Sept. 13 & Sunday Sept. 14, 2014
    Cost:
    $88 per family 4, $22 for each extra person, tents, camp mats and food included!
    Time: Saturday afternoon overnight to Sunday afternoon
    Location:Glen Rouge Campground


    Space is limited, register early! Call 1-888-773-8888


    Sept. 13: 13th Annual Birds, Beavers & Butterflies Nature Festival

    Learn about nature from the experts. Fun for all the family. Enjoy a host of exciting family activities.


    Saturday, Sept. 13, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Directions:
    From Hwy 401 in Whitby, take Thickson Road south of Wentworth Street to the Waterfront Trail. Follow the signs.
    Costs: Adults $5, Kids $2, Famlies $10


    (For the protection of wildlife, dogs are not allowed in the nature reserve.)


    For more information, visit the Thickson’s Woods website.


    Sept. 20: Birds in Our Backyard

    Join the St. Lawrence River Institute for a family-oriented environmental education workshop all about the birds that can be seen in our own backyards.


    Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, Noon to 4 p.m.
    Location:
    OPG St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre,
    2500B Second Street West, Cornwall, ON
    Cost: FREE


    The OPG Visitor Centre is ideally located for viewing both land birds as well as waterfowl.Binoculars and spotting scopes will be shared with the group – or bring your own. Don’t forget your camera!


    For more information, view the event poster (PDF) or visit the St. Lawrence River Institute website.


    Sept. 27: Bruce Trail Geology 101 on Foot - Falling Waters

    If you have an interest in learning about geology, and an enthusiasm for the Niagara Escarpment and its protection, then please join Bruce Trail Conservancy!


    Falling Waters – Lower Beaver Valley (~ 7 km)

    Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.


    On this new geology hike, explore the dramatic and beautiful lower west side of the Beaver Valley, where sparkling streams and waterfalls abound.


    Advanced registration is mandatory as these events are very popular. Register as early as possible to ensure a space. Maximum of 35 people each hike.


    For information, visit the Bruce Trail Conservancy website.


    Sept. 27: Take Pride in Pickering Day

    Calling all Tree Huggers! Join OPG for Take Pride in Pickering Day and help us plant trees and shrubs in Alex Robertson Park.


    Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 – 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. (rain or shine)
    Location:
    Alex Robertson Park parking lot on the west side of Sandy Beach Road in Pickering


    Feel free to bring your own gloves and shovel if you have them, along with weather appropriate clothing.


    Together with our many conservation partners, OPG has planted nearly five million native trees and shrubs matched to site conditions, on about 2,400 hectares of ecologically strategic land in Ontario. More than 11,000 of those trees and shrubs along with 800 native wildflowers have been planted in Alex Robertson Park.


    Take Pride in Pickering is a joint venture of Ontario Power Generation, the City of Pickering, Toronto and Region Conservation, and the other partners in Environmental Stewardship Pickering.


    High school students looking for volunteer hours should arrive at 8:30 a.m. and introduce themselves to an OPG staff person. We will be happy to sign your community service forms after the event. No pre-registration is necessary.


    For more information regarding the event or high school volunteers please email Cheryl Johnston or call 905-839-1151 x7467.


    Download the event poster (PDF).


  • October Events
     
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    Oct. 5: Milne Hollow Tree Tour

    Milne Hollow: a natural history walking tour


    Sunday, October 5, 2014 – 1:30p.m. – 3:30p.m.
    Cost:
    $5.00 suggested donation
    Registration Recommended
    Lawrence Avenue East and Don Valley Parkway
    Meet at the picnic tables by the parking lot at the end of Old Lawrence Avenue
    Toronto, Canada


    For more information, visit the LEAF website.


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Ontario Power Generation didn’t just turn green because it’s the thing to do. Biodiversity is in our nature. We’ve been committed to protecting Ontario’s environment and conserving biodiversity since we began operating. Over the years OPG has supported the planting of almost 5 million native trees and shrubs, and created habitats throughout the province that support a wide diversity of plant and animal species.

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