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Events in Outdoor Education, Recreation and Environmental Education

The following are outdoor education, outdoor recreation and environmental education workshops, seminars and events that might interest you. Please contact us to add or modify your event listing for FREE.

January

  • January 25-26, 2013
    "The Canadian Student Outdoor Education Conference (a.k.a. The Horwood Conference)"
    Location:Queens University in Kingston (map)
    Time: ? to ?
    Cost: $55
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    Description: Graduate, Undergraduate, B.Ed and College students from across Canada will meet at the Horwood Conference to present oral or poster contributions on various research topics related to outdoor education, lead a variety of workshops, share games and learning activities, attend special invited lectures, and also meet with representatives from participating institutions that offer Bachelor of Education and graduate degrees with a focus on outdoor education. Students can choose to simply register as a conference participant or complete the presentation proposal form and attend as a conference presenter. The Conference Organizing Committee is now accepting presentation proposals for the January 2013 conference. More info. Accommodations.
  • January 31 to February 2, 2013
    2013 COEO Make Peace with Winter Conference
    Location: Ganaraska Forest Centre is located,10585 Cold Springs Camp Road, Campbellcroft, Ontario (map)
    Time: ? to ?
    Cost: $180 early bird rate
    Contact: ?
    Description: Plan to join us as we learn, share and laugh with kindred spirits from across the province and beyond. We’ll savour delicious food all weekend and enjoy an evening social program filled with fun, dancing and live music. You will leave this professional development experience feeling rejuvenated and with many new ideas and resources in hand. The final ingredient for a perfect winter weekend is you! Our host site is the Ganaraska Forest Centre, which is located along the Oak Ridges Moraine just north of Port Hope, Ontario. More info.

February

  • February
    Outdoor Adventure Show: Toronto
    Location:International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd,Mississauga, ON L4V 1E6 (map)
    Time: daily during the show
    Cost: ranges from $12 and up
    Contact: 1-800-891-4859 or Outdoor Adventure Show on Twitter and [Facebook]
    Description: The Adventure Chase is a scavenger hunt and obstacle course inside the Outdoor Adventure Show, that requires teamwork, resourcefulness, determination and the ability to make decisions on the fly.

March

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April

  • April
    Rattray Marsh Annual Spring Clean Up
    Location:Rattray Marsh Conservation Area, Mississauga (map)
    Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
    Cost: Free
    Contact: Annabel Krupp at 905-670-1615 ext. 446
    Description: Start spring off right with a fun and active morning at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area. Join neighbours, wildlife enthusiasts, boy scouts, girl guides and more as we complete our annual spring clean up of the beautiful Rattray Marsh. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves, wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Meet at any of the Rattray Marsh entrances and help restore Rattray Marsh’s natural beauty
  • April
    York Regional Spring Forest Festival
    Location: North Tract Forest at 17054 Hwy 48 in Whitchurch Stouffville. (map)
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Cost: ?
    Contact: Pam Fulford 905-830-4444 Ext 5241
    Description: For students ages 14-18 years old. Would you like to help with directing parking, helping to direct people to various areas within the forest, and set up and pull down 10' by 10' tents to ensure our York Regional Spring Forest Festival is a success? The 2012 ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is a way for Ontario teens to make a difference in their lives and communities through volunteering.
  • April
    CN Tower Climb for World Wildlife Fund Canada
    Location: CN Tower, Toronto, ON (map)
    Time: ? to ?
    Cost: Registration fee is $25 per climber, and all climbers must fundraise a minimum of $75 to climb.
    Contact: More info.
    Description: More than 6,200 climbers from our Team Challenge and Public Climb stepped it up for the planet in 2011 and raised more than $1.2 million for the World Wildlife Fund Canada.
  • April
    Take a Walk in the Forest with York Region Environmental Services
    Location: Around York Region
    Contact: 1-877-464-9675
    Description: Experience the beauty of the York Regional Forest with 2,200 hectares (5,500 acres) located in 20 different tracts. Hike the trails at our monthly guided events and learn more about the Forest. All events are free. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

May

  • May
    EcoLinks Conference
    Ontario:? (map)
    Time: daily during the weekend held.
    Cost: ?
    Contact: Ontario Society for Environmental Education
    Description: The annual EcoLinks Conference is hosted by the Ontario Society for Environmental Education. The Ontario Society for Environmental Education is a professional organization whose members include: Teachers from all levels of education, People who teach in outdoor education centres or parks and People involved with Environmental Education.


  • May
    Advanced Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification Course
    Location: Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8 Canada (map)
    Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Cost: $375.00 + HST (meals and accommodations are not included in this community-based course)
    Contact: 613-889-7262 or Canadian Wilderness Medical Training
    Description: Presented by Canadian Wilderness Medical Training., this two (2) weekend course is held at Evergreen Brickworks, More info.


  • May
    Paddle the Don River
    Toronto: Launch canoes at Ernest Thompson Seton Park, Toronto (map)
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Cost: individuals need sponsors. Corporate team registration is $1,200.
    Contact: Please note that you must register online. Toronto and Region Conservation on Facebook

    Description: Join us and celebrate our 19th annual paddle down the Don River.
  • May
    Take a Walk in the Forest with York Region Environmental Services
    Location: Around York Region
    Contact: 1-877-464-9675
    Description: Experience the beauty of the York Regional Forest with 2,200 hectares (5,500 acres) located in 20 different tracts. Hike the trails at our monthly guided events and learn more about the Forest. All events are free. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

June

  • June
    Birding for Beginners Workshop
    Location: Koffler Scientific Reserve, 17000 Dufferin Street, King City, Ontario Canada L7B 1K5 (map and local map )
    Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Cost: $75.00 per person, lunch included
    Contact: 416-617-0373 and online.
    Description: Instructor: Antonio Coral, professional birder. Are you intrigued by the diversity and beauty of birds? Have a feeder (or five!) in your backyard, but don't know how to identify the visitors? This workshop will introduce you to the rewarding hobby of birding! Learn how to navigate field guides, listen for the differences in bird song, and spot birds from afar, so that you can identify and appreciate birds in the field. Register online and More info.



  • June
    The Day Of 1000 Canoes
    Location: Along the Grand River from the Caledonia Fairgrounds to Conway Park in Cayuga (map)
    Time: 9 am to 9 pm
    Cost: $30 + $15 per paddler
    Contact: http://1000canoes.com
    Description: Our mission (beyond a fun time with our friends & family) is to work closely with our communities and other groups/organizations such as Haldimand County Tourism, Grand River Access Programs, First Nations and the Fast Water – Fast Friends initiative. Working together we seek to create awareness of the natural beauty of the Haldimand region, promote tourism, encourage conservation and serve as an example to other communities. Founded by Haldimand residents Blaine Nicholls and Shane Carmichael and sponsored by the Aka:we Canoe Club of Six Nations; this is a day for families, friends and friends-we-haven’t met-yet…a fun paddle and along the journey. You may rent canoes from these companies.


  • June
    Take a Walk in the Forest with York Region Environmental Services
    Location: Around York Region
    Contact: 1-877-464-9675
    Description: Experience the beauty of the York Regional Forest with 2,200 hectares (5,500 acres) located in 20 different tracts. Hike the trails at our monthly guided events and learn more about the Forest. All events are free. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

July

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  • July
    Take a Walk in the Forest with York Region Environmental Services
    Location: Around York Region
    Contact: 1-877-464-9675
    Description: Experience the beauty of the York Regional Forest with 2,200 hectares (5,500 acres) located in 20 different tracts. Hike the trails at our monthly guided events and learn more about the Forest. All events are free. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.


August

  • August
    SUP 4 MS
    Location: Hamilton to Toronto, Ontario (map)
    Time: daytime
    Cost: $40 registration fee
    Contact: phone 416-906-5793 more info
    Description: Now in its 3rd year, the SUP 4 MS is a fundraising Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) journey across Lake Ontario from Hamilton to Toronto. The goal is to raise money for the MS Sociaety of Ontario. At 65kms and 12-16 hours of paddling, it is a test of will and athletic endurance. It’s open to all SUP paddlers, as again there are shorter support legs of 2km, 10km, and 30km. We all paddle together and finish together; it’s a truly inspiring and memorable event.
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  • August
    Take a Walk in the Forest with York Region Environmental Services
    Location: Around York Region
    Contact: 1-877-464-9675
    Description: Experience the beauty of the York Regional Forest with 2,200 hectares (5,500 acres) located in 20 different tracts. Hike the trails at our monthly guided events and learn more about the Forest. All events are free. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.



September

  • September 15, 2012
    Toronto Bicycle Music Festival
    Location:Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, ON (map)
    Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Cost: donation
    Contact: Toronto Bicycle Music Festival

    Description: The Toronto Bicycle Music Festival is a free community event that involves a series of outdoor, pedal-powered concerts.


  • September 21 to 23, 2012
    COEO Annual Conference 2012 and 40th Anniversary Celebration
    Location: YMCA Camp Pine Crest, Torrance, ON (map) (directions)
    Time: 6:00 p.m. Friday to 1:00 p.m. Sunday
    Cost: approximately $280
    Contact: COEO web site

    Description: Our theme, “Honouring Roots...Standing Tall...Branching Out!” reflects our commitment to create a unique conference framework within which many of COEO's original “elders” and long-time “sustainers” will be personally invited to return to share in the celebration of: a) how our organization was born and nurtured, b) its current “best practices”, and c) what it is already in the process of becoming! Download the COEO Conference poster.


  • Sunday September 30, 2012
    Bruce Trail Day
    Location: on various section of the Bruce Trail (map)
    Time: various times throughout the day.
    Cost: FREE
    Contact: 1-800-665-4453 ext. 29 More information.

    Description: Bruce Trail Day is an annual event celebrating Canada's oldest and longest footpath, hosted by the Bruce Trail Conservancy and each of its nine Bruce Trail Clubs. Each Club of the Bruce Trail Conservancy is hosting free guided hikes and family activities to help you explore the Bruce Trail and discover the amazing variety of life along the Niagara Escarpment. Come and learn about our year-round hiking programs, trail maintenance opportunities, and what we are doing to establish a conservation corridor from Niagara to Tobermory.
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  • September
    Take a Walk in the Forest with York Region Environmental Services
    Location: Around York Region
    Contact: 1-877-464-9675
    Description: Experience the beauty of the York Regional Forest with 2,200 hectares (5,500 acres) located in 20 different tracts. Hike the trails at our monthly guided events and learn more about the Forest. All events are free. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

October

  • Saturday October 13, 2012
    The Power of Green: Health, Wellness & Nature - a Stewardship Forum & Volunteer Appreciation Event
    Location:University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus (map)
    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Cost: Free
    Contact: Register online
    Description: This Forum is for anyone interested in environmental issues in the western Greater Toronto Area, including Credit Valley Conservation partners, Non-Government Organizations and community groups, educators, students, landowners and volunteers. The goal of the Forum is to provide participants with a wide variety of knowledge and tools to improve and protect the health of the Credit River Watershed. More info
  • Saturday October 27, 2012
    Community Tree Planting Event
    Location:Birchwood Park, Mississauga (map)
    Time: 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Cost: Free
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    Description: Join us for this community tree planting event. Come out for a fun morning of tree planting and help increase forest cover at Birchwood Park in Mississauga. All of the trees and equipment will be provided, however if you have your own shovel please bring it. More info.


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November

  • November 3
    Consumer’s Guide To Buying a Solar Energy System
    Location:Living City Campus, Kortright Centre, 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario (map)
    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
    Cost: $45.00
    Contact: 416-661-6600 ext. 5241
    Description: The new Ontario micro-fit solar incentive program, that pays homeowners up to 80 cents a kilowatt, eight times more than you purchase electricity for has created a boom for the solar industry. All of a sudden homeowners are being bombarded with sales people promising to make them money off solar. This half day workshop will teach you what questions to ask. Learn to be solar smart. More info an register online.


  • November 10
    Mammals of Kortright Conservation Area
    Location:Kortright Centre 9550 Pine Valley Drive Woodbridge, Ontario L4L 1A6 (map)
    Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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    Description: Enjoy a hike with a naturalist to look for Kortright's marvelous mammals, such as deer, raccoons and more. More info.


  • November 14, 15, 16
    AD Latornell Symposium
    Location: Nottawasaga Inn and Conference Centre (map)
    Time: all day for three days
    Cost: $215 to $900 depending on package
    Contact: Teresa Cole, Conference Registrar 705-424-0297 and Follow on Twitter
    Description: provides a forum for practitioners, policy makers, students, researchers, and non-government organizations to discuss challenges and opportunities in the conservation movement in Ontario while sharing new tools, techniques and strategies for natural resources management. The Symposium has grown to be Ontario's most prestigious and well-attended annual conservation conference. The event is hosted in November, each year, by Conservation Ontario, the network of 36 Conservation Authorities. More info....


  • November 17
    Forest Management Workshop
    Location:? (map)
    Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Cost: free
    Contact: Andrea Morrone at 905-670-1615 ext. 221
    Description: This Credit Valley Conservation workshop is for landowners interested in learning how to manage their forest. The day includes indoor and outdoor information sessions and a free lunch. More info.

December

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