Upcoming Events

2021 WATERSHED EXPLORER AND JUNIOR EXPLORER PROGRAMS

2021 WATERSHED EXPLORER AND JUNIOR EXPLORER PROGRAMS

October 07th

The LRCA is proud to be able to offer our new Watershed Explorer and Junior Explorer programs (formerly known as our popular Living Classroom Program), thanks to the continued generous support of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

Due to COVID-19, the 2021 programs will be offered in an altered form in a proactive attempt to better ensure compliance with physical distancing and the LRCA’s Health and Safety Policies.

Please take note of the following important points:

  • There will be no formal presentation component at the LRCA Administrative Office as in prior years, as we are not able to provide adequate physical distancing in our Multi-Purpose Room. Each entire program will take place at a Conservation Area.
  • The LRCA will not be providing bussing or transportation of any kind. It is the participant’s responsibility to get themselves to and from the field trip location.
  • Participants will be limited to no more than 20 people per program, no exceptions.
  • While every effort will be made to ensure adequate physical distancing, there may be times (such as along certain points along the trails) where this is not possible. As such, you will be required to wear a mask whenever adequate physical distancing is not possible.
  • Regular hand-sanitizing is encouraged.
  • By signing up for a program, you are agreeing to abide by the LRCA’s rules and safety measures, and you are agreeing to comply with any instruction from LRCA staff or expert guide.
  • We appreciate your support, understanding, patience and cooperation.

Some other items to consider when planning on attending an Explorer Program:

  • Dress appropriately for the weather
  • Wear appropriate footwear
  • Bring a hat
  • Bring bug spray
  • Bring sunscreen
  • Bring water and a snack
  • Programs run rain-or-shine (unless torrential downpour, thunder and lightning and/or unsafe winds)
  • No dogs allowed on guided hikes
  • children are not to be left unattended, and must be accompanied by an adult at all times

Please remember that the expert guides we have arranged for these programs are volunteering their time and expertise. We are greatly appreciative of their commitment to sharing their knowledge with us.

The tentative programming dates, topics and locations are as follows:

  • July
    • PROGRAM FULL Thursday, July 22 - Medicine Walk at Hazelwood Lake; 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
      • Join the LRCA and Indigenous Elder Tony DePerry for some Legend Telling and a Medicine Walk where we will learn about the traditional medicinal uses of plants found at Hazelwood Lake.
      • Intended for ages 16+
  • August
    • Saturday, August 21 – Fish & Aquatics at Hazelwood Lake; 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
      • Join the LRCA and guest experts where we will learn about fish and other aquatic life.
      • Intended for families/all-ages.
    • Thursday, August 26 – Fish & Aquatics at Hazelwood Lake; 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
      • Join the LRCA and guest experts where we will learn about fish and other aquatic life.
      • Intended for ages 16+
  • September
    • PROGRAM FULL Sunday, September 12 – Mushroom Hike #1 at Hazelwood Lake; 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
      • Join the LRCA and Dr. Leonard Hutchison of Lakehead University for our popular mushroom hike, where we will learn all about fungi.
      • Intended for ages 16+
    • Monday, September 13 – Mushroom Hike #2 at Hazelwood Lake; 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
      • Join the LRCA and Dr. Leonard Hutchison of Lakehead University for our popular mushroom hike, where we will learn all about fungi.
      • Intended for ages 16+
    • Thursday, September 16 – Trees & Fall Colours at Little Trout Bay; 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
      • Join the LRCA and guest experts for a fascinating discussion about the various tree species found in our area and enjoy the fall colours.
      • Intended for ages 16+
    • Saturday, September 25 – Trees & Fall Colours at Little Trout Bay; 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
      • Join the LRCA and guest experts for a fascinating discussion about the various tree species found in our area and enjoy the fall colours.
      • Intended for families/all-ages.
    • Thursday, September 30 – Fall Photography Workshop at Mission Island Marsh; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      • Join the LRCA along with Kay Lee of Kay Lee Photography and Laura Paxton of Flashback Photography for a fascinating workshop all about photography basics, composition, lighting and more.
      • Intended for ages 16+
  • October
    • Saturday, October 2 – Fall Waterfowl Viewing Day (sponsored by Ontario Power Generation) at Mission Island Marsh; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      • Join the LRCA and local birding expert Brian Ratcliff as we walk the trails at Mission Island Marsh in search of waterfowl and other migratory birds.
      • Intended for families/all-ages.
    • Wednesday, October 6 - Nature Journaling at Cascades; 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
      • Join the LRCA as we explore the activity of nature journaling.
      • Intended for families/all-ages.
    • Thursday, October 7 - Nature Journaling at Cascades; 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
      • Join the LRCA as we explore the activity of nature journaling.
      • Intended for ages 16+

NOTE: Event dates, times and topics are subject to change and/or cancellation. 

These complimentary programs have once again been made possible through the generous sponsorship of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

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