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Connect with nature - online & with downloadable content

Our committee have been busy meeting over Zoom and planning activities to help get out in nature and learn about this region, while we aren't able to get together in person. The original program plan is on hold for next year. Our adapted program is a mixture of webinars and download & go activities.

Some changes to note:

  • Registration and sign-up will still be required for webinars and download & go activities
    • Once you register for a webinar, you will be emailed a link for Zoom, which you can click at the specific date and time
  • We will not be printing a booklet this year, but instead have all information on this page

Our thanks to the volunteers who coordinate the program, to the people who guide events and to the businesses who sponsor these events!

Passport to Nature Organizing Committee

Thank you to the wonderful people who have dedicated countless hours to making the Passport to Nature a success: Kathy Hunt, Adam Thomson, Ginny Moore, Jamie Ross, Janet Machan, Jan Walinck, Jane Ball, Joelle Burnie, Joan Berndt, Pamela Fulford, Sue Deadman, Tanya Clark and Tom Wilson. A special thank you to Judy-Mitchell Wilson, Janet Briere, Nancy Chong and Stefanie Moy-Shuster as well.


Diverse Passion of Photography Webinar (via Zoom)
November 11, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Learn the story behind award-winning photographer Arni’s favourite photos - landscapes, flowers, animals & birds. Not to be missed!
Arni Stinnissen is an award-winning photographer, with great stories and wit to match. At this presentation, you will learn the background story of a variety of Arni’s favourite pictures including landscapes, flowers, animals and birds. Not to be missed!
This event is in partnership with the Carden Field Naturalists Club.

This is a webinar via Zoom. The Zoom link will be shared once you register. You can submit any questions when you register and/or ask questions in the Zoom chat box during the webinar. Janet will answer questions at the end of the presentation.

Register here

Past Events & Recordings:

July Kids Challenge - Up Close with Nature

Register to let us know you will be taking part in the July Challenge, visit a Reserve and take photos, drawings, describe what you see. Share with us on social media to enter to win a prize! Full details when you register your family.

July 30th 7:00pm - 8:00pm - Plants & Pollinators Webinar

It’s time to celebrate our local wildflowers and important pollinators! Join Linda Forster from Orillia Horticultural Society and Miriam Goldberger from Wildflower Farm to learn about what flowers are in bloom in late July, what flowers support pollinators, and how to design a stunning bouquet. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

August Kids Challenge - the ABCs of Nature

How do you add fun to your learning while hiking? Easy, register to take our Alphabet Challenge! Toddlers to teens can adapt this Challenge by finding as many letters as possible for the plants, animals and natural things you find along the trail. A is for amphibian, R is for Rock, T is for tree or can you be more specific about the names of what you are finding; salamander, granite and oak? Once you find your nature item, we further challenge you to make your body pose as the initial letter of your word. 

August 26th, 7:00pm - 8:00pm Webinar - All About Bats

How much do you know about bats? This often misunderstood family of mammals are an important part of our interconnected eco-systems. Join this webinar to learn from Toby Rowland, Citizen Science Field Coordinator, and Citizen Science volunteers Joan Vincent and Roland Rehhorn. They will share information on the different species in our region, the threats they face, and the technology we use to monitor them. There will be time for questions as well.


September Kids Challenge - You Otta Know, Colouring Contest

When you register for our challenge, we will send you a colouring page of our Black River mascot, the Otter, along with the link to our maps of our Conservancy trails. Our playful young otter has a lot of things to learn about nature. Can you help it identify some super interesting facts as you hike along one of our Conservancy trails? Colour your otter, give it a name and bring it on your hike. Then follow us on our social media and tag us with a photo of your otter listening or seeing something it “ought to” know; like how to take care of nature or a little-known fact. Your findings will be posted on our social media, as well as entered in our summer draw.

Backyard Bird Feeding Webinar (via Zoom)
September 30, 7:00 - 8:00pm

During these stressful times nothing is more rewarding or satisfying than watching and getting to know the birds that come to our feeders at home. Make your balcony or backyard a bird magnet!

Join Janet Grand as she shares with us:
- what are the important feeders
- what birds we can expect to see
- what different birds like to eat

Janet Grand is a co-founder of The Couchiching Conservancy. She owned and operated The Birdhouse Nature Company for 21 years and hundreds of enthusiastic birders benefited from her advice and vast knowledge of birds and their habits.

She and her husband Ron completed a ‘Big Year’ during which they identified 283 bird species in Ontario. Janet is a lifelong bird watcher and loves to share her interest and expertise.

This is a webinar via Zoom. The Zoom link will be shared once you register. You can submit any questions when you register and/or ask questions in the Zoom chat box during the webinar. Janet will answer questions at the end of the presentation.

Camera Tips & Tricks Webinar (via Zoom)
October 28, 7:00 - 8:00pm
Getting the most out of your camera while in nature: A beginners guide, showcasing the Carden Alvar.

Join Carden Alvar-focused wildlife photographer Cameron Curran as he guides you through basic tips and tricks to get the most value out of your own camera! Whether you use a smartphone, point-and-shoot, or digital SLR camera you may find yourself wishing you knew more about your own equipment when out in the field. This webinar will break down the daunting terminology and other barriers that may keep the everyday naturalist, or hiker, from getting the perfect shot. No previous knowledge of photography is required.

This is a webinar via Zoom. The Zoom link will be shared once you register. You can submit any questions when you register and/or ask questions in the Zoom chat box during the webinar. Cam will answer questions at the end of the presentation.

Register here

Sponsors who make the program possible!

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Passports to Nature in Canada is your invitation to experience the marvels of our natural world in communities across Canada.  Each passport describes guided events that are open to all and often free. Where in nature will you travel this year?

A special thank you to The Gosling Foundation for inspiring environmental organizations and supporting engagement.

Pelee Buzz:  

Pelee Island (Lake Erie), Ontario ~ March 22 to mid-December

Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory:

Prince Edward County, Ontario ~ April 20 to October 31, 2019

Land Conservancy for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington:

Frontenac and L & A counties south of Highway 7 ~ April 2019 to February 2020

rare Charitable Research Reserve:

Waterloo Region/Wellington, Ontario ~ April to November, 2019

Thames Talbot Land Trust:

London Ontario and adjoining counties~ April 2019 to February 2020

Wellington Water Watchers ~ 2Rivers Festival:

Guelph, Ontario ~ May and June 2019

Long Point Basin Land Trust:

Treks, Tracts and Trees: Explore the Outdoors

Norfolk County, Ontario ~ May to October 2019

Nature Trust of New Brunswick:

The Land Conservancy of British Columbia: