So many spring email newsletters flying around; announcements migrating through my inbox. Here are a few of them:
- LEAF's Tree Tenders Training Program, Spring 2009. April Sessions are full, you might still have chance for May
- Volunteer for Nature Leadership Training Course, April 4 & 5, 9AM. See Ontario Nature's Volunteer for Nature 2009 schedule. This two-day training workshop will help you develop important group and project management skills, and increase your confidence in leading volunteers in the field. Use your new skills by leading a Volunteer for Nature event with Ontario Nature, or by organizing a community project in your neighbourhood. Cost: $30. Location: Toronto. For more info phone: 416-444-8419 toll free: 1-800-440-2366
- Trees Ontario and partners are hosting two Seed Forecasting Workshops in June 2009. Essex and Kingston
- Organic Turf Management: 1-Day Intensive Workshop
Wed Mar 25th or Tue Mar 31. Center for Urban Ecology (Ecocenter) Humber Aboretum, 205 Humber College Blvd.,Toronto. Workshop Fee $195.00 (add GST). Note: ISA Certified Arborists earn 3.5 CEUS for organic turf management workshop
- Organic Soil Management: 3-Day Intensive Workshop
Fri Mar 27, Sat Mar 28, Sun Mar 29 8:30-5:30. Center for Urban Ecology (Ecocenter) Humber Aboretum, 205 Humber College Blvd.,Toronto. Workshop Fee $549.00 (add GST)
Note: ISA Certified Arborists earn 21 CEUS for organic soil management workshop
- 2009 Temperate Wetland Restoration Training Course (TWRTC)
- Training Bursaries Available to Ontario-Based Environmental Nonprofit Leaders from the Sustainability Network. Bursaries are available to help Ontario-based environmental leaders access nonprofit management training. Up to 50% of the cost of training to a maximum of $500 per person is available to help cover tuition costs or registration fees associated with nonprofit management training opportunities. The application process is simple and the turn around time is quick. The application process is ongoing throughout the year with no formal deadline.
- CANCELLED: Wildlife Rehabilitation Basic Skills Course: Ontario Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Network. Cambridge, ON. becuase of insufficient early RSVPs. For more information about OWREN see http://www.owren-online.org
- Society for Ecological Restoration - Ontario's Annual General Meeting and Panel Discussion, Monday March 30th. York University, Toronto. This year's theme this is "Restoration Planning in an Urbanized Environment". There will be a Panel Discussion discussing a variety of issues, including creation of stormwater management ponds as habitat, ecological value of Low Impact Development Technologies (i.e. bioretention swales), and need for assisted seed migration in restoration planning. Details to follow shortly (keep your eyes on SER-O's site ).
- Ontario Woodlot Association, AGM and conference "Our Forests — Our Commitment to Stewardship" Sat March 28, 8:30am - 4pm. Acton ON. Registration closes March 20
- The Field Botanists of Ontario - Celebrating 25 years of incorporation and everyone's invited! Sun April 5, 10am - 4:30 Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, Ontario. Speakers include:
-John Riley & W.D. McIlveen - History of FBO – Our Beginnings and Progress
-Melinda Thompson-Black - Endangered Species Act 2007
-Wasyl Bakowsky - Flora of rare ecosystems of Northern Ontario
-Mike Oldham - Update on the status of rare plants in Ontario
-Graham Buck - Fire as a restoration tool in southern Ontario
-Rachel Gagnon - Working together to address the threat of invasive plants in Ontario
- City of Toronto Urban Forestry, Parks, Forestry & Recreation Division currently accepting applications for Parks Program Officer 1 and Parks Program Officer 2 . Both due 20 March. Also see the City of Toronto's employment board.
- Friends of the Rouge Watershed are hiring Tree Planters (5), Scarborough/Markham/Pickering area. Candidate screening sessions March 18 & 19, 2009
- TRCA is currently accepting applications for an Urban Forestry Field Ass't, Urban Forestry Field Crew Leader, Environmental Field Labourer, Monitoring Techs, Outreach Education Programs Instructor, Land and Resource Management Technicians and Ass't Conservation Lands Tech. (Several current volunteer opportunities at the TRCA too, including the Terrestrial Monitoring Volunteer program (across GTA) and Deer Browse Assistant volunteers in Rouge Park.
- The Carolinian Coalition is now accepting applications from employers for the Fall 2009 Work Term. This exciting program, run in collaboration with the University of Waterloo's faculty of Environmental Studies, pairs eligible students with employer organizations for a mutually beneficial research project. The topic of this term is Coastal Species at Risk. Program details and applications are available online at http://www.carolinian.org.
- Call for speakers: Ontario Land Trust Alliance's 2009 Annual Gathering October 29 -30 2009 Barrie, ON. More info about the conference, call for speakers and proposal form on their main page, or give Phyllis a call at 416-588-6582. Deadline for submissions: April 6th, 2009
Field trips (and volunteer opportunities):
- Carden Nature Festival activities June 5th-7th 2009. If this festival or the Carden Plains and alvars are new to you, pls see this post.
- Ontario Nature's Volunteer for Nature Events & Field Trips 2009
- The Nature Conservancy of Canada - NCC Conservation Volunteers program events and field trips schedule for 2009 goes online March 16th. (I love their events!)
- Evergreen volunteer openings for Online Native Plant Database Reviewer and Community Greening Volunteer Leader (GTA)
- City of Toronto - Urban Forestry Natural Environment & Community Programs has posted their Spring 2009 planting events schedule and 2009 Trees Across Toronto (Sat, April 25th) event locations and details. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (416) 392-LEAF for further details.
- ...and lots more! See the "Volunteer" links on the right