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Ontario Master Naturalist Program announces Fall Workshop schedule

August 12, 2015 – Orillia, ON

The inaugural Ontario Master Naturalist Program (OMNP), which was launched by Lakehead University and Ontario Nature earlier this year, will be offering a series of workshops this fall based on topics of special interest to naturalists.

The workshops are open to the general public and are designed as general interest sessions and are not part of the OMNP certificate program. The topics range from Invasive Species and Mushroom Identification to Species at Risk and Field Sketching.

"These are topics that we found were of special interest to our first class of Master Naturalists," said OMNP coordinator Bob Bowles. "By dedicating an entire workshop to these specialized topics, we hope to enhance the skills and knowledge of participants through classroom discussion and fieldwork."

The workshops take place on four Saturday mornings beginning with Invasive Species on Saturday, August 29. The cost is $40 per workshop or $220 for the series (plus HST). For program details and to register online, visit:

For more information, please contact:

Communications Officer, Lakehead Orillia – Kathy Hunt, at 705-330-4008 ext. 2014 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Communications Manager, Ontario Nature – John Hassell, at 416-444-8419 ext. 269 (work) or 416-786-2171 (mobile) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Alderville Black Oak Savanna;

Leaders: Radek Odolczyk, Research and Restoration Coordinator and Daphne Paszterko, Natural Resources Intern. The focus of this walk will be on botany and birds.

Meet at Alderville Black Oak Savanna Nature Centre, 8467 Cty. Rd. 18 at 9:30 a.m. Please note that there is a lot of poison ivy on the site, so long pants and closed-toed footwear is advised.

If you wish, bring lunch to eat on the deck after the walk. For more information, contact Bill Crowley, 905-885-2123, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Some activities organized by Presqu’ile Provincial Park:

Friday, August 7th, 2015 - Park Amphitheatre at 8 p.m.

Dan Buchanan will be telling the story of Dr. King – one of Brighton’s notorious residents of yore – who murdered his wife and tried to get away with it.

Saturday, August 8th, 2015 – Park Picnic Area (along the Loop Road) at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Belleville chapter is in again to do sun viewing.  They have special telescopes that let you look at the sun safely.  They also have some cool filters that show the different element spectrums that are quite colorful.  This only goes if there are no clouds, obviously.  They will be in the picnic grounds.

Saturday, August 8th, 2015 – Park Amphitheatre at 7 p.m.

The Centre for the Conservation of Specialized Species is coming in again with their captive birds of prey.  Good information and they have live birds!  A chance to get up very close and see these magnificent creatures.

Two events this Saturday that may be of interest:
The Friends of Wesleyville Village:

Keynote Barbeque
Saturday, August 8, 2015
5:30 - 8 p.m.
Wesleyville Church 2082 Lakeshore Road
10 km west of Port Hope or east of Newcastle Harbour on beautiful Lakeshore Road

Delicious food, Mark Sanders Jazz Trio, silent auction
Tickets $20 each at Holton Flowers, 62 Walton Street, Port Hope.

Call Sue Stickley at 905-885-1344 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This event is the same day as SlideStreet in Port Hope. Could be a complimentary dining experience for visitors.

We're hoping to announce the next phase in co-operative village revitalization with OPG - so a big event for the Friends of Wesleyville Village!
Paddle the Trent:
Date: Saturday, August 8 at 10 a.m.
Duration: about 2 hours
Location: Keating-Hoards Natural Habitat Area
Details: Meet at boat launch at Carmel Road bridge (Wilson Island – 7.5 km west of Stirling).

Join us on a guided paddle excursion. Take part in a natural expedition as you navigate a quiet section of the Trent River. Bring your own canoe or kayak and safety equipment (life jacket, bailer, floating rope, whistle). All participants will be requested to sign a waiver.

Please note:
Neither of these events is being organized by the WBFN.

The Friends of Wesleyville Village are organizing the BBQ.

The “Paddle the Trent’ event is being organized by the Lower Trent Conservation Authority and not by WBFN. The web page covering this event is,