Spring into Summer!

In these unprecedented times of COVID-19, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is offering new opportunities to engage and learn through virtual and in-person events and programs that meet physical distancing and other safety measures. Learn about how we are implementing provincial safety protocols at TRCA.

TRCA Events Calendar

From across the watershed, TRCA hosts exciting webinars and e-learning activities, guided hikes, festivals and other seasonal events, educational workshops, and public consultations. Come explore nature, culture, and the environment in Toronto and the GTA!

Aug
4
Wed
Unlocking the Mysteries of Monarchs and Milkweed @ Webinar Series
Aug 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Unlocking the Mysteries of Monarchs and Milkweed @ Webinar Series

Join us for this exciting Flight of the Monarch Day webinar series and #feeltheflutter! This series takes place on July 28, August 4, August 11, and  August 18.

Prepare to embark on a journey and soar across the continent as a monarch butterfly! Over four interactive sessions, you will learn about the monarch’s amazing biology, its environment and its epic migration from fields in Ontario to the mountains of Mexico. We will talk about the incredible challenges they face, from natural threats like insects, birds and even fellow monarchs.

During this fun and dynamic webinar series, you will guide the monarch in building its defenses so it can be one of the lucky few that survives to become a monarch butterfly.

Audience: these sessions have been designed for ages 10+.

Aug
5
Thu
Frog Watch @ Heart Lake Conservation Area
Aug 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Frog Watch @ Heart Lake Conservation Area

Registration for this event is now full! Please message the organizer if you are interested in being added to the waitlist.

Enjoy an interactive presentation about Ontario’s frogs and toads. Then join us for a hike to monitor local frog and toad populations.

There are no washrooms available on site. This event will take place rain or shine. Please dress for the weather, including closed-toed shoes and insect protection. You will be notified if the hike needs to be cancelled due to extreme weather.

Aug
9
Mon
Bumble Bee Watch @ Private Event - Online Webinar
Aug 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Bumble Bee Watch @ Private Event - Online Webinar

Discover the diversity of native bees! Learn how to tell a bee from a wasp, and how to identify common bumble bees in the Greater Toronto Area.

 

This is a private event.

Durham Conservation Youth Corps – Autumn Crescent Parkette @ Autumn Crescent Parkette
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Durham Conservation Youth Corps - Autumn Crescent Parkette @ Autumn Crescent Parkette

Help to stop the spread of invasive species!

Participants will take part in removing invasive species in the pollinator gardens at Autumn Crescent Parkette.

We expect volunteers to arrive on time and come prepared for outdoor work. Please remember to bring:

  • Long pants
  • Closed toed shoes
  • Full personal water bottle (no water available on site)
  • Snack if needed
  • Sun protection
  • Mask
  • Gloves (if you have them)
  • Trowel and/or shovel (if you have them)

PLEASE NOTE: There is no washroom available on site.

Meet at the park entrance off Autumn Crescent. Registration is required for this event, walk-ins will not be accepted.

This event is part of the Conservation Youth Corps.

Aug
10
Tue
Gardening for Birds, Butterflies and Beyond @ Online Webinar - General Audience
Aug 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Gardening for Birds, Butterflies and Beyond @ Online Webinar - General Audience

Helping the environment starts in your own backyard. Learn how to attract and protect native pollinators, such as Monarch butterflies and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds with beautiful landscape features.

Participants will receive online gardening fact sheets and guides.

This workshop is taking place via GoToWebinar. After registration you will be emailed a link to join the webinar.

TRCA is committed to creating an accessible experience for all participants. If you require an accommodation, please email tisha.tan@trca.ca at least 7 days prior to the event.

Aug
11
Wed
Youth Volunteer Event: Tree Maintenance @ Saigeon Trail (meet at entrance beside 19 Jonah Drive, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 4S8)
Aug 11 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Youth Volunteer Event: Tree Maintenance @ Saigeon Trail (meet at entrance beside 19 Jonah Drive, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 4S8)

Registration for this event is full. To be added to the waiting list, email liana.dandrea@trca.ca with your full name, address and phone number.

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Get outside and help maintain newly planted trees! Together we’ll pull invasive plants and conduct monitoring to help these young trees grow into a forest.

Students can receive volunteer hours for participation. Volunteer letters will be emailed following the event.

Age Range: Participants must be 14 years of age or older, and returning to high school the following school year.

Registration is required for this event, walk-ins will not be accepted.

Please arrive on time and prepared for outdoor work.

What to wear: Long pants, closed-toed shoes, tall socks, face mask, hat and sunscreen.

What to bring: Rain protection, bug spray, reusable water bottle, snacks and a packed lunch. Gardening gloves, water refill and a portable toilet will be available.

Cancellation policy: The event will run rain or shine, but will be cancelled if there is a greater than 70% chance of thunderstorm or other hazardous weather. Registrants will be emailed by 8:00am on the morning of the event if there is a cancellation.

TRCA is committed to creating an accessible experience for all participants. If you require an accommodation, please email liana.dandrea@trca.ca at least 7 days prior to the event.

This event is offered in partnership with the City of Richmond Hill.

Unlocking the Mysteries of Monarchs and Milkweed @ Webinar Series
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Unlocking the Mysteries of Monarchs and Milkweed @ Webinar Series

Join us for this exciting Flight of the Monarch Day webinar series and #feeltheflutter! This series takes place on July 28, August 4, August 11, and  August 18.

Prepare to embark on a journey and soar across the continent as a monarch butterfly! Over four interactive sessions, you will learn about the monarch’s amazing biology, its environment and its epic migration from fields in Ontario to the mountains of Mexico. We will talk about the incredible challenges they face, from natural threats like insects, birds and even fellow monarchs.

During this fun and dynamic webinar series, you will guide the monarch in building its defenses so it can be one of the lucky few that survives to become a monarch butterfly.

Audience: these sessions have been designed for ages 10+.

Aug
12
Thu
BioBlitz the Block @ Virtual BioBlitz
Aug 12 @ 6:00 am – Aug 15 @ 11:00 pm
BioBlitz the Block @ Virtual BioBlitz

Are you ready to learn more about the wildlife in your local neighbourhood? Staying local doesn’t mean that you can’t learn and explore. You can find an incredible diversity of living things just by taking a walk around the block!

BioBlitz the Block encourages you to get outdoors, explore your backyard, neighbourhood, or local greenspace, and submit observations of plants and wildlife. Participate in five BioBlitz challenges for the chance to win prizes!

Whether this is your first time participating in a BioBlitz or you are a seasoned naturalist, there is something for everyone. Please note that this is a self-guided, virtual event.

TRCA is committed to creating an accessible experience for all participants. If you require an accommodation, please email hayley.tompkins@trca.ca at least 7 days prior to the event.

All About Bats @ Heart Lake Conservation Area
Aug 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
All About Bats @ Heart Lake Conservation Area

Registration for this event is now full! Please message the organizer if you are interested in being added to the waitlist.

Join us for a night of adventure as you learn about bats and why they are important in our communities. Afterwards, hike into the woods as citizen scientists by listening to the world of bats through a special bat detector. This program is recommended for families with children over the age of 6.

There are no washrooms available on site. This event will take place rain or shine. Please dress for the weather, including closed-toed shoes and insect protection. You will be notified if the hike needs to be cancelled due to extreme weather.

Aug
17
Tue
Microplastics: Tiny but Dangerous @ Private Event - Online Webinar
Aug 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Microplastics: Tiny but Dangerous @ Private Event - Online Webinar

Microplastics are tiny bits of plastic that often go unnoticed in beaches, parks and urban areas – but the impacts they cause are anything but small! Join us to learn about microplastics, from what they are and why they are a problem, to what we can do to make a difference!

 

This is a private event.

Active Transportation in Caledon @ YouTube Live
Aug 17 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Active Transportation in Caledon @ YouTube Live

Join us live on Tuesday, August 17 at 2 p.m. for a virtual walk to school in Caledon!

Go on a journey with us in your community as we explore what can be found on a walk to school. Along the way, we will also share about TRCA’s active transportation initiatives within the Town of Caledon and the West Bolton SNAP project. Come and learn what is active transportation, its benefits, and the various resources you and your families can use.

We encourage you to ask questions in real-time through the chat during the livestream (Note: you will need a YouTube account to use the chat function).

Learn more:

Aug
18
Wed
Unlocking the Mysteries of Monarchs and Milkweed @ Webinar Series
Aug 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Unlocking the Mysteries of Monarchs and Milkweed @ Webinar Series

Join us for this exciting Flight of the Monarch Day webinar series and #feeltheflutter! This series takes place on July 28, August 4, August 11, and  August 18.

Prepare to embark on a journey and soar across the continent as a monarch butterfly! Over four interactive sessions, you will learn about the monarch’s amazing biology, its environment and its epic migration from fields in Ontario to the mountains of Mexico. We will talk about the incredible challenges they face, from natural threats like insects, birds and even fellow monarchs.

During this fun and dynamic webinar series, you will guide the monarch in building its defenses so it can be one of the lucky few that survives to become a monarch butterfly.

Audience: these sessions have been designed for ages 10+.

Durham Conservation Youth Corps – Ernie L. Strouds Park @ Ernie L. Strouds Park
Aug 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Durham Conservation Youth Corps - Ernie L. Strouds Park @ Ernie L. Strouds Park

Help to stop the spread of invasive species!

Participants will take part in removing invasive species in the pollinator gardens at Ernie L. Strouds Park in Pickering.

We expect volunteers to arrive on time and come prepared for outdoor work. Please remember to bring:

  • Long pants
  • Closed toed shoes
  • Full personal water bottle (no water available on site)
  • Snack if needed
  • Sun protection
  • Mask
  • Gloves (if you have them)
  • Trowel and/or shovel (if you have them)

PLEASE NOTE: There is no washroom available on site.

Meet at the park entrance off Autumn Crescent. Registration is required for this event, walk-ins will not be accepted.

This event is part of the Conservation Youth Corps.

Aug
19
Thu
From Milkweed to Monarchs @ Online Webinar - Ages 6+
Aug 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Did you know monarch butterflies migrate 4,800km to Mexico every fall? Join us to learn about the special relationship between monarchs and milkweed, the fascinating transformation from egg to butterfly, and and how you can get involved in citizen science programs like MilkweedWatch!

This program is intended for ages 6+:

  • Beginner level information
  • Activities and concepts that are friendly for all ages
  • Intended audience includes children, youth, and adult

This event is taking place via Zoom. After registration you will be emailed a link to join the webinar.

TRCA is committed to creating an accessible experience for all participants. If you require an accommodation, please email liana.dandrea@trca.ca at least 7 days prior to the event.

This event is offered in partnership with Richmond Hill’s Community Stewardship Program.

National Flight of the Monarch Day - Join the Celebration

Aug
21
Sat
Flight of the Monarch Day
Aug 21 all-day

National Flight of the Monarch Day

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is proud to present Flight of the Monarch Day, a nationwide event to recognize the iconic monarch butterfly.

On August 21, 2021, communities and organizations across Canada will come together for a day of summer fun to celebrate one of North America’s most cherished insects!

Join the network of communities across Canada and be part of the movement to protect and raise awareness for the monarch butterfly.

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