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!

Sep
22
Wed
Parent and Tot Trail Walk – Discover the Forest @ Claremont Nature Centre
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Parent and Tot Trail Walk - Discover the Forest @ Claremont Nature Centre

Join us at Claremont Nature Centre to adventure through the forest to see what we can find! Learn about trees and animals that call the forest home.

We will walk for 45 minutes and end with songs and stories.

Meet at the front entrance of the Nature Centre.

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 a.m. 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 mary.gawen@trca.ca at least 7 days prior to the even

Life of a Tree @ Online
Sep 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Life of a Tree @ Online

Trees are all around us, but we can overlook the amazing things they do for us every day. Learn about the life cycle of trees and what features can help you decipher a tree’s identity. We will also introduce you to keystone and interesting species that you can find in your neighbourhood!

This workshop is in collaboration with Toronto Public Library. The registration link will redirect you to their website.

Thornhill SNAP Community Planting at Hefhill Park @ Hefhill Park
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thornhill SNAP Community Planting at Hefhill Park @ Hefhill Park

Volunteers will be helping plant native trees and shrubs to improve the natural habitat of the area.

Registration is closed.

Sep
23
Thu
Gardening in a Changing Climate @ Online Webinar - General Audience
Sep 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Gardening in a Changing Climate @ Online Webinar - General Audience

Climate change is rapidly impacting natural spaces on both a local and global scale, including our yards. Join us for an introductory gardening webinar with a focus on climate change resiliency. We will introduce concepts like rainwater harvesting, native plant gardening, rain gardens, and permeable paving.

Receive a free copy of the Greening Your Grounds Homeowner’s Guide with detailed instructions on how to implement these projects at home!

This presentation is intended for General Audiences:

  • Beginner level information
  • Includes intermediate concepts
  • Content intended for older youth and adult audiences.

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 jeremy.pearson@trca.ca at least 7 days prior to the event.

Sep
24
Fri
Bolton Camp Watershed Wide Cleanup @ Bolton Camp
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bolton Camp Watershed Wide Cleanup @ Bolton Camp

Volunteers will be completing a litter cleanup at Bolton Camp.

Registration is closed. Thank you for your interest.

Sep
25
Sat
Bramalea SNAP Fall Native Tree and Shrub Planting at Knightsbridge Park @ Knightsbridge Apartment Complex
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bramalea SNAP Fall Native Tree and Shrub Planting at Knightsbridge Park @ Knightsbridge Apartment Complex

Residents of Bramalea will welcome fall by participating in a native trees and shrubs planting event Knightsbridge Park.

Registration is closed.

Tree planting at Pickering Brock Lands @ Pickering Brock Lands
Sep 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tree planting at Pickering Brock Lands @ Pickering Brock Lands

This is a private event. Volunteers will be planting native trees and shrubs to help them grow into a forest.

Sep
26
Sun
Claireville Conservation Area Community Planting
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Claireville Conservation Area Community Planting

Volunteers will be helping plant native trees and shrubs to improve the natural habitat of the area.

Registration is closed. Thank you for your interest.

Fishing School at Heart Lake! @ Heart Lake Conservation Park
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Fishing School at Heart Lake! @ Heart Lake Conservation Park

Join us for two sessions of Fishing School on Sunday, September 26 at Heart Lake Conservation Park! You can choose from two time slots: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

This program introduces children and families to fishing. Learn how to bait and cast a fishing rod, and how to identify local fish species. Fishing is a great way to spend time outdoors with family and friends, and to learn a new skill!

Please remember that if you are 18 years of age or over, we encourage you to purchase a fishing license before participating in the program. While this is not a requirement for the program and we can not legally ask if you have purchased a license, if you are caught fishing without a license by a police officer or a conservation officer you may be subject to a fine. Find out more on how to purchase a fishing license.

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.

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (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.

Toronto Conservation Youth Corps – Community Cleanup at the Meadoway @ The Meadoway (Gatineau Hydro Corridor)
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Toronto Conservation Youth Corps - Community Cleanup at the Meadoway @ The Meadoway (Gatineau Hydro Corridor)

Get outside and volunteer with TRCA! Learn all about one of the most exciting greenspace revitalization projects in Canada and how you can get involved in restoring meadow habitat! Students in attendance can receive volunteer hours for participation. Volunteer letters will be emailed following the event.

Location: The Meadoway (Gatineau Hydro Corridor), Toronto. North of 916 Markham Rd, Toronto, ON, M1H 2Y3. Look for the white event tent.

Participants will start with a hike along the hydrocorridor, where we’ll learn why The Meadoway matters and how it will enhance the landscape for people, plants, and animals. Afterwards, together we’ll participate in an action project – a community clean up!

Registration is required for this event, and walk-ins will not be accepted. Registration includes sharing your contact information for contact tracing purposes, signing a waiver and completing a self-assessment for COVID-19. Each individual must fill out a waiver separately (including those under the age of 18).

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 7:00am on the morning of the event if there is a cancellation.

  • Please arrive on time and prepared for outdoor work.
  • Wear closed-toed shoes, face mask, hat and sunscreen.
  • Bring rain protection, sun protection, reusable water bottle and snacks. Gardening gloves and equipment will be available.
  • Please note that washrooms are NOT available on site.

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (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.

Community Watershed Wide Cleanup at Marie Curtis Park
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community Watershed Wide Cleanup at Marie Curtis Park

Local community members will be participating in a litter cleanup at Marie Curtis Park.

Registration is closed. Thank you for your interest.

WILD Outside Visits the Meadoway!
Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WILD Outside Visits the Meadoway!

Get outside and volunteer with TRCA! Learn all about one of the most exciting greenspace revitalization projects in Canada and how you can get involved in restoring meadow habitat!

Participants will start with a hike along the hydrocorridor, where we’ll learn why The Meadoway matters and how it will enhance the landscape for people, plants, and animals. Afterwards, together we’ll participate in an action project – a community clean up!

This is a private event, and registration is unavailable.

Sep
28
Tue
Durham Conservation Youth Corps – Amberlea Park @ Amberlea Park
Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Durham Conservation Youth Corps - Amberlea Park @ Amberlea Park

Would you like to help plant a native garden and learn about the pollinators that might use it?

Participants will take part in planting a pollinator gardens at Amberlea Park in Pickering. Meet at the park entrance off Braeburn Crescent.

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

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 and snacks. Gardening gloves and water refill will be available on site.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no washroom available on site.

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 mary.gawen@trca.ca at least 7 days prior to the event.

This event is part of the Conservation Youth Corps and funded by through the support of the City of Pickering and Canada Bread.

Saving Seeds: From Gathering to Sharing @ Online Webinar - General Audience
Sep 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Saving Seeds: From Gathering to Sharing @ Online Webinar - General Audience

Learn how to save native wildflower seeds, from collection and storage to propagation. Share and trade seeds with neighbours and friends to help re-wild your community!

This presentation is intended for General Audiences:

  • Beginner level information
  • Includes intermediate concepts
  • Content intended for older youth and adult audiences.

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 liana.dandrea@trca.ca at least 7 days prior to the event.

This event is offered in partnership with Richmond Hill’s Healthy Yards Program.

Sep
30
Thu
Tree Pit Systems for Sustainable Stormwater Management @ Online
Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

STEP Webinar Series 2021

Abstract

Tree pit systems integrate common street trees with stormwater management as a viable and sustainable alternative to traditional “end of pipe” practices in achieving volume control and nutrient reduction, as well as providing uncompacted soil for healthy and vigorous tree growth, while maintaining pavement support. Municipal and regulatory authorities encourage low impact development (LID) techniques to replicate pre-development conditions and mitigate the negative impact of land development and surface paving.

Tree pit systems are well suited for residential, and commercial construction; parking lots; sidewalks and streetscapes; plazas, and; retrofit situations where stormwater conveyance is inefficient or ineffective due to aged or faulty infrastructure. Tree pit systems typically combine a precast concrete frame with an engineered soil (media) designed to collect, infiltrate and “treat”stormwater through physical, biological and chemical processes. Since trees have the ability to utilize soluble fractions of nutrients in stormwater runoff such as phosphorous, nitrogen, and metals, as well as provide supplemental irrigation for the trees during periods of drought, stormwater could be considered a resource versus a waste product.

Careful and deliberate consideration in formulating and engineering the media that comprises the tree root space must take into account the geology of existing native soils, water table, utilities, building foundations, etc. The media must be designed to bear the mechanical compaction necessary to support the weight of overlying paved surfaces as to prevent settling or subsidence without altering water holding capacity and oxygen exchange. This same media must provide other necessary properties for both trees and roots to acclimate, survive, and sustain vigorous growth.

 

Space is limited. For additional information, please contact us at STEP@trca.ca.

This webinar is part of the STEP Water 2021 Webinar Series.

Register for Free

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