“Girls aren’t generally encouraged to enter skilled trades. This program provides an opportunity to learn those skills in a fun and safe environment.” – Nadia Zanardi, Program Lead, Girls Can Too
The Girls Can Too program provides young women with hands-on learning experiences in construction and ecology. The program is spearheaded and delivered by three female university students, and includes mentorship and training opportunities with females from a variety of professions.
Upon completion of the program, participants receive a certificate verifying their hours of community service to the Bolton Camp, which can be used towards their high school diploma.
In 2018 we worked on several projects that will help contribute to the revitalization of Bolton Camp and improve the ecosystems that are vital to the health of the Humber River watershed, including: tree planting, trail restoration, building habitat structures, restoring a ravine, and building a trail kiosk.
All projects contain construction and ecology aspects that will enable participants to gain hands-on skills, learn about the natural environment and sustainability. Female mentors will provide practical instruction, positive leadership, host workshops and share first-hand experiences during Lunch N’ Learn sessions.
2018 Program Sessions
Grade 7, 8, and 9
• Monday July 16 to Friday July 20, 2018 (New! Partial Overnight)
• Monday August 13 to Friday August 17, 2018
Grade 10, 11, and 12
• Monday July 30 to Friday August 3, 2018
• Monday August 20 to Friday August 24, 2018
*This year busing will be included for all four program weeks. Schedules will be sent out with the orientation in June. Pick-up locations will include:
Turner Fenton Secondary School (7935 Kennedy Rd S, Brampton);
Harold M Brathwaite Secondary School (415 Great Lakes Dr, Brampton);
and Herb Campbell Public School (3749 King St, Inglewood)
Girls Can Too Overnight
In addition to participating in the day program activities at Bolton Camp, the week of July 16th of Girls Can Too will include two nights of overnight camp at TRCA’s beautiful environmental education facility, Albion Hills Field Centre. Nestled in a rolling expanse of the Oak Ridges Moraine in Caledon, this new overnight experience will include night-hikes, star-gazing, and campfire activities. Registration for the overnight experience is a required component of the Girls Can Too program week of July 16th.
The overnight experience will be run in partnership with the staff at the Albion Hills Field Centre. Participants will be supervised by experienced Albion Hills Field Centre staff. Participants will sleep in indoor, air-conditioned dormitories with washrooms and showers and be provided with three healthy and delicious meals in accordance with the Canada Food Guide guidelines. There is a fee of $168/participant for this overnight experience which includes meals and accommodations. For more information on the facility, visit trca.ca/ahfc.
INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR GIRLS CAN TOO?
Registration is 2018 is Closed.
If you have any questions or wish to hear more about the 2019 program, please email email@example.com
Participants will restore one kilometer of hiking trail, which will benefit the ecological heritage of the landscape, and provide the community with access to additional recreational space.
Woodland and Riparian Restoration
Participants will plant trees and shrubs to restore woodland habitat impacted by the Emerald Ash Borer, and restore habitat along a ravine to improve biodiversity and prevent erosion.
Participants will build a trail kiosk, in addition to completing various workshops and training sessions related to the project, such as design and construction. The work will connect sustainable design and ecology by building an artistic kiosk that provides interpretive signage communicating the importance of habitat for native wildlife, while cultivating connections for visitors to the site’s trails and natural ecology.
Participants will build and install several habitat structures repurposed from abated ash trees that will provide shelter and nesting sites for local wildlife. These habitat features will include nest boxes and habitat piles. During this project, participants will learn how to use a variety of power tools and obtain the technical skills required by the trade industry.
Lunch and Learn
On each Friday, professional woman will join us for an hour over a Lunch and Learn session, and inspire the participants with their stories about how they achieved a non traditional career. This is an engaging discussion where questions and conversation are encouraged. Lunch we be provided in kind by a local business in Bolton.
Throughout the week, participants will be introduced to a variety of educational topics including wildlife identification, forestry, invasive species management, nature inspired art, microplastics, and more!
We would like to extend a big thank you to all organizations, and community members for their support of this initiative with time, mentorship, financial and in-kind donations. The success of this program would not be possible without your generosity and guidance.