Girls Can Too

“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 Co-ordinator, Girls Can Too

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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.

We have an exciting program lined up for summer 2018. We will be working 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 Great Lakes region, 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.



Registration for 2018 is opening soon! 

If you have any questions you can email


Bolton Camp Restoration Girls Can Too

2018 Program Sessions

  • Sunday July 15 to Friday July 20, 2018  (Grade 7 and 8 Overnight)
  • Monday July 30 to Friday August 3, 2018 (Grade 9,10, 11 and 12)
  • Monday August 13 to Friday August 17, 2018 (Grade 7 and 8)
  • Monday August 20 to Friday August 24, 2018 (Grade 9,10, 11 and 12)

*Busing is available, contact us for details at


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The Projects

Trail Restoration
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.

Trail Kiosk
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.

Creating Habitat
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.



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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.

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