LIFE’S MESSY APRIL 29 WE CLEAN IT UP
Champlain Park is looking for volunteers for our annual Spring Cleanup. The snow is melting extra fast, and trash accumulated over a long winter has started to appear.
The cleanup, part of the City’s Cleaning the Capital campaign, is a chance for neighbours of all ages – kids, teens, and adults – to get together, say hello, and help spruce up the neighbourhood.
Upcoming Projects and Activities
We will also be providing information in the fieldhouse of the upcoming projects and activities (tree mapping, update on the NCC, park expansion, etc.) occurring within the Champlain Park, and providing you with an opportunity to sign up and volunteer if any of them meet your interest and you would like to participate.
We’ll meet at the fieldhouse on Saturday, April 29 at 10 a.m. Juice, coffee, and cookies will be served. There is a map so that people can choose an area to work on. We’ll wrap up by noon. In case of rain, we’ll meet instead on Sunday, April 30.
The designated cleanup areas are the south side of Premier above the transitway; the boulevard on Northwestern and the path at its north end; and along the fence on Patricia and Pontiac and in the Champlain Woods between the fence and the parkway. It can also include the area along the river at the foot of Carleton, or any other public spaces you think could use some help.
We recommend wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts, appropriate footwear and gloves. The City will provide garbage bags.
If you have any questions or suggestions, call Andrea Murphy or Ian Reid at 613-715-9504.
Winter seems to be going, coming back, going … but eventually the buds on the trees will swell and spring WILL arrive. To enhance your appreciation of our urban forest and as a kick-off activity for Champlain Park’s environment activities, join naturalist Owen Clarkin for a walk through the Champlain Woods and various streets to learn how to identify trees when there are no leaves present.
When: 22 April – rain or shine
Time: 10 am – noon
Where: Champlain Park Fieldhouse
Event organized by: Catherine Shearer
Refreshments at the Fieldhouse following the walk where Owen will continue to answer questions
Owen Clarkin grew up near Russell Ontario, and has been studying the trees of Eastern Ontario as a dedicated amateur since the age of 4. After finishing a conventional education in the natural sciences, he has been more seriously exploring topics in tree ecology from an Eastern Ontario perspective, together with a core group of colleagues.
Below is a snippet of a previous presentation given by Owen Clarkin a few years ago in South Frontenac.
Clarkin highlighted the not so well known relatives of common trees in the area, like the sugar maple’s cousin, the black maple, which produces a tastier sap than its relative. Continue reading “Walk in the woods with naturalist Owen Clarkin”
June 3-5, 2016
Dr. Andy Kenney and Forester Astrid Nielsen will lead you through the steps for identifying tree species, assessing tree health and mapping the location of trees in Champlain Park. The resulting inventory will show the economic value of trees to people due to energy conserved, stormwater filtered, air quality improved and carbon dioxide removed. And help the community retain its forest canopy.
The Workshop sessions take place on the following
Friday, June 3, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, June 4, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday, June 5, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Participants must commit to attend at least 80% of the full workshop
Meet at the Champlain Park Fieldhouse
Registration is $20 per person, includes refreshments and a field manual, space it limited to the first 25 registrants on a first come, first serve basis
To register please complete Tree Mapping Workshop registration form
For more information
Contact Adrian Bradley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Daniel Buckles (email@example.com)
This workshop has been organized under the Urban Forest and Green Space projects of Champlain Park