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Friday, May 16, 2014

Ontario Trails News - news and activity information from all over Ontario's 2600 trails!

Ontario Trails Council Website Refresh - some hints

On the new website we showcase over 1800 trails. Did you know that we now receive alerts from users when they comment on a trail?

Each trail profile page has a facebook dialogue box in which users leave comments. Now when a post is left we are alerted at the office and we'll let you know what folks think about your trail!  

Ontario Trails Council Supports Youth Programs

We are pleased to announce that the OTC is assisting in the provision of youth programs in 6 different parts of Ontario this season. 3 areas are highlighted below.

Georgian Bay Biosphere - Lessons in a Backpack

The main goal of the program is to create opportunities for local teachers and students to explore their home in the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve and engage in outdoor-based learning activities. To facilitate this goal, Lessons-In-A-Backpack are developed based on the Ontario curriculum guidelines using areas immediately surrounding local schools as outdoor classrooms.

The Lessons-In-A-Backpack reflect what is readily obervable in our natural environment, allowing students to have hands-on experiences with the topics covered.The Lessons-In-A-Backpack program is partnered with the 
Near North District School Board and is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Programs include guided hikes on the Rose Point Trail, supported by the Parry Sound Rotary Club and Seguin Township. View a 3 minute video of a local grade 9 class out on the trail: Here you will find lessons created for the Lessons-In-A-Backpack program - lessons that reflect the unique natural environment of our area. Please share your own lesson plans to help develop this resource base.

Credit Valley Conservation
Outdoor Education Programs
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to hold a fragile monarch butterfly, create wild art, use a pair of snowshoes to explore the wonders of winter or scout some nature trails while listening to the call of the red-winged blackbird?
Take part in outdoor education programs that envelope the learner in all the senses of the outdoor classroom. From Soundscape Hikes to Eco Quests, these hands-on programs connect students to the Ontario Curriculum as well as what’s happening in their backyard.
Teachers can further link their outdoor experiences with follow up in-class lessons designed to extend their learning. These full day programs take place at Terra Cotta Conservation Area (map), in the newly renovated Watershed Learning Centre.
Discover programs that will incite students’ curiosity and encourage hands-on, inter curricular learning, linking Science and Technology, Health & Physical Education, Arts and Language and Social Studies in the outdoor classroom. Pre and post activities provided will complement your outdoor experience.
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation AuthorityOur educational outreach programs offer unique learning opportunities to schools and community groups within the Lake Simcoe watershed. From three-dimensional watershed models, visuals and maps to interesting hands-on activities, students and other participants learn about the importance of conserving our shared natural environment and what they can do to make a positive impact.

Scanlon Creek Field Trips - Outdoor spaces make great learning places

Located just outside Bradford, Ontario, the Outdoor Education Centre at Scanlon Creek specializes in curriculum based, outdoor education programs for students and teachers of York Region and Simcoe County.

Visit Scanlon Creek
If you can't come to us, we'll come to you! A Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority Education Specialist will come to your class or community group meeting.

Find out more about classroom visits

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OFAH Tackle Share Program Offered Through The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority
PORT HOPE – The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA), in partnership with the OntarioFederation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) is ...
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Cobourg Bike Week Runs From June 1 To June 8
(Cobourg, Ontario - May 12, 2014) The Bicycle Action Committee of Sustainable Cobourg ( is sponsoring Cobourg Bike ...
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This Victoria Day weekend keep safety in mind on roadways, waterways and trails
Officers from the Sudbury and Espanola Detachments of the Ontario ... The OPP is committed to having a sustained presence on Ontario's trails.
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Fleeing ATV driver involved in collision
WEBBWOOD – On May 11, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. officers from the Espanola Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting patrols ...
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