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GreenUP Ecology Park

Workshops, Programs, and Events

Is there a topic or workshop you would like to see hosted by GreenUP Ecology Park? Please connect with us and let us know at: workshops@greenup.on.ca

2016 Workshops & Events

Please check back regularly for updates!

Blessing of the Bees & Bumblebee Habitat Workshop

Sunday, April 17th | 10 am – 1 pm, GreenUP Ecology Park – FREE 

GreenUP will be holding a Bumblebee Habitat Workshop this Spring. Join us as we build and install bumblebee nests throughout GreenUP Ecology Park. Workshop will take place from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Afterward, join us in our annual Blessing of the Bees. People from all faiths are invited to share prayers, thoughts, poems, and offerings for the health and abundance of these ancient beings.

Foraging for Wild Edibles Presentation

Tuesday, April 26th | 7-8 pm, Cobourg Public Library, 200 Ontario Street – by donation

As part of the Cobourg Ecology Garden Spring Speaker Series, Marcy Adzich from GreenUP Ecology Park will speak about the delicious spring wild edibles you can forage in Northumberland and Peterborough County. Marcy will also speak about the impacts of foraging in ecologically sensitive areas, foraging ethics… plus will share a few of her favourite recipes!

Leaf Compost and Cedar Mulch sales open at the Garden Market!

Saturday, May 7th | 10 am – 4 pm, GreenUP Ecology Park

Remember to bring your own containers and a friend to help you load into your vehicle. Compost is $2\bucket, Cedar Mulch $3\bucket.

Sorry, NO plant or tree sales yet…..!

Ecology Park Steward Volunteer Orientation

Monday, May 9th | 9:30-11:30 am, GreenUP Ecology Park, RSVP Required – workshops@greenup.on.ca

If you have signed up to volunteer with GreenUP and are interested in becoming a volunteer Park Steward for the 2016 season at Ecology Park, this orientation is mandatory.

New registrants should view the position description and complete an online volunteer application form by visiting the GreenUP Volunteer page.

Park Stewards are a very valuable asset to our organization. Park Stewards will learn the ins and outs of volunteering at Ecology Park and what is required to keep this award winning park and nursery at its finest!

Park Steward volunteers commit for the season and help each Monday from 9:30 – 12:00, from May 9th through until October 24th (holidays excluded). Learn some new skills, meet great people who love to garden, have fun, and get dirty!

Volunteers must be over 18 and be able to perform repeated physical tasks such as loading and unloading wheelbarrows of soil, composting, weeding, planting, pruning etc. in all weather conditions. Please bring closed toes shoes, water bottle, snack and proper clothing.

YOU MUST RSVP at workshops@greenup.on.ca to attend this orientation session. No drop ins. Thank you.

Ecology Park Leaf UNtuck

Sunday, May 11th | 11 am – 1:30 pm, GreenUP Ecology Park – Drop in

It is time to wake up the GreenUP Ecology Park plant nursery. Help us un tuck the plants from their protective blanket of leaves. Join GreenUP Ecology Park staff in preparing the tree nursery for spring! We need a lot of careful helpers to remove the layer of  winter leaf mulch from our trees, shrubs and flowers. We depend on volunteers to help us with this important seasonal task.

Families and people of all ages and abilities are welcome. Refreshments will be served!

Annual Ecology Park Spring Plant & Veggie Sale

Sunday, May 22 | 12 – 4 pm, GreenUP Ecology Park – Fundraiser

1297701480283_ORIGINALThis is our biggest sale of the year and the official opening Ecology Park’s Garden Market! Come and support our park programs with purchases of quality veggie seedlings,and a large variety of wildflowers, grasses,shrubs and trees which thrive in our region of Ontario and provide important habitat for wildlife and pollinators. Check out our catalogue of species online for a list of prices and descriptions of species available throughout the Garden Market season.

C’est Chaud Pizza will be at this event once again serving delicious wood fired pizzas made with local ingredients.

Community Beekeeping Program

Selected Fridays from May 20th -Nov 4th | 3:30-4:30 pm, Various Locations – $250, Online Registration Required

CommBeeKeeping_Logo_2This new and exciting program promotes pollinator stewardship in Peterborough through the education and planting of pollinator-friendly habitats, as well as assisting in the stewardship of GreenUP’s honeybee colonies. Participation in this program will be offered through a seasonal membership and drop in ‘OPEN HIVE days’ for the community to assist in the stewardship of our hives and gain hands on experience working with honeybees. All beekeeping equipment will be provided by GreenUP and hive checks will be conducted with our beekeeping staff. There will be approximately 10 hive checks per month from May – October, and hopefully some honey for you to take home at the end of the season!

Please email  workshops@greenup.on.ca if you would like to be added to our mailing list for upcoming community beekeeping program information. For more info about beekeeping in Ontario, visit the Ontario Beekeeping Association at www.ontariobee.com

GreenUP Community Bee Keeping Programme – Terms of Reference

GreenUp Community Bee Keeping Programme – Registration & Open House

Build a Mini Raised Bed & Square Ft. Gardening Workshop – CANCELLED

Saturday, June 4th | 2:30 – 4 pm, GreenUP Ecology Park – $65 

Build a mini raised bed and learn about square foot gardening. Take home your own (4′ x 4′ x 8″) raised garden bed which is included in the cost of the workshop. No drop-ins.

Nature Nocturnes 

Wednesday Evenings | July 13 – August 24, 6-8pm, GreenUP Ecology Park – $5 / family

This summer, join GreenUp Ecology Park environmental educators for evenings of nature discovery! Learn about local plants, bugs, and wildlife. Enjoy nature crafts, scavenger hunts, puppet shows, and more. Rediscover the wonders of nature at GreenUP Ecology Park.

Check out the schedule of weekly themes here…

Monarch Butterfly Workshop & Field Day

Sunday, August 14th | 10 am – 1:30 pm, Young’s Point Road – $20/adult, $5/child, Online Registration Required

Join GreenUP and Kawartha Land Trust this summer for a fascinating workshop and field study about Monarch Butterflies! Monarchs (Danaus plexippus) are a migratory species of butterfly entirely dependant on the milkweed plant for survival. Since March 2013, the North American population of Monarch butterflies has declined by 59%, the lowest recorded population status since 1975 (Monarch Watch 2014).

Monarchs are an important indicator species because of their large habitat and migration range. During late fall in the Peterborough region, Monarchs begin their 4000 km migration journey to central Mexico’s Trans Volcanic Mountains to overwinter in the Oyamel fir forests.

In this workshop, participants will learn about the life cycle and habitat of the Monarch butterfly, collect larvae, and help GreenUP gather data for two citizen science projects. Participants will also have the option to learn how to create a monarch rearing tent and witness the amazing metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly. All participants will receive a laminated field ID chart and take home resources.

Directions to workshop location will be sent to participants upon registration. No Drop-ins.

 Vermicomposting Workshop

Saturday, September 24th | 1-3 pm, GreenUP Ecology Park – $50, Online Registration Required

P1200446Composting food waste, especially in small, indoor spaces can pose a real challenge. Vermicomposting is an innovative solution using red wrigglers, food waste and a tight- lidded rubber bin. Learn how to set up and manage your vermicomposter properly and use the precious worm castings to boost soil nutrition in the garden.

Registration includes 2 hr instruction, 1 lb worms, vermicomposting bin. No drop-ins.

 Autumn Little Tree Sale

Sunday, October 16th | 10 am – 4 pm, GreenUP Ecology Park – Fundraiser

Fall is a great time to plant trees before they go dormant for the winter. The Ecology Park nursery has some great deals on trees and shrubs that are ideal to plant during the fall. Prices start at only $1!

Leaf TuckIN Family Volunteer Day

Sunday, October 23rd | 10 am – 4 pm, GreenUP Ecology Park – Drop in

Join us for this annual family volunteer event! Before winter comes, we need to tuck all our tender trees, shrubs, and plants into deep beds of dry leaves to protect them from the harsh elements, until next spring. We would love your help! Plus you get to play in large piles of leaves…..!

Drop in from 11:30am – 1:30pm to help out.

 Beginner Fruit Tree Care Certification

ONLINE, $120 – Registration Required

Get on the path to becoming a fruit tree expert with Orchard People’s online workshop that guides you through the basics of fruit tree care and cultivation and includes 8 hours of video, and e-book instruction . Upon completion, get a FREE fruit tree (up to a $60 value) from GreenUP Ecology Park.


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