Space Available in the Ontario Master Naturalist Program

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

There are a few spots available in the Summer 2019 Certificate Program of the Ontario Master Naturalist Program.

A few details below, to register or find out more, head to Lakehead’s website.

Date: Sat. July 13 to Sat. July 20, 2019

Location: Red Bay Lodge, 462 Huron Road, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario N0H 2T0

Module topics:

  • Geology and Anthropology
  • Flora
  • Mammals
  • Amphibians and Reptiles
  • Birds
  • Insects and other Invertebrates
  • Water, Wetlands and the First Nations and Métis Peoples

*Please note that modules may change or be modified based on instructor availability.

Fee: $999 (plus HST)

Find out more at Lakehead’s website.

NeighbourWoods North Presents Feast in the Field

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

A one-of-a-kind culinary event supporting the NeighbourWoods North Healing Path Initiative

ENJOY a sumptuous four-course meal expertly prepared by renowned Chef Zach Keeshig

Zach is a culinary innovator who draws inspiration from indigenous traditions, while gathering natural ingredients foraged from Grey County woodlands and supplied by local producers. At this event you will enjoy a selection of dishes delicately flavoured with fruity and savoury highlights that will delight the palate and excite the senses.

TASTE local wine at Gleason Brook Winery — Grey County’s newest startup vineyard

Thirty minutes from Owen Sound, Gleason Brook Winery is set in the lush, rolling countryside characteristic of the Niagara Escarpment’s unique dolomite cap ecosystem. Sample local wine expertly paired with your meal in a beautiful sheltered setting with live music that will enhance the evening’s flavours and stunning venue.

SUPPORT a unique grass-roots initiative that’s creating usable, accessible greenspace

NeighbourWoods North volunteers have already planted more than 3,000 trees around the Owen Sound Hospital. Now the group intends to build, through the growing forest, a 2 km crushed-stone Healing Path, complete with benches and interpretive signs. All proceeds from this event will go towards The Healing Path.

Event Details

Date & Time
Saturday August 10: Reception at 5:00 pm. Dinner will begin at approximately 6:00 pm.

Gleason Brook Winery, 30 minutes from Owen Sound (map provided when tickets purchased). Carpooling is available upon request.

$100 per person. $50 tax receipt and two drinks included.

Live music featuring Al Crawford. Door prizes, and silent auction.

Sit-down four-course meal under an events tent. Ample off-road parking.

Ticket price includes two glasses of wine. Beer and wine available for purchase.

Tickets and more information available at… https://www.neighbourwoodsnorth.com/feast-in-the-field and at The Ginger Press, Downtown Owen Sound (cash only)

Seats are limited… act soon!

Feast in the Field is presented by NeighbourWoods North with generous support from Gleason Brook Winery.

NeighbourWoods North is a project of the Owen Sound Field Naturalists.
Find NeighbourWoods North on Facebook, or contact them directly at info@neighourwoodsnorth.com.

3rd Annual WATER DOCS Where-You-Live in OWEN SOUND

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

A message from the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library:

The Library is pleased to partner with the Owen Sound Water Watchers, a grassroots community group, working to raise awareness and take action on local water issues, in presenting the 3rd Annual Water Docs Where-You-Live in Owen Sound film series.

This event takes place in the Library auditorium, September 18th and 25th.Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Films start at 7:00 p.m.  After each screening there will be a chance to talk about the film. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

The series kicks off on Tuesday, September 18th with the American documentary, A River’s Last Chance.  This compelling film shows the amazing recovery of the Eel River in Northern California, a haven for wild salmon.  The river and salmon have weathered decades of over-fishing, abusive logging, catastrophic floods and droughts, and a hydro power dam that diverts water out of the basin.  Today, the Eel’s recovering wild salmon compete for water with the region’s underground multi-billion-dollar cannabis economy and the multi-billion-dollar wine industries of Sonoma and Mendocino.  According to film maker Shane Anderson, the film is rooted in the belief that we can live symbiotically with our watersheds and encourage both a river’s recovery and economic future.

A River's Last Chance

On Tuesday, September 25th, the evening begins with Just Add Water, a presentation by Master Gardener, Pat Wyszynski.  Pat has been watching her property transform with different water features that she has added over the years.  Bring your questions and be prepared to be inspired.

Fix and Release explores the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, a small turtle trauma centre in Peterborough Ontario as it fights to even the odds for survival that freshwater turtles face in a modern world. Most turtle species in Canada are endangered due to loss of habitat and collisions with cars and boats. Dr. Sue Carstairs leads a team of dedicated staff and volunteers as they develop their own ground-breaking approach to reptile medicine. This visually beautiful film shows turtles in a way that few have seen before – highlighting their amazing ability to recover from catastrophic injury and hinting that these ancient creatures may be more complex than previously thought. Turtles are vital for healthy wetlands and every saved turtle makes a difference. As Dr. Carstairs says, “We are saving the world one turtle at a time”.

Fix and release

We will close the evening with local water-themed shorts.

We’re grateful to our partners who make this event possible- the Toronto-based Water Docs International Film Festival, Scenic City Film Festival, and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery.

For more information about these events contact Carolin Brooks, cbrooks@owensound.library.on.ca, 519-376-6623 ext. 214.

Neigbourwoods North: Water Brigade July 8 at 19:00 – 20:30

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Neighbourwoods North is putting out another call for watering assistance at the spring hospital planting:

Saturday, July 8th, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at the Owen Sound Hospital.
The Fire Truck will be there to accelerate the filling of the barrels.
Bring a 3-5 gallon bucket if possible.

But most importantly bring yourself!

A tree at each of these mulch locations at the hospital in Owen Sound (Photo by John Dickson)

A tree at each of these mulch locations at the hospital in Owen Sound (Photo by John Dickson)

Petrel Point Accessible Boardwalk Unveiling, May 26th w/Ontario Nature

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

A message from Ontario Nature:

Join us on Saturday May 26 from 11:00am to 1:00pm as we unveil our new 200-metre wheelchair-accessible boardwalk at Petrel Point Nature Reserve. Located on the southern Bruce Peninsula, Petrel Point is often described as a garden of wildflowers. But we’re not stopping there. We will continue working this summer to extend the boardwalk so that people of all abilities will be able to enjoy this incredible property.

A poster with more information (please note the RSVP date has changed to May 23rd):


Neighbourwoods North Looking for Trees

Friday, May 4th, 2018

Let’s Build a Forest!

Do you have a tree/shrub sapling or seedling you are willing to dig up and donate? You can add to the tree biodiversity of our hospital forest, by making a donation on Saturday May 5th or 12th, between 9am to noon at the NW corner of our hospital grounds. For more information contact Lloyd Lewis at 226 256 8804 or rhiandlloyd@gmail.com.

Interested in helping plant trees? Neighbourwoods North is also looking for volunteers May 5th, 12th and 19th!

Ontario Nature – Nature Network News, Monthly Updates

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Ontario Nature has a monthly email newsletter detailing their, and other nature groups, activities around the province. You can read the April Edition through this link.

You can sign up to the monthly e-newsletter by clicking on the banner below:


MacGregor Point BioBlitz, June 9-10

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

MacGregor Point Provincial Park is organizing a BioBlitz, click on the poster below for more information.


Eyes at Sauble

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

A message from our president, Kate:

I’m hoping to enlist the help of citizens close to Sauble Beach!

The local MNRF supervisor has urged anyone to report raking, bulldozing, or heavy equipment operations on the beach. With the Phragmites issue it is imperative that the sand not be tilled as it will further propagate this most invasive species – you probably know this already!

Removing sand from around benches and playground equipment is allowed without applying for an MNRF permit but raking, tilling, etc. is definitely not.

If heavy equipment appears to be encroaching on the beach there are two numbers to call. One is the MNRF office in Owen Sound at 519-371-6751. The other is available 24/7. It’s the MNRF TIPS line, for reporting infractions at 1-877-847-7667.

Thank you,
Kate McLaren
Owen Sound Field Naturalists President

Earth Day tickets are selling fast!

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

**** SOLD OUT ****

This event is now officially sold out to capacity. Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets and we’ll see you on Earth Day!

Less than 25 are left – now only available at the Ginger Press.

Only $5. each, with all proceeds going to OSFN Youth Projects.

Don’t miss the third annual Earth Day keynote address,

“Alone Across Canada’s Arctic: A 4,000 km journey through Canada’s Northern Wilderness.” by Adam Shoalts – Canada’s Indiana Jones.

2PM Sunday April 22, 2018, aboard the MS Chi-Cheemaun. Sponsored by Caframo.