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​Environmental Events

NEW - In celebration of National Pollinator Week (June 22-28), the latest annual pollinator poster is now live! Titled "Our Future Flies With Pollinators​," this poster depicts the services pollinators provide through the lens of planetary health and climate action.

​NEW Did you know May 12th is the first official Provincial Day of Action on Litter? Get involved and do your part to prevent, reduce, and divert waste in your community! Visit a few of the links below to get started:

Reduce litter in our neighbourhoods and parks. Waste Reduction Week is October 19-25, 2020. Keep your eyes peeled for a King Township community clean up challenge around that time!​

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​Did you celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22?  Earth Day Canada has some great ideas for environmental activities to do at home to celebrate: https://earthday.ca/april-22/campaign/earthdayathome/

Check out Earth Day Canada's Facebook page for 22 actions and activities they recommended leading up to Earth Day, these are still great ideas to peruse after April 22nd: https://www.facebook.com/earthday.ca/

Did you know Saturday, May 9th is World Migratory Bird Day? This day highlights the incredible migrations many different species of birds make between winter and summer grounds. Celebrate by downloading some colouring pages or help track some migratory birds that fly through your neighbourhood: https://www.migratorybirdday.org/resources/

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Sign up for the Dufferin Marsh Nature Connection's newsletter! They are providing regular updates around the marsh in Schomberg, including interesting resources and volunteer highlights: http://www.dufferinmarsh.ca/

​E-Learning Opportunities

NEW - Below are a few interesting nature-based webinars that are happening this week with topics ranging from learning about wildlife to our earth's natural systems. 

  • May 5 at 6:30pm – Landscaping for Birds – Learn which backyard birds are the most common species you'll see and how to attract these birds to your yard using native trees and shrubs.
  • May 6 at 2pm – The Wonders of Water – For Ages 7+; learn about where we can find water and our earth's water cycle.​
  • May 7 at 10am – Ask ROM Anything – Every Thursday at 10am, a different Royal Ontario Museum expert will answer any questions from the public on a different subject. ​
  • May 7 at 1pm – Frog Watch - Listen to the sounds of spring! Learn about Ontario's frogs and toads and how to identify them by their unique calls.
  • May 7 at 2pm – How to Create Your Own Meadoway – Join the TRCA for a Facebook Live walking tour of their greenhouse. Learn how to create your own Meadoway and get an up close look at Meadoway plants still in their seed pods. ​​

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NEW - ​Do you know why native pollinators are so important? King Township is a Certified Bee City (https://beecitycanada.org/) and we are committed to doing our part to spread the word about how important native pollinators are!  See the following website for some fun at-home activities you can do with your family while practicing physical distancing: https://www.pollinator.org/parents-and-kids


NEW - Access Pollinator Partnership Canada's video learning centre to watch a whole host of webinars that focus on topics ranging from monarch conservation to native bees: https://www.pollinator.org/webinars

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NEW - Stuck at home and interested in trying your hand at gardening this summer? In The Zone (in partnership with Carolinian Canada and WWF) is hosting a series of educational webinars to teach you about choosing the right plants for your garden type, gardening in small spaces, citizen science, edible plants, and more! Visit Garden ​for Wildlife​ for the webinar schedule. 

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Keep the kids (and yourself!) learning about environmental topics ranging from microplastics to spring tree bud identification to zoo critters! Check out the following e-learning opportunities put out by a host of great local organizations:

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Learn about "The Wild and Wonderful Word of Bees" from a talk by Dr. Laurence Packer, an expert in the field of bees: http://nanps.org/events/save-the-dates-nanps-spring-speaker-series-2020-the-pollinators-bees-butterflies/

​Gardening

NEW - Below are a few webinars focused on gardening that are happening this week:​

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NEW -  Want to grow plants in your garden to help native pollinators?  Here are a few great planting guides to check out: ​


NEW -  Want to have some fun while making the world a greener, more environmentally-friendly place? Make exploding seed balls that are both fun to throw and an easy way to grow native wildflowers. All you need are some native wildflower seeds (try milkweed!), some clay (from the dollar store is great), water, and get ready to get your hands dirty!  Once made and dried, throw these seed balls in a patch of dirt and watch them grow: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/children/making-seed-balls.htm

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​Interested in starting your own vegetable garden this summer? Start your seeds indoors with the use of toilet paper rolls to give your seedlings their best shot at survival: https://www.facebook.com/kingprc/posts/10156659840526572

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​Want to boost the growth of your indoor seedlings?  Make your own simple do-it-yourself greenhouse!  This is great project to involve the kids in and is very simple to set up: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Mini-Greenhouse

Here is an example of one the Cold Creek staff made: https://i.imgur.com/oOPWO4J.jpg

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For more tips and tricks on how to successfully grow your own food, visit a few of the following links from gardening experts: http://markcullen.com/practical-tips-from-mark-and-ben-cullen/

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Planning out your garden for this upcoming season of blooms? Look into using native wildflowers and plants to benefit our native pollinators: https://inthezonegardens.ca/

​Backyard Games - Click on the title to access the website

Ladder Bean Bag Toss

Supplies Needed:

  1. Ladder
  2. Bean Bags (or any other household item to toss)
  3. Tape
  4. Paper
  5. Markers​

Ring Toss 

Supplies Needed:

Ring toss board:

  1.     1 round pine panel 18-in x 18-in
  2.    7/8″ drill bit
  3.    7/8″ dowels (4ft long), cut into 4 11-in pieces & 1 13″ piece
  4.   Two (or more) paint colors of your choice

Rings:

  1.     1/2″ Nylon rope – cut into 12″ pieces
  2.     Bonding Glue (to help secure the ends together0
  3.     Duck Tape – your choice of colors​​

Tarp Toss 

Supplies Needed:

  1. Tarp
  2. Ruler
  3. Permenant Market
  4. Scissors
  5. Duct Tape
  6. Paint​

Backyard Frisbee Golf 

Supplies Needed:

  1. Tomato plant cages
  2. Round laundry baskets (able to fit inside the top of the tomato cage)​

Outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe

Supplies Needed:

  1. Paint
  2. Log/piece of wood
  3. 10 Rocks​

Lawn Twister

Supplies Needed:

  1. Spray Paint (washable if you have)
  2. String
  3. Circle Template​

Hoola Hoop Croquet 

Supplies Needed:

  1. Hoola Hoops
  2. Balls to Kick
  3. Spray Paint (if you want to paint your ball)
  4. Painters Tape (if you want to paint your ball)​

Marshmallow Shooters​ 

Supplies Needed

  1. Tiny Marshmallows
  2. PVC Piping (see instructions)​​

​Getting Outside

Looking for trails to explore?  Here are a few King trails that are still open to the public. However, please keep physical distancing protocols in mind and continue using trail etiquette if you decide to hike the trails. 

https://www.facebook.com/kingprc/posts/10156688245621572


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