FRIENDS OF OPA
OPA takes great pride in partnering with other organizations to continue to spread awareness and work toward Protecting Tomorrow Today. This page lists some of the upcoming events or programs these partners are hosting.
Families in the Urban Forest: How decision makers, municipalities and communities can engage families with trees and the urban forest
We look forward to seeing you on October 13th and 14th, at the Thornton Dundee Community Centre at 210 Thornton Road North in Oshawa.
If you work as or with municipal planners, municipal and commercial arborists, conservation authority staff, community groups, students and seniors this day may help you and your organization!
Friday, listen to our speakers for the day including;
Networking time will be part of the day, which includes lunch.
ISA CEU's are being sought for the day.
Our Annual General Meeting will be at the end of the day for members and interested individuals.
Saturday, a half day session we are focussing on families to participate in:
Registration fees only apply for the Friday Session.
If alternate registration method needed please email oufc.org
Sustainable Trails Certification
This certificate will give participants the skills to plan, design, construct and maintain sustainable nature trails. Courses in this certificate are taught by field experts from one of Canada’s leading environmental education institutions, Fleming College’s renowned Frost Campus. The certificate can be completed in as little as two semesters. Courses are scheduled on weekends or are available online. Full course descriptions and information can be found here,
University of Guelph's Turf Managers' Short Course
To learn more about this University of Guelph training session, click here.
OPA is a proud member of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition; Working together to promote the value of green infrastructure in Ontario.
Yardstick is working to collect, share and compare vital parks information to measure current performance, evaluate user satisfaction and advocate for future improvements. They are comparing parks locally, nationally and globally. Click here to learn more.
Organic Master Gardener Course
Canadian Organic Growers (COG) is offering the Organic Master Gardner course in Ajax this fall. This course is the first step to becoming an Accredited Organic Land Care Practitioner with SOUL (Society for Organic Urban Land Care). I’m wondering you could share the information below with your network? I would also like to know when the fall issue of the Green Sward is released. Our Ajax course starts September 5, which may be before the Fall issue of the Green Sward. If the info could be passed to your network in an email newsletter, or as an Education & Training event, I’d greatly appreciate it. Please note that this course has been preapproved for industry credits through ISA, MGOI, CNLA, IPM and Landscape Ontario.
About the Organic Master Gardener Course: Dig deep into organic land care this fall with the Organic Master Gardener course! This popular course examines the connections between soil, plant, human, and environmental health while addressing sustainable land management practices to maintain food and ornamental gardens in the urban landscape. Suitable for everyone from experienced landscapers to novice backyard gardeners, you are sure to be inspired.
Dates: Tuesday, September 5 to December 5
Location: Ajax, ON (exact location to be confirmed)
Registration: $685 for COG Members, $740 for non-members
Smart About Salt Training
The Smart About Salt Council is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting freshwater from winter salt applied around facilities. Their innovative training program focuses on ways to improve winter salting practices on facility grounds. This training program has been developed specifically for Owner/ Operators and their staff of winter contracting companies who apply salt, plow or shovel snow around facilities.
Parks Knowledge Exchange
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, Elgin Barrow Arena, Richmond Hill, ON
Session topics include: