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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.


June 16 to 24 inclusive, Garden Days is Canada’s annual celebration of the vital role of gardens and gardening in our communities and our lives. This national program is wholeheartedly supported by Ontario Parks Association and we hope that all of our members across the province will support this celebration and get involved! 

If you’re planning any garden or gardening-related activities between June 16 and 24, 2018, register them, at no cost, on the Garden Days website. It’s as simple as clicking on the ‘Register Your Activity’ button and inputting your activity information. It’ll take less than five minutes to register your activity and be part of this exciting national program.

Create a special Garden Days activity or register an already-planned event – what you do is entirely up to you. The intent is simply to profile your celebration of gardens and gardening and your contribution to Canada’s garden experiences of all types.

Click here to learn more about this program and how you can share news about your gardening celebrations and events!


OPA's 62nd Annual Parks Education Forum - Speaker Presentations

Download PDF copies of the speaker presentations from our March 1, 2018 Parks Education Forum by clicking the links below.

Dan Andrews_Opening the Door to New Trail Users - OTTCS_March 1_2018.pdf

Karen Oldham & Scott Stafford_London Neighbourhood Decision Making Presentation.pdf

Darby McGrath - Vineland - Soil Remediation Calculator and Tree Species Selector

Dan Vander Kruk & Art Bons - Tree Selection Presentation: https://horttrades.com/growers-grouphttps://horttrades.com/tree-selections-for-healthy-landscapes

James Dann - High Lake Effect Session



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. 

Interested in seeing some of the information that can be produced by the Yardstick report? Click on the report snippet links below.

Yardstick March Report Snippet - Playgrounds

Yardstick February Report Snippet - Dog Park Provisions

Interested in seeing in person how benchmarking can help drive best practices in your municipality? Attend the free Yardstick Information Session being held on April 5thClick here to download the information session flyer.

Yardstick Information Session

When:      Thursday, April 5, 2018
Where:    Cobourg Community Centre—Cameco Rooms A & B, 750 D’Arcy Street, Cobourg, K9A 0G1
Time:        10:00 AM to Noon
Who:       All Parks/Open Space Managers/ Parks & Facility Asset Managers
Cost:        FREE!
RSVP: Jodi Ware-Simpson—jwaresimpson@cobourg.ca or 905-372-7371, extension 4130



OPA is a proud member of the Green Infrastructure Ontario CoalitionWorking together to promote the value of green infrastructure in Ontario.



Check out what is happening with our friends at Communities in Bloom Ontario by clicking the logo above - you will be redirected to their website.

Green Infrastructure: Jobs, Health & Community Resilience

The Grey to Green Conference is both a forum to connect industry professionals and a resource to discover the latest in green infrastructure design, research, and policy. Grey to Green features a wide variety of innovative and technical content from expert speakers along with comprehensive training courses, guided local tours and a trade show showcasing companies and organizations committed to the growth and success of the green infrastructure industry. Register before March 29, 2018, and save $100! Click the header above to be redirected to the Grey to Green Conference website where you can read about the different sessions and register to attend.

Green Infrastructure Week

We are excited to announce that the many benefits of green infrastructure are going to be celebrated across Ontario during Green Infrastructure Week, May 13-19th, 2018. With the Grey to Green Conference at its core, Green Infrastructure Week aims to open doors for the community to experience Ontario's expansive green infrastructure first hand through multiple, engaging events across the city and beyond. 

For this celebration we want to share information about any guided tours, activities, workshops, tree plantings, and any fun, engaging event that can help teach the general public about the importance of green infrastructure in our cities. Event partnerships have been set up to act as a mutually beneficial marketing and promotional tool to increase community presence at Green Infrastructure Week events. Become an Event Partner by sharing information about any green infrastructure related activity or event you have planned for the week of May 13-19. Check out the Green Infrastructure Week website to learn more about how you can become an event partner and share news about your green infrastructure event/activity! 

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


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