ontario parks association

Protecting Tomorrow Today®

  • Home
  • 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;

  • Ms.Sadia Butt, Urban Forest Community Engagement at the Community Level
  • Mr. Justin Gaudon, Emerald Ash Borer research updates and Bio controls
  • Mr. Peter Wynnyczuk, Tree Bylaws and Planning Policies as they affect your community
  • Mr. Jose Rubio Lazo, Tree Walk, under his guidance and expertise
  • Mr. Kevin Mercer, Storm Water Attenuation Opportunities

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:

  • Mr. Ben Porchuk on "Forest Bathing Therapy"
  • Ms. Alice Casselman, ACER,  hands on tree tabulation and monitoring
  • Mr. Peter Wynnyczuk, Family tree walk

Registration fees only apply for the Friday Session.

Register online

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 CoalitionWorking together to promote the value of green infrastructure in Ontario.


Gardens of Remembrance Program

Communities in Bloom is pleased to announce the 2017 edition of the Gardens of Remembrance.

The program aims, in the spirit of commemoration, to engage communities throughout Canada to honour Veterans by means of remembrance gardens along with local activities.  The gardens will involve the entire community to ensure that their meaning is known by all, particularly including activities with our youth.

The Gardens of Remembrance Program goal and objectives are to showcase our gratitude to Veterans—those men and women who served their country in times of war, military conflict and peace, and those who have lost their lives during war and other military engagements—and to recognize the sacrifices made by their families.

The program will consist of evaluating existing memorial gardens to showcase them and promoting the creation of new memorial gardens to encourage communities throughout Canada to participate in the Gardens of Remembrance program.

Scotts Canada will be offering a $1,500 contribution to the Best Garden submission and a $500 contribution to two other submissions.

Three Home Hardware gift certificates ($100 each) will also be drawn amongst all applications.

The Remembrance Gardens will be featured in the 2018 Spring edition of the Communities in Bloom Magazine.

Who can enter? 

  • Gardens of Remembrance Program is open to all communities throughout Canada
  • Submissions will be showcased as examples for communities to establish new gardens

Entry Requirements

Applications must be submitted, online, along with support material which may include:

  • Photos, video clips (ideally during the season and Remembrance Day)
  • Newspaper clippings [photo and print which include the source, date and page];
  • Newsletters or other community communication documents;
  • Copies of information and promotional material;

E-mailed or Faxed entries are not permitted.

Completed submissions must be received by 5pmNovember 30, 2017.



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

For more information and to register please visit the COG  website or email Julia Dupsuis.


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. 

Click here to register for Smart About Salt Operator Training Program. 

Click here to register for Smart About Salt Facility Manager Training Program. 


Parks Knowledge Exchange 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, Elgin Barrow Arena, Richmond Hill, ON

Session topics include:

  • Benefits of green space for individuals and communities
  • Research on community engagement approaches
  • Spray Pad – an expanding phenomenon
  • Managing human pressure on recreational sites
  • Technical issues on trail management

Click here to learn more and to register.


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software