*Due to COVID-19 all current Field Walks and Workshops are virtual until further notice*

2021 Field Walks and Workshops

Our 2021 Field Walks and Workshops have gone virtual! These sessions will give you the chance to deepen your naturalist knowledge and understanding of local ecology, and learn about wilderness survival skills.

Schedule:

Intro to Wildlife Tracking
with Lee Earl of The Pine Project
February 2 | 7 – 9pm | $15

Join Lee Earl, a Level III Tracker, as she shares some of her favourite tips to deepen our understanding of the natural world – especially in Winter! Tracking basics will be covered with some introductions to animal feeding sign, footprints, scat and how to start when approaching a mystery! We will identify some common species in this region, talk about the different body movements and how those relate to track patterns, as well as how to get the most out of your field time.

Principles and Techniques of Fire-Making
with Caleb Musgrave of Canadian Bushcraft
February 17 | 7 – 9pm | $20

Join Caleb Musgrave, a wilderness skills instructor of the Mississauga Ojibway Nation and owner/operator of Canadian Bushcraft. In this workshop, the science and understanding of fire will be discussed, along with several simple and creative ways of making fire. Subjects may include fire’s influence on the landscape, the importance of fire for survival and living in the northwoods, firemaking techniques and technologies, and fire safety.

Sugar Bush: Methods, History and Ecology
with Caleb Musgrave of Canadian Bushcraft
March 11 | 7 – 9pm | $20

Join Caleb Musgrave, a wilderness skills instructor of the Mississauga Ojibway Nation and owner/operator of Canadian Bushcraft. In this workshop, we will explore the history and importance of maple sugar to the Anishinaabeg, and other Indigenous nations of the Eastern Woodlands. We will discuss the traditional stories, and modern myths surrounding Indigenous methods of harvesting the sweet and nutritious food that is known by the Anishinaabeg as “Ziinzibaakwad”.

Intro to Plant Medicine
with Nikki Satira of Earth Path
April 14 | 7 – 9pm | $15

Join Nikki Satira, Executive Director of Earth Path and clinical herbalist in training. In this workshop we will explore the basics of herbal medicine: plant actions, their chemical constituents, different types of medicinal preparations and how to make them, and how the body interacts with those plants. We will also go into depth on the medicinal uses of a few local plants, and how to care for yourself and your family with herbs for basic ailments.

Mushrooms Beneath the Surface
with Luke Eckstein
April 28 | 7 – 9pm | $15

Luke Eckstein on a virtual journey to explore the fantastical world of mushrooms! In this workshop we will discuss the basic principles of mushroom identification, the different forms they take, and where and when to find them. We will also discuss the evolutionary history and life cycles of mushrooms, and the importance they play in our ecosystems. For more information and to register, email info@earthpath.ca. If you cannot pay the full price, please let us know. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Intro to Edible Wild Plants
with Amber Westfall of The Wild Garden
May 12 | 7 – 9pm | $15

Come on a virtual journey to meet the wild and weedy plants of Spring. Herbalist and forager Amber Westfall will introduce participants to a variety of wild, edible plants that are commonly found in the fields, forests and even your own yard during the spring season! The workshop will cover plant identification, wildcrafting ethics, harvesting techniques and preparation tips for a variety of plants such as violets, stinging nettle, garlic mustard, dandelions, burdock, wintercress and more!

The Wonderful World of Insects
with Brent Lamborn of Earth Path
June 16 | 7 – 9pm | $15

Join Brent Lamborn, Assistant Director of Earth Path and insect aficionado as we explore the wondrous world of insects. In this workshop we will focus on the insect world’s main heavy hitters – ants, bees, wasps, butterflies, and praying mantids, to name a few. Prepare to be enchanted with the creepy; fall in love with the fluttering; and be bewildered by the diggers. Insect collections will also be explored – you will learn what you need to start your collection, best practices, and how to make your collection a work of art that you will be proud to show anyone.

$100 for all 7 workshops. For those registered, workshops will also be recorded and available after they take place. For more information and to register, email info@earthpath.ca or call 613-858-8822. If you cannot pay the full price, please let us know. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Thank you to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for their generous support of our Field Walk and Workshop Series! #TDCommonGround #ConnectingPeopleToPlace