Environment

Members of the SSCA Environment Committee are passionate about the amazing Georgian Bay ecosystem. Our purpose is to educate and raise awareness about the threats to this special region and take action to address them. We are always looking for new members.

Katherine Denune (chair)

2020

Kids in the Biosphere – This season, GBBR staff have altered the delivery of Activity Kits to stay in line with physical distancing and COVID -19 recommendations. We will be mailing all Activity Kits through Canada Post to families who sign-up online. (According to Canada Post, the World Health Organization and Public Health Agency of Canada assure it is safe to handle mail and there is no evidence of COVID-19 transmission on goods and packages).

Here is how it works:

  1. Sign up at gbbr.ca/kids-signup to receive your family’s Activity Kit; a reusable bag containing outdoor games, crafts, and a nature notebook.
  2. GBBR staff will mail your Activity Kit to the address you provide.
  3. Throughout the summer, check out online Photo Album of everyone’s findings and the Kids in the Biosphere Blog for weekly info on nature’s happenings and answers to your questions.
  4. Complete activities and keep track on your Summer Scorecard included in the Activity Kit (optional).
  5. Optional: At the end of the summer, or when you’ve completed as many activities as possible, email us a picture of your Scorecard. You will be entered to win one of three grand prizes!

We’re looking forward to a summer of distant and safe adventures with you! As the GBBR office is currently closed, Activity Kits are only available through the mail. The sign-up form will remain active throughout the summer to reach as many families as possible. We will provide updates on the situation as the summer progresses. For more information, contact Delaina at kids@gbbr.ca.

What is Kids in the Biosphere?  The Georgian Bay Biosphere will be offering the 8th season of Kids in the Biosphere in partnership with the Township of the Archipelago. This free program provides participating families with activities to keep you outside and learning about nature all summer long. Kids in the Biosphere began in 2013 and has reached over 500 families!

 

 

In 2019, there was-  “Families for Change”: an opportunity to protect our Bay environment organized by Georgian Bay Forever; Phragmites Removal with the GBLT at Sandy Island; SSCA and Lake Partners Program Water Quality Monitoring: Monitoring sites were expanded to Sans Souci, Iron City, Clear Bay and Port Rawson Bay; Tick Awareness Alert: Deer ticks are more prevalent this Spring. Be sure to do a daily body check for ticks after working in grasses and bush to avoid Lyme disease exposure; Citizen Science: Data collection is important to monitor changes in bird populations, species at risk, invasive plants and water quality; Island Queen Eco Tour :Travel aboard the 40 passenger “Islander” for a hike on Huckleberry Island in the Big Sound, led by Georgian Bay Reserve Naturalists.  Duration: 2.5 hours.

 


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