This month there was a Beach Action Day at Providence Bay to remove unwanted plant species that are impacting the dune system and taking over the Pitcher Thistle habitat. A big hank you to all the volunteers that came out to help remove the sweet white clover with Judith Jones and her crew and Manitoulin Streams.
We launched our first Wild Kids Camp this summer in partnership with Manitoulin Training Solutions to not only teach first aid and safety precautions but to do it in a wilderness setting. Our level 3 students also receive and Ontario First Aid certification. Lots of fun was had with these eager kids, we mixed learning with fun interactive games and challenges alongside the restored Norton's Creek. Thanks to Manitoulin Training Solutions for all their hard work in helping organize and deliver this valuable life saving program, to the Hutton family for allowing us to use this beautiful property and to all the wonderful kids that participated in this adventure!
If you haven’t had a chance to tour the hatchery or trail at the Blue Jay Creek Hatchery, we suggest you give it a try! 40 grade 2/3 students did just that and had a blast. So much to see and learn, these kids were excited to explore the trail with Sue from Manitoulin Streams, play a game with Rebecca and tour the inside of the hatchery with Dale and Shannon of the MNR. Manitoulin Streams did a restoration at this creek many years ago and the work has held up beautifully. Many juvenile fish were spotted and lots of other little creatures. Just a hint, move fast by the grist mill, the fire ants are on patrol!
A beautiful day at the beach with Lakeview School Kindergarten class. Why would we bring 25 little bee-bopping kids to the beach? Why not? Lots of fun explaining restoration work, looking for creatures, discovering Pitcher’s Thistle, beach dune talk and much much more. These little guys could go all day! Thanks Joanne Corbierre for including us in on your adventure out and a donation of $50.00 towards our efforts!
Yesterday we were excited to lead a tour and invertebrate study with a grade 6/7 class from Kitchener, Ontario. These kids were very eager and responsive to our stream restoration educational and enjoyed a beautiful sunny day out by the river discovering aquatic creatures and swimming at the falls. Thank you to Neil Debassige for including us in on this great visit!
Another successful year hosting our Jacket & Jeans Gala. This is sure to become the event of the year on Manitoulin Island. Little Current Hotel & Conference Centre did an amazing job on the meal, bravo! Thanks to all businesses that donated amazing prizes totalling over a whopping $15,000. An evening full of good food, exciting raffles and auctions, and entertainment from our much appreciated MC, John Diebolt.
People are already booking next year's tables! A big thanks to all volunteers and guests for making this an unforgettable evening.
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