The Bruce Beckons: Ontario Nature's 85th Annual Gathering
June 3 – 5, 2016
Evergreen Resort, South Bruce Peninsula
Join us for a weekend reunion on Little Red Bay along the Bruce Peninsula to celebrate 85 incredible years of protecting wild species and wild spaces in Ontario.
We will explore local ecological treasures and a great diversity of habitats, including field trips to Ontario Nature’s Petrel Point, Bruce Alvar and Malcolm Bluff Shores nature reserves.
Program and Schedule of Activities
Please check here for the program-at-a-glance for the entire weekend.
Nature Workshops run twice on Saturday, June 4th, so you will have the opportunity to participate in two workshops. The morning session runs from 10:00 to 11:45 a.m. and the afternoon session runs from 1:15 to 3:00 p.m.
Field trips run on Sunday, June 5th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Participants will be picked up and dropped off at Evergreen Resort.
Click here for a description of workshops and field trips.
We have two great speakers lined up for the weekend:
- Ellen Schwartzel, the Deputy Environmental Commissioner of Ontario will be giving a special presentation on Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights: A Toolkit for Change.
- Dr. Laurence Packer, from York University, will be giving the keynote speech on The Importance of Bees: Ecology, Behaviour and Conservation.
Accommodations at Evergreen Resort
We have pre-booked all accommodations at Evergreen Resort in South Bruce Peninsula along the sandy shores of Little Red Bay on Lake Huron. Accommodation is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to book early.
When you register, you have the option of booking an accommodation package or a non-accommodation package (see further details in registration section below).
The following accommodations are available to book:
- Private rooms within shared cabins
- Single or double occupancy available (please note that single occupancy is very limited and we encourage double occupancy for attendees where possible)
- Shared washrooms with showers
- Most cabins include a shared sitting room and deck
- Fresh linens, towels and maid service are included
- All cabins have a refrigerator, heater and fan
- 15 campsites available with electric hook-up if needed
- Each campsite can accommodate up to 3 medium tents or 1 trailer (maximum 6 people per campsite)
- Access to shared washrooms with showers
Evergreen Resort has a number of facilities that are available for your use including a hiking trail, pool, basketball and tennis courts, mini putt, shuffle board, horseshoes, playground and volleyball.
Adjacent to the resort is Little Red Bay Marina with access to paddleboats, kayaks and canoes (not included with the registration fee).
Driving directions to Evergreen Resort can be found here. To ensure the most accurate driving route, we recommend using Google Maps by clicking the interactive map at the bottom of this page or going to the follow link: https://goo.gl/maps/q3rfYvsVBwy.
Registration is now closed.
The deadline for cancellation is May 13, 2016. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations after this date.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need to contact Evergreen Resort to book accommodations, or will Ontario Nature do this on my behalf?
A: Ontario Nature has booked all of the accommodations at Evergreen Resort. If you have registered for one of our accommodation packages, Ontario Nature will assign you to a room(s) in a shared cabin or a campsite, depending on what you have chosen for your accommodation.
Q: Are only Ontario Nature members welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 4th at 3:30 p.m.?
A: Both Ontario Nature members and non-members are welcome to join this meeting, however only Ontario Nature members are allowed to vote at the meeting. If you are interested in becoming a member of Ontario Nature, please visit our membership page here, or feel free to contact us at 1-800-440-2366 ext. 233. Our Member Relations Coordinator, Portia Mohlmann, would be happy to assist you.
Q: I would only like to attend the Annual General Meeting. Can I register for only this part of the weekend?
A: Yes, you can register for only this part of the weekend. Please call us at 1-800-440-2366 ext. 234.
Q: Is it possible to customize my registration?
A: We will try our best to accommodate your needs. Please call Lauren Wright at 1-800-440-2366 ext. 234 or email her at email@example.com.
Q: I do not drive or have access to a car. Are there any other transportation options for getting to and back from the event venue?
A: Unfortunately there are very limited bus routes to the South Bruce Peninsula area. Where possible, please try to arrange a carpool with others. If this is not possible, please call Christine Ambre at 1-800-440-2366 ext. 234 to be put on a list for a potential shuttle or carpool. We will try our very best to accommodate your needs.
Contact Christine Ambre at 1-800-440-2366, 416-444-8419 ext. 234 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
To learn about past annual gatherings, please click here.