Projects


Number of Projects: 377

1st Annual Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Walk

1st Annual Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Walk

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Ottawa valley Wild Bird Care Centre

Timeline for Completion: Sept 4 – Oct 12, 2020

Objective:

Our first annual Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Walk is a non-traditional walk designed to raise funds and awareness for the Centre.

You can complete a walk of a distance and at a location of your choosing. Give yourself a challenge to see certain species or total number of birds. Instead of collecting pledges, everyone is asked to make a donation. Tax receipts will be issued for donations over $20.

Please walk in a socially responsible manner. We encourage you to reach out to your friends and family and engage them in this fundraising effort.

As a token of appreciation, every donor will receive a link to a commemorative, free downloadable photo checklist of birds to take along on their walk.

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Petrie Island Tree Inventory

Petrie Island Tree Inventory

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 5 – Food)

Organization: Friends of Petrie Island, in partnership with the Ottawa Stewardship Council (OSC) and Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club

Timeline for Completion: Started 2019 (3 year project)

Objective:

The Friends of Petrie Island, in partnership with the Ottawa Stewardship Council and Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club (OFNC), is conducting a tree inventory over three years from 2019 through 2021. The purpose of the inventory is to:

establish a baseline against which changes can be measured; and
identify invasive species and their locations.
The 2019 inventory documented 443 trees and focused on the middle of the island, which has the greatest concentration of Hackberry and the most diversity. The variety of unusual species is high in this area. The 2020 inventory is completing the middle and the east side of the island, which has a concentration of large Cottonwoods that beavers are taking down. The 2021 inventory will address the west side of the main island and the small island to the south.

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The Woods of Hampton Park – An Urban Forest to Preserve

The Woods of Hampton Park - An Urban Forest to Preserve

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation)

Organization: Friends of Hampton Park

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

An ecological study of the park is currently underway. Friends of Hampton Park is working on a number of stewardship projects to preserve the integrity of this forest.

Hampton Park is one of Ottawa’s most beautiful public parks. Situated on the southern boundary of Kitchissippi, it contains a small urban forest, the Hampton Woods.

The Hampton Woods isn’t just a nice perk to have in a community; yes, we need green sanctuaries for mental health, but we also need them for our basic survival.

Hampton Park is home to a number of species that are unusual to find in such a busy central neighbourhood, but we may never know what’s there if we love it to death. The Woods protect us from ourselves, for free. We need to start protecting the Woods from us.

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Tuesday Tree Talk and Talent Series – Fall Edition

Tuesday Tree Talk and Talent Series - Fall Edition

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 5 – Food, Theme 7 – Waste)

Organization: Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City

Timeline for Completion: Three days to choose: Sept 15, 29 or Oct 13

Objective:

Come join us in circles of knowledge-sharing & gratitude underneath some of Ottawa’s beautiful trees as we learn about sustainability.

Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City (OBEC) is a local environmental org. in Ottawa whose mission is to achieve sustainability by sharing ideas, knowledge, and experience.

You are invited to join us under a tree at one of Ottawa’s local parks where we will sit together, enjoy the sun, the nature, the birds and bees, a snack or two, and just talk!

There’s a lot going on in our world and sometimes we need a space where we can engage and share what’s on our minds with others. What worries you and why? What do you care about and why? What would you like to do about it and how can we make it happen?

We all have something to learn from each other. We all have something to reflect on, to share, to gain. We all have valuable insights to offer.

These sessions are for everyone – your level of sustainability knowledge does not matter. Our focus is on knowledge-sharing and gratitude. We are all here together on this Earth to do our part in figuring out the best way forward!

So come sit & share with us – we can’t wait to have you.

Please note, because of covid-19, we can only allow a max of 10-15 participants per session. Spots will be reserved on a first-come first-serve basis. Please register to save your spot!

Below is our list of planned sessions for the fall (subject to change, depending on weather). Please register accordingly. Sessions run every other Tuesday, all of them from 5:30PM to 7PM at Strathcona Park.

Tues Sept 15th: “What’s your sustainability passion project??” ft. Earth Gratitude meditation

Tues Sept 29th: “Where does our food come from and where does it go?” ft. vegan cooking demo & yummy treats

Tues Oct 13th: “Introducing the 4th R: REPURPOSE! How to make the most of your STUFF! ft. DIY sewing session

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Celebrating National Tree Day a Different Way – Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

Celebrating National Tree Day a Different Way - Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

(Theme 2 – Energy, Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Tree Canada

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing Event in September

Objective:

National Tree Day serves as a celebration for all Canadians to appreciate the great benefits that trees provide us – clean air, wildlife habitat, reducing energy demand and connecting with nature.

Save the date!
This year National Tree Day is on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

While in years past this was a time to come together and celebrate with community planting events, our current situation with COVID-19 makes this year very different. That doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate together though, while staying apart!

The spirit of National Tree Day and all that trees bring to us is still worth celebrating, and on this page right up until National Tree Day, you will find resources and ideas that will help you take root with your community around trees this fall.

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7 Places to hike around Ottawa & Gatineau

7 Places to hike around Ottawa & Gatineau

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 8 – Health, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Rideau Trail Association

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing

Objective:

Do you live in or are you visiting Ottawa-Gatineau and looking for a quick adventure? Here are a few options nearby!

Marlborough Forest
Poets’ Pathway
Gatineau Park
Mer Bleue
Kanata South March Highlands
Stony Swamp
Urban Hiking on the Capital Pathway

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Jackie Holzman Bridge (formerly Harmer Avenue pedestrian bridge replacement) Opens

Jackie Holzman Bridge (formerly Harmer Avenue pedestrian bridge replacement) Opens

(Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation)

Organization: City of Ottawa

Timeline for Completion: September 2020

Objective:

The Jackie Holzman Bridge (formerly the Harmer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge), is now open for use!

Pedestrians and cyclists can now access the bridge, providing a safe connection over the 417 to two Ottawa communities, Wellington West and the Ottawa Civic Hospital.

Construction for the Jackie Holzman Bridge began in summer 2018 and forms part of the active transportation network. The bridge also reduces distances, provides a safe cycling and walking path for residents, shortens commute times and offers a dedicated active and sustainable transportation route.

An opening celebration was held on September 4.

Final works to be completed after the opening include the installation of:

Final landscaping
Exterior bridge sign
Bridge plaque on south side

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Urban Cycling – Virtual Workshops (one hour) in September 2020

Urban Cycling - Virtual Workshops (one hour) in September 2020

(Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health, Theme 9 – Recreation)

Organization: EnviroCentre’s Let’s Bike Ottawa

Timeline for Completion: Online Event – Sept 4 (10am); Sept 4 (1pm); Sept 8 (12 noon); and Sept. 18 (6pm)

Objective:

Join us September 2020 with several Ward Councillors, neighbourhood community, or business for Urban Cycling – a virtual workshop presented by EnviroCentre’s Let’s Bike!

Delivered by an experienced cyclist, this workshop will provide participants with tips on incorporating cycling into their everyday lives. You’ll learn helpful hints, rules of the road, and advice on choosing a route to your destination.

This workshop is intended for people of all ages and cycling abilities, and will be offered in English.

Once you’ve registered, you will receive a link to join the virtual workshop on Zoom prior to the event.

To register go to the Eventbrite website and select the event date and time (4 workshops are offered)
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/urban-cycling-virtual-workshop-tickets-117435636149

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Walkable neighbourhoods are happier, healthier, safer, smarter, and greener

Walkable neighbourhoods are happier, healthier, safer, smarter, and greener

(Theme 1 – Transportation, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Walkable Ottawa

Timeline for Completion: September 9th to 12th

Objective:

Walkable Ottawa aims to develop concrete solutions and a clear vision to transition Ottawa’s neighbourhoods to more walkable communities.

Walkable Ottawa believes that the best solutions are achieved through comprehensive collaboration and conversations enriched by research, projections & 3D modeling.

We will lead a “roll up the sleeves” approach to convert good ideas into practical and attainable solutions for our neighbourhoods.

Join in our Community Workshops in September.

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Ottawa Valley Nature Fix “Inspiration to get out in nature” -September 2020

Ottawa Valley Nature Fix  “Inspiration to get out in nature” -September 2020

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme 8 – Health)

Organization: Ottawa River Institute

Timeline for Completion: September Events

Objective:

We are offering a couple of group events this month;

September 13 – Paddle on the Little Mississippi River 9:30 am
Put-in is at the bridge over the Little Mississippi, on the Burnt Bridge Road, 10 kilometers south of Palmer Rapids. Water access at the bridge is limited so please park away from the water and carry your boat (people will be glad to help). Paddle to last ~ 5 hours, be prepared for the weather and bring water and a lunch.

September 20 – Paddle on the Muskrat River to Mud Lake 10:30 am
Put-in is at the bridge over the Muskrat River on Highway 17 at the base of Meath Hill. Bring a lunch

September 27 – Walk in the Shaw Woods, East Side Trail 9:30 am
2065 Bulger Road, North Algona Wilberforce Township – Google Maps (Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre)

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