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Workshops & Webinars - Signal Boost Initiative

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With more time than ever to spend at home, the Internet is increasingly full of webinars, tutorials and fitness classes to keep us all busy. If you want to use this time productively but aren’t sure where to turn, why not start with some quality webinars about environmental topics, presented by London experts with a local focus!

Through the Signal Boost Initiative, we partner with environmental groups to hold educational events that help Londoners scale up their actions, to move the needle on pressing environmental issues. While events will eventually be held at the Westminster Ponds Centre for Environment and Sustainability, we are pleased to present FREE online learning opportunities in the meantime!

About the Program

Through the Signal Boost Initiative, the Westminster Ponds Centre is pleased to host and support 141 free or low-cost environmental events over three years. In partnership with the London Environmental Network, dozens of environmental organizations in London will lead public education events and volunteer training sessions in the Westminster Ponds Centre’s new Volunteer Training Centre.

The goals of the Signal Boost Initiative are simple. Firstly, by dramatically increasing the number of educational opportunities that are available in London, we hope to inspire individuals to deepen their understanding of environmental issues, and mobilize them to scale up their actions, so that we start to see the significant changes that are needed to move the needle on our most pressing environmental concerns.

Secondly, by offering a free venue, financial and staff support, we are building up the environmental sector in London, by providing the opportunity to local organizations to spread an important message or provide a service to the public, or build the skills of their volunteer base.

The Volunteer Training Centre will be a space dedicated to community collaboration and interactive learning that is anticipated to be renovated and ready to use in 2020. In the meantime, in light of the widespread shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the events are currently moving ahead through online platforms.

If you are interested in hosting an event or have any questions, contact Kelsey Nicholls at signalboost@reforestlondon.ca, or call 519-936-9548 x 222.

 

Upcoming Events:

Seeds to Forest 101: All About Native Trees

Monday, June 8 from 6:30-7:15 pm with Juliana DeNardi from ReForest London

Have you noticed the trees blooming around you lately? In addition to being beautiful additions to our neighbourhoods, they provide so many benefits to humans and the environment. Join us for this free family-friendly webinar to help you learn why our urban forest is so important! For more information, click here

Seeds to Forest 101

Seeds to Forest 201: Choosing the Right Tree

Thursday, June 11 from 6:30-7:15 pm with Juliana DeNardi from ReForest London

Are you looking at adding a new tree to your yard? This free webinar is designed for family members of all ages to learn how to choose the perfect tree for your yard, together. This is a great way to involve your kids in gardening and apply science skills in the real world! For more information, click here

Seeds to Forest 201

Zero Waste 101: How to Live Plastic Free

Wednesday, June 17 from 6-7 pm. Presented by Reimagine Co.

Join us for a presenation and open discussion about taking the journey to reduce our waste. We will be covering the basics of zero waste and how you can make small (or big!) changes to make less trash. Despite the changes that COVID has brought, there is stilll a LOT that we can all do each day to reduce our waste and live more sustainably. For more information, click here

Zero Waste 101

Permaculture 101: Resilient & Regenerative Design

Saturday, June 20 from 10 am-12 pm with Jessica Robertson of Wild Craft Permaculture

Believe it or not, it is possible to grow food and regenerate the environment in a yard of any size, and it may be easier than you think! Join Jessica to learn about the permaculture approach to food and medicine production, with a focus on perennial plants and holistic system design.  For more information, click here

Permaculture 101

 

 

Past Events:

Fruit & Nut Tree Webinar

Tuesday, April 21st at 6 pm with Jessica Robertson of Wild Craft Permaculture

If you have edible fruit or nut trees on your property, you likely know the joys of growing your own food, creating pollinator-friendly spaces, seeing gorgeous spring blossoms, and having trees that don't take up too much space. This is a webinar made for those who have or care for fruit or nut trees, or for people who want to learn more about urban agriculture. In this webinar, you will learn basic pruning, pest control and tree maintenance. To request the recording, email Kelsey at signalboost@reforestlondon.ca.

 

Peach tree

Sustainable Development Goals & the Business Sector

Tuesday, April 28th at 10 am

Join David Billson (rTraction) and Marianne Griffith (Green Economy London) to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals and how they apply to the business sector. Find out how you can ensure your business is aligning with the goals to help build a better community. There will be a short presentation, followed by a Q&A and interactive breakout discussions. All welcome - please share with your friends and colleagues! To request the recording, email Kelsey at signalboost@reforestlondon.ca.

 

Sustainable Development Goals & the Business Sector

Native Plant Gardening 101

Tuesday, April 28th at 6 pm with Rebecca Launchbury, Stewardship Coordinator at Thames Talbot Land Trust

Native plant gardening is becoming more and more popular as we realize the benefits of planting the species that naturally grow around us. But it can be challenging to know where to start. At this webinar, we’ll start with the basics: what are native plants and why should you choose them for your garden? We’ll introduce you to some great plant choices for sun and shade, wet and dry areas, and pollinator favourites, as well as tips for establishing and caring for your native plant garden. Although the principles of native plant gardening can be used anywhere, this webinar will focus on plants native to Southwestern Ontario. To request the recording, email Kelsey at signalboost@reforestlondon.ca.

Native Plant Garden

General Tree Care Webinar

Tuesday, May 5th at 6 pm with Jake Martell, Tree Specialist with ReForest London

This webinar provides a basic level of knowledge regarding tree care, including planting, mulching, disease prevention an dmunicipal tree bylaws. You will leave knowing how to identify the most common tree diseases and pests and how to treat them. You will also learn how to properly water your trees and where to find more information on tree care. To request the recording, email Kelsey at signalboost@reforestlondon.ca.

General Tree Care Webinar

Volunteers Going Digital!

Thursday, May 7th at 12 pm with Canadian Freshwater Alliance

With the COVID-19 pandemic, many environmental initiatives are at stake because of social distancing guidelines resulting in the cancellation of in-person events, workshops, and meetings. As a result, volunteer opportunities are changing rapidly. However, digital organizing and online engagement are vital tools that, when used effectively, can have an enormous impact. Join the Canadian Freshwater Alliance to learn about how you can help protect and defend the places you love, all from home.

Volunteers Going Digital!

Herp Helpers: All About Frogs and Toads

Tuesday, May 12th at 6 pm with Darby Alderson, Schools Program Coordinator at Thames Talbot Land Trust

Herpetofauna, or herps for short, are reptiles and amphibians, which in our region includes frogs and toads, salamanders, snakes, turtles, and a lizard. At our first “Herp Helpers” webinar we’re focusing on frogs and toads of London and surrounding area. You’ll learn how to do a simple frog survey, including identifying different frogs and toads by sight and sound, where and when to survey, and what information to record. Once you’re trained up, you’ll be ready to become a citizen scientist and help us learn more about the herps that live in our nature reserves. To request the recording, email Kelsey at signalboost@reforestlondon.ca.

Wood Frog

Native Plant Gardening for Wildlife

Thursday, May 14th at 6 pm with Rebecca Launchbury, Stewardship Coordinator at Thames Talbot Land Trust

Take a deeper dive into the world of native plants and learn how to cultivate a garden that will buzz with the sounds of birds, bees, butterflies, and more. We’ll explore some plant choices for attracting and supporting different species, wildlife friendly gardening practices, and extras such as bird feeders and water features. Although the principles of native plant gardening can be used anywhere, this webinar will focus on plants native to Southwestern Ontario. To request the recording, email Kelsey at signalboost@reforestlondon.ca.

 Monarch

Cook with Us: Curried Caulliflower Soup

Sunday, May 31 from 3-4 pm. Presented by Grow Cook Learn with Marlene Cornelis of UrbanCottageLife.com 

This interactive webinar will guide participants through the steps of preparing a delicious soup recipe, which you can make alongside the instructor in real time! In addition, you’ll learn the basic elements of soup making, so you can go forward with the confidence to make soup out of what you have, without needing to rely on a recipe. To request the recording, email Kelsey at signalboost@reforestlondon.ca.

Curried Cauliflower Soup

 

 

We gratefully acknowledge our program sponsor the Ontario Trillium Foundation.