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Workshops & Webinars - Signal Boost Initiative

Signal Boost Initiative Logo

 

Through the Signal Boost Initiative, ReForest London hosts and supports free and low-cost environmental learning opportunities through the new Westminster Ponds Centre. In partnership with the London Environmental Network, dozens of environmental organizations lead public education events and volunteer training sessions each year. 

 

 Check out our upcoming events:

  • Permaculture 101 (with Wild Craft Permaculture)
  • Creating a food forest (with Roots Without Borders)
  • Advanced Certified Seed Collector Training - In-Field session (coming soon)
  • Tree Specialist Training (coming soon)

 

 

 

Through the Signal Boost Initiative, ReForest London hosts and supports free and low-cost environmental events through the new Westminster Ponds Centre. In partnership with the London Environmental Network, dozens of environmental organizations lead public education events and volunteer training sessions.

Events take place online, and will eventually held at the brand new Volunteer Training Centre. The Centre will be a space dedicated to community collaboration and interactive learning, and will open as soon as gatherings are safe.

We gratefully acknowledge the following Volunteer Training Centre donors: the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Government of Canada, the Sifton Foundation and the City of London.

Signal Boost Initiative Goals:

  1. Dramatically increase the number of educational opportunities available in London to help individuals deepen their understanding of environmental topics, and mobilize them to scale up their collective and individual actions.
  2. By offering financial support, staff support and an event venue to local organizations, we are building up the environmental sector in London, by providing the opportunity to scale up their important work.

 

If you are interested in hosting an event or have any questions, contact us at [email protected], or call 519-936-9548 x 221.

We gratefully acknowledge our program sponsor the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

 

 

Past Events:

 

Fruit & Nut Tree Webinar

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 from 6-8 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 [email protected]

 

Peach tree

Sustainable Development Goals & the Business Sector

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 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 [email protected]

 

Sustainable Development Goals & the Business Sector

Native Plant Gardening 101

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 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 [email protected]

Native Plant Garden

General Tree Care Webinar

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 6 pm with Jake Martell, Tree Teacher with ReForest London

This webinar provides a basic level of knowledge regarding tree care, including planting, mulching, disease prevention and municipal 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 [email protected]

General Tree Care Webinar

Volunteers Going Digital!

Thursday, May 7, 2020 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 12, 2020 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 [email protected]

Wood Frog

Native Plant Gardening for Wildlife

Thursday, May 14, 2020 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 [email protected]

 Monarch

Cook with Us: Curried Caulliflower Soup

Sunday, May 31, 2020 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 [email protected]

Curried Cauliflower Soup

 

Seeds to Forest 101: All About Native Trees

Monday, June 8, 2020 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! To request the recording, email [email protected]

 
Seeds to Forest 101

Seeds to Forest 201: Choosing the Right Tree

Thursday, June 11, 2020 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! To request the recording, email [email protected]

 
Seeds to Forest 201

Zero Waste 101: How to Live Plastic Free

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 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 still a LOT that we can all do each day to reduce our waste and live more sustainably. To request the recording, email [email protected]

 
Zero Waste 101

Permaculture 101: Resilient & Regenerative Design

Saturday, June 20, 2020 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. To request the recording, email [email protected]

 

Permaculture 101

Creating Pollinator Pathways

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 7-8 pm with Pollinator Pathways Project

The best time to start a pollinator garden is now! In this interactive online workshop, the Pollinator Pathways Project team will share an introduction to pollinators and creating pollinator-friendly gardens in the city. To request the recording, email [email protected]

 

Creating Pollinator Pathways

Composting 101

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from 7-8 pm with TREA

Join Caitlyn Lyons, a member of TREA, to discuss the types of  composters that exist, how they work, how to use the finished product, and the benefits for the environment. To request the recording, email [email protected]

 

 Composting 101

Biking to Work

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 1-2 pm with London Cycle Link

Join London Cycle Link staff Daniel and Taylor, where they will provide you with the confidence you need to give cycling to work a try. They will answer your pressing questions and provide some practical advice that they've picked up after decades of riding to work. To request the recording, email [email protected]

 Biking to Work

Permaculture: Ecological Design for your Garden, Home and Community (in person)

Sunday, July 26, 2020 with Wild Craft Permaculture and Three Acre Permaculture

This workshop will introduce you to the concept and theory of permaculture, and provide practical tools to start applying it in yoru garden, life and community. This is an in-person workshop at the Westminster Ponds Centre, and there will be a limit of 20 people. 

Permaculture

 

All About Bats

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 6-7 pm with Thames Talbot Land Trust

Are you a fan of bananas, avocadoes, mangoes or tequila? Then you're a fan of bats! Join Lauren MacDonald, Conservation Planning and Management Technician to learn about these fascinating and misunderstood creatures. To request the recording, email [email protected]

Photo credit: Brock and Sherri

Bat

Wild Foods with Growing Chefs! Ontario

Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 7-8 pm with Growing Chefs! Ontario

We will discuss how to forage safely and sustainably, tips for identifying plants using your senses, and then prepare a delicious recipe using foraged ingredients! Feel free to cook along with us in your own kitchen. 

 

Wild Foods with Growing Chefs! Ontario

Keeping Your Trees Healthy

Thursday August 6, 2020 at 6 pm with Jake Martell, Tree Teacher with ReForest London

You've planted a tree, now what? This webinar is ideal for anyone who has recently planted a tree in their yard, or who wants to learn how to best care for the trees they already have. Topics covered include how to plant, water and mulch trees, in addition to disease prevention and local by-laws. To request the recording, email [email protected]

General Tree Care Webinar

Fruit & Nut Tree Webinar

Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 5:30 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 [email protected]

 

Peach tree

ReForest London Orientation Training

Thursday, Sept 3 fom 6-7:15 pm

Join us for our Orientation Training to learn all about why London needs trees, what programs exist in London to plant more, and how you can get involved. It is not required for taking part in tree planting or aftercare events, but is a requirement for higher level roles. To access a recording, email [email protected]

Volunteer Board

Tree Specialist Training Part 1

Tuesday, Sept 8, 2020 fom 6-8 pm with ReForest London

Tree Specialists are RFL volunteers that are knowledgeable about planting and caring for trees. They help out at planting, aftercare and Tree Depot events. Training includes an overview of the role, common planting mistakes, how to choose the right tree, and tree identification. To access a recording, email [email protected]

Tree Specialist Training

Colouring Nature

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 from 7:00-8:30 pm with Thames Talbot Land Trust

We all have a unique story to tell and it is important that every story be heard. Colouring Nature is an evening panel discussion that will provide the opportunity to listen to a diverse set of stories of relationships and experiences with nature. 

Colouring Nature

Permaculture 101: Resilient & Regenerative Design (webinar)

Saturday, Sept 19, 2020 from 2-4 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. To access a recording, email [email protected]

Permaculture 101

Tree Specialist Training Part 2 (Hike)

Thursday, Sept 24, 2020 fom 5:30-7:00 pm

Tree Specialists are RFL volunteers that are knowledgeable about planting and caring for trees. They help out at planting, aftercare and Tree Depot events. The hike applies what was learned in the first part of the training and teaches you to identify different native trees.

Volunteer Board

Permaculture: Ecological Design for your Garden, Home and Community (full day, in person)

Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 9:30 am-4:00 pm with Wild Craft Permaculture and Three Acre Permaculture

This workshop will introduce you to the concept and theory of permaculture, and provide practical tools to start applying it in yoru garden, life and community. This is an in-person workshop at the Westminster Ponds Centre, and there will be a limit of 20 people.

Permaculture

Biodiversity Boss - Youth Conservation Training

October 13-18, 2020 with Thames Talbot Land Trust 

In this skills development program, participants learn about conservation and restoration in teh context of Canada's Carolinian Zone, including hands on activities in restoration, invasive species management, and Ecological Land Classification. 

BioBoss

Native Tree & Shrub Seed Collection Basics

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 8:30 am-12:30 pm with the Forest Gene Conservation Association

Valued at $350 and offered for FREE through the Signal Boost Initiative, this webinar is the first in a series that can earn participants their certification in Seed Collection, an exclusive training offered by the FGCA. This introductory webinar provides the tools to better understand seed collection to help conserve and restore nature. It is ideal for professionals in the conservation or horticulture sectors, as well as volunteers or hobbyists. 

Native Tree & Shrub Collection Basics

Resilient Agriculture: Growing Food & Supporting Biodiversity

Thursday, November 19th from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm with Tom Heeman and Peter Moddle of ALUS Middlesex

Whether you are a farmer or a home gardner, you'll want to tune in to this free webinar to learn from local agricultural leaders about the importance of biodiversity to create strong and resilient landscapes. You'll also learn some practical tips about what plants are beneficial for supporting a variety of pollinators. To access a recording, email [email protected]

ALUS Middlesex

Celebration Forest Self-Guided Hike

December, 2020

As an alternative to our guided hikes, this December we invite you to take a self-guided hike in the Celebration Forest to get the same educational experience, without the group! To recreate the educational component of our guided hikes, we have set up a series of educaitonal signs along the trail, to teach about the natural features of the forest. Its available for most of December. Click here for more details.

American Beech Sign

Native Tree & Shrub Seed Collection - Advanced

Wednesday, January 20, 2020 from 8:30 am-12:30 pm with the Forest Gene Conservation Association

The follow-up to last year's Native Tree & Shrub Seed Collection - Basics, this advanced workshop deepens participants' knowledge of Ontario's Forests and Afforestation Program Planning, advanced seed quality and genetics, forecasting, and considerations for climate change.

Attendees from the previous session are invited to join. For questions, please inquire to [email protected] 

Native Tree & Shrub Seed Collection - Advanced

What You Need To Know About Electric Vehicles

Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 7:00-8:30 pm

Thinking of buying an electric car as your next vehicle? You know it's the better choice for the planet, but before making a decision, there is a lot to consider. Join us for this FREE webinar from the London Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA), where President Don Millar will discuss all aspects of choosing and maintaining an electric vehicle. To access a recording, email [email protected]

What You Need to Know About Electric Vehicles

Starting Seeds Indoors with EnviroWestern

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

 

Growing your own food is a fantastic way to understand where our food comes from, cut down on waste, save money, and enjoy delicious food. Join EnviroWestern garden executives to learn how to start seeds indoors, and take part in the EnviroWestern's garden journey. Now is the time to prepare to plant your own seeds, whether you have a yard, balcony or just a windowsill! To access a recording, email [email protected]

Starting Seeds Indoors

Seedy Saturday

Saturday, March 6, 2021, 9 am-1 pm

 

This iconic annual event is moving online for their 14th year! The London Middlesex Master Gardeners have pulled together a great line-up of talks and you can shop online for seeds and supplies using their virtual marketplace. with three guest speakers and a virtual marketplace of local vendors. Registration is by donation (no minimum). 

Seedy Saturday