Workshops

The Arboretum offers workshops all year round covering a wide variety of topics from birds to mushrooms to gardening to art. Virtual programs are offered live on Zoom, and recordings are made available for registrants to access for a limited time. Details on registration policies can be found on our Registration Information page.
View a complete list of The Arboretum's programs on our Workshop Descriptions page.

We are excited to be offering some of our programs in-person, once again. Please note that COVID procedures as applicable at the time of the workshop will be followed. The university's guidelines can be found at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/covid19/

Upcoming & Current Workshops


Virtual Bird ID 

Bird ID graphic
Wednesdays and Fridays, November 25, 30, December 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, and 21, 2022
12 Noon - 1 PM
Format:
Online on zoom
Instructor: Chris Earley

Birding has become an even more popular hobby since more people are home and enjoying nature.  Why not take it to the next level?  Join Chris Earley, Arboretum Interpretive Biologist and author of 5 bird field guides, for a series of eight virtual noon-hour lectures on eight different bird groups.  ID techniques, field marks, shapes, behaviour clues and more will all be covered.  Each course will finish with a 10 - 15 minute discussion period so you can ask all your bird-related questions.  You can sign up for individual courses for $8 (plus tax) each or take all eight at the discounted cost of $56 (plus tax) - that's eight courses for the price of seven!.  Courses will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-1 p.m. from November 23rd - December 16th, 2022.  Bird groups covered include: Hawks, Ducks, Sparrows, Sandpipers, Gulls, Spring Warblers, Fall Warblers and Spring Migrants.

This fund-raising initiative will help support other Arboretum educational programs. Fee: $8.00 + H.S.T. / session or register for all 8 at once and pay for only 7 (ie. $56 for all 8 instead of $64 ... you must sign up for all of them at once in a single transaction; not at different times).  This event will take place on Zoom. The list of topics with the presentation date is listed below.


HawkHawks - Wednesday, December 21st, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. (*Revised date)

Everyone loves raptors but they can be a bit challenging as they fly by overhead.  We will be covering what to look for to ID our 16 regular species.  A special emphasis will be learning how to tell Cooper's Hawks from Sharp-shinned Hawks as they are common backyard predators that can be confusing! $8.00 (plus HSAT) per session or register for all 8 for $56.00 (plus tax)

*We apologize for any inconvenience caused, but we had to revise the November 23rd date to December 21, 2022. If were already registered when this date change was made you should have an e-mail from us with the change information.
 

duckDucks - Friday, November 25th, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

This colourful group of waterfowl is full of interesting shapes, patterns and lifestyles.  And, while the males are usually pretty straightforward to identify, the females can be quite challenging!  We will dabble with dabblers and dive into divers in this web-footed workshop. $8.00 (plus tax) per session or register for all 8 for $56.00 (plus tax)

 

sparrowSparrows - Wednesday, November 30th 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

"Uh oh, a sparrow!"  If this statement has ever left your lips, then this talk is for you!  They may seem drab and dull at first, but these LBJs (little brown jobs) really aren't that hard once you know what to look for.  And since there are different species depending on the season, they are really worth knowing! $8.00 (plus tax) per session or register for all 8 for $56.00 (plus tax)

 

sandpiperSandpipers - Friday, December 2nd, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

There's nothing like looking at a bird that is standing right out in the open and still not being able to identify it.  Sandpipers definitely fall into this category.  We will cover beak and body shape, leg and neck length, colour placement and behaviour so you will have a better chance to id that shorebird the next time you see it. $8.00 (plus tax) per session or register for all 8 for $56.00 (plus tax)

 

gullGulls - Wednesday, December 7th, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Did you know that southern Ontario (and specifically the Niagara River) is often considered the Gull Capital of the World?  In late fall/early winter, we can find many species of gull in this region, so it is time to get to know our french fry-loving friends.  We will focus on adults but also cover some immature stages to try and get a handle on this interesting group of birds. $8.00 (plus tax) per session or register for all 8 for $56.00 (plus tax)

 

warblerSpring Warblers - Friday, December 9th, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Mention the words "spring warblers" to birders in the depths of February and you'll see longing, wistful looks on their faces.  That's because spring warblers rock!  And southern Ontario in spring is an amazing place to see over 30 species of these colourful little rays of sunshine.  But this abundance of species does mean a lot to remember, so we will be covering ways to help with that. $8.00 (plus tax) per session or register for all 8 for $56.00 (plus tax)

 

warblerFall Warblers - Wednesday, December 14, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

While "spring warblers" will bring a smile to a birder's face, "fall warblers" might turn that smile upside down.  This bird group is especially tricky during their fall migration when some species transform miraculously into seemingly different birds altogether!  But don't worry, we will get them sorted out. $8.00 (plus tax) per session or register for all 8 for $56.00 (plus tax)

 

Baltimore OrioleSpring Migrants - Friday, December 16th, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

This hodge podge of bird groups makes May migration a special time for nature lovers.  We will cover some easy to id species (male Baltimore Oriole!) and some not-so-easy ones (ack, a little greenish flycatcher!) to help you be prepared for next spring. $8.00 (plus tax) per session or register for all 8 for $56.00 (plus tax)

 

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Virtual Travels with a Nature Geek: Six Continents of Life

Leopard

Wednesdays and Fridays, January 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, and 20, 2023
12 noon - 1 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Chris Earley

Since 1999, Chris Earley has traveled the world as a nature tour leader for Worldwide Quest. Each of his six talks focus on a different continent and showcase the amazing life that is found there. You'll meet wildlife you know such as whales, leopards and penguins, and wildlife you may not know, such as lorises, mobulas, silvereyes and geladas. Join Chris and his enthusiasm for these informative and entertaining forays into the nature of our planet.

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person, per session or book all 6 at once and pay $55 ($5 off the series).

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Hyacinth MacawSouth America: Birds and Beasts Abound (Brazil and the Galapagos) - Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Today we look at the wildlife of two different places on this incredibly biodiverse continent. In Brazil, see the elusive (Jaguar) and the stranger-than-strange (Giant Anteater). We will meet the world's longest parrot and visit a church that has befriended a wolf taller than a Great Dane. The Galapagos hosts a wide variety of inhabitants than are both accepting and entertaining. $10.00 (plus HST) per session or register for all 6 for $55.00 (plus tax)


 

Purple-faced Leaf MonkeyAsia: The Land where the Leopard is King (Sri Lanka) - Friday, January 6, 2023, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

If you like safaris, Sri Lanka is the place for you. With some of the world's largest Leopards, a variety of habitats and beautiful birdlife, this "drop in the ocean" off the coast of India is an entrancing place for wildlife watching. Dancing daddylonglegs, displaying peacocks and inquisitive monkeys are ready to grab your attention. $10.00 (plus HST) per session or register for all 6 for $55.00 (plus tax)

 

Grey Whale calfNorth America: Friendly Whales (Mexico's Baja California) - Wednesday, January 11, 2023 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Picture this: You are in a small boat in a shallow bay. You hear a puff of air behind you and turn to see a whale..but not just any whale, one of the world's friendliest whales. And this whale lifts her baby up to the surface to meet you. For no reward and for no reason other than that she seems to want you to meet her baby as much as you want to meet her baby. These are Baja's Grey Whales. Oh, did we mention that there are a myriad of other whales to see here, too, as well as sea lions, whale sharks, elephant seals, hummingbirds, shorebirds, gulls... $10.00 (plus HST) per session or register for all 6 for $55.00 (plus tax)

 

Green Sea TurtleAustralia: Research on the Reef and more - Friday, January 13, 2023, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Imagine literally living on the Great Barrier Reef. As an undergrad student, I did just that while I was studying a small bird called the Silvereye. Learn about the life of a coral cay island sitting on one of the planet's most diverse ecosystems. Egg-laying sea turtles, 60 000 nesting noddy terns, 40 000 howling shearwaters, giant spider roommates, shark faceoffs, sandwich-stealing rails and more, all on an island less than 1 km long. $10.00 (plus HST) per session or register for all 6 for $55.00 (plus tax).

 

Chinstrap PenguinAntarctica: Amazing Animals of the Last Continent - Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

There be penguins! Visit the vastness that is Antarctica. Incredible vistas and frozen seas where seals, whales and seabirds converge on a food chain based on algae and krill. A stop at South Georgia reveals a Serengeti-like congregation of mammals and birds...including hundreds of thousands of King Penguins. Was that a massive Wandering Albatross that just flew by? $10.00 (plus HST) per session or register for all 6 for $55.00 (plus tax)

 

African Lion CubAfrica: The Ultimate Wildlife Safari (Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia and Botswana) - Friday, January 20, 2023, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

A trip to Africa is like stepping into a wildlife documentary...you literally don't know which way to look or what animal to focus your attention on. The intricate patterns on the zebras and giraffes. The sounds of the hippos and hyenas. Size of the eagles and storks. Meet the largest, noisiest and jaw-droppingest collection of creatures you could ever hope to see. $10.00 (plus HST) per session or register for all 6 for $55.00 (plus tax).

 

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Virtual Winter Tree I.D.

tip of tree branch in winter

Mondays, January 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2023
7 - 8 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Shelley Hunt

No leaves? No problem! In this workshop you will learn about the variety of tree features that are useful for winter identification of deciduous trees as well as evergreens. From buds and leaf scars to bark and needles, we will take an in-depth look at the surprisingly distinctive characteristics that let us unlock the identities of trees in their dormant season. We will focus on native Ontario tree species. Optional 'homework' assignments will encourage you to get outside and observe trees in between sessions. The program runs once a week for 4 weeks.

Fee: $50 (plus HST) per person for the 4 session program.

* Please note that we are also going to be offering an in-person Winter Tree I.D. course on Saturday, February 4, 2023. Details and registration will come soon. You can sign up for one or both ... the virtual or in-person program. They will be 2 independent programs.


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Virtual Animal Tracking

Opossum Tracks by Tamara Anderson

Thursday, January 12, 2023 
7 - 8 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Tamara Anderson

Who left that track in the snow? This animal tracking workshop will help you use track patterns, scat and other clues to identify common mammals that live in Ontario.

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person.

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Virtual Starting Vegetables from Seed

tomato plant photo by Christopher Pacquette

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
7 - 8 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Guest Instructor: Robert Pavlis

An introduction to growing vegetables from seed. This course will cover topics such as, selecting the best types of seed, maturity dates, GMO seeds, hybrids vs heirlooms, starting early indoors, and planting direct in the garden.

The section on starting indoors will discuss different light systems, preventing leggy seedlings and how to harden off seedlings before putting them outside.

This is an ideal course for the first time vegetable gardener.

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person.

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Virtual Interpreting Animal Gaits

squirrel tracks in snow photo by Tamara Anderson

Thursday, January 19, 2023
7 - 8 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Tamara Anderson

Interpreting an animal trail brings the story of the animal to life. This workshop will focus on animal gaits. How fast was the animal travelling? Gait analysis can even give insight into the mood of an animal.

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person.

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Virtual Starting Plants from Seed

seedlings by Sean Fox

Wednesday, January 25 and Wednesday, February 1, 2023
7 - 8 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Guest Instructor: Robert Pavlis

This is a two part course that will introduce you the wonders of growing all kinds of different plants from seed and will draw on Robert Pavlis’ experience growing over 2,000 species of plants from seed.

Part 1: Fundamentals of Seed Germination

This first part will look at the basics of seed biology to really understand the development of a plant from seed. This knowledge will then be expanded to discuss important topics such as collecting your own seed and storing seed for future growth. We’ll have an in depth look at seed dormancy and different ways of overcoming it.

We’ll then look at some specific examples like germinating petunias, peonies, jack-in-the-pulpits, and maple trees. These will provide insight into different types of seed germination processes.

Part 2: Practical Aspects of Seed Germination

Description: Now that you understand the fundamental basics it is time to look at the practical aspects of growing from seed. We’ll look at different techniques such as growing in pots, the baggy method and winter sowing. We’ll examine ways of dealing with very small and very large seed, and I’ll show you techniques for scarification, stratification as well as some tricks for overcoming seed dormancy.

We’ll also look at essentials such as lighting, temperature, watering and hardening off seedlings.

At the end of this two part course you will be able to germinate thousands of different seeds including both outdoor and indoor plants.

Fee: $20 (plus HST) per person.

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Virtual Constellation "Walk"

colour image of stars in the night sky

Thursday, January 26, 2023
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Thursday, March 23, 3023
8 - 9 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Trevor Chandler

Learning the night sky is like getting to know a new neighborhood. At first, it may seem big and confusing, but as you strike out and become more and more familiar with prominent landmarks, the day comes when you realize that the neighborhood is no longer new. It’s home.

Join us for monthly sessions as we get to know the night sky a little better. Participants will be introduced to prominent stars and constellations, where to look for them and how the motions of planet Earth cause them to appear to shift from hour to hour and month to month. You will receive a downloadable star map to help you make your way through the stars. We’ll learn a half dozen or so constellations every month and you will be invited to discuss your observations with the group as we each get to know the neighborhood a little better. 

*Please see in-person session below (April 11) before registering for any of these Constellation Walk Programs. If you want to attend the in-person evening you can register for it along with these 3 virtual sessions below. If you sign up for the in-person you do not need to sign up for the virtual, as they are included in the in-person registration.

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person, per session (evening).

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In-Person Animal Tracking

fox track in snow photo by Tamara Anderson

Friday, February 3, 2023 
9 AM - 4 PM

Format: In-Person
Instructor: Tamara Anderson

Have you ever wondered what made those marks in the snow? In this full day program we will be learning how to track animals. We will be studying the tracks and signs of Ontario mammals and other types of wildlife. By the end of the day you will learn to identify and interpret animal tracks by looking at track patterns and gait analysis. The workshop will also include an introduction to scat idenitifcation. There is an outdoor compnent that will have us looking for and following animal tracks and trails. Please dress in layers to be outdoors and wear comfortable, warm boots. Recommended: Bring a notebook and a measuring tape to help with track identification.

*Please note that this workshop is entirely in-person. There is no virtual component to it.

Fee: $90 (plus HST) per person if you register by the early bird deadline of January 26, 2023. After January 26 the fee is $100 plus HST.


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In-Person Winter Tree I.D.

Silver Maple tip of tree branch in winter

Saturday, February 4, 2023
9 AM - 4 PM

Format: In-Person
Instructor: Shelley Hunt

No leaves? No problem! From bark, to buds, to leaf scars, participants get hands-on experience in reading these winter clues for winter identification of trees. This workshop focuses on native Ontario trees, with some common introduced species included as well. Part of the session will be held outdoors, so be sure to dress for the weather!

Fee: $90 (plus HST) per person if you register by the early bird deadline of January 27, 2023. After January 27 the fee is $100 plus HST.

* Please note that we are also offering a virtual Winter Tree I.D. course on Mondays, January 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2023. Details and registration are listed above. You can sign up for one or both ... the virtual or in-person program. They will be 2 independent programs.

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Virtual Growing Orchids is Easy - Find Out How

orchids

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
7 - 8 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Guest Instructor: Robert Pavlis

Common orchids are very easy to grow, but many people struggle with them. Robert has been growing orchids for over 30 years and will discuss all aspects of care including light, watering, repotting, fertilizing, and what to do when your plant is finished blooming. Using his simple techniques you will be able to grow them successfully and bloom them for six to eight months every year.

The information in this workshop applies to most orchids but the focus will be on Phalaenopsis which are the most common ones sold as houseplants.

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person.

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Virtual Composting for Gardeners - Introduction to Composting

Composting bin, photo credit Shawn Campbell

Wednesday, February 22, 2023
7 - 8 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Guest Instructor: Robert Pavlis

An introduction to the composting process including the role of microbes, greens and browns, carbon to nitrogen ratios, moisture levels, the importance of temperature and a definition for finished compost. We’ll take a brief look at the pros and cons of various composting methods so that you can select the right workshop for you, in the following weeks.

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person.

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Virtual Composting for Gardeners - Composting Piles, Bins and Drums

Compost bin

Wednesday, March 1, 2023
7 - 8 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Guest Instructor: Robert Pavlis

The previous workshop provided information about the composting process. This workshop is more hands on and looks at various methods for completing both hot and cold composting. Hot composting is the traditional method using one or more bins. This is a great system that makes faster compost, but it is impractical for smaller gardens. Various plastic bins and drums are more suitable there. We’ll have a look at various commercial and DIY systems.

At the end of this course you will be able to select the right composting system that meets your requirements and you will know how to start the process, care for it, and what to do with the finished compost.

If you are going to take this course it is a good idea to also take Introduction to Composting for Gardeners.

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person.

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Virtual Composting for Gardeners - Vermicomposting

vermicomposting worm and soil

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
7 - 8 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Guest Instructor: Robert Pavlis

Vermicomposting is a way of using earth worms to compost organic material. One benefit of this method is that it can be done in the home using special bins that require a very small space.

The course will introduce you to the equipment needed including some inexpensive DIY options. It will help you select the right kind of worms and show you how to maintain them to keep them healthy. We’ll review ways of harvesting the vermicasts – the worm poop – and explain how it should be treated for best results in the garden.

At the end of this course you will know the basics of taking care of your new pets and how to resolve any problems you might have.

If you are going to take this course it is a good idea to also take Introduction to Composting for Gardeners.

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person.

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Virtual Composting for Gardeners - Bokashi Composting

Bokashi composting products

Wednesday, March 15, 2023
7 - 8 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Guest Instructor: Robert Pavlis

Bokashi composting is a simple way of treating kitchen waste right in your home. There is almost no odor and it’s simple to do. This workshop will provide you with all of the knowledge you need to be successful with this technique.

Bokashi can be done in special commercial vessels with purchased bokashi bran but it can also be done in simple DIY pails and homemade starter bran. Both options will be discussed. The bokashi process may have some environmental benefits over traditional composting and we’ll have a look at that as well.

If you are going to take this course it is a good idea to also take Introduction to Composting for Gardeners.

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person.

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Virtual Propagating Plants from Cuttings

Runner with Root Sections

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
7 - 8 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Guest Instructor: Robert Pavlis

Cuttings are a great way to propagate all kinds of plants including perennials, trees, shrubs and houseplants. This workshop will look at different ways to propagate cuttings and compare them to using seeds. Most of the time will be spent on techniques that use media other than water.

We’ll distinguish between softwood, semi-hardwood and hardwood cuttings. Have a look at different media and examine the role of rotting hormones, both commercial and DIY options.

The speaker will show you his simplified method that is great for gardeners since it requires no special equipment.

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person.

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Virtual Wildlife Garden Design Course

decorative graphic of garden planning

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 
12 NOON - 1 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Cael Wishart

Learn how to design a diverse garden space that attracts native wildlife species through key design elements, plant choices and maintenance needs. This course will draw from concepts found in The Arboretum’s Gosling Wildlife Gardens, while also offering insight on design features and plant species that have proven to be successful in our local Ontario setting. From attracting endangered pollinators to gardening with native plants, participants discover the relationships between plants and wildlife and how these ideas can be applied to a backyard!

Fee: $15 (plus HST) per person.

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Virtual Bird Songs Series

collage of 8 birds representing bird groups in workshop series

Wednesdays and Fridays, March 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, and 31, 2023
12 noon - 1 PM

Format: Online on Zoom
Instructor: Chris Earley, Arboretum Interpretive Biologist

Learn more about our Virtual Bird Song Programs

Into birding but the songs have you stumped?  Whether you are new to learning bird sounds or you want a good refresher, this course is for you. Join Chris Earley, Arboretum Interpretive Biologist and author of 5 bird field guides, for a series of eight virtual noon-hour lectures that cover over 150 bird species!  We will focus on songs and some common, distinctive calls and will apply different methods to remember them. Each course will start with a short intro topic about birding by ear before we dive into the bird species. Learn how to make your own calls, read a sonogram, make up your own memorable bird song sayings, and more!  Each class will finish with a 10-15 minute discussion period so you can ask all your bird-related questions.  

See the descriptions below to find out which bird groups are covered in each class. Each workshop is recorded and made available for a limited time after the series has ended for registered participants.

Fee: $8.00 (plus HST) per session, or register for all 8 workshops at once and get one free (pay $56 instead of $64!) Register early to ensure your spot!

saw-whet owl Owls and Wetland Birds - Day 1 - Wednesday, March 8, 12 noon – 1:00 PM 
Whooooooo was that? Owls always grab our nightly attention but many wetland birds are also evening singers. We will cover a selection of rails, coots, bitterns, loons, grebes, and more. And don't forget a couple of glorious goatsuckers (whip-poor-wills and nighthawks)! This course will include teaching you how to speak "owl."

GrackleBlackbirds and Hawks - Day 2 - Friday, March 10, 12 noon – 1:00 PM
These two groups include some early migrants and now is the time we get to see them after a long absence! We will cover the whole blackbird family including meadowlarks, bobolinks, and orioles. We will also study some raptor calls so you can figure out who might be flying through or maybe nesting in your local forest.

Black-throated Blue WarblerWarblers I - Phrasers and Buzzers - Day 3 - Wednesday, March 15, 12 noon – 1:00 PM 
Knowing warbler song is a key element for finding these tiny trinkets of the treetops. The males will even sing during migration so knowing their voices is important. In this course we will start with the species that sing distinctive phrases or use a buzzy texture in their songs.

Pine WarblerWarblers II - Trillers and Thrillers - Day 4 - Friday, March 17, 12 noon – 1:00 PM
So, this time things might be a bit more, um, difficult. Trilling birds are tricky but we will go through them and study the differences in these similar songs. We will also cover some other warblers that are a bit more musical and easier to figure out!

Savannah SparrowSparrows - Day 5 - Wednesday, March 22, 12 noon – 1:00 PM 
They may be a lot duller to look at than warblers but most sparrows are much better singers! Sometimes it is easier to tell them apart by song than by sight. We will study who says "Home Sweet, Canada, Canada, Canada", "I gotta go wee wee now!" and "Won't you come sit down besiiiiiide meeeee?"

Rose-breasted GrosbeakFinches and Thrushes - Day 6 - Friday, March 24, 12 noon – 1:00 PM 
Finches, including grosbeaks, redpolls, and crossbills, can be sparrow-like but are even better songsters. But some of them sound the same so we will figure out ways to tell them apart. Their call notes can be important during bird surveys so we will cover some of them, too. Thrushes have lovely voices and one was once voted as the best singing bird in North America! Find out which one at this workshop.

Pileated WoodpeckerWoodpeckers and Flycatchers - Day 7 - Wednesday, March 29, 12 noon – 1:00 PM
Sometimes you have to know mechanical sounds to figure out a nearby territorial bird - woodpecker drumming is a prime example. They also make some distinctive calls. And speaking of distinctive, some flycatchers can only really be identified by their songs, not by sight! We will listen to these and get a handle on this confusing group.

House Wren Wrens and Friends - Day 8 - Friday, March 31, 12 noon – 1:00 PM 
We will finish off with a hodge podge of species such as wrens, vireos, jays, nuthatches, kinglets, and more! Many of these live in forest habitats and could all be singing or calling at the same time so learning to differentiate them is an important skill. Are you ready for the challenge?


Observation Session (In-Person) and Virtual Constellation "Walks"

Trevor using equipment to view night sky

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 (Rain Dates: April 13, 18 or 20, 2023), 8 - 11 PM (In-Person)
AND Thursdays, January 26, February 23 and March 23, 2023 (Virtual Sessions), 8 - 9 PM

Format: In-Person and Online via Zoom
Instructor: Trevor Chandler

We’ll look at a few of the objects that were discussed over the virtual winter sessions making use of a large telescope and Night Vision hardware that can be used to make very faint objects appear much brighter. The observing event is very much weather dependent so there will be a rain date (or two…). 

*Please note that this program includes both the in-person observation sessions and the January, February and March virtual sessions. In order to book the in-person session you must book the package price that includes the virtual sessions. If however you only wish to attend one or more of the virtual session please scroll up and you can book all or all the virtual sessions on their own.

Fee: $50 (plus HST) per person, when you register prior to early bird deadline of April 3. After April 3 the fee is $60 plus HST.

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Animal Rehabilitation Day 1 - What to do when you find a baby rabbit.

baby rabbit

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Pauline Kosmal

Been outside and encountered a baby wild animal? Don’t know what to do or if it needs help?? Join us over the lunch hour for a session on how to handle finding a baby wild rabbit. Learn how to detect if they need your help. We will go through their natural history, what a healthy versus unhealthy baby looks like (how to check), and case studies! No prior wildlife knowledge required. 

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person, per session.

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Animal Rehabilitation Day 2 - What to do when you find a baby songbird.

baby songbirds

Wednesday, April 26, 2023
12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Pauline Kosmal

Join us over the lunch hour for the second session in this wildlife education series! How to handle finding a baby songbird. Learn how to detect if they need your help (is it just a fledgling learning to fly or is it a hatchling or nestling in need?) We will go through their natural history, what a healthy versus unhealthy baby looks like, and how you can help! No prior wildlife knowledge required. 

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person, per session.

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Animal Rehabilitation Day 3 - What to do when you find a duckling or gosling (baby waterfowl).

duckling

Wednesday, May 3, 2023
12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Pauline Kosmal

Join us over the lunch hour for the third session in this wildlife education series! How to handle finding a baby duck or goose. Learn how to detect if they need your help, and the proper precautions to take for preventing the spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). We will go through their natural history, what a healthy versus unhealthy baby looks like, some common signs of illnesses, and how you can help! No prior wildlife knowledge required. 

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person, per session.

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Animal Rehabilitation Day 4 - What to do when you find a baby raccoon or skunk.

baby raccoon

Wednesday, May 10, 2023
12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Pauline Kosmal

Join us over the lunch hour for the fourth session in this wildlife education series! How to handle finding a baby skunk or raccoon. Learn how to detect if they need your help, and the proper precautions to take when handling these rabies vector species. We will go through their natural history, what a healthy versus unhealthy baby looks like, some common illnesses, and how you can help! No prior wildlife knowledge required. 

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person, per session.

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Animal Rehabilitation Day 5 - What to do when you find a baby opossum.

baby oppossum

Wednesday, May 17, 2023
12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Pauline Kosmal

Join us over the lunch hour for the fifth session in this wildlife education series! How to handle finding a baby opossum. Learn how to detect if they need your help (unlike other species, the babies stay with their mum for a while!) We will go through their natural history, what a healthy versus unhealthy baby looks like, and how you can help! No prior wildlife knowledge required. 

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person, per session.

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Animal Rehabilitation Day 6 - What to do when you find a baby squirrel or chipmunk.

baby Chipmunk

Wednesday, May 24, 2023
12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Pauline Kosmal

Join us over the lunch hour for the sixth session in this wildlife education series! How to handle finding a baby squirrel or chipmunk. Learn how to detect if they need your help. We will go through their natural history (did you know chipmunks don’t nest in trees??), what a healthy versus unhealthy baby looks like, how to tell the difference between baby squirrels and chipmunks, and how you can help! No prior wildlife knowledge required. 

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person, per session.

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Animal Rehabilitation Day 7 - What to do when you find a baby coyote or fox.

coyote

Wednesday, May 31, 2023
12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Pauline Kosmal

Join us over the lunch hour for the seventh session in this wildlife education series! How to handle finding a baby fox or coyote. Learn how to detect if they need your help, and the proper precautions to take when you come across these species. We will go through their natural history, what a healthy versus unhealthy baby looks like some common illnesses (like mange – a common problem for these animals), and how you can help! This is a new addition to the series this year! No prior wildlife knowledge required. 

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person, per session.

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Animal Rehabilitation Day 8 - What to do when you find a baby White-tailed Deer.

White-tailed Deer fawn photo by Bryna Belisle

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Pauline Kosmal

Join us over the lunch hour for the eighth and final session in this wildlife education series! How to handle finding a baby white tailed deer. Learn how to detect if they need your help, and the proper precautions when you come across this special species. We will go through their natural history (note – this animal is especially vulnerable when it comes to imprinting), what a healthy versus unhealthy baby looks like, some common illnesses, and how you can help! This is a new addition to the series this year! No prior wildlife knowledge required. 

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person, per session.

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Nature Throughout the Seasons for International Students and New Canadians Series

aerial of Arboretum

Facilitated quarterly (12 noon - 1:00 PM)
Format:
Online via Zoom
Instructors: Kitty and Jenny Lin, Arboretum Interpretive Interns

Fee: FREE!
This online series is catered to University of Guelph international students and other community members new to Canada. New to the area? Come with us to explore The Arboretum and learn about what you can find in nature throughout the winter, spring, summer, and fall!
Visit the Nature Throughout the Seasons for International Students and New Canadians Series program page to learn more and register for upcoming dates.