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Friends' Schedule 2018 - DRAFT PREVIEW

Here is a list of Friends' sponsored activities that may be of interest to you. Everyone (members and non-members) is invited to participate. Do not forget that you will need to purchase a daily vehicle to take part in most of these activities. Dates are subject to change, please check back here for updates.

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December |


January 25: Friends Board Meeting

Location: Ongwanada Resource Centre, room 427 at 19h00.

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February 10: Winter Camping - Planning

To camp in winter, you need to be well prepared or you risk freezing some valuable parts of your anatomy. This presentation by the Friends of Frontenac Park will cover route selection, equipment, building show shelter, menu planning, physical fitness and conditioning, safety, and the different forms of winter travel all you need to give winter camping a try. Note that part of this presentation may be held out of doors, so please come dressed for the weather. Time: 10h00 to 15h30 at the Park Office; maximum 35 persons. To register contact the Park Office at 613 376-3489. The seminar is free but Park entrance fees apply.

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Saturday, February 24: Annual General Meeting (AGM)

All members are invited to attend the Friends’ AGM at the Queen's Biosciences building (116 Barrie St. Kingston) room 1102. The AGM will be held in conjunction with the Winter Lecture. Time: 12h00.

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Saturday, February 24: Winter Lecture - 1. Algonquin to Adirondacks, 2. Wolves of Ontario
Presented by: The Friends of Frontenac

This year we have the pleasure of receiving David Miller of A2A and Hannah Barron of Earthroots to entertain and inform you for about 40 minutes each. The Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative aims to ensure ecological connectivity and help restore bio-diversity within a broad region of eastern Ontario and northern New York State stretching from Algonquin Park to the Adirondack Mountains. Earthroots is a leading grassroots environmental organization dedicated to the preservation of Ontario’s wilderness, wildlife, and watersheds through research,education and action. They work in coalition with other conservation organizations to coordinate the best strategies to move issues forward. The focus of this lecture will be on Ontario’s wolves. Everyone is welcome. Note that the lecture will follow the Friend's AGM.
Location: Queens Biosciences building (116 Barrie St. Kingston) room 1102 at 13h00 - 16h00.

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March 12: Deadline for Submissions for the Spring/Summer Newsletter

We welcome your articles, letters, stories and photographs. Material should be mailed to The Friends of Frontenac Park c/o Newsletter Editor, PO Box 2237, Kingston, ON K7L 5J9 or e-mailed to frontenacpark@gmail.com.

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March 22: Friends Board Meeting

Location: Ongwanada Resource Centre, room 427 at 19h00.

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March 31: Your Friends' Membership Ends

Return a favour to nature. Please renew your membership for another year.

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April 07: Volunteer/Guide/Host Training

Would you like to volunteer at the Park? Come to this training session offered by the Park staff and the Friends at the Park Office. Bring a lunch. Time: 09h00 to 14h00. For details view the poster or contact the Park (613 376-3489).

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April 14: Historical Walk along the Salmon Lake Road

Meet at the Park Office theatre at 10h30 for an introduction to the human history of Frontenac Park followed by a walk on the Salmon Lake road. The walk will take the participants past the Kemp, David, Babcock and Sigsworth farms and the tour will finish at the site of the Trails End Lodge. There are no standing buildings. The walk is 7 km return (3.5 km each way). Participants should be back at the Park Office by 16h00. Bring a lunch or a snack. Please register with the Park Office. Plan to go rain or shine.

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April 21: Volunteer/Guide Spring Trail Sweep

The Volunteers/Guides will do general maintenance on the Park's trails to get them in top shape for our visitors. Meet at the Park Office at 08h30. Bring a lunch and work glove. A Chili supper will be served at the end of the day. View the poster or Contact the Park (613 376-3489) for details.

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April 29: Spring Work Day

Come out and join with the Friends on this day dedicated to work to upgrade the Parks infrastructure. Time: 09h00 - 16h00. For further information, please contact the Park Office at 613 376-3489.

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April 26: Friends Board Meeting

Location: Ongwanada Resource Centre, room 427 at 19h00.

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May 05: Introduction to Back Country Camping

For those who wish to venture to the backcountry to enjoy the outdoors, but who are unsure what to pack or buy, this is a workshop for you. Topics include: how to get started, clothing, footwear, equipment, food, water treatment and safety in the outdoors. This day-long introduction is meant to introduce the new backwoods camper to this form of recreation. No cost to attend the course. Time: 09h00 - 16h00 at the Park Office.

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May 05: Spring Nature Walk with Maureen Sly

Join the Friends on this short leisurely walk to examine the plant and animal life along the 3 km Doe Lake trail. Bring your binoculars, camera, a drink, snack, hiking shoes and bug repellent. Rain or shine. Meet at the Park Office; the hike will start at 10h00. Please, no dogs.

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May 06: "Early Bird" Spring Bird Walk with Kathy Felkar and Mike Burge

Join Kathy Felkar and Mike Burge from the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (peptbo.ca) on a ramble about the park to find spring migratory birds that may be returning to the area. Warblers, Vireos, Scarlet Tanagers are all possibilities. Bring binoculars, camera, drinks, lunch, hiking shoes and bug repellent. Please, no dogs. Time: 08h00 - 16h00, meet at the Park Office.

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May 12: Wilderness Navigation Using Map and Compass - Level I

Our wilderness navigation workshops provide participants with the theoretical and practical skills of reading and interpreting topographic maps in order to safely plot a course through the wilderness. Book your spot early! Cost $25.00 per person (plus GST and Park fee). Time: 09h00 to 16h00. Meet at the Park Office. NOTE: This course is also offered on May 26.

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May 24: Friends Board Meeting

Location: Ongwanada Resource Centre, room 427 at 19h00.

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May 26: Wilderness Navigation Using Map and Compass - Level I

Our wilderness navigation workshops provide participants with the theoretical and practical skills of reading and interpreting topographic maps in order to safely plot a course through the wilderness. Book your spot early! Cost $25.00 per person (plus GST and Park fee). Time: 09h00 to 16h00. Meet at the Park Office. NOTE: This course is also offered on May 12.

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May 27: Wilderness Navigation Using Map and Compass - Level II

This one day workshop is designed to give participants time to build on the knowledge acquired during the Level 1 course. You will use your new skills to navigate off trail the entire day, as a group and under the supervision of the instructor. Everyone will have a chance to get a lot of practice. Be prepared to spend most of the day outdoors, rain or shine, after a short review indoors. You will need a lunch, plenty of water and come dressed for the weather and bush travel, with a pair of long pants and a pair of sturdy hiking shoes/boots. Participation in Level 1 is recommended but not necessary, if you know how to use a map and compass, and just want more practice navigating off trail. Cost $25.00 per person (plus GST and Park fee). Time: 09h00 to 16h00. Meet at the Park Office.

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June 21: Friends Board Meeting

Location: Ongwanada Resource Centre, room 427 at 19h00.

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June 22-24: Erhard Frenzl Memorial Paddle

It started as the President's Paddle but today it is more like a canoe-camping weekend. Destination TBA. Anticipated return is 16h00 or plan to stay the night and return on Sunday. Let the President of the Friends know early if you want to come along for the paddle or to camp.

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June 26: National Canoe Day

Come Celebrate National Canoe Day at Frontenac Provincial Park with the Friends. No cost for the Canoe Day Paddle except for the park fee. Meet at the Park Office! Equipment rentals are available nearby or enquire at the Park Office. Time: 12 noon.

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July 20: Healthy Parks Healthy People

Come celebrate HPHP at Frontenac Provincial Park with the Friends. FREE day-use at all provincial parks.

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August 06: Deadline for Autumn Newsletter

We welcome your articles, letters, stories and photographs. Material should be mailed to The Friends of Frontenac Park c/o Newsletter Editor, PO Box 2237, Kingston, ON K7L 5J9 or e-mailed to frontenacpark@gmail.com.

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September 01 to October 31: The Frontenac Challenge, Frontenac Trek, and Junior Challenge

The Frontenac Challenge involves hiking most of the park's trail network between September 1st and October 31st. The Junior Challenge is open to those 12 and under and requires the hiker to complete any 6 loops of his or her choice. The Frontenac Trek requires hikers to complete any 6 loops of their choice, excluding Doe Lake and Arab Gorge trails. To meet the Challenge, all you have to do is pick up a registration form at the Park Office and then set out to hike through the autumn splendour of Frontenac Provincial Park. Participants who complete the Challenge will receive a certificate at a Celebration and will be acknowledged on an honorary plaque in the Park Office. So come out and challenge Frontenac at its autumn best. Campers, do not forget to take the All Season Camping Challenge.

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September 01 to September 03: Bring a Friend to the Park Weekend

This is an informal event for members of the Friends of Frontenac to introduce some new people to the Park. Invite some of your friends, young or old, who have never been to the Park and take them on a hike or canoe ride to show them Kingston's best kept secret. Let them enjoy nature and tell them about the Frontenac Challenge and the many other events put on by our organization.

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September 27: Friends Board Meeting

Location: Ongwanada Resource Centre, room 427 at 19h00.

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September 29: Fall Trail Sweep

The Volunteers/Guides will do general maintenance on the Park's trails to get them in top shape for our Fall and Winter visitors. Meet at the Park Office at 08h45. Bring a lunch and work glove. A Chili supper will be served at the end of the day. Contact the Park (613 376-3489) for details.

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October 25: Board Meeting

Location: Ongwanada Resource Centre, room 427 at 19h00.

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November 10: Challenge Award Celebration

Registered participants will receive a certificate of achievement, share stories. Meet at the Park Office at 10h30.

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November 22: Board Meeting - Project and Program

Location: Ongwanada Resource Centre, room 427 at 19h00.

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November 24: Winter Birds 101 seminar

Introduce yourself to more than a dozen species of birds found in and around Frontenac Provincial Park in winter. Learn their identification, behavior, and vocalizations and compare similar species in the hand from our selection of preserved specimens. Ask questions and share anecdotes. This interactive workshop will give you the confidence to recognize most of the birds you are likely to encounter in winter. Time: 10h00 to 11h30. Takes place at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library branch in Sydenham. See Poster.

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November 24: Study Skins workshop

You are invited to a work bee on Saturday, November 24, to help prepare birds as study skins. A trained taxidermist will guide volunteers through the process from start to finish. Learn how and why vertebrate specimens are preserved, get to know some of the park’s bird species, and “return a favour to nature” through your involvement. Two sessions are offered – 1:00 to 3:00 pm and 3:00 to 5:00 pm – and the workshops will be held at the KFLA Public Library branch in Sydenham (4412 Wheatley Street).
The Friends have 17 specimens to prepare and registration for this work bee is mandatory. We will be working with scalpels! While children are welcome to watch the process, we ask that any hands-on involvement be limited to helping their parent/guardian with cleaning and stuffing birds.
To register, contact secretary.friendsoffrontenac@gmail.com with participant names and choice of workshop session. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Carolyn (Year of the Bird Project Coordinator) at 613-531-4578. We hope to see you on the 24th!

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December 03: Deadline for Winter Newsletter

We welcome your articles, letters, stories and photographs. Material should be mailed to The Friends of Frontenac Park c/o Newsletter Editor, PO Box 2237, Kingston, ON K7L 5J9 or e-mailed to frontenacpark@gmail.com.

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December 15: Christmas Bird Count for Frontenac

The Friends are leading the “Frontenac” Christmas Bird Count (CBC) field surveys for the Park area. A great opportunity to learn more about birding while exploring different habitats. Join the fun – more people allow better coverage of the Park. Information and registration: 613-531-4578 or bonta.johnson@sympatico.ca Cost: Free! Time: 09h00 to 16h30.

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December 15: Christmas Bird Count for Kids!

Children and their families can also celebrate birds and contribute to the “Frontenac” CBC! This interactive afternoon workshop will introduce common winter birds using specimens and displays, then will head out on a short guided hike to look for birds to count. Warm up afterward with hot chocolate, sharing stories and fun facts about birds. Dress warmly, and bring binoculars if you have them. Cost: Free! Time: 13h00 to 15h00.

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Revised: 10-November-2018