Workshops & Events

You’re invited to volunteer and explore our forests, rivers and fields to monitor and identify species and learn about the health of our ecosystem.

What is Blitzing the Moraine?

Have you ever wondered what beautiful bird is behind the chirps and peeps you hear as you walk along the river? Here’s your chance to learn more about the joys and mysteries of nature that surround us, and help monitor the health of our Moraine too!

The beautiful thing about ‘citizen science’ projects like this is that it’s open to everyone, no matter how little (or how much) you know about nature! If you do want to learn a few useful tricks before your adventure, we have a series of skill-based workshops for beginners and intermediate naturalists planned where we’d love to see you! You’ll learn identification skills and tips on how to use the species identification guides. These events are FREE, open to all ages (kids under 15 must be with an adult), and you can sign up for as many as you wish!

We will be holding 4 BioBlitz events in the spring and summer of 2018.

Volunteers like you are teamed up with local experts and work together in teams of 5-6 people to identify every living thing you come across as you explore one of our properties.

In 2017 we identified over 740 species! Check out some of the highlights here!

Blitzing the Moraine Events!

We will add new events here as they are announced.

Uxbridge BioBlitz   June 16th, 4AM – Midnight

Explore the maple-beech forest and pine plantations and discover the many species that call these ecosystems home.

Blitzing shifts and hikes available: birds, bats, butterflies, invasive species, amphibians, aquatics, flowers, trees & more! Let us know when you register what you’re interested in.

King BioBlitz  September 15th, 4AM – Midnight

An ancient kettle lake sits on the property and was formed by the melt waters from the last glacial period over 12,000 years ago. Surrounding the shores are beautiful forests and meadows. The varied habitats within this protected area provide home for dozens of bird, mammal, and insect species to discover.

BioBlitz Free Workshop Series

 Join us for our upcoming BioBlitz workshops. If you’d like to register for a workshop, please contact us at:

905-853-3171 ext 33 or email kstephens@oakridgesmoraine.org

 Birding 101: May 24, 6:30-8:30pm

The beautiful melody of birdsong is a welcome sound track for a hike through the forest. But what feathered wonders are behind those beautiful notes? Come and learn some handy techniques for viewing and identifying birds that often don’t sit still for very long. This workshop will take place  outdoors, with an opportunity to practice finding and identifying birds. Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve, 18462 Bathurst St., Newmarket

Pollinators: Bees, Butterflies & other Bugs: June 9, 2018 Noon-2PM

From buzzing bees, to beautiful butterflies, and many other species in between – we depend on pollinators to maintain wild and agricultural plants. Learn how to identify the key features of these important members of our ecosystems, then visit the fields at KSR to put your knowledge into action. Butterfly nets will be provided. Koffler Scientific Reserve, 17000 Dufferin St.

Wildflowers: July 5, 2018 7-9PM

Wildflowers come in all shapes and sizes.  Exploring the same area over the course of the spring, summer, and fall can provide completely different pallets of colour, and textures.  Join us on a tour of Ontario’s wildflowers and learn about some of the most stunning and intriguing examples of nature’s beauty.  If you’re a beginner or intermediate naturalist you’ll enjoy this workshop and develop some identification skills. Schomberg Community Hall, 325 Main St. Schomberg

Stay tuned for more workshops!

 Wildflowers: Tuesday May 15, 2018, 7-9pm

Wildflowers come in all shapes and sizes.  Exploring the same area over the course of the spring, summer, and fall can provide completely different pallets of colour, and textures.  Join us on a tour of Ontario’s wildflowers and learn about some of the most stunning and intriguing examples of nature’s beauty.  If you’re a beginner or intermediate naturalist you’ll enjoy this workshop and develop some identification skills. Uxbridge Public Library.

Join us at the BioBlitz in Uxbridge on June 16th!

Past BioBlitzes

Happy Valley BioBlitz May 4th & 5th 2018

Over the course of the two days, experts, volunteers, and local students searched high and low for species that had emerged after the ice storm only 3 weeks prior. Groups explored the forests, meadows, and wetlands, finding warblers perched in the treetops, salamanders hidden under logs, and wildflowers just starting to bloom. Some groups were lucky enough to see a white-tailed deer bounding through the forest, hear the avian species at risk Bobolink with his R2-D2-like song, and catch a glimpse of the blue Spring Azure butterfly. Over 230 species were identified, including a whopping 77 bird species!! Thank you to all the experts and volunteers that contributed your time, knowledge, and enthusiasm to the days!

iNaturalist at Blitzing the Moraine Events

iNaturalist is a smartphone app which lets you become a citizen scientist – at home and at our events. Take pictures of organisms, post them to iNat, and learn more about the species that surround us. Get started by visiting: http://inaturalist.ca/ 

This work would not be possible without the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation