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!

Blitzing the Moraine Events!

We are scheduling dates for our 2018 BioBlitzes. We will add new events here as they are announced.

Happy Valley BioBlitz May 4th/5th, Noon-Noon

Two beautiful properties just around the corner from one another both feature aquatic ecosystems so characteristic of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Explore mature forests, young plantations, wetlands, and meadow areas.

Uxbridge BioBlitz   June 2018

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

Mammals & Tracks: Saturday January 27, 2018 10am-12pm

Winter is a great time to explore the outdoors, trying to spot evidence of mammals. Although you may not see them, you’ll be able to learn which mammal has come by and left tracks. Join us for a family-friendly weekend workshop. Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre 16389 HWY48.


Trees & Shrubs of the Moraine: March 14, 2018 7pm-9pm

Even before the leaves come out, there are tricks to identifying the various trees and shrubs in our local forests. These giants of the forests have unique stories to tell. Perfect for Beginners or intermediate naturalists looking for a chance to learn how to identify species and learn a few interesting facts. Join us for an evening of exploration and discovery. Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre 16389 HWY48.

Stay tuned for more workshops!




Spiders: November 28, 2017 6:30-9pm

Have you ever wondered who has made the beautiful web you see glistening in the morning dew? Or questioned just how many eight-legged friends live in our fields and forests? Join us in learning about some of the spiders found on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Uxbridge Public Library

Stay tuned for more workshops!




Winter Birds: November 30, 2017 6:30-9pm

With cold weather rolling in, many birds head south for the winter – but not all! Learn which birds stick around throughout the winter months, and how to identify them. Nobleton Community Hall.

Stay tuned for more workshops!



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