Earth Matters by Jacqueline Milner – Green Days in the Cornwall Ontario Area – May 23, 2011

Cornwall ON – Many exciting things are happening in Cornwall, Ontario.  Although the events I will be speaking of are in this neck of the woods I encourage all of our readers to read on as activities like these are available in your community and if you find they are not, perhaps it will inspire you to start such as activity on your own. 

An invitation is extended to all those interested in exploring the wilderness through a series of workshops.  Would you like to know how your ancestors lived for hundreds of years?  Would you like to connect with the earth in a meaningful way?  Join the “Wisdom of the Earth, Ancestral Skills Project for their first workshop which will explore the world of Wild Plants.  This is an amazing opportunity for students and adults alike.

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All workshops are Free of Charge.  First gathering is Saturday, June 11th, 1 – 4 p.m.  Meeting will take place near the Band Shell in Lamoureux Park, Cornwall, ON.  Confirm your participation at 613-932-9759 or by email at etchuba_@hotmail.com

The St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences continues to offer area youth with the opportunity to explore nature at beautiful Cooper Marsh through the Eco-friends Day Camp.  Camp participants learn about science and the natural environment through hands-on adventures.  Seven new exciting one week sessions will be available for children aged 6-11 this Summer Season.  Each weekly adventure includes a combination of hiking, frog catching and releasing, games, crafts, scientific experiments and much, much more.  Each week addresses a different topic/theme such as Bug Week, Reptiles and amphibians week or Science Week to name a few.  Visit http://riverinstitute.ca/community/eco-friends.html to get a complete description of each week and registration details.  Camp runs from July 4 to August 19th and is supported by TD Friends of The Environment Foundation. 

For our readers who do not have such an initiative currently available in their community and thinking about how they can get such a program up and running?  If you are, or partner with a non-profit organization, funding is available through TD friends of the Environment Foundation to get you up and running.  You can investigate this further through http://www.fef.td.com/

Bring some of the great outdoors in, to enjoy each and every day.    Our spring flowers don’t last very long so let the sweet fragrance dance in your house while it can. If you have plenty to go around, take some to work or to a neighbour.  A friendly gesture that is sure to lift the spirits.

Green Drinks Continues….”Green Drinks” is an open invitation to anyone interested in environmental issues and transition to join in fun and interesting conversation and learn about what’s happening locally. They meet at 7pm on the first Wednesday of every month.  Next meeting, Wednesday June 1st – 7pm – Schnitzels Restaurant, 158 Pitt St., Cornwall, ON  Meetings such as this happen all over Canada and the world.  Visit http://www.greendrinks.org to find a meeting close to you.

All friends of Earth Matters are invited to attend a FREE “How To Grow Your Own Food” Workshop on May 28th, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Cornwall Community Museum. 25 spaces in total, register as soon as possible to reserve your spot! For more info or to register: atfbouffe360@gmail.com or 613-875-3262.

Last but not least, we invite all our Earth Matters readers to plant a tree this Spring, this UN designated “International Year of Forests”.  “He who plants a tree. Plants a hope.” ~Lucy Larcom~

Your commentrary is encouraged and always welcome below or to earthmatters@cornwallfreenews.com

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