Registration now open! Click here for the registration form. Please register by October 11th to secure your spot.
Do you have what it takes to be a Biodiversity Boss?
Biodiversity Boss Youth Conservation Training is a skills development program offered by Thames Talbot Land Trust. Participants learn about conservation and restoration in the context of Canada's Carolinian Zone, including hands on activities in restoration, invasive species management, and Ecological Land Classification.
- pursuing/intending to pursue a career in conservation, ecology, natural resources management, or another similar field?
- looking for fun, hands-on, skills building experience in conservation and restoration?
- comfortable being outside in nature, off trail, whatever the weather (and potentially with bugs)?
If so, consider joining us and earn your Biodiversity Boss badge!
What to Expect
The program takes place over 2 days and is designed to be participatory, hands-on, and fun. Participants learn about different conservation issues and take part in important restoration and conservation projects. Along the way, they learn to ID various native and invasive species. At the end of the program, participants are presented with their Biodiversity Boss badge.
For the detailed program schedule, please click here.
When: October 26th and 27th from 10am to 3:30pm
Where: Meet each day at the Westminster Ponds Centre, 944 Western Counties Road, London, ON. Field trips will take place at the Westminster Ponds ESA and at Meadowlily Nature Preserve, Meadowlily Road South, London. Transportation will be provided to and from the field trip location, either by carpool or school bus, depending on the number of participants.
Who: The program is designed for anyone looking to build skills in conservation, ecology, natural resources management, or similar fields. High school, university, or college students, recent grads, or other curious people are all welcome!
Cost: There is no cost to participate. The program is generously funded by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
What to bring: All equipment/supplies for the activities will be provided, including workgloves and safety gear where needed. As we will be outside and off-trail in nature, the following clothing/footwear/personal gear is recommended:
- Hiking shoes/boots, workboots, rubber boots, or good running shoes are recommended. Please do not wear sandals.
- Dress comfortably in clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Long pants and sleeves are a good idea as there may be bugs including ticks.
- October conditions can be very variable so please be prepared with whatever sunscreen, bug spray, and rain gear you might need.
- Please bring a lunch on both days as well as plenty of water and snacks.
- Don't forget your field guides, binoculars, and camera, if you have them.
Registration: Please fill out and return this registration form by October 11th to secure your spot.
Still have questions? Contact Rebecca by email or at 519-858-3442.