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What’s a ‘depave’? Learn more about the project!

Join Reep Green Solutions and Sheppard Public School Parent Council as we transform an underused area of tarmac into a naturalized play space!  During the workday, we will work together to:

–  Remove remaining tarmac and associated gravel sublayer

–  Fill in the new space with healthy soil and mulch to prepare for Sheppard classes to subsequently plant trees and shrubs

– Clean up the Natural Area (prune shrubs, rake leaves, etc)

– *New* ‘Kids’ activities provided by Evergreen’s Neighbourhood Nature Play program

Refreshments and lunch will be available at the event but please bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Dress according to the weather and be prepared to get dirty. We recommend long pants and closed toe shoes (bring steel toed shoes if able, toe caps will be provided). Families are welcomed to join, activities available for all ages.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 28, 10am – 2pm
Location: Sheppard Public School ( 278 Weber St E, Kitchener, ON N2H 1G2) 
Registration: Free
Refreshments + lunch provided

Agenda

All Day | Natural Area Clean Up

10am – 12pm | Remove Tarmac + Gravel .

12pm – 2pm | Soil + Mulching

Partners

Logo for Ontario Trillium Foundation, Depave Paradise and Green Communities Canada

 

Registration

EVENT DETAILS

planting a rain garden

Learn ways to add landscape solutions like rain gardens, bioswales, and trees into your yard. See first-hand the gardens at Avenue Road Baptist Church that are designed to soak up and filter stormwater.

Tour the rain garden and row of trees that reduce water runoff into the newly revamped stormwater pond.  We will discuss actions that can reduce runoff from our properties and help to protect our local water ways, such as nearby Shade’s Mills Pond.

Date/Time: Saturday October 13th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Location: Avenue Road Baptist Church (465 Avenue Rd, Cambridge, ON N1R 5S4)
Registration: Free (space is limited so reserve your spot)
Light refreshments provided

Presenter: Becca Robinson, RAIN Coach, Reep Green Solutions

Photo of Becca, RAIN CoachBecca Robinson is the Principal Designer and Owner of Grow and Gather Design and is currently the RAIN Coach for REEP Green Solutions.  Her practice of landscape architecture centres around the creation of places that promote and celebrate the benefits of interacting with nature.

She has been the landscape designer for prestigious projects such as Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre, a City of Edinburgh park adjacent to the Holyrood Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (DRIWR).

She has a Masters of Landscape Architecture from University of Michigan and a B.S. in Environmental Science from University of North Carolina.

Workshop Funders and Partners:

 

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, City of Cambridge and Avenue Road Baptist Church

REGISTRATION

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EVENT DETAILS

Meet at Idea Exchange, Preston and enjoy a guided walk through historic Riverside Park. Throughout its history, the park has been a gathering spot for people in the community. Learn more about the trees that live and grow in the park and share our urban environment. This workshop will be led by Kristen Grittani, an ISA Certified Arborist, and Patrick Gilbride, from Reep Green Solutions. Visit Idea Exchange for more information.

REGISTRATION

Online – Please note an email address is required for online registration.

By phone – 519-653-3632

In Person – Visit any Idea Exchange location to register

Join us for a relaxing and informative community bike ride to explore cycling routes through Kitchener’s natural spaces. We’ll learn about some of the plants and animals that share our urban spaces while being guided through our bike trails. What a perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day and/or the cycling month of June!

We will meet at Reep House and follow cycle paths to Filsinger Park and Monarch Woods before returning to Reep House. All ages welcome, although kids under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Don’t forget your helmet and some water!

We will be accompanied by Cycling into the Future, a local organisation that promotes the love of biking among young people and believes that cycling makes our world a better place – and they’ll give us a few safety tips along the way.

AGENDA

Intro & Safety Info: 1:30 – 1:40 pm
Bike Ride: 1:40 – 3:00 pm, approx.
Reep Open House: 3:00 – 3:30pm

PRESENTERS

Michele Martin, Reep community outreach volunteer

Michele Martin is a Volunteer Community Outreach Coordinator at Reep Green Solutions. She is passionate about sustainable living, and has been teaching and learning how to practice it for over 30 years. Michele has a PhD in Environmental Studies and has held various leadership roles in the environmental NGO sector, including the position of Executive Director at Sustainability for Seychelles (S4S), a national NGO dedicated to promoting sustainable living.

Cycling into the Future

Cycling Into The Future promotes the love of biking among Grade 5 students. They believe that cycling makes our world a better place. It can improve our personal lives, enhance our communities and protect our earth. Through a series of challenges, we seek to build knowledge, skill and confidence in students, so they can become safe and enthusiastic cyclists.

TRANSPORTATION

We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. The house is just off the Iron Horse Trail and we have a bike rack.

It is also easily accessible by GRT bus routes that use Queen and have stops near Mill St. If you drive, please consider carpooling with others you know are attending.

Since the house only has a few parking spots, we have arranged for parking spaces in the Schneider Haus lot around the corner on Queen St. S.

 

Photo by Blubel on Unsplash

MAKER Event

Join us for an eco- and family-friendly holiday craft workshop!

The holiday season is a season for giving, but it is also the time of year when we generate mountains of waste and packaging, most of which ends up in the landfill or the recycle bin

While recycling is important, it uses a lot of resources, so the more we can do to minimize and re-use waste the better. This year, why not plan ahead and do your part to reduce waste, while at the same time having fun and using your creative energy! Join us for a family friendly workshop to re-use materials and print your own decorative wrapping paper and cards, and explore some creative gift ideas that reduce and re-use waste:

AGENDA

  • 1:30 p.m – Introductions, icebreaker, brief background on waste and 3R’s in KW 
  • 1:50 p.m. – Overview of materials, demonstration of suggested techniques for printing wrapping paper and cards 
  • 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Create! 
  • 4:00 p.m. – Show and tell, and brief discussion on other ideas to reduce and reuse waste during holidays 
  • 4:20 p.m.– Clean up, conclusion and workshop evaluation

The event will be held at the Mill-Courtland Community Centre Gym located at 216 Mill St. in Kitchener on December 9th, 2017. 

WORKSHOP FACILITATOR


Michele Martin is a
 Volunteer Community Outreach Coordinator at Reep Green Solutions. She is passionate about sustainable living, and has been teaching and learning how to practice it for over 30 years. Michele has a PhD in Environmental Studies and has held various leadership roles in the environmental NGO sector, including the position of Executive Director at Sustainability for Seychelles (S4S), a national NGO dedicated to promoting sustainable living. 

 

Family friendly!

The workshop is free and open to all ages. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Basic materials will be provided but participants are welcome to bring along tools or materials they would like to try and re-use. 

 

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