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OPA takes great pride in partnering with other organizations to continue to spread awareness and work toward Protecting Tomorrow Today. This page lists some of the upcoming events or programs these partners are hosting.

Need some help with clean up or other landscaping jobs? greenLEF Landscaping can help! Make your life easier while helping to grow this social enterprise program. It's a win-win partnership! 

OPA is a proud member of the Green Infrastructure Ontario CoalitionWorking together to promote the value of green infrastructure in Ontario.

Yardstick is working to collect, share and compare vital parks information to measure current performance, evaluate user satisfaction and advocate for future improvements. They are comparing parks locally, nationally and globally. Click here to learn more.

Sustainable Trails Certification:

This certificate will give participants the skills to plan, design, construct and maintain sustainable nature trails. Courses in this certificate are taught by field experts from one of Canada’s leading environmental education institutions, Fleming College’s renowned Frost Campus. The certificate can be completed in as little as two semesters. Courses are scheduled on weekends or are available online. Full course descriptions and information can be found here,

University of Guelph's Turf Managers' Short Course


To learn more about this University of Guelph training session, click here.

Smart About Salt Training 

The Smart About Salt Council is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting freshwater from winter salt applied around facilities. Their innovative training program focuses on ways to improve winter salting practices on facility grounds.  This training program has been developed specifically for Owner/ Operators and their staff of winter contracting companies who apply salt, plow or shovel snow around facilities. 

Click here to register for Smart About Salt Operator Training Program. 

Click here to register for Smart About Salt Facility Manager Training Program. 

Communities in Bloom (CIB)

Communities in Bloom  (in partnership with the Ball Horticultural Company) have produced a flyer that outlines some flower options that can be used in creating Canada's 150th logo in a floral display. Click here to download the flyer so you can begin planning your 2017 garden displays.

National Symposium on Parks & Grounds and National and International Awards Ceremonies will be taking place September 13 -16, 2017 in Gatineau/Ottawa – National Capital Region.

Click here for more information and to register.

Parks Knowledge Exchange 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, Elgin Barrow Arena, Richmond Hill, ON

Session topics include:

  • Benefits of green space for individuals and communities
  • Research on community engagement approaches
  • Spray Pad – an expanding phenomenon
  • Managing human pressure on recreational sites
  • Technical issues on trail management

Click here to learn more and to register.

Organic Master Gardener Course

Canadian Organic Growers (COG) is offering the Organic Master Gardner course in Ajax this fall. This course is the first step to becoming an Accredited Organic Land Care Practitioner with SOUL (Society for Organic Urban Land Care). I’m wondering you could share the information below with your network? I would also like to know when the fall issue of the Green Sward is released. Our Ajax course starts September 5, which may be before the Fall issue of the Green Sward. If the info could be passed to your network in an email newsletter, or as an Education & Training event, I’d greatly appreciate it. Please note that this course has been preapproved for industry credits through ISA, MGOI, CNLA, IPM and Landscape Ontario.

About the Organic Master Gardener Course: Dig deep into organic land care this fall with the Organic Master Gardener course! This popular course examines the connections between soil, plant, human, and environmental health while addressing sustainable land management practices to maintain food and ornamental gardens in the urban landscape. Suitable for everyone from experienced landscapers to novice backyard gardeners, you are sure to be inspired.

Dates: Tuesday, September 5 to December 5

Location: Ajax, ON (exact location to be confirmed)

Registration: $685 for COG Members, $740 for non-members

For more information and to register please visit the COG  website or email Julia Dupsuis.

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