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Annual Gathering

Nesting great blue heron © Michael Wynia

Let Nature Be Your Teacher

Ontario Nature’s 89th Annual Gathering

Join us for a weekend reunion at Evergreen Resort to celebrate the places we love and explore our beloved South Saugeen-Bruce Peninsula!

The weekend will be filled with expert-led workshops, field trips, and opportunities to connect with new and old friends.

Please see the COVID-19 update below. 

85th Annual Gathering workshop © Michael Wynia

COVID-19 Update

We are closely monitoring the news regarding COVID-19 and will be making a decision about whether the event can go ahead safely or not over the coming weeks. Your health and safety is our number one concern. If the event needs to be cancelled we will ensure that all registration fees are refunded.

At this point we are continuing to finalize plans for the event hoping that we will be able to proceed as planned. If you are interested in attending, we welcome you to still register to ensure your top choice of field trip and workshops.

We will be notifying those who have registered whether we will go forward with the Annual Gathering or cancel it as soon as we make that decision. This will be by May 1st at the latest. If we do need to cancel, refunds will be issued immediately. Please be assured that we will cancel if there is any concern for the health and safety of our members and other participants.

If you have any questions, please contact Anna Dipple: annad@ontarionature.org, 1-800-440-2366, 416-444-8419 ext. 271

Early morning birdwatching, Ontario Nature's 85th Annual Gathering © Noah Cole

Program and Schedule of Activities

When: June 5th – June 7th, 2020

Where: Evergreen Resort, South Saugeen-Bruce Peninsula

Please check the program-at-a-glance for a schedule of weekend activities.

Nature Workshops run twice on Saturday, June 6th, so you will have the opportunity to participate in two workshops. The morning session runs from 10:00 to 11:45 a.m. and the afternoon session runs from 1:15 to 3:00 p.m.

Field trips run on Sunday, June 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Participants will be picked up and dropped off at Evergreen Resort.

Description of the workshops and field trips.

More details on the keynote speakers to come soon!

Herpetofauna workshop, 85th Annual Gathering, Evergreen Resort © Michael Wynia

Accomodations at Evergreen Resort

We have booked the cabins and campsites at Evergreen Resort for attendees to stay in. Accommodations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to book early.

When you register, you have the option of booking an accommodation package or a non-accommodation package (see further details in registration section below).

The deadline for booking is May 1st, 2020, so please make sure you register before then.

Evergreen Resort has several other facilities that are available for your use, including a recreation hall, a movie theatre, a pool, hot tub, and sauna, and outdoor activities including mini putt, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, hiking trails, canoes and kayaks and more!

Free parking is available for all guests staying at the resort.

© Evergreen Resort

Room Details

  • Rooms are booked individually but are located in a cabin that is shared with other guests.
  • Each cabin includes:
    • Between 1-3 private bedrooms
    • A shared bathroom
    • A shared fridge
  • You can choose between single-occupancy or double-occupancy for your private room. Please anticipate sharing your cabin with additional people in the other private bedrooms.
  • On the registration form you will have the option of stating if you would like to share your cabin with specific guests. We will do our best to accommodate you but cannot guarantee we will be able to fulfill everyone’s requests.
  • If you have any questions about accommodations, please contact Anna Dipple: annad@ontarionature.org, 1-800-440-2366, 416-444-8419 ext. 271 
© Evergreen Resort

Registration

For details of registration costs and what is included in each registration package, please have a look at what’s included in the registration package.

Please take a minute to read through the workshop and fieldtrip descriptions to consider your top choices before you register.

Accommodation Packages

Non-accommodation Packages

Bruce Alvar Nature Reserve field trip © Noah Cole

Registering offline

Please download the offline registration form. You can mail or email this form to us (details provided on the form).

The deadline for registration and cancellation is May 1st, 2020.

Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations after this date. Please note refunds will only be issued after the event.

Driving Directions

Depending on where you are located in the province, there are multiple ways to get to Evergreen Resort. We’ve compiled some driving directions to make it easier for you.

Evergreen Resort dining hall, 85th Annual Gathering © Michael Wynia

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to contact Evergreen Resort to book accommodations, or will Ontario Nature do this on my behalf?
   A: Ontario Nature has booked the rooms at Evergreen Resort. If you have registered for one of our accommodation packages, Ontario Nature will assign you to a room. There is no need to contact Evergreen Resort.

Q: Are only Ontario Nature members welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 6nd at 3:30 p.m.?
   A: Both Ontario Nature members and non-members are welcome to join this meeting, however only Ontario Nature members are allowed to vote at the meeting. If you are interested in becoming a member of Ontario Nature, please visit our membership page, or feel free to contact us at 1-800-440-2366 ext. 233. Our Senior Development Officer, Kate Douglas, would be happy to assist you.

Q: I would only like to attend the Annual General Meeting. Can I register for only this part of the weekend?
   A: Yes, you can register for only this part of the weekend. Please call us at 1-800-440-2366 ext. 271.

Great egret, Evergreen Resort © Noah Cole

Frequently Asked Questions continued

Q: Is it possible to customize my registration?
   A: We will try our best to accommodate your needs. Please call Anna Dipple at 1-800-440-2366 ext. 271 or email her at annad@ontarionature.org.

Q: Can I request which other guests I share a cabin with?
   A: Yes, please indicate the full name of the person(s) you’d like to share the cabin with when you register. Although we will do our best to accommodate you, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to fulfill everyone’s requests. Please contact Anna Dipple (annad@ontarionature.org or 1-800-440-2366, 416-444-8419 ext. 271) if you have any further questions or requests about accommodations.

Q: Can I request a refund if I’m no longer able to attend the event?
    A: Yes, you may request a refund up until the registration deadline of May 1st, but refunds will not be issued until after the event. Please contact Anna Dipple to request a refund (annad@ontarionature.org or 1-800-440-2366, 416-444-8419 ext. 271).

Caroline Schultz's Protected Places Campaign Presentation © Noah Cole

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