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(1) Conservation

Annual Stakeholder Workshops (2005-2010)

Crown Land Stewardship project supporter

Species at Risk Outreach Program (2007-)

Species at Risk training for municipalities

Life on the Bay Stewardship Manual and workshops for property owners

Establishment of the GB5 group of organizations for collaboration on:

  • Coordinated Wetlands Strategy for eastern Georgian Bay
  • GB5 Charter and Communications Plan
  • State of the Bay ecosystem health report card (2013)

State of the Bay workshops

(2) Education

Creation of Kids in the Biosphere Activity Book (2014)

Book project, “Life on the Bay” with Humphrey School

Arts night about the Biosphere Reserve at William Beatty School

Species at Risk Butterfly Garden at Victory School

Annual Children’s Water Festival at Killbear Park

Lessons-in-a-Backpack program (2009-)

University of Waterloo field course; thesis & research students

Presentation on “greening your business” at Ontario Youth Entrepreneur Camp

Ecology and sustainability related kids programs delivered in Mission Park and out of the Museum on Tower Hill

Ecology and species at risk programs delivered to local camps and cottage associations

 (3) Sustainable Development

Trails Symposium at Canadore College, March 4 (60 people)

Creation of Amazing Places Project

Adoption of Sustainable Tourism principles

Support for the volunteer Biosphere Action Group

“Grow Your Own Grub” free, hands-on gardening workshops

Community Gardens Steering Committee (GBBR member) “Community Kitchens”

Organization of a food festival and farm tour (2008, 2014)

Support for the McKellar farmers market & Pioneer College

Partner in a major northern “Food Security” conference (2013)

Life in the Biosphere Conference in Parry Sound (2010)

Signage for area municipalities “Welcome to the Georgian Bay Biosphere”

Member of the Georgian Bay Coast Trail project

Member of the Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce

Member of the Southeastern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce

Community Development Council founding member (and Environmental Cluster lead)

Biosphere Charter program: promotion and training workshops for local businesses

Parry Sound Area Real Estate Association, 3 hour training session (40 agents)

Co-sponsor of the International REEL Paddling Film Festival, fundraiser for Global Medic at Stockey, March 22 (150 people)

Sponsor for the series “Films that make you think” at the West Parry Sound Museum

COMMUNICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIP

GBBR Youtube Channel, with videos on Species at Risk, Ecotourism, and Fish Spawning projects [http://www.youtube.com/user/gbbrca]

Facebook page with 1000 followers (facebook.com/GBayBiosphere)

Check out the Biosphere News Archive. Find more GBBR history by reading e-newlstters from 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Never miss another newsletter, join over 1200 subscribers today!

Social media outreach estimated at 250,000 people per year!

Biosphere Charter Members http://gbbr.ca/healthy-economy/biosphere-charter/, including 85 corporate/business/association members

FUNDRAISERS

2014 Earthweek- matching donations at Scotiabank: $12,000

2013 Brew-Ha-Ha comedy and craft beer event: $8000