Other Activities & Events

The following non-Nature London activities and events might be of interest to members. For additional information and to confirm details, please contact the indicated organization.


WINTER 2020


Thames Talbot Land Trust Turtle Guardians Level 1 Workshop

The Turtle Guardians Level 1 Workshop is a family-friendly event where those attending will learn all about turtles and how to help them. “Sciensational Snakes” will also be there and participants will get the chance to see actual turtles up close! At the end of the workshop, there will be the chance to take a turtle ID test and become a Level 1 Turtle Guardian.
Tuesday, February 18 at 5:30 – 7 PM, Riverside United Church, 695 Riverside Drive London. (This workshop is also offered in Ingersoll on February 13, 5:30 – 7 PM, Unifor Hall, 364 Victoria St.) Visit https://www.thamestalbotlandtrust.ca/turtles2 (London) and https://www.thamestalbotlandtrust.ca/turtles (Ingersoll) for more information.

The 2020 Great Canadian Backyard Bird Count

The 23rd Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be held Friday, 14 February through Monday, 17 February 2020. The GBBC is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. It’s free, fun and easy and helps researchers learn more about how birds are doing. The research conducted then informs initiatives to protect birds and their habitats. For more information and to register as a participant visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org/.

Birds Canada – Great Backyard Bird Count – London Walk and Talk

When: Saturday, February 15, 2020, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Where: Civic Gardens Complex, 625 Springbank Drive, London, ON N6K 4T1
Join Birds Canada staff and the City of London for a guided bird walk – part of the global Great Backyard Bird Count. After enjoying the birds, you can warm up with hot chocolate and cookies and see how the bird count data goes into the birdcount.org database where it can be used in valuable research. Support for this event has been provided by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. For details and free registration see Eventbrite Registration.

Friends of the London Civic Garden Complex Children’s Workshop: Create a W I N T E R G A R D E N

When: Sunday, February 16, 2020 – 1:00 pm
Where: Civic Garden Complex – 625 Springbank Drive
GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Jeremy McNeil, UWO Biology professor will speak about how insects depend on dried plant material in winter.
While you make your dried material “garden” arrangement, you will learn how birds and mammals need this plant material for food and habitat. You will gain a new appreciation of nature and your garden in winter!
All materials will be supplied: Decorated recyclable container, dried plant material and decorations (bird, insect, mammal).
Minimum Age: 5 + yrs. old and those who are young at heart. Children must be accompanied by an adult – Please no more than one adult per child.
Pre-Register: $12/ child
Email: inquire@friendslcgc.com Tel: 519-472-3553
More info at www.friendslcgc.com & Facebook!

Thames Talbot Land Trust Passport to Nature Event

The Thames Talbot Land Trust (TTLT) will be hosting a Passport to Nature “Winter Walk” with David Wake on Saturday, 22 February 2020, 10 AM–12 PM at Westminster Ponds. For more information on the free Passport to Nature program and to register for the event visit https://www.thamestalbotlandtrust.ca/passport_to_nature.

Medway Creek Open House

When: Tuesday, February 25
Where: Medway High School, 14405 Medway Road, Arva
Doors open at 5:30, 5:30-7 displays, 7-8:30 presentations and discussion There will be an update on ongoing work to improve the Medway Creek Watershed. Visit www.thamesriver.on.ca/education-community/watershed-friends-of-projects/medway.

Western University Biology Department Seminar Series

The Western University Department of Biology Seminar Series is up and running. The Biology Department offers the free series throughout the academic year and the public is welcome to attend. The seminars, exploring all aspects of biology, will be held on Fridays, 12:30–1:30 PM in room 0165 of the Biological and Geological Sciences Building (BGS). Visit www.uwo.ca/biology/research/weekly_seminars.html for a list of topics and presenters.

Seedy Saturday

London Middlesex Master Gardeners are hosting the 13th annual Seedy Saturday, “London’s Garden Fest” on 7 March 2020 from 10 AM–3 PM. The event is held at the Carling Heights Optimist Centre, 686 Elizabeth Street, London. For more information and to access vendor registration visit http://londonmiddlesexmastergardeners.com/calling-vendors-exhibitors-for-seedy-saturday-londons-garden-fest-mar-72020/.


SPRING 2020


Thames Talbot Land Trust: Eco Folk

When: March 29, 2020, 2 – 4 PM (doors open at 1 PM)
Where: Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas Street, London
Enjoy an afternoon of great music and good friends at a magnificent historic venue on Sunday, March 29th!
Eco Folk 2020 is an annual benefit concert for the Thames Talbot Land Trust – held at London’s Aeolian Hall. The concert features noted Canadian artists Darren Powers, Brent Jones, Dayna Manning, Kevin’s Bacon Train, and Marty Kolls.

Go Wild Grow Wild

When: April 18, 2020, 9:30 am – 4 pm
Where: 845 Florence St, London, ON N5W 6G6
Western Fair District Agriplex Calling All #WildOnes! Join the largest wildest, greenest, most adventurous event series in Ontario’s far South as we collectively step forward to green our future! Together with thousands of adventurers, gardeners, nature enthusiasts, families and green people, Go Wild Grow Wild is growing a green future. This collaborative movement serves as a catalyst to celebrate, inspire and spark action to protect our wildlife and create a healthy habitat.

Thames Talbot Land Trust: Spring Gardening

When: April 23, 2020 at 10am – 2pm
Where: Auzins Community Wildflower Garden, Hawk Cliff Woods, Hawk Cliff Road, Union, ON N0L 2L0
Do you love gardening? Then consider helping us out at the Auzins Community Wildflower Garden this spring.

The Auzins Community Wildflower Garden at Hawk Cliff Woods is planted with all native perennial plants that are beautiful and hardy choices for landscaping. The garden serves as a demonstration site for native plant gardening as well as a source of seeds for interested community members who want to grow native plants for their own gardens.

Annual Thames River Cleanup

The Annual Thames River Cleanup will be held on Saturday, 25 April. Several local communities will be taking part. Coordinators are needed as well as participants. Visit www.thamesrivercleanup.ca.

Earth Day Celebration 2020

Join in celebrating London’s natural heritage and environment on Sunday, 26 April. This event offers family friendly fun with an environmental focus. The event is free and all are welcome. Location to be determined. Visit http://thamesriver.on.ca/events/ closer to the date for more information.

Friends of the London Civic Garden Complex: Annual Spring Open House

The Friends of the London Civic Garden Complex will be hosting their annual Greenhouse Tour and Open House on Sunday, 26 April, Noon to 3 PM. The theme is “It’s Easy to be Green!” There will be exhibits on-site and plants for sale (including natives). Visitors will be divided into small groups and taken on guided tours of the Greenhouse complex. Free admission (donations appreciated). E-mail: inquire@friends.lcgc.com or call 519 472 3553 or visit https://www.friendslcgc.com/ for more details.

Thames Talbot Land Trust: Garlic Mustard Extravaganza!

When: May 02, 2020 at 10am – 2pm
Where: Five Points Forest, 4975 Robinson Rd, Ingersoll, ON N0L 2B0
Join us on May 2nd at Five Points Forest as we blitz the Garlic Mustard and enjoy a barbecue lunch afterwards. Our amazing neighbour and donor of Five Points Forest, Al, has been pulling Garlic Mustard throughout the property with help from TTLT volunteers for several years. The hard work is paying off as we’re seeing a reduction in the Garlic Mustard population. This is a huge win for nature. It’s extra important to keep pulling the Garlic Mustard over the next few years to keep the numbers low and allow native plants to recover. Your help at this critical time will have a big impact on nature! And we’re making it easier than ever to help out.

  • Bus transport will be provided from London and Ingersoll (details TBD).
  • No experience necessary – all training provided.
  • Work gloves and garbage bags will be provided.

Bonus! Those who participate in the pull will be invited to a Garlic Mustard Culinary Workshop hosted by Growing Chefs! on Tuesday, May 5th. Learn how to use garlic mustard in your cooking and make use of this invasive plant.