Life on the (L)edge – Of the Great Arc

2015_sok-great-arc-forum-logo-210We invite you to join us for the 7th Annual Sources of Knowledge Forum, May 8 – 10, 2015 – Tobermory Community Centre, Tobermory, Ontario.

The focus of this year’s Forum is sharing and providing knowledge of the Door Peninsula and the Bruce Peninsula – two peninsulas on the Great Arc – noting their similarities, their differences, and what we can learn from one another.

Program Information

2015 Forum Great Arc Program Itinerary [PDF]
Program Information [PDF Format]
2015 Forum Speakers
Online Registration Information and Form

FRIDAY, MAY 8TH

PLEASE NOTE: Morning Session for OAGEE (Ontario Association for Geographic and Environment Education) Members Only

9:00 – 11:30 a.m. – EXPLORING THE GEOGRAPHY OF THE TIP OF THE BRUCE

Location: Visitor Centre, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Tobermory

Leaders: Graham Draper, Lenore Keeshig

This session will explore the exciting learning facilities located at Parks Canada Visitor Centre in Tobermory. This Centre provides a hub for both Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park. Its facilities include a beautiful theatre, interactive displays, a 20m-high viewing tower, and a gentle hiking trail to Georgian Bay. These facilities will be used to stimulate in-depth investigations into the physical and cultural landscapes of the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. Participants will discover why this place is a unique environment and identify some of the efforts of conservation-minded people and organizations to protect both the lands and waters.

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Lunch break and time to tour Tobermory and Little Tub Harbour.

Afternoon Session – Field Trips – Choose One

1.  Cabot Head – Features of the Great Arc Landscape – Leader Daryl Cowell,  – To minimize road wear we have arranged for a bus to take participants from the Dyers Bay/Bruce Trail parking lot* leaving at 1:00 p.m.   The bus will make one geological stop on the road before reaching Cabot Head lighthouse.  The bus will return to Cabot Head to take you back to the parking lot at 4:30.  If you have time, be sure to tour the lighthouse; they ask for a donation of $5.00.  For those who have already been to Cabot Head or have heard Daryl speak about the geology of the Bruce we would ask you to consider choosing one of the other hikes.

2.  High on the Bruce Trail – Leader Frank Brunton, Geologist – A walk and talk on the cliffs – one of the more spectacular Trail sections.  Meet at the Dyers Bay/Bruce Trail parking lot* at 1:30.

3.  Rainbow Shining Deer Nature Reserve – Leader Cara Copeland,  Conservation Biologist, NCC – A walk and talk through the latest property acquisition of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.  Meet at the Tobermory Community Centre parking lot at 1:30 p.m.

*Dyers Bay/Bruce Trail Parking Lot Map

Evening Activities

At 6:00 p.m. the doors to the Tobermory Community Centre will open for a social hour for Forum attendees with live music, Wisconsin cheese and cash bar. At 7:00 p.m. Stephen Scharper will host the mini-film festival on this year’s theme engaging all in stimulating and lively discussion. Green Fire: The Story of Aldo Leopold. Leopold, whose landmark book, A Sand County Almanac, was based on reflections from his farm in Wisconsin, is the father of environmental ethics and deep ecology, and this is the first film on his life.   The second film, which is brand new and has not been screened before–we have an exclusive!–is Activism 2.0, by environmental activist and journalist Emily Hunter, daughter of Robert Hunter, the renowned journalist environmentalist and co-founder of Greenpeace. She has given us permission to show part of her film, which is presently being reviewed by festivals.

SATURDAY, MAY 9TH

BIRDING EXCURSION AT SINGING SANDS – Participants will meet early at the Community Centre parking lot and carpool to Singing Sands. This excursion will be a ‘go’ in all but heavy rain/electrical activity, so be sure to dress appropriately (rain gear/waterproof boots). Participants can bring binoculars, spotting scope and cameras to enhance the experience.

PLENARY SESSIONS will include a variety of interesting topics with one speaker and one respondent for each topic, both peninsulas being represented. And such an eclectic roster of speakers!

Morning Topics:

*CHANGING LANDSCAPES AND GEOLOGIC HISTORY OF THE ARC – ONTARIO PERSPECTIVE

*KARST LANDSCAPES AND CAVES IN CANADA:  PUTTING THE PHYSIOGRAPHY OF THE BRUCE PENINSULA IN PERSPECTIVE

*WONDERS, OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES ALONG THE GREAT LAKES COASTS

Afternoon Topics:

*THE GREAT ARC:  BIODIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN’S NIAGARA ESCARPMENT AND FUTURE CHALLENGES

*SPECIALTY PRODUCTS ALONG THE GREAT ARC

*APPROACHES TO TOURISM AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ALONG WISCONSIN’S NIAGARA ESCARPMENT

Refreshments for the Breaks are generously provided by The Friends of Bruce District Parks.  Lunch is BYO or take a walk to Little Tub Harbour to one of the eateries near the water.

Late Afternoon Activity Options

1) Historical Walk/Talk in Tobermory with Hazel Lyder.     2) Bruce Trail Conservancy – Burnt Point Loop – Explore the Shore.     3) St. Edmunds Township Museum – Pioneer Life on the Arc.

Evening

Social hour, with cash bar, at the Community Centre will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a delicious dinner catered by The Green Door, Wiarton. The keynote speaker is Joanne Kluessendorf, Director of Weis Earth Science Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Dr. Kluessendorf, the founding Museum Director.  Her talk – “Stories from Stone:  Geotourism and the Niagara Escarpment”.

SUNDAY, MAY 10TH

The morning will begin with a GEORGIAN BAY COAST TRIP – a one-hour boat trip with Bruce Anchor Tours to view the escarpment geology from the water. Seating is limited – first registered – first on board.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

From 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. in the Tobermory Community Centre there will be THE DOOR to THE BRUCE – CULINARY DELIGHTS MARKET – samples and sales from specialty food vendors from both peninsulas. With music provided by local musicians, this will be a deliciously lively and fun indoor market.

Following the market there will be a short film by Mark Zelinski.

And then there will be three panels on significant opportunities for cross-border cooperation:

1) A CROSS-BORDER GEO-PARK ALONG THE GREAT ARC

2) TOURISM ON THE PENINSULAS

3) EDUCATION AND STUDENT EXCHANGE

The final session of the Forum will be a general discussion of future topics. The Forum is expected to end at noon.

Ongoing during the Forum there will be an art exhibitTHE DOOR to THE BRUCE – REFLECTIONS OF TWO PENINSULAS, featuring the creativity of artists from the Bruce and Door Peninsulas inspired by where they live. As well, there will be a Poster Session and Exhibits – from science fair projects to NGO Exhibits.2015_sok-great-arc-forum-logo-210

The registration fee of $99.00 – includes all of the above except for the cash bar on Friday and Saturday evenings.

$9.00 OF EVERY REGISTRATION WILL GO TOWARDS SOK’s NEWEST PROGRAM – KIDS IN PARKS – BUS PROGRAM.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE FORUM!

2015 Forum Great Arc Program Itinerary [PDF]
Program Information [PDF Format]
2015 Forum Speakers
Online Registration Information and Form

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