Our community programs help us connect with our neighbours and build a deeper local appreciation for the vital scientific, social and economic importance of our river ecosystems.
Discover science and nature with OPG from June to September. This community partnership with the River Institute delivers fun and informative sessions on a range of topics that appeal to all ages, every third Saturday of the month EXCEPT for the workshop in July that will be held during a week night.
Monday, March 11 – A Bug’s Life
Join the River Institute at the OPG St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre to learn all about our crawling, flying, buzzing, friends living all around us. Participants can learn about insect diversity through an elaborate display. Looking for something sweet? The River Institute’s own Luc St. Pierre is a local beekeeper, and will be bringing tools he uses to explain how bees are kept and make honey. Stick around and observe like a fly on the wall to learn about the Emerald Ash Borer, the impact of this invasive species and what mitigation plans the City of Cornwall is working on. Other activities include microscopes, invertebrate displays, insect crafts and more!
Drop by between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m..
Tuesday, March 12 – Get Your S.T.E.A.M on! (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work as a research scientist? If so, now is your chance to find out! Gear up, have a photo taken and join OPG and the River Institute at the OPG Visitor Centre on Tuesday, March 12, and assist real life experts with their research using a powerful high-tech microscope. Stay for Microscope Trivia to determine who will be the microscope master for the day! Other cool activities include a demonstration by The Raging Robots, how drones are used for conservation and environmental research and find out how to create seed bombs and their benefits to the environment. Stay for some fun science crafts as well! Drop in any time between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13 – World of Wildlife
So many amazing creatures live in our beautiful region! Join OPG, the River Institute and special guests Glen Caradus, the Paddling Puppeteer and Gary Rupert, a Wildlife Conservation Officer at the OPG Visitor Centre to learn firsthand about the environment and animals in their natural habitat. The Paddling Puppeteer will be performing two shows focusing on nature starting at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. This show has it all, costumes, music, acting and most importantly, FUN! Other attractions for the day include identifying different animals through their tracks and scat. Build a bird feeder using pine cones or toilet paper roll and find out which species they attract. Drop in between 10 and 12:30.
All Activities during the event are free!
Thursday, March 14 – Feeling Fishy
Calling all aspiring Biologists! We are pleased to announce River Institute Educator and Biologist, Christina Charette will teach guests about fish anatomy through an educational fish dissection of a Muskie starting at 10:30 a.m. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity! Looking to catch a big lunker this summer? Learn how to do just that from the Cornwall Lunker Club who will be at the OPG Visitor Centre to promote and educate the public about recreational fishing. There’s interactive games about fish life cycles and learn to identify a variety of aquatic species including fish and invertabrates.
All activities for the day are free!
Drop in between 10 and 12:30.
Friday, March 15– Invasive Species: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Back by popular demand, the River Institute’s own Dr. Brian Hickey, or BATMAN, as he is locally known, will be at the OPG Visitor Centre on Friday, March 15 to educate you about the little brown bat, its importance and how to prevent conflicts with these amazing creatures. Special guest, Patty Mclaughlin from the Wild Bird Care Centre will host a show at 10:30 a.m. about birds, particularly the peregrine falcon, which is an endangered species. You can also learn how protect threatened and endangered species, including barn swallows and Whip-poor-will’s. Other displays focus on fish identification and invasive species, including the Round Goby. Stick around and test your knowledge with the popular “Invaders” game to find out how much you have learned about invasive species.
For more information contact:
Karen Douglass Cooper
613-936-6620 ext 229
The Upper St. Lawrence River Protection Network brings together community groups, first nations, conservation authorities, municipal governments and other interested parties who are committed to protecting the upper St. Lawrence River. With more than twenty member organizations, the network’s goals are to share information and initiate joint projects that promote the sustainability and improvement of the health of the upper St. Lawrence River.
For more information contact:
613-936-6620 ext 240
The River Award is presented each year by the River Institute Board of Directors. The award recognizes an individual, organization or company that shows leadership in environmental awareness, conservation and respect for the St. Lawrence River and its watersheds. If you know of an individual or business that meets this criteria, please submit a nomination.
River Award recipients
2018 – Joe Belmonte
2017– Upper St. Lawrence Protection Network
2016 – Dave Merpaw
2015 – Kate Schwartz
2014 – Susan and John Towndrow
2013 – Dr. David Lean and Dr. Peter Hodson
2012 – Lydia Johnson
2011 – Walter Oeggerli
2010 – Henry Lickers
2009 – Elaine Kennedy