Workshops, workshops, and more BioBlitz workshops!

Save The Salamanders

Matt Ellerbeck

Learn about the amazing world of salamanders! Join the Matt Ellerbeck (aka The Salamander Man) for an insightful talk on nature’s tailed amphibians. Receive information on the conservation of these rarely seen animals. This workshop will feature live salamander species, both local and exotic. Come out and see these colorful and charming salamanders up close!



Marie Bencze

In addition to their beauty, pollinators provide an important link in our environment by moving pollen between flowers and ensuring the growth of seeds and fruits. Marie loves to teach people about honeybees and native pollinators, and their gigantic contribution to feeding us! We hope that with more information, participants will lose some of the fears associated with insects. In this workshop, groups will explore the roles of pollinators, and take action! Bringing in simple materials, Marie will assemble a ‘bee condo’ with the group that can later be installed in a garden to help encourage habitat for native bees.

Photo courtesy of Ana Muira

Jesse Stewart

Composer/musician/artist/educator Jesse Stewart will lead groups on a series of soundwalks throughout the Wintergreen Studios grounds, encouraging participants to listen as closely as possible to the soundscape, the immersive sonic environment that surrounds us. Together, we will listen to—and reflect on—the “geophony” (earth sounds), the “biophony” (animal sounds), and the “anthrophony” (people sounds). Each soundwalk will culminate in a soundscape-inspired interactive musical workshop that will take place inside a geodesic dome.




Japanese Viewing Party

Monica Capovilla and/or Rena Upitis

A Viewing Party is an activity designed by a group called The Institute for Earth Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people of all ages live more harmoniously and joyously with the natural world. 

Borrowing from a Japanese tradition in which a person might invite guests for a special “viewing” of a single flower reaching the peak of its bloom, The Institute for Earth Education classifies Viewing Parties as “solitude-enhancing” activities, whose criteria include the following: focus on being alone, in direct contact with the elements of life (light, air, water, and soil); include specific things to do but gradually wean you away from a regular need for such tools; emphasize both relating to the natural world and relating the natural world to yourself; utilize and strengthen such nonverbal skills as watching, waiting, receiving; and involve you in a personal realization and appreciation of the flow of life.


Music Jam Session

Jesse Stewart

Get up close and personal with Jesse Stewart — composer, musician, artist, educator.  Join Jesse for an informal, interactive music jam, where we see the Wintergreen Studios main lodge come alive with a cacophony of sounds. Rumour has it that Jesse will be bringing along a “reactable”, an electronic instrument used to make and play back recordings of nature. Imagine being able to create a frog chorus with your very own hands!

Everyone welcome and no experience necessary. Some variety of instruments will be provided but feel free to bring your own!

Trees: Nature’s Silent Sentinels

Workshop Leader – TBA

Trees play many fundamental roles in the ecosystem. Find out why they are so important and also learn to identify a variety of species. We will also explore the crucial relationships that trees have with fungi.

Fri. May 26 @ 12pm

Wildflower Identification

Workshop Leader – TBA

Discover how the Dandelion, Stinking Benjamin and many other plants got their names. The stories are sure to intrigue you.


Moth Nightbioblitz news

Workshop Leader – TBA

If weather conditions are favourable (>+12ºC, not too windy, no rain), we will set up mercury vapour lights to attract a variety of moths to sheets, giving us a beautiful display of some of our rarely seen nocturnal moth species. Last year, during the LandArt BioBlitz 2017, we even attracted a Black Widow spider!



Dragonflies & Damselflies

Workshop Leader – TBA

Using a net, we will catch and identify some of the early-season species that will hopefully be flying (and release them afterwards). We will also discuss some of the interesting features and lifestyles of these creatures.



Birds, birds, birds!

Workshop Leader – TBA

Ever heard a bird singing and wondered what it was? Come and learn about some of the local birds and what they’re singing about! This interactive workshop is great for beginner birders (both young and old). Don’t forget to bring your binoculars so we can look as well as listen!