OAGEE Conference Field Trips: 2011

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Our OAGEE Fall 2011 Conference has a variety of field trips highlighting geotechnology and planning in York Region, environmental awareness and protection in the GTA, and significant Southern Ontario geologic features. All field trips are 3 hours long and depart from the main entrance of St. Andrew's College. Please dress appropriately for the weather as many field trips involve outdoor activities.

York Region Planning Department (FT01)
Friday, November 11, 1:45-4:45 pm ($15)

OAGEEFall2011FTYRPlan01This field trip visits the York Region Administrative Centre where the Regional Planning and Development Services Department will host an exciting information and demonstration session. You will learn about the Region's Official Plan and how GIS was used for modelling and planner assistance. You will also hear how social media and citizen engagement is helping to shape Vision 2051, an initiative that represents a new blueprint for the Region's future. Finally, you will discover how the Region's cutting edge Geomatics Branch is using geospatial technologies such as 3D GIS and web mapping to model future growth scenarios and empower local communities with accurate and up-to-date spatial information. Teaching resources for Civics and the GIS curriculum will be available for all participants.

GPS in Action at Lake St. George Field Centre (FT02)
Friday, November 11, 1:45 pm - 4:45 pm ($15)

OAGEEFall2011FTLSG01This excursion to the Lake St. George Field Education Centre, operated by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, will have participants receive a short introduction to GPS technology before stepping outdoors to do some GPS orienteering activities. Come dressed for the weather! GPS units provided. Enjoy the beautiful Oak Ridges Moraine while gaining hands on experience and ideas to take back to your classroom.

Greener Parks: Aurora's McKenzie Wetland and Sheppard's Bush (ST01)
Saturday, November 12, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm ($15)

OAGEEFall2011FTMcK01The town of Aurora is fortunate to have an extensive trail system to connect many parks and walking trails, and these parks and trails are getting greener. This field trip, lead by Jim Tree, Aurora Parks Manager, will feature a tour of the new board walk and trail in the McKenzie Wetland where reconstruction has reduced wetland loss and enhanced wildlife protection. The field trip will also highlight a visit to the new permeable parking lot at Sheppard's Bush's where recycled glass mixed with a bonding agent permits the passage of water to the ground without other contaminants such as motor oil.

Oak Ridges Moraine Hike (ST02)
Saturday, November 12, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm ($15)

OAGEEFall2011FTOak01The Oak Ridges Moraine is an environmentally sensitive, geological landform in south central Ontario that covers 190,000 hectares. The hike will begin at Mary Lake and end with a visit to Pine Farms Orchard and Winery. There will be discussions of the local geography, the ecological functions of the Moraine and the impacts of advocacy and legislation on this special region. At Pine Farms Orchard and Winery you will have the opportunity to purchase some treats from the bakery.