Help keep Peterborough’s heart green with a donation to GreenUP’s Ecology Park

Community donations will be used to increase the park's accessibility, add solar panels to children's education shelter, and more

Every year, GreenUP educators introduce over 1,000 children to the wonders of nature in Ecology Park, a five-acre urban sanctuary in the heart of Peterborough. In this photo, children learn about the development of monarch butterflies. Instilling both passion and appreciation for nature in our children is fundamental to encouraging future behaviours that protect the environment and reduce our impact on our local environment. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)
Every year, GreenUP educators introduce over 1,000 children to the wonders of nature in Ecology Park, a five-acre urban sanctuary in the heart of Peterborough. In this photo, children learn about the development of monarch butterflies. Instilling both passion and appreciation for nature in our children is fundamental to encouraging future behaviours that protect the environment and reduce our impact on our local environment. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Located in the heart of Peterborough, GreenUP’s Ecology Park is a five-acre urban sanctuary that immerses thousands of annual visitors in pollinator habitats and demonstration gardens, complemented by excellent educational programming for children and adults.

With your help, GreenUP is growing Ecology Park. We are developing new facilities and working to make the site more accessible — so that everyone may appreciate first-hand how solutions to climate change can be both easier and better for our quality of life than the wasteful habits we’ve become accustomed to.

This is GreenUP’s first capital campaign and we didn’t start small. The five-year Growing Ecology Park Campaign began in 2017. In our first year, donors generously helped us build a beautiful children’s education shelter and open-air classroom. In 2019 alone, over 1,000 children and students enjoyed ecological programs in that facility.

Participants in the Earth Adventures summer camp study insects that live in the tree canopy at GreenUP Ecology Park. Visible in the background are the new children's education shelter and open-air classroom that were completed in 2018 thanks to generous community donations. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)
Participants in the Earth Adventures summer camp study insects that live in the tree canopy at GreenUP Ecology Park. Visible in the background are the new children’s education shelter and open-air classroom that were completed in 2018 thanks to generous community donations. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

As 2019 concludes, we are completing the installation of a new low-water irrigation system in our native plant and tree nursery.

Next May and June, when you visit the Ecology Park Market Garden, you’ll be able to see how the low-water irrigation system can help conserve one of our most precious resources, while also growing local seedlings and trees for gardens across Peterborough.

Next year, we plan to significantly increase the accessibility of Ecology Park, while demonstrating the possibilities for sustainable development.

GreenUP will use donations raised this holiday season to enhance the open-air classroom and children's shelter by replacing the wood chip surface with permeable accessible flooring that will enable the space to be used by all persons. Other areas of Ecology Park that are to be made accessible include a new permanent washroom and pathways connecting with the Trans Canada Trail.  (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)
GreenUP will use donations raised this holiday season to enhance the open-air classroom and children’s shelter by replacing the wood chip surface with permeable accessible flooring that will enable the space to be used by all persons. Other areas of Ecology Park that are to be made accessible include a new permanent washroom and pathways connecting with the Trans Canada Trail. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

The 2020 Growing Ecology Park projects include the following:

  • The construction of a low-impact, barrier-free washroom that will help ensure that we are able to accommodate 100% of the school classes, community groups, and visitors that desire to participate in our programs.
  • The installation of accessible, permeable pathways will link the Ecology Park to the existing Trans Canada Trail (now called The Great Trail). These pathways will allow visitors and program participants to access key facilities at the park with greater ease and independence, while also ensuring that rain can permeate into the earth to maintain a healthy water cycle.
  • The addition of a permeable foundation in our newly constructed children’s education shelter will ensure that this space can be safely and easily accessed by persons of all ages and abilities, including by persons using mobility devices.
  • The installation of solar panels on our children’s education shelter will better light the outdoor classroom and key access routes. This will extend our working season, support programming, and enhance safety and security while demonstrating off-grid, sustainable energy generation.
Participants in the Earth Adventures summer camp conduct a soil study within the new open-air classroom that was built in 2018 thanks to donations to GreenUP. Funds raised this holiday season will be used to install solar panels and lighting on this building, amongst other projects.  (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)
Participants in the Earth Adventures summer camp conduct a soil study within the new open-air classroom that was built in 2018 thanks to donations to GreenUP. Funds raised this holiday season will be used to install solar panels and lighting on this building, amongst other projects. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

“Our volunteer program at Ecology Park already engages people with disabilities in activities such as garden maintenance and plant nursery stock care,” explains Ecology Park manager Vern Bastable.

“If we can overcome our current physical barriers to access at Ecology Park, then it will allow an even greater number of people with disabilities to volunteer and will support greater mobility for people who are already participating.”

Your donations this holiday season will make these projects a reality in 2020. You can make a one-time donation or monthly donations. You can even gift a donation to a loved one or friend in combination with a gift certificate, so they can enjoy a new green product from the GreenUP Store or buy some new plants from Ecology Park.

A child chases a soap bubble during Family Night at GreenUP's Ecology Park. Every year, the park immerses thousands of visitors in pollinator habitats and demonstration gardens, complemented by excellent educational programming for children and adults. Donations to Ecology Park will allow GreenUP to make the park even more accessible to visitors.  (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)
A child chases a soap bubble during Family Night at GreenUP’s Ecology Park. Every year, the park immerses thousands of visitors in pollinator habitats and demonstration gardens, complemented by excellent educational programming for children and adults. Donations to Ecology Park will allow GreenUP to make the park even more accessible to visitors. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

GreenUP is a non-profit charity, so all donations and profits from sales at the GreenUP Store and at Ecology Park support our projects. For more information and to donate, visit greenup.on.ca.

“GreenUP is committed to environmental programming that builds our region’s capacity to meaningfully address the challenges yet to come,” says GreenUP executive director Brianna Salmon.

“By focusing on projects that increase resilience for people and places that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, we are able to support and enable meaningful action for people of all ages and abilities.”

As we look toward the future, community support remains vital. We are excited to continue strengthening our facilities to increase GreenUP’s capacity, to educate future generations and current residents, and to collectively build environmentally healthy and sustainable communities.

 

This story has been published in partnership with GreenUP.

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