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Articles by GreenUP

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For more than 20 years, GreenUP has been central and eastern Ontario's leading organization focused on issues of environmental education, sustainability, and stewardship. GreenUP is a non-profit charity and an active community organization that offers dozens of programs and services to those living in the Peterborough & Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. GreenUP's programs focus on facilitating positive action and provide the tools to make small changes in the home or cottage that can create a large and lasting impact on our environment. You can follow GreenUP on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Children enjoy a performance from The Paddling Puppeteer at last year's GreenUP Ecology Park Family Night. This year, join GreenUP for a 25th Birthday Celebration and Family Night on Thursday, August 24th at Ecology Park at 1899 Ashburnham Drive in Peterborough for stream study, music, nature crafts, lantern walk, bike decorating, birthday cake, and more. (Photo: GreenUP)

Happy 25th birthday to GreenUP!

Birthday party and family night take place at Ecology Park in Peterborough on Thursday, August 24.
A female monarch drinks nectar from a butterfly milkweed plant in the gardens at the GreenUP Store in downtown Peterborough. She was also observed laying two eggs on the underside of the milkweed leaves; milkweed is the host plant for the monarch butterfly. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Monarch butterflies are a wondrous part of summer

Local populations have increased this year, but the big picture is still bleak.
Along with every relaxing afternoon in a hammock, comes a book. This summer, spend some quality outdoor time at the cottage, beach, or in the backyard with a green-themed book such as The Big Book of Nature Activities by Drew Monkman and Jacob Rodenburg or Keeping the Bees by Laurence Packer. (Photo: Karen Halley)

Top 10 green reads for the cottage, beach, or backyard this summer

From outdoors family fun to eco-living to cycling to bees to trees.
Visitors to Rogers Cove in Peterborough enjoy the waterfront, despite the beach being posted as unsafe. When bacteria counts exceed 100 E. coli per 100mL of water, the beach is considered unsafe for swimming. Primary inputs of E. coli in Peterborough area beaches are due to the presence of waterfowl faeces. (Photo: GreenUP)

How you can help keep local beaches safe for swimming

Reduce bacteria in rainwater runoff by keeping geese off your property and picking up after your dog.
GreenUP Environmental Education Coordinator Danica Jarvis holds a baby snapping turtle recently found swimming in Meade Creek at GreenUP Ecology Park. Snapping Turtles are listed as Special Concern in Ontario which means that they are in danger of becoming threatened or endangered due to a combination of biological characteristics and identified threats. (Photo: GreenUP)

How to help a turtle cross the road

Most turtle species in Ontario are at risk and hundreds have been injured by cars so far this year.
Peterborough Pulse returns to downtown Peterborough for its third year on Saturday, July 15, 2017. The day-long open streets event is its biggest yet, with 3.8 kilometres of streets and trails. Pictured is the inaugural event held in July 2015. (Photo: Linda McIlwain / kawarthaNOW)

This year’s Peterborough Pulse is bigger than ever

Open streets event on July 15 in downtown Peterborough features 3.8 kilometres of activities, entertainment, art, and more.
This summer, enjoy the outdoors and all the benefits it can provide for healthy childhood development. Balancing the risks with appropriate precautions and taking preventative measures for things like black-legged ticks, will allow your family to experience fun in nature, at the cottage, or at camp this summer. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Be tick smart and let your kids enjoy the outdoors this summer

Put your mind at ease by learning the facts about ticks and how to take precautions.
Family and friends enjoy a rest and a snack at GreenUP Ecology Park, along the Trans Canada Trail in East City, Peterborough. Summer is the perfect time to maximize outdoor time, which is essential for healthy childhood development and is beneficial for the physical and emotional health of all ages. (Photo: GreenUP)

School’s out! Tuck away the devices and spend time outdoors

Getting active outside is healthy for the whole family.
One way to make your kids' parties greener this summer is to nix the loot bags and involve your little partiers in a take-home craft instead. There will be less waste from individually packaged treats, less cost, and a lot more fun. Here children make take-home lanterns at last year’s GreenUP Ecology Park Family Night. (Photo: GreenUP)

Top 10 tips for greening your summer parties

How to keep the planet in mind when hosting your next summer soiree.
A cyclist passes a parked car on River Road in Peterborough, while the driver of a truck gives ample space when passing the cyclist. Giving a minimum of one metre of space when passing a cyclist is the law. The one-metre cushion is designed to keep everyone safe on our roads. (Photo: Lindsay Stroud)

One-metre law aims to make Ontario roads safer for cyclists

Motorists must leave one metre of space when passing a cyclist.


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