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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.
Shifting Gears is an annual spring program that challenges people to choose more active and sustainable forms of transportation when commuting to work, school, or out in the community. This spring, the Shifting Gears team will provide supports to employers, employees, and community members as we all shift how we work, travel, play, and live to combat COVID-19. While working from home, Lindsay Stroud and other staff from GreenUP are using the group instant messaging tool Slack for collaboration. (Photo: GreenUP)

GreenUP’s annual Shifting Gears transportation challenge is shifting gears during COVID-19

This year's program aims to provide tools, tips, and conversations for sheltering at home,
At the Depave site at 100 Water Street in downtown Peterborough, Anishinaabe elder Dorothy Taylor of the Curve Lake First Nation explains the significance of the materials she uses to perform water ceremony to students from St. Anne's Catholic Elementary School. In partnership with GreenUP's Wonders of Water program, the students are transforming a flood-prone corner of their school yard into a rain garden. They also took a tour of the local watershed, tracing Jackson Creek from its headwaters at Loggerhead Marsh to its outflow at the Otonabee River, near the Depave site. (Photo: GreenUP)

Peterborough students take local action for World Water Day

Grade 6 and 7 students who are creating a rain garden at their school also take a tour of Peterborough's local watershed.
GreenUP's new portable H2O To Go kits provide teachers, parents, youth group leaders, and more with fun and engaging activities that teach children about our relationship with water. Four of the kits reflect themes related to how we understand and protect water (science, technology, protection, and conservation) and the fifth kit meets the unique needs of families, with activities tailored to the home. Activities in the kits are inspired by those delivered each year at the Peterborough Children's Water Festival. The kits will be available for rent at the GreenUP Store in downtown Peterborough on March 21, 2020, the day before World Water Day. (Photo: GreenUP)

GreenUP’s new portable H2O To Go kits teach kids about our relationship with water

Just in time for World Water Day, kits offer fun and engaging activities and can be reserved by teachers, parents, and more as of March 21.
GreenUP's Matthew Walmsley enjoys some quality family time as he teaches his son how to fly fish along the Trent-Severn Waterway in Peterborough. By practising sustainable recreational fishing, children and adults alike can enjoy physical and psychological health benefits of spending time in the natural environment. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Walmsley)

Five tips for a greener approach to recreational fishing

Anglers of any experience level can always learn more about how to leave a smaller footprint.
"Dragons of inaction" are psychological barriers that we all must overcome to take positive action against the climate crisis, one of which is the perception that what we do individually won't make a difference. You can slay this dragon by taking personal responsibility for your own actions, such as by choosing reusable metal or glass water bottles instead of single-use disposable plastic bottles. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

How to slay the environmental ‘dragons of inaction’

Four reasons why we resist taking positive action against the climate crisis and how to overcome them.
The Grade 8 Transit Quest provides free Peterborough Transit passes to all Grade 8 students within the City of Peterborough for the duration of March Break, from March 13 to 22, 2020. Active School Travel PTBO and the Grade 8 Transit Quest seek to shift perspectives of adolescent freedom away from car ownership and towards transit and active forms of transportation. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

Free transit returns for Peterborough Grade 8 students this March Break

Grade 8 Transit Quest program is the ticket to freedom for both youth and their parents.
Spending time in natural spaces at a summer camp has both educational and health benefits for children. Not only do campers connect with and learn about the natural world, but the physical activities offered at summer camps counteract our increasingly sedentary lifestyle. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

More than s’mores: five benefits of summer camps

Tips on preparing for and choosing the right summer camp for your child.
Enjoying the garden does not have to wait until summer. Practicing patience and slowing down to spend time in the garden during winter can teach us about our native plants and wildlife, and help us grow nicer gardens. For example, red osier dogwood is a popular choice to add a touch of red to your garden in winter. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP Ecology Park)

How to enjoy your home’s garden all year round

Patience grows in the garden: winter tips and resources for planning and appreciating your garden.
GreenUP's Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) program is inviting Warsaw residents to explore how to conserve and protect water in Warsaw and create a Warsaw Water Action Plan. The SUN team has already installed 218 square metre of planted shoreline on the Indian River at the Warsaw Community Centre, as well as and a rain garden at the Warsaw municipal office that absorbs and filters up to 170,000 litres of water annually, reducing flooding risk by preventing this water from flowing unchecked into the Indian River. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

GreenUP program aims to protect the Indian River and reduce flood risk in Warsaw

Warsaw residents invited to participate in creating a water action plan as part of Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) program.
Students gather for a climate change protest at Peterborough City Hall in a still from "You(th)". The short film by local high school student Nico Ossa opens the 16th annual ReFrame Film Festival at Showplace Performance Centre on Thursday, January 23rd, accompaning the award-winning feature-length Peruvian documentary "Máxima" that premiered at Hot Docs 2019. Both documentaries speak to the power of individuals to make change. (Photo courtesy of ReFrame)

Your guide to environmental documentaries at the ReFrame Film Festival in downtown Peterborough

Themes at 16th annual festival running from January 23 to 26 range from sustainability and climate change to social justice and indigenous rights.

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