Fall 2012 – Community Leadership Projects

Students in the fall semester of the Common First Semester Leadership in the Environment course will be participating in the following Community Leadership Projects:

Kawartha Field Naturalists

Youth Recruitment: The Kawartha Field Naturalists would like to increase their youth membership. This will help them continue and expand the work that they do. Create a list of ideas for increasing youth membership. Consider the objectives of the organization. How would you market this organization to young people? What aspects of the work that they do would be of the most interest to young people (elementary school students, high school students, post secondary students)? Create an example campaign aimed at students attending the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences at Fleming. Explain why the Kawartha Field Naturalists is an important organization and why membership would be beneficial to students. How can your presentation be modified to suit younger students? Advocate for funding to assist the Kawartha Field Naturalists with this membership drive.

Family Field Trips: The Kawartha Field Naturalists has a program called Family Field Trips. This program is delivered at local natural areas. The organization publicized this program by speaking with the parent councils for two City of Kawartha Lakes elementary schools. They were unable to reach more parent councils. Through these presentations they were able to conduct a field trip for an elementary school Eco-club. The Kawartha Field Naturalists also conducted weekend family outings with their Family Field Trips program. Unfortunately, these were not well attended. They would like improve the promotion and delivery of this program, with the goal of encouraging young families to join their organization.

Find out from the organization what they teach to families at these events. Are there any ways that this program can be improved in terms of content and delivery that may help increase attendance? What can be done to improve promotion of Family Field Trips to increase awareness and make it easy for young families to get involved?  Advocate for funds to assist with the promotion of this program.

Lindsay Golf and Country Club

The Spread of the Emerald Ash Borer: The Lindsay Golf and Country Club is concerned about the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer into the City of Kawartha Lakes. This insect attacks and kills ash trees. The Emerald Ash Borer is known to be in the Durham Region. On the golf course property alone, it is estimated that up to 1000 trees could be lost to this insect.  Study the Emerald Ash Borer, including how it arrived in Ontario, its habits and how it spreads to new areas. Document the damage that will be created over time if the Emerald Ash Borer spreads into the City of Kawartha Lakes. Recommend steps that could be taken to stop or slow the threat. Attach your findings to the grant application. Advocate for funds that could be used to assist the Lindsay Golf and Country Club in their attempts to prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer onto their property. This should include ideas for raising awareness about this insect in the community, treatment ideas for infected trees and tips to stop the insect from spreading throughout the area once infected trees have been found.

Replacement of Trees Destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer: The Lindsay Golf and Country Club is concerned that the ash trees on their property and in the City of Kawartha Lakes are going to be destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer. The Emerald Ash Borer is known to be in the Durham Region. On the golf course property alone, it is estimated that up to 1000 trees could be lost to this insect.  Study the Emerald Ash Borer focussing on how it spreads to new areas, how it attacks trees and the damage caused by an attack. Help the Lindsay Golf and Country Club create a plan for replacing any trees that may be destroyed by this insect. What are the signs of damage? How can they determine when it is time to remove the tree? How should the tree be removed and disposed of? What specific trees are appropriate for re-planting (to replace Ash trees destroyed by this insect) based on the soils that are present in the area? Attach your findings to the grant application. Advocate for funds that could be used to assist the Lindsay Golf and Country Club to put a plan in place to react to the damage caused by an infestation of Emerald Ash Borer.

The United Way of the City of Kawartha Lakes

Creation of an Accessible Garden: The United Way of the City of Kawartha Lakes would like to create an accessible community garden in a special project entitled Neighbourhood Bounty. This community garden will be unique because the emphasis is on being accessible for residents of the City Of Kawartha Lakes who are differently-abled. Ask the United Way representative for background information about size, location, contents of the garden, target audience, etc. With this information in mind, what features could be a part of this type of garden? Research other examples of accessible gardens to determine practical elements in terms of structure and design. Focus on elements of accessibility (pathways large enough to accommodate wheelchairs, raised beds, etc). Also, make recommendations about what should be planted in order to allow everyone who is differently-abled to participate in gardening (for example, plants with brightly coloured flowers and/or strong fragrances for those with limited vision). Provide design examples, explaining why each plant, feature or design element is appropriate for a fully accessible garden. Advocate for funds to help create an accessible community garden.

Maintenance Needs of an Accessible Garden: The United Way of the City of Kawartha Lakes wants to create an accessible garden in a special project entitled Neighbourhood Bounty. Once this garden is created, it will need to be maintained. Ask the United Way representative for background information about size, location, potential contents of the garden, who will be in charge of maintenance, etc. Using this information determine the following: What are the specific needs of an accessible garden in terms of both short and long term maintenance? What are the requirements in terms of water management, general maintenance, security, etc, in order to ensure the successful long term operation of this garden? Attach your findings to the grant application. Advocate for funding help maintain this type of garden and to assist in obtaining long and short term funding for the project. Provide examples of potential funding sources and the criteria that need to be met in order to qualify for funding. 

Fenelon Falls Social Infrastructure Team

Public Green Technology: The Fenelon Falls Social Infrastructure Team is a specific response to the larger Fenelon Falls Business Retention and Expansion Project – a joint initiative of the Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce and the City of Kawartha Lakes – in which local businesses and residents identified the need for enhanced social infrastructure in Fenelon Falls. Taking action on social infrastructure was determined to be key to the community’s growth and development especially to appeal to a wide variety of new residents of all ages. To this end, the Social Infrastructure Team has conducted an initial scan of existing social infrastructure and identified several gaps.

One of these gaps is the lack of public green technology (i.e. bicycle racks) in Fenelon Falls. Identify and document areas where public green technology is lacking in Fenelon Falls. With the guidance of the FFSI Team, consult with local experts, businesses and stakeholders to determine the wants and needs of the community in terms of public green technology. Investigate and assess best practices in the area of public green technology. Present your findings, detailing what is lacking/what already exists, what are the needs and wants of the community, and make recommendations for future expansion of public green technology based on these factors as well as the successful use of green technology in public spaces in other communities. Attach this information to your grant application in a brief report. Advocate for funding to help the Fenelon Falls Social Infrastructure Team with their work expanding the use of public green technology in Fenelon Falls.

Sidewalks and Street-side Benches: The Fenelon Falls Social Infrastructure Team is a specific response to the larger Fenelon Falls Business Retention and Expansion Project – a joint initiative of the Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce and the City of Kawartha Lakes – in which local businesses and residents identified the need for enhanced social infrastructure in Fenelon Falls. Taking action on social infrastructure was determined to be key to the community’s growth and development especially to appeal to a wide variety of new residents of all ages. To this end, the Social Infrastructure Team has conducted an initial scan of existing social infrastructure and identified several gaps.

One of these gaps is the inadequate supply of sidewalks and street-side benches in Fenelon Falls. Identify and document areas where sidewalks and street-side benches currently exist, and areas where they are lacking (speak to the organization’s representative to determine geographical perimeters). With the guidance of the FFSI Team, consult with local urban planning and construction experts and stakeholders, especially seniors, businesses and residents with increased mobility needs. Investigate and assess best practices in sidewalk and street bench design, strategic placement, costing, etc. Present your findings, detailing what is lacking/what already exists, what are the needs and wants of the community, and make recommendations about where future sidewalks and street-side benches should be located based on these factors as well as your research into best practices. Attach this information to your grant application in a brief report. Advocate for funding to help the Fenelon Falls Social Infrastructure Team with their work improving the social infrastructure in their community.

Fenelon Falls Age Friendly Committee and Safe Communities Kawartha Lakes

Lighting and Crosswalks: Age Friendly Fenelon Falls is a local action group stemming from the Age Friendly Project initiated by the HKPR District Health Unit. Safe Communities Kawartha Lakes is a community initiative with a focus to reducing injury and promoting community and public safety. Both groups are working cooperatively with the Fenelon Falls Social Infrastructure Team which is a specific response to the larger Fenelon Falls Business Retention and Expansion Project. Taking action on social infrastructure was determined as key to the community’s growth and development especially to appeal to a wide variety of new residents of all ages. 

As part of this collaboration, these organizations are interested in addressing the issue of lighting and crosswalks at the Fenelon Falls Seniors’ Housing Complex. Identify and document areas where lights and crosswalks are already located in this area and areas where they are lacking (speak to the organization’s representative to determine geographical perimeters). With the guidance of the organization’s representative(s) consult with local urban planning and construction experts and stakeholders, especially seniors, businesses and residents with increased mobility needs. Investigate and assess best practices in relation to community safety, injury prevention, location of lights and crosswalks, installation costs, etc. Present your findings, detailing what is lacking/what already exists, what are the needs and wants of the community, and make recommendations about where additional lights and crosswalks should be located based on these factors as well as your research into best practices. Attach this information to your grant application in a brief report. Advocate for funding to help the Fenelon Falls Age Friendly Committee and Safe Communities Kawartha Lakes improve safety for seniors and the community as a whole.

Heritage Christian School

School Green Up Inventory: Heritage Christian School would like to improve their conservation and recycling practices. Make arrangements for at least one member of your group to tour the facility and observe current conservation and recycling measures. Research potential improvements for the school’s recycling and conservation programs, excluding retrofitted lighting as this has already been studied. Study conservation and recycling programs that take place in other schools to determine what works in other schools. Outline the most efficient and cost effective ways to improve these programs. Create a plan for implementation. Include the outline and plan with the grant application. Advocate for funds to assist Heritage Christian School with this inventory and implementation.

Outdoor Naturalized Meeting Space: Heritage Christian School has a small space set aside on their school grounds for a xeriscaped garden/meeting/learning space. Ask school representatives what they would like to have in this space and make arrangements for at least one member of your group to tour the site. Research this type of garden and provide the school with potential designs, plants and costs for creating this type of garden. Create a plan for construction and care of a xeriscaped garden. Make suggestions about potential learning opportunities a xeriscaped garden can create for students. Attach your findings to the grant application and advocate for funds to help Heritage Christian School create this garden.

Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary

Supplementary Heat Source: The Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary needs a consistently warm environment for their animals to live in. Many of the primates living there are accustomed to tropical temperatures. In the winter, the sanctuary has difficulties keeping the barn where they are housed at a consistently warm temperature. They currently use an external wood stove to heat the barn but are looking for an additional heat source to use. This heat source is not monitored 24 hours a day and sometimes goes out, causing the barn to lose a lot of heat. Determine the appropriate temperature level required to create a comfortable environment for the primates. Research potential heating sources that can be used in the barn at the sanctuary. This heat source must be safe, efficient and affordable. It must provide appropriate heat for the primates living there. Advocate for funds to assist with the purchase and installation of this heat source.

Efficient Use of Space: The Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary has been preparing for the arrival of two Rheus Macques from an Ontario university. Once they arrive, the barn where they are going to be housed will be at full capacity. They are looking for ways to better use their space in order to house more primates that are on their waiting list. How is the site currently being used? Are there any ways that the area where the primates are being housed can be reorganized to create more space? Attach a list of potential solutions/plans for reorganizing the space, explaining how the options will improve space usage in the barn. Based on the information that you have compiled, make a recommendation about which option would be best for the facility. Please keep in mind the needs of the animals in terms of appropriate space, etc. Advocate for funds to assist with an efficient and affordable reorganization of the space.

Barn Expansion: In the near future, the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary would like to expand the barn where they house their primates with an addition to create more space. They have skilled volunteers to build the addition but must rely on donations of materials. They are looking for new resources to tap into in order to acquire these materials or new fundraising ideas in order to raise the money to purchase some of the material themselves. Research options for donations of building materials and also potential sources of funding. With a fundraising target in mind, suggest ideas for a fundraising campaign as well as any costs involved in such a campaign. Advocate for funds to launch a fundraising/donation campaign. Any funds not required to run this campaign could be put towards the money required to build the addition.

Detached First Aid/Quarantine Area: The Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary was recently inspected by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums because the sanctuary would like to receive accreditation from the organization. In order to meet requirements, the sanctuary must have a detached first aid/quarantine area on the property near the primate barn. They are considering acquiring a mobile home (or something similar) to house this facility. They need to raise funds in order to make this purchase. Find out the cost to acquire an adequate facility of this nature. As well, ask the sanctuary about the modifications that will need to be made in order to prepare the facility for use as a detached first aid/quarantine facility. Determine potential costs for completing these modifications. With a funding target in mind, search for funding opportunities and document fundraising ideas that will help them acquire their first aid/quarantine area and make the necessary modifications. Advocate for funds that will support the larger fundraising campaign.

Lilac Gardens of Lindsay

Birds and Butterfly Habitat: The Lilac Gardens of Lindsay would like to create a habitat for birds and butterflies in their gardens. Research the native and non-native plants, shrubs, trees, etc that are best for sustaining this type of habitat. Create a report documenting these plants, shrubs and trees and the ecological benefits they could provide to the Lilac Gardens.  Using this information, create a funding proposal advocating for funding to expand and maintain these gardens.

Environmentally Friendly Weed Control: The Lilac Gardens of Lindsay are extensive and weed control is a continuous issue. Research and document the environmentally friendly herbicides that are permitted in Ontario. Also research and document the best methods to control annual weeds that grow in mixed perennial beds, and pernicious weeds throughout the lilacs at the gardens. Create a funding proposal advocating for funds to implement the most suitable method.

Accessibility in a Public Garden: The Lilac Gardens of Lindsay would like to improve accessibility at their site. Reference the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA), 2005. The goal of this act is to ensure that all Ontarians with disabilities have full access to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, building structures and premises by January 1, 2025. This is to be achieved through development, implementation and enforcement of provincially set accessibility standards. Visit the Logie Street site of the Lilac Gardens and document how the Lilac Garden can be improved by the use of these standards. Write a report listing areas in the gardens that need to be improved to meet the requirements of the AODA and what needs to be done to meet those requirements. Attach this report to the grant application. Advocate for funds to assist the Lilac Gardens in making any improvements required to meet the requirements of the AODA.

Riparian Beautification: The Lilac Gardens of Lindsay would like to improve the river bank areas of their gardens. Projects would include opening up areas of the river bank for views of the river, removing scrub bush (especially Buckthorn bushes and seedlings), providing for accessibility and the enjoyment of nature lovers by selecting, pruning and clearing around beneficial shrubs and tree species, introducing native wildflowers, and installing nesting structures to encourage birds and butterflies. Visit the site to observe the river bank areas of the garden. Investigate current legislation covering riverside beautification that applies to the Lilac Garden (the park is owned by the City of Kawartha Lakes). Determine what can and cannot be done when conducting riverside improvement projects. Create two or three plans for potential projects, keeping in mind restrictions and guidelines that must be followed. Attach these plans to the grant application. Advocate for funds to assist in the implementation of the plans that you have created.

 

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