EcoTrails and powerful messages
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
A Two-Part Carolinian Canada Workshop
Transform facts into stories and engage your community
Harness your inner writer as you join Carolinian Canada and the Dorchester Mill Pond Committee in a set of two workshops to create powerful messages for biodiversity awareness. Tour the Dorchester Mill Pond's developing EcoTrail. Find out how to establish your own EcoTrail. Get valuable peer feedback and inspiration. You will be able to work on your own material or real-life examples.
Who: Open to anyone interested in engaging trail users and creating a meaningful experience for natural area visitors. Ideal for groups interested in establishing an EcoTrail or joining the EcoTrail Network with an existing trail.
Workshop #1 Tips and tricks for content that kicks
Meet at the Dorchester Mill Pond to learn about EcoTrails and hear from local stewards how they are using their trail to share engaging stories. We’ll then mix these field-fresh ideas into our exploration of interpretive writing. Leave with concepts and tools that will ignite your own creativity and inspire your own EcoTrail.
Note: By this workshop’s conclusion you should be ready develop some content for your own sign or brochure or EcoTrail website. This will be your homework to prepare for workshop #2.
What should I bring? Your enthusiasm and sense of fun! You will have chance to use it during this interactive session. Don’t forget to bring some ideas and facts from which you can craft your own interpretive content.
Date: May 22nd, 2015 (Friday)
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (timing may be subject to slight change)
Location: We’ll meet at the Dorchester Mill Pond for a tour and then head to the Watershed Conservation Centre (Upper Thames CA, London) for lunch and an indoor workshop session (note: this is approximately a half hour drive from the Mill Pond).
Cost: One registration cost will cover both workshops. Lunch will be included.
General Registration: $80.00; Carolinian Canada member discount also available.
Workshop #2: Strengthening your message
You’ve fleshed out your ideas as a result of Workshop #1. Now it’s time to test drive your initial sign concept in a supportive environment. You’ll come away with:
- Fresh ideas and wording suggestions to improve your draft
- Increased confidence in your interpretive writing skills
- Ability to critique sign content
Date: June 3rd, 2015 (Wednesday)
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (timing subject to change)
Location: We'll meet in the boardroom of the Watershed Conservation Centre (Upper Thames River CA, London); Be sure to bring your outdoor gear - we'll and allow time for tours of the building and trailhead during the day.
Prerequisite: Workshop #1 – Tips and tricks for content that kicks
Facilitator: Bronwen Buck, MES (Bio)
Assistance for this project generously provided by: