Autumn is a beautiful time to come to Rondeau and enjoy the fall colours and cool weather. Check out our latest activity sheet! We have lots of activities for the whole family!
It’s that time of year again! As the cool weather approaches, it is time to bid farewell to the Monarch butterflies once again. Join us for guided butterfly hikes, Monarch tagging demonstrations, the Adopt-a-Monarch program, a local artisan show, a native plant sale, crafts and face painting and a BBQ lunch!
All activities will take place this Sunday, September 20th from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Rondeau Visitor Centre! Call 519-674-1768 for more information.
See you there!
School’s back in but the Visitor Centre is still open Thursday-Sunday from 10am – 4pm. You can also still visit us on weekends and check out some great programs! Be sure to mark our Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and Monarch Migration Festival in your calendars!
The 4th annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup at Rondeau Provincial Park will take place on September 13! We have had excellent success in the past three years and hope to continue the trend this year!
A complimentary BBQ will be held after the cleanup for all registered volunteers- please register in advance by calling the Visitor Centre @519-674-1768 or registering online @ http://www.shorelinecleanup.ca/en/cleanup/event/fall2015/rondeau-park
The cleanup will begin promptly at 10am, so come anytime after 9am to finalize your registration.
Wow! This past weekend has been a busy one! We started the weekend with an amazing performance by Juno Award winning children’s singer, Peter Puffin on Friday evening, followed by our annual Reptile Day on Saturday, and ending with Guest Speaker Josh Sayers from the Ontario Badger Project on Sunday!
The Friends of Rondeau and Rondeau park staff were thrilled to have Peter Puffin join us for an evening during his cross country tour this past Friday! The playground was filled with songs and laughter as Peter preformed some of his environmentally themed songs to over 150 people (and many star-struck children who couldn’t wait to volunteer to sing back up with Peter Puffin).
Our third annual “Turtle Day” was expanded upon this year to include all of Rondeau’s unique and interesting reptiles – so our first ever “Reptile Day” was a huge success with over 500 visitors throughout the day enjoying the presentations from our Eastern Foxsnake research team, our Freshwater Turtle Team, and our Five-lined Skink researchers, as well as children’s program, guided hikes, crafts, face-painting and a delicious BBQ lunch.
Today, Josh Sayers (of the Ontario Badger Project) shared some stories from the field about one of Ontario’s most elusive mammal species, the American Badger. Visitors were amazed to learn that a single badger’s territory can be as large as 80,000 acres (320 sq km)! So keep your eyes open, these secretive mammals may be living nearby. For more information about the Badger Project, check out www.ontariobadgers.org.
We’d like to thank everyone who came out to Rondeau and supported these events – we hope to see you out again soon!
Stay tuned for next week’s activity sheet…
Saturday, August 22
All day (10am-4pm)
Bayside Picnic Shelter
We welcome you back to our third annual TURTLE DAY! But this year, we’re giving a bit more appreciation to all of our reptiles. Come for a day of programs and hikes and meet some of our resident turtles and snakes! Partake in children’s crafts, face painting, a raffle draw, and a BBQ lunch! You’ll even have the chance to help our beautiful species at risk and ‘Adopt a Turtle’! Call the Visitor Centre for a more detailed schedule at 519-674-1768. We can’t wait to see you!
We are lucky to present Juno Award Winning Children’s Entertainer Peter Puffin as he joins us in Rondeau for a great night! His songs and stories are uplifting, passionate, and engaging! Join us for this entertaining and inspiring experience!
*don’t forget your lawn chair*
Friday, August 21
@ the playground area, across from the Campground
We can’t believe it’s August already! The weather is supposed to be beautiful this week so come on out and enjoy some of our educational programs! Mark your calender for a special guest speaker on Saturday August 8th! — Come meet the head of Rondeau’s Eastern Foxsnake research project, Christina Davies, and learn all about these amazing species at risk. Check the activity sheet below for more details!