Women in Natural Resource Sciences Conference

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This is a FREE event to showcase the exciting careers and many opportunities for women in the natural resource sciences sector. Participants will have the option to take part in two workshops during the day.

Please note: This event has been cancelled until further notice.

Saturday, April 4, 2020
9:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. (doors open at 8 a.m.)


Trees And You

Urban Timber Salvage

Learn how to turn urban timber into lumber. Run the College’s saw mill and take home your own cheeseboard.

Into the Canopy

Reach new heights at our tree climbing workshop where you can try something new and climb outside of your comfort zone.

Chainsaw Basics - Sharpen Your Skills

Learn about the history of chainsaws, general maintenance and safe handling demonstrations. Cut yourself a cookie to take home as a souvenir.

Tree Science Walking Tour

Visit our Arboretum and learn about why trees are the way they are! Learn about how they grow and reproduce, how to identify common trees and about the tasty food they provide us.

Earth And Sky

Pan for Gold

Learn to prospect for gold and follow in the steps of Canada’s mineral exploration pioneers. Try your hand at gold panning and keep your spoils.

Rock and Mineral Identification

What lies beneath? Learn how to identify rocks and minerals that make up the planet beneath our feet. Bring in your own samples and try to 'stump the geologist'.

Balsam Lake Guided Walk

When mammoths roamed the earth, Balsam Lake was buried in ice. Join David Webster, Ontario Parks' Senior Geologist, for a guided hike at Balsam Lake Provincial Park, and learn how our glacial history has sculpted our environment. (Transportation to and from Balsam Lake is provided.)

TRACKS - Indigenous Geology

Trent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science (TRACKS) will explore the interconnected nature of ecosystems, the water cycle from an Indigenous perspective, and reframing our thinking to look at how Indigenous practices encourage and benefit growth within these communities.

Magnetawan First Nation Species at Risk Program

Magnetawan First Nation launched a species at risk program in partnership with Laurentian University in 2011. The program aims to understand at-risk populations, the rates of road mortality and the general movements of individuals and populations.

Rotinonhsyon:ni Scientific Sustainability Philosophy

The millenia of observation and assessment done by the Rotinonhsyon:ni (Haudenosaunee) have taught us how to live in a way to sustain life for all beings in perpetuity. Explore teachings of the Kanyen'keha:ka that inform how we can exist in the world for the collective futures of all beings.

Sustainable Agriculture

Saving Seeds for the Future

Explore cultural heritage through seed as well as seed growing and saving techniques. We will have seeds to share!

Starting Seeds for your Garden

Get a head start on your garden this spring. Learn best practices for starting seed for healthy plants as well as how to use seeds to extend and diversify your garden season.

Growing Organic Vegetables

We are what we eat - explore how to grow your health through growing organic vegetables. Learn organic techniques as well as tips and tools for growing great vegetables throughout the year.

Growing Unusual Vegetables

Explore how to grow unique vegetables that you may not have thought could be grown in our Ontario climate. This workshop includes a tour of the Fleming College green house.

Drive a Tractor

Thinking of becoming a farmer but don't know how to drive a tractor? Learn how to drive a tractor with our training crew. No experience required, steel toe boots are recommended.

Heavy Equipment

Digging for your Future*

Our Heavy Equipment Operator team will demonstrate how the equipment works and give you an opportunity to operate a range of heavy equipment yourself.

Resources Drilling

Six Figures, No Suit*

An introduction to three types of drilling: horizontal directional, Geoprobe environmental, and blasthole drilling. Get hands-on experience – take soil samples, use a rock drill, and track a drill head in a simulated utility installation.

Invisible Evidence

Antlers and Antics

Work the scene of a potential deer poaching. Learn to catalogue and maintain a scene, take evidence, search for clues, and narrow down a suspect for questioning and formal charging. Outdoor attire and footwear are mandatory.

Boat Load of Trouble

Head out to the river and locate a greedy fisherman with a string of possible charges. Catalogue and maintain a scene, take evidence, search for clues, and narrow down a suspect for questioning and formal charging. Outdoor attire and footwear are mandatory.

Something’s 'Afowl'

It's duck season and something just isn't quite right. Catalogue and maintain a scene, take evidence, search for clues, and narrow down a suspect for questioning and formal charging. Outdoor attire and footwear are mandatory.


Indigenous Science Methodology: Wastewater Impacts on Aquatic Communities

Using the teachings of both the Rotinonhsyon:ni Ohen:ton Karihwatehkwen (the words we say before all else/the Thanksgiving address) and an Anishinaabeg optical observation instrument, you will learn about freshwater mussels, wastewater, and impacts measured at various levels.

Water Resources

Learn more about water and wastewater treatment. Look at wastewater samples under a microscope and learn how microorganisms are working to treat your water. Try treating wastewater for yourself.

Minnow Magic

Trap minnows in the Scugog River and collect them for a brief period of time to learn more about local baitfish species and their identification. The workshop will also include how to avoid invasive species and what we can all do as stewards to protect and conserve our waterways.

Event Agenda

  • 8:00am - Registration and coffee
  • 9:15am - Welcome and introductions
  • 9:45am - Workshop Rotation 1
  • 12:00pm - Lunch (provided)
  • 12:15pm - Balsam Lake Guided Walk departs (packed lunch)
  • 1:15pm - Workshop Rotation 2
  • 3:30pm - Wrap-up and closing

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*PPE is mandatory for these workshops. Please bring steel toe boots, work gloves and safety glasses.

Please note: there are limited spots available in the workshops. Sign-up is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are asked to wear closed toe shoes to the event.

This event will take place rain or shine so participants are advised to dress accordingly.

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Katrina Van Osch-saxon
705-324-9144 ext. 3274

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Joanna Hodge
705-324-9144 ext. 3124

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