The Friends of Presqu’ile Park
The Friends of Presqu'ile Park is a non-profit, volunteer organization supporting vital renewal, research, ecology, community engagement and education programs in Presqu’ile Park -- one of Ontario’s natural treasures.
The Friends fundraising efforts also support Presqu’ile Provincial Park services, staffing, and interpretive programs.
According to Ontario Parks, the Friends have contributed over $5 million in funds and volunteer hours since 1988.
What we do
The Friends have funded and helped produce trail guides, children's activity books, flora and fauna checklists, butterfly books, the deer book and the Bird Identi-Wheel.
The Friends help pay for the staff to provide the curriculum-based Kids 'n Nature School Group Program, attended by over 1000 students each year, and the Presqu'ile to You outreach program, which facilitates park tours, speakers and volunteering opportunities.
Invasive Species Removal Projects
Phragmites are one of Canada’s most aggressive, invasive plants, posing a serious threat to biodiversity and species at risk. The Friends are supporting habitat protection and restoration programs to help protect Presqu’ile’s delicate ecosystem. Find out more about phragmites here [https://www.opwg.ca
The Buckhorn is an invasive tree that is taking over the area from the naturally occurring trees and shrubs. Each year Park staff and Friends volunteers remove large numbers of these plants.
One of the few Ontario Parks with a nursery producing over 3,000 seedlings annually, Presqu’ile Provincial Park plants over a number of trees from these seedlings each year, supported by Friends volunteers.
The Friends have supported a number of vital environmental research projects in Presqu’ile Provincial Park.
Learn about the ongoing Common Tern Study here.
The Friends funded the rebuilding of the Marsh Boardwalk, investing over $320,000 in supplies in material and construction costs, as well as giving approximately 10,000 volunteer hours in its construction.
Jobes' Woods Trail
The Friends funded the Jobes' Woods Trail refurbishment, removing the old boardwalk and constructing the new one. This project represented an investment of over $90,000 and approximately 5,000 volunteer hours.
Trail improvements along with other new and renewal projects
Each year Friends volunteers help the park by constructing or renewing the many boardwalks on the walking trails. In times of need, such as the flooding in the spring of 2017, Friends volunteers constructed new picnic tables to replace the many tables destroyed in the flooding.
Friends volunteers regularly monitor Presqu’ile’s extensive trail system, reporting on and solving any safety issues.
How we do it
The Friends raise funds to support all these vital programs through fundraising efforts throughout
the year, including:
Help us protect, improve and enjoy Presqu’ile Provincial Park!
How to navigate our website
All three of these main links are available to our visitors at the top of each web page.
For the latest announcements, news articles and bird reports click on The News Room. For quick access to our other sections of the News Room, please use the following quick links.
Looking for information on the Friends? Simply click on The Friends or any of the following quick links.
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