The Friends of Presqu’ile Park
The Friends of Presqu'ile Park is a non-profit, volunteer organization supporting vital renewal, research, recreation, community engagement and education programs in Presqu’ile Park -- one of Ontario’s natural treasures.The Friends fundraising efforts also support Presqu’ile 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
Boardwalk construction 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 Park’s extensive trail system, reporting on and solving any safety issues.
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.
Jobe’s 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 [details] and approximately 5,000 volunteer hours.
One of the few Ontario Parks with a nursery producing over 3,000 seedlings annually, Presqu’ile Park plants over a number of trees from these seedlings each year, supported by Friends volunteers.
Invasive species projects
Phragmitesare 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.
The Friends have supported a number of vital environmental research projects in Presqu’ile Park.
Current study recently completed - The Common Tern Study Video
Friends volunteers help organize and manage “special weekends”in the Park, including Waterfowl Weekend, Warblers and Whimbrels Weekend, Canada Day, History Weekend and the Monarchs and Migrants Weekend.
History Weekend event
Displays and viewing stations
The Friends have helped with the structural and display requirements for educational or interpretive activities including viewing stations, theLighthouse Interpretive Centre, the Nature Centre and the many interpretive panels throughout the Park.
The Friends have funded and helped produce trail guides, children's activity books, flora and fauna checklists, butterfly books, the deer book and the Identi-wheel.
Kids 'n' Nature programs
The Friends help pay for the staff to provide the curriculum-based Kids 'n Nature School Group Program, attended by over 1500 students each year. They also fund summer student interpreters and provide volunteer interpreters to support the Natural Heritage Education programs in the Park.
The popular Kids 'n Nature Summer Camps at Presqu’ile are also supported by the Friends. Find out more about summer camp programs here.
How we do it
The Friends raise funds to support all these vital programs through fundraising efforts throughout the year, including:
BBQs, raffles & special events like Brighton Applefest
personal donations, grant applications, corporate support & gifts from charitable foundations
Help us protect, improve and enjoy Presqu’ile Park!
- Membership signup
- Volunteer signup
- How to Donate
- Christmas @ Presqu'ile
- Christmas @ Presqu'ile Artisan Vendor Registration
- Summer Day Camps for kids
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.
- Newsletter Signup
- Archived news articles
- Archived Bird Reports
- Archived "The Beacon"
- Win with the Friends! Upcoming draws and previous prizes
- Video links
Looking for information on the Park? Simply click on "The Park" or any of the following quick links.
- Calendar of Events
- Things To Do
- Nature within the Park
- History of Presqu'ile
- Presqu'ile Park Information Guide