Past SCB Kingston chapter events

Click on the links below to see past events organized by SCB Kingston chapter committees:

Education Programs Photo Contest
Social Events Sustainable Campus Conservation Issues


  • Presentations at Sydenham Public School and R.J. Sinclair Public School (October 2007)

  • Environmental Education programs to Grade 5 classes at Collin's Bay Elementary School (March/April 2006)

  • Phase II of SCB's schoolyard naturalization project with Collin's Bay Elementary school was completed as hard-working volunteers helped to create an outdoor classroom for students at Collin's Bay Elementary School (June 2004)

  • Phase I of SCB's tree planting naturalization project at Collin's Bay Elementary School. They welcomed two green ashes, two pin oaks, a poplar, and two service berries - 7 beautiful new trees! (November 2004)

  • Schoolground naturalization tree planting at Polson Park Public School (May 2002)

  • Schoolground naturalization tree & shrub planting at Polson Park Public School (October 2001)

School Yard Makeover: Eco Edition

Congratulations to the Mulberry Waldorf School for winning the school-yard makeover in Spring 2010! The illustrations from the grade 3/4 and 5/6 classes really captured the importance of native gardening and conservation. Thank you to Western Landscape Services for providing all of the labour and equipment for no cost and to Lemoine Point for the discount on the native plants. Thank you to all of the other schools for submitting their portfolios, check back later this year for the Spring 2011 contest!

About the contest:

  • Open to all elementary schools in the city of Kingston
  • Your challenge: showcase your desire for a greener and more environmentally friendly school yard. Each participating school will submit a portfolio that can include drawings, poems, pictures, stories and movies created by the students to demonstrate their views of an ecologically friendly school yard.
  • The grand prize of the contest is a school yard naturalization project worth up to $2000. This naturalization project will be a collaborative effort between The Society for Conservation Biology and the winning school who will work together to decide what is planted, making student involvement a priority throughout the process. Consolation prizes will be awarded to all participating schools so that they can also promote biodiversity and gardening with native plants in their school yards.
  • Upon completion of the project we will hold an unveiling ceremony to showcase the project and highlight the benefits of gardening with native plants to parents and other members of the community.

For more information, download the information sheet.

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Special Presentations:

  • Fish and Frogs Committee, presented at the Best Foot Forward environmental student conference at St. Lawrence College to about 30 students from various highschools in the Kingston area. (October 2010)

  • Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario gave his informational talk “Reconciling our Priorities”. (January 2008)

  • Brian Keating, an active member of the Calgary Zoo Conservation fund and a part time Adjunct Assistant Professor of anthropology at the U of Calgary. His talk "Going Wild", was a spirit lifting journey into some of the planets best wilderness locations. (March 26, 2007)

  • Amelia Clarke, past president of the Sierra Club of Canada, currently a teacher and management PhD candidate at McGill's School of the Environment. She gave a talk on sustainability practices specifically with respect to university campuses. (January 24, 2007)

  • Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Notable author and outspoken conservationist, gave a talk on the common sense of conservation and why it is important to protect our local native and rare species. (October 25, 2005)

  • Guy Dauncey, Solution-based views on climage change (February 9, 2005)

  • Evan Ferrari, Wildlands League - A discussion on the future of the parks system in Canada

  • Jenn Gregg, Rene Levasseur Island and the Ancient Northern Boreal Forest (Noember 11, 2004)

  • Vicki Friesen, Cormorants on High Bluff Island in Presquile Park (October 21, 2004)

  • Jane Murphy, Conservation of the Lemoin Point Native Tree Nursery (October 4, 2004)

  • Chris Grooms, Ontario Nature (October 7, 2004)

  • Tim Birt, Effects of the Emerald Ash Borer in Ontario (November 27, 2003)

  • Chris Grooms, Building Ontario’s nature network (November 6, 2003)

  • Chris Grooms, Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Project Leader (March 27, 2003)

  • Daphne Hand, Frontenac Stewardship Council (March 20, 2003)

  • Sharon Critchley, Conservation Leader with Kingston Field Naturalists (March 12, 2003)

  • Lorraine Johnson, Author and Organic Gardener, Native Gardening Workshop: Learn more about gardening with native plants (March 8, 2003)

  • Marjorie Bousfield, of Potter's Nursery, Native Gardening Workshop: Attract wildlife to your garden (March 8, 2003)

  • Dale Kristensen Queen's Phytotron Manager, Native Gardening Workshop: Plant native trees that will thrive (March 8, 2003)

  • Ed Heuvel, from Halloway Farms (a native plant nursery), Native Gardening Workshop: Choose the right plants for this area (March 8, 2003)

  • Lorraine Johnson, Author and Organic Gardener (March 7 & 8, 2003)

  • People & the PlanetNational Environmental Conference, featuring many prominent speakers & workshop leaders (June 5-9, 2002)

  • Bruce Pardy, Assistant Professor in Environmental Law, Queen's Faculty of Law (March 7, 2002)

  • Brian Hart, Coordinator of Wind Power Development for the Hearthmakers Energy Cooperative (February 28, 2002).

  • Dr. Elizabeth May, Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada (February 7, 2002). Official announcement of the People and the Planet Conference that took place June 5-9, 2002 at Queen's University.

  • Stephen Pitt, Stewardship Coordinator for the Lennox and Addington Stewardship Council (January 31, 2002).

  • David Walker, Executive Director of the Rideau Waterway Land Trust Foundation (November 15, 2001).

  • Dr. David Layzell, Executive Research Director of the BIOCAP Canada Foundation (November 8, 2001).

All-Candidates Meetings:

  • Date:October 3, 2008
    Hosts: Society for Conservation Biology, Kingston Chapter; Graduate Students for Environmental Sustainability
    Participants: Brian Abrams, Conservative Party; Eric Walton, Green Party of Canada; Peter Milliken, Liberal Party; and Rick Downes, New Democratic Party
  • Date:January 13, 2006
    Hosts: Society for Conservation Biology, Kingston Chapter; National Farmers Union; Council of Canadians
    Participants: Don Rogers, Canadian Action Party; Lou Grimshaw, Conservative Party; Eric Walton, Green Party of Canada; Karl Eric Walker, Independant; Peter Milliken, Liberal Party; and Rob Hutchison, New Democratic Party
    Moderator: Dr. David Gordon, Associate Professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning, Queen's University
  • Date: Monday, June 21, 2003 at 7:00pm
    Host: Society for Conservation Biology, Kingston Chapter
    Participants: Janina Fisher Balfour, Green Party; Rob Hutchison, NDP; Blair MacLean, Conserative Party; Terry Marshall, Christian Heritage Party; Peter Milliken, Liberal Party; Don Rogers, Canadian Action Party
  • Date: Monday, September 29, 2003 at 7:00pm
    Host: Society for Conservation Biology, Kingston Chapter
    Participants: Chris Beneteau, Family Coalition Party; Janet Collins, New Democratic Party; John Gerretsen, Liberal Party; Erin Walton, Green Party; Hans Westenberg, Progressive Conservative Party
    Moderator: John F. Varty, School of Environmental Studies, Queen's University
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Photo Contest:

  • The 2011 Photo Contest was held at BioSci Atrium on Queen’s University’s Campus which served as a highly acessible area to maximize photo viewing potential. The greatly entertaining guest speaker Micheal Runtz spoke at the award ceremony about the importance of conservation photography and Reception at the Queen's Grad Club followed. (March 2011)
  • Christmas cards were made using photos from past SCB photo contests and were sold as a fundraiser. (2011 & 2011)
  • The 2009 Photo contest was a great success. (March 2009)
  • The 2008 Photo Contest and Silent Auction (March 2008)
  • The 2007 Photo Contest and Silent Auction was once again huge success! Thanks to all who participated. (March 2007)
  • The 2007 Calendar featured 13 colour photos from the Society of Conservation Biology’s Annual Photo Contest including award winning photographs from the 2006 contest. All profits from calendars went towards supporting local conservation initiatives! (December 2006)
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Social Events:

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Sustainable Campus:

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Conservation Issues:

Action in the Community:

  • We had 21 volunteers come out to clean up MacDondald Memorial and Breakwater Parks as part of The TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup held all across Canada (September 2008)

  • Another donation was made to Lemoine Point's Native Tree Nursery (December 2005)

  • The Kingston SCB urged Kingston City Council supporting the proposed by-law protecting the city's trees(October 2005)

  • We leant our support to Lemoine Point's Native Tree Nursery with a donation to help with their effort to repopulate former farmland with native trees and promote their pesticide-free growth (October 2004)

  • Donation to Cataraqui Conservation Foundation towards their acquisition of a 6.6 hectare parcel of land at Parrot's Bay (March 2004)

  • Petition to support shade-grown, bird-friendly coffee locally and on Queen's Campus (February 2004)

  • Door to door canvasing in support of an anti-pesticide bylaw for the Kingston area (January & February 2002)

  • Loggerhead shrike habitat restoration with the Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council, (November 2001)

  • SCB information booth at Green Fair in John Deutsch Centre, Queen's University (November 2001)

  • Stream rehabilitation with the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (November 2001)


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