Updates and News 2017 (January - June) - Part Two


Loving our Local Campaign includes Bicycle Scavenger Hunt

Organized by Capital Velo Fest, Wild. Here. and Sustainable Enterprise Alliance, a bicycle scavenger hunt was held in June for local residents to get outside for some fun around the hood.  The scavenger hunt was part of a larger Loving our Local weekend campaign organized by Sustainable Enterprise Alliance to get neighbours to consider supporting local businesses, organizations and projects for a more resilient and sustainable community.  The scavenger hunt took cyclists along some quiet roads, bike paths and down to the river and then around to a large local park with some ped/cyclist shortcuts to help along the way.  It featured some natural elements along with some murals and local shops.

It was a great collaboration and appreciated by those who joined in.  A big thanks to all the partners involved.


Planted Poetry Exhibit for Ottawa CSArt Members

Rout/e Footpress was one of the featured artists for the inaugural year of the Ottawa CSArt Program.  Chris Turnbull curated this Ottawa poetry event, recruiting Ottawa poets to submit poems for "planting" in wilder spaces of the city.  The poets included: a.m. kozak, Vera Wabegjig, Sarah MacDonnell, Christine McNair, Ian Martin, Shery Alexander Heinis, and Jenn Baker and you can read more about these talented local writers here at the Rout/e Footpress blog (link).  Weblinks for each poet's online site can be found at the bottom of this Rout/e entry.  The poems were diverse and striking, some with more specific references to nature than others but all echoing that link between human rhythms and wilder ones.

The pieces was planted around the city with Wild. Here. (providing suggestions for best wild spaces) for local residents to stumble upon, enjoy the discovery and appreciate these local scribes.  For the CSArt Ottawa event an urban walk to see a few of the poems followed by a poetry reading by all featured poets was held in May.  Around twenty to thirty people joined in for the walk and more came for the reading afterwards in the foyer of the Great Canadian Theatre Company.

It was a great day for an urban poetry stroll and an inspiring gathering to hear the local poets read!  Bravo to all the writers, to CSArt for supporting local artists and to Rout/e for


Wild. Here. publishes "Nature Volunteer List"

Wild. Here. has put together a comprehensive list highlighting nearby opportunities for Ottawa residents to volunteer with nature and wildlife organizations.  Volunteering does not have to be a complicated or long commitment - many organizations appreciate help with one-off projects like planting trees, monitoring streams or doing bird counts.  Volunteering can be done based on people's availability too - whether it's a couple of hours after work or on a weekend and can be less than a weekly commitment - possibly once a season or so if desired.

The list is organized by location so it is easy to identify volunteer opportunities close by that give people the opportunity to be outdoors, close to nature and possibly even monitoring wildlife.  There are over thirty organizations in the city listed and they range from literacy and arts programs outdoors to bird counts, turtle monitoring, invasive species pulls and tree plantings.  There are many amazing opportunities to make a difference while also benefiting from the outdoor experience.

"Lend a Hand for Nature" volunteer list - take a look and help out today!  (And a big thanks to Ottawa Start for sharing this list with their readers!)


Launch of new Outdoor Greening Sustainable Garden Audits

The Ottawa Chapter of Faith & The Common Good is launching a free Garden Consultation Program to faith communities.  In 2017, ten faith communities will receive a 60-minute from the FCG sustainable garden animator to provide sustainable and ecological gardening tips and tricks
including information on water conservation, stormwater runoff, beautiful native plant species that are easy to care for along with answers to their problem spots with consideration to their site’s conditions.  Participating faith communities will receive a free summary report that provides guidance and initial steps for the topics and issues discussed on-site to Care for Creation outdoors.

Read more about it in the March 2017 Ottawa Chapter newsletter.

2017 Highlight - Outdoor Greening Case Studies and Fact Sheets Published


Outdoor Greening Case Studies and Fact Sheets Published

Writing contract for the FCG Outdoor Greening Resources has been completed including graphic design supervision for both of these resources.  The 10 Outdoor Greening Case Studies and Fact Sheets are available online at the Faith & Common Good Website (scroll to bottom of webpage link for access to these free garden resources: http://www.faithcommongood.org/outdoor_greening).  These sustainable gardening case studies and fact sheets have been written to inspire faith communities to take on Care for Creation outdoor greening projects by learning about local Ottawa garden case studies that include downtown urban community gardens, peaceful meditation gardens and a legacy rooftop garden.  They are also intended to motivate new volunteer gardeners by providing clear instructions on specific sustainable gardens that can be implemented on place of worship properties through the ten fact sheets on topics such as native plants, water conservation, drought resistant ground covers and more.

This was a project near and dear to our heart and we are thrilled that it is available as a free resource for anyone who wants to consider a sustainable and ecological garden!