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Volunteer Training Opportunities

Water Team Refresher Course, May 2017


The following courses are offered FREE to our active volunteers and paid members:

Ambassador Training: Reaching out to the community and sharing why conservation is important is a key volunteer job. Known as Ambassadors, these volunteers attend events, farmer’s markets and fairs to spread the word about The Couchiching Conservancy.

In this training course you will become familiar with the ambassador’s tool kit including our tent and table set up. You will go over all materials and handouts we provide to the public and learn how to fill them out and answer any questions related to them. Participants are privy to our latest campaigns and focuses  so that they can promote them to the wider community. Finally you will gain confidence in representing our organization and conservation in the region by better understanding the facts and figures associated with The Couchiching Conservancy.  

Next training for new and current Ambassadors: Spring 2018



Avenza Mapping: The Avenza Maps App can be downloaded to Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.  It can be used to track your movements on a map in real time, without using up your data.  You can pin locations in the UTM format and add photos. 

In this two hour course at Grant’s Woods, we will teach you how to download a “geo-tagged” property map to your phone, track your movements, use it to tag the location of your sightings and your photos, and upload the information to google earth.   This easy-to-use mapping tool will revolutionize your property monitoring visits!  The course is two hours and will be a combination of indoor classroom instruction and practical outdoor exercises. 

Next Sessions:
Avenza for Android smartphones and tablets.  Tuesday February 6th 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Avenza for iphone  smartphones and tablets.  Wednesday February 7th 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Instructor:  Dorthea Hangaard.  To register email  or phone   (705) 326-1620  
This course is offered free to the Conservancy’s active volunteers and paid members.




Leopard Frog photo: Jordyn Burns

Frog Calls: Learn your frog calls and participate in our spring/summer Frog Call Monitoring Program. 

Using the Bird Studies Canada “Marsh Monitoring Program” protocols, you will learn how to identify 10 frog and toad calls individually and as part of a chorus.  For more information on the Frog Call Monitoring Program, visit the main volunteer page here.

Instructors:  Dorthea Hangaard and Meagan Coughlin

Two sessions to choose from:

Sunday March 25th  from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at Grant’s Woods – or- Wednesday April 4th from 1:30 to 3:30 pm   To register email  or phone   (705) 326-1620  






GPS Handheld Devices: A practical course in the use of a handheld GPS device for newbies and  rookies.  Instructor:  Dorthea Hangaard   Next Course: Wednesday March 21, 2018 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.





Dave Hawke with a ‘prized pull’ of Dog Strangling Vine


Invasive Species:  All volunteers who work in the field are encouraged to take this two hour course periodically, to enrich your skills at identifying Invasive Species.  Instructor:  David J. Hawke.   Next Course:  Wednesday April 18th, 1:30 to 3:30 pm.  Location TBA depending on number of registrants.







A Northern Water Snake at McGee Creek. photo: Vicki Sherwood


Reptile and Amphibian Identification: In this course you will learn to identify the reptiles (turtles, snakes, lizard) and amphibians (salamanders and frogs) of our region by sight.  

This course was created to train volunteers who are part of our reptile and amphibian monitoring program, but all volunteers who work in the field on one of our properties are encouraged to attend. 

Instructor:  David J. Hawke, Stewardship Manager.

Two dates to choose from:  Sunday February 25th 1:30 to 3:30 pm  – or – Wednesday March 7th 1:30 to 3:30 pm  (location TBA depending on number of registrants).

To register contact  (705) 326-1620 




The Western Chorus Frog is listed as Threatened in Ontario


Species at Risk:  All volunteers who work in the field are encouraged to take this two hour course periodically, to enrich your skills at identifying Species at Risk.  Instructor:  David J. Hawke.  

The next course will be offered Wednesday January 17th from Noon to 2 pm as part of our winter “Lunch and Learn” series.    To register contact  (705) 326-1620 .






Water Quality Monitoring:  This is a full day course from 9 am to 4 pm.  The morning session is inside, and in the afternoon we go streamside to practice using the kits.  Instructors:  Lisa Neville, Meagan Coughlin, and Dorthea Hangaard.  Next course:  Spring of 2018