Throughout the year we host a variety of events in the Ferguson Forest Centre, with a blend of outdoor education and entertainment in this natural setting. Our goal is to connect the community with this unique feature of North Grenville.
Details on the dates for each event are released near the date of the event. Follow us on Facebook for updates.
Events for 2019 have concluded. New events will be posted on our Facebook page and the calendar on this page. Examples of past events that have been organized by the Friends are listed below.
Mushroom Hunting ~ Edible Wilds
Join us on October 6, 2019 at 10:3o a.m. for this excursion. It's a banner year for wild mushrooms. The Ferguson Forest Centre is blooming with all shapes, sizes, colours and types. It's a magical kingdom of fungi, but are they poisonous, edible, rare, common, visually beautiful? Plan to get your shoes and hands dirty as you discover the forest's most striking and often delectable offerings with our expert local forager Cheryl Rush of Edible Wild Ontario. This is a free event - the trails and forest are rugged terrain that are not accessible for everyone. Follow the Friends Event signs from County Road 43 or 44. Head east towards the Creek on Veterans Way which runs parallel to County Road 43, take a left at Anniversary Way [the road before the end of Veterans Way] & meet near the red gate [where Honour, Anniversary & Grenville intersect].
Medicinal Herb Walk
Led by a local Naturopathic Doctor, this popular walk is a guided tour of common plants that are used for healing purposes. Learn about the history and current uses of the plants that surround us, walking on a shaded path in the forest on August, 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m..This is a free event, led along the Settler's Trail. Wear comfortable footwear, and insect protection. We suggest bringing a notepad to record items of interest.
Birds of Prey ~ Free Flying Raptor Demonstration
The Canadian Raptor Conservancy will provide a fascinating overview of all things raptor in this up close and personal view of eagles, hawks, owls, and vultures on June 22, 2019. A free-flying demonstration (weather and bird dependent), with an expert facilitator is an opportunity not to be missed for nature lovers of all ages as well as photographers. Three shows will take place throughout the day at 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Arboretum. This event is free of charge.
Guided Birding Walk
Join us on May 11, 2019 for a guided bird walk, led by an experienced field naturalist. Enjoy a walk through the forest along the river and into a meadow, learning to identify birds by their songs and calls, and spot them in the foliage. This is a free event.
The walk begins at 9:00 a.m. sharp in Anniversary Park, and will travel along the Turtle Trail. This trail is a naturalized trail, without significant inclines, but which does contain uneven ground. The pace of the walk is slow to moderate.
February Frost Fest ~ Winter Carnival
Join us for free outdoor fun at our second annual February Frost Fest. With a carnival-like atmosphere, including music, magic, horse-drawn wagon rides, snow painting, some free treats and goodies to purchase, it's a great way to enjoy winter! Held in the Ferguson Forest Centre parking area at 275 County Road 44 between 12 and 4 p.m., admission is free.
This event is made possible by funding by the individual personal memberships with the Friends, the Ferguson Forest Centre itself and generous donations of products and services by many business and organizations who will be announced in the coming weeks. Looking for an opportunity to volunteer? Let us know! Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Dance Party, Bonfire, Intro to Snowshoeing, Snow Painting, Face Painting ($) 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Popcorn / Hot Chocolate / Cookies / Elephant Ears ($) / Maple Taffy ($) / Hot Dogs ($) ~ While supplies last 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM: Magician 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Horse & Wagon Rides (Weather Permitting) 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Snow Queen 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM: Magician
Annual General Meeting
The Friends of the Ferguson Forest Centre 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 in Kemptville at the Ferguson Forest Centre, 275 County Rd 44, starting at 6:30pm.
All members are welcome and encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting. Not a Friends member? Sign up at the AGM. Do you like the Ferguson Forest Centre? Did you know that there is a group of people who actively work to promote the forest centre and to enrich lives by offering local nature and recreation experiences - and who work to keep it safe and clean? Formed in 2005 as a non-profit, the Friends have engaged local community members in this effort since day one. Without membership we have no voice. See the Events Calendar posting for more information.
On Friday, October 12th, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., Steve Wendt (North Gower Science Club) and Trish Adams (Friends of the Ferguson Forest Centre) will bring telescopes so we can look more closely at the waxing crescent moon, and the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Steve will point out some of the constellations, the Pole Star, and other space objects of interest, talk about why astronomy is important, and answer questions. Be ready for science, space and fun!
In the event of cloudy skies, an alternate program of activities is planned. If it rains, we will have to cancel. This is an outdoor activity at Ferguson Forest Centre. People are encouraged to bring binoculars, telescopes, flashlights and lawn chairs to enjoy the night sky. This event is open to the public and free of charge. You can access the event from County Road 44. Guides will be on hand to show you the way.
Have a smartphone or tablet? Download Skyview, Star Walk or other app to help you view the constellations.
The event will be held in the area behind the buildings where you access the nursery from County Road 44. Attendants will be on hand to show you the way.
Family Fun Fest ~ A Day in the Aboretum
On June 23, 2018, we will host the second annual Family Fun Fest, with trampoline displays, magic shows, trick horses, live music and interactive displays in our Discovery Village. This event will take place in the beautiful park setting of the Aboretum. The Lions Club will be hosting a charity BBQ - bring chairs or a blanket to take your time and spend a day in the forest. There is no entry fee for this event.
Walking Meditation: Feel the Forest
Mindfulness while walking allows us to take in everything around us, with devoted attention, without becoming focused on one particular thing. In our daily lives we move us quickly from one thing to another, in both mind and body. This is an opportunity to calm your mind and body, while taking in the sights, sounds and scents of the forest and meadow.
OmShanti (Melanie) from Bodhi Tree Yoga will be hosting a walking meditation in Ferguson Forest on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
Sharpen your senses and relax your mind by joining us in Anniversary Park at 1:00 p.m., as we walk and meditate along the Turtle Trail.
This is a wonderfully welcoming event if you are new to meditation and want to experience it with others, while also allowing experienced participants to immerse themselves in the forest setting as part of their practice.