Welcome to the event line-up for the 2021 2Rivers Festival!!
Clair-Maltby's Threatened Heritage - A Self-driving Tour - Anytime. RSVP to receive a downloadable guide booklet.
Sacred Water Walk - Sunday, May 2, 10am
Medicinal Plant Walk - ONLINE - Wednesday, May 5, 7pm
DIY Water Filtration System - ONLINE - Saturday, May 8, 11 am
Second Sunday Walk - Birds and Their Migrations - Sunday, May 9, 2pm
Garlic Mustard Pull & Pesto-Making Workshop - ONLINE - Wednesday, May 12, 6pm
Thursdays at Three: Clythe Creek to the River - Thursday, May 13, 3pm
Nature Guelph Virtual Speaker Series: Wilderness Pleasures with Kevin Callan - ONLINE - Thursday, May 13, 7:30pm
Riverside Poetry Sessions / 2SLGBTQ+ Hike - ONLINE - Friday, May 14, 3pm
CANCELLED - Bringing Nature Home: Habitat Restoration - Saturday, May 15, 10am
Young Professionals Re-Imagine Clair-Maltby - ONLINE - Tuesday, May 18, 7pm
Thursdays at Three: Clythe Creek to the River - Thursday, May 20, 3pm
Speed to Sea - The Next Stretch - ONLINE - Thursday, May 20, 7pm
RiverChants - Stories and Memories - ONLINE - Saturday, May 22, 7:30pm
Conservation Authority Panel - ONLINE - Wednesday, May 26, 7pm
Thursdays at Three: Clythe Creek to the River - Thursday, May 27, 3pm
Limestone: The Foundation of Guelph - ONLINE - Thursday, May 27, 6pm
Rhyme Capsules - Songwriting Workshop - ONLINE - Thursday, May 28, 7pm
Community Tree Planting Day - Saturday, May 29, 9:30am
Yoga and The Elements - ONLINE - Sunday, May 30, 10am
Headwaters Program: Experiential River Story Maps - ONLINE - Monday, May 31, 7pm
Thursdays at Three: Clythe Creek to the River - Thursday, June 3, 3pm
A Virtual Tour of Hall's Pond in Clair-Maltby - ONLINE - Friday, June 4, 7pm
Our Stories: The River - Film Fest - ONLINE - Saturday, June 5, 7pm
Two Rivers on Two Wheels - ONLINE - Sunday, June 6, 10am
Take2 Watershed Cleanup - ONLINE - Tuesday, June 8, 1pm
Bridges to the Past: A Walking Tour 2021 - Tuesday, June 8, 6pm
Creatures of the Arboretum Creek 2021- ONLINE - Wednesday, June 9, 7pm
Thursdays at Three: Clythe Creek to the River - Thursday, June 10, 3pm
Nature Guelph Virtual Speaker Series: The Owl Foundation - ONLINE - Thursday, June 10, 7:30pm
Scandal On The Speed River - Friday, June 11, 7pm
Moccasin Identifier Project - Saturday, June 12, 2pm
Whatever Floats Your Boat! 2021 - ONLINE - Sunday, June 13, 10am
Second Sunday Walk - Hidden Rivers - Sunday, June 13, 2pm
Thursdays at Three: Clythe Creek to the River - Thursday, June 17, 3pm
The River Remembers: A Walking Tour - Saturday, June 19, 11am
The Umwelt Project: Guelph's Hidden Rivers - ONLINE - Monday, June 21, 7pm
Become a Naturalist Workshop - ONLINE - Wednesday, June 23, 7pm
Thursdays at Three: Clythe Creek to the River - Thursday, June 24, 3pm
Tributary to the Rivers - Songwriting Competition - ONLINE - Saturday, June 26, 7pm
A Self-drving tour of Clair-Maltby's Threatened Cultural Heritage
Clair-Maltby will be Guelph's largest urban expansion to date - changing a rural countryside to an urban area in the next twenty years. This area of almost 1000 acres is expected to accommodate upwards of 25,000 residents.
Through a self-driving tour developed by our local branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO), discover which built heritage resources (homes and barns) and cultural heritage landscapes are at risk as the City expands into this area.
Upon RSVP'ing you will receive a confirmation email which will contain the link to download the Driving Tour Booklet.
Explore the Yorklands Green Hub
Explore the Yorklands Green Hub safely on your own. Until we are able to walk together again, please RSVP to this event in order to receive trail maps to see the beauty of the former Guelph Correctional Centre site and how our waterways connect.
You can also check out the We Love Yorklands Walkathon to join us in preserving this landmark site for years to come.
Note: No washrooms on site. The York Road bus can be taken from City Centre and parking is available along York Road.
Can we make a DIY water filtration system with simple materials?
Water is a valuable resource that we can't take for granted! But what happens if water gets polluted? In this workshop, participants will use simple materials to design a water filtration system. Test your engineering skills and see if you can design a water filtration system that can clean dirty water!
This online event will have closed captions.
Important note: you can re-purpose a plastic bottle to use as a funnel. Please do NOT purchase bottled water to participate in this event. You may re-use a bottle you already have, OR you may use a funnel or similar item instead of a water bottle.
Make nutritious pesto from an invasive species
Garlic mustard is an invasive herb native to Europe. It spreads quickly, interfering with the growth of other plants including several species at risk. While it is not a good food source for wildlife, it is high in vitamins A and C, and it makes great pesto. Join us to learn about the plant, how to safely pull it and what to plant in its place, and how to turn it into delicious pesto.
ALL WELCOME. This is a family-friendly event.
An informative and entertaining look (and reminder) of why we love time spent in the wilderness
Kevin Callan, author, filmmaker, media personality, and all-round outdoors and canoe enthusiast is Nature Guelphs May guest speaker. Kevin is the author of 18 books, an award winning filmmaker, and a keynote speaker at outdoor events across North America. His web-site is www.kevincallan.com and his YouTube channel is the KCHappyCamper. Kevin will talk about our motivations for getting out in the wilderness, and share how to be happy, comfortable, content, skillful, and dependable while out there (and how to motivate others to get out there as well!).
If you have any questions about the event or how to join it please contact us at [email protected]
Everyone is welcome!
TO PRE-REGISTER TO ATTEND: Click here to register to attend the Zoom talk.
You will be sent an automated confirmation email containing the Zoom link and reminders as the event day approaches.
Come join us online, outside, to reflect on connecting with water through poetry.
Join us for this special edition of Nature in Transition (NIT) in a digital exploration of the two rivers of the meeting place and the ways that poetry can help us tune into the natural world a little more. NIT is a space where inner trans and non-binary nature meets the wondrous natural world around us, helping people to foster loving connections with their human and more-than-human communities alike.
In this session we'll be exploring some of our favourite 2SLGBTQ+ naturalists and poets, including those among us. This event is for 2SLGBTQ+ people and their allies, and is brought to the 2Rivers Festival as part of an on-going series from ARCH. All ages welcomed.
This online event will have closed captions.
Event cancelled due to the Stay-at-Home Order
Bring nature home through planting native flowers, shrubs and trees
Rebuild homes for a wide variety of pollinators and birds right in the City of Guelph by planting native groundcover, shrubs, and trees along the river corridor.
Bring children along, name the plants you put in the ground together and watch them grow over time!
Enjoy a very special naturalized park right by the river while you learn how to create your own butterfly and bird paradise with native plants on your own property.
There will even be a draw to win some plants to bring home with you!
COVID-19 protocols will be in place. There will be a registration desk where we ask that you give us your name and phone number for contact tracing. Planting locations and materials will be spread out in different sections. We ask all volunteers to please wear a mask at all times and bring their own shovel and gloves where possible, as supplies will be limited.
Please click on the following web link to go to the signup sheet: volunteersignup.org/FKAQ8. To sign up, just follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do.
Thank you for volunteering!
Meera Drennan Dyer
Wolfond Park Stewardship Committee
Our Future Landscape Architects Re-Imagine Clair-Maltby - Online
Clair-Maltby, on the Paris-Galt Moraine, will be Guelph's largest urban expansion to date at almost 1000 acres and expected to accommodate upwards of 25,000 residents.
Join this virtual session where graduating students from the University of Guelph's School of Landscape Architecture will share a number of compelling community design concepts for Clair-Maltby.
The presentations will be followed by a community conversation.
This virtual event will have closed captions.
Illustration by Ryan Price
Two Row on the Grand
The virtual Two Row on the Grand shares and explores the annual nine day family-oriented camping and paddling excursion on The Grand River, starting in Cambridge and ending at Port Maitland, Lake Erie.
The concept is based on the four hundred year old two row wampum, which is explained in this presentation. Truth and Reconciliation and Indigenous cultural teachings of The Haudenosaunee - People of the Longhouse who inhabit this area of Ontario - are just a few of the take-aways of this nature connection with Ellie Joseph and Jay Bailey of Two Row on the Grand.
This event will have closed captions.
Paddling from Guelph to the Atlantic Ocean
After Jeremy Shute's presentation on his Paddle to the Sea Project last year, he and his family added another stretch to this ambitious paddle in their re-furbished cedar canvas canoe. With a starting point in Guelph, they are going as far as they can make it.
Jeremy will talk about the waterways they are taking, some of the history, ecology and geography of the route and will share stories and photos of the journey. He is doing the trip in sections, having paddled from Guelph to Niagara Falls in 2017, from the Niagara River to Rochester NY in 2018, from Rochester to the east of Lake Ontario in 2019, and From Kingston to Cornwall on the St. Lawrence River in 2020.
Jeremy will host a Q&A following his presentation.
This online event will have closed captions.