To enhance and conserve across the Ganaraska Region Watershed
by serving, educating, informing and engaging.

69th Annual General Meeting: February 25th  
70 years of conservation will be celebrated in October 2016 at the Ganaraska Forest Centre. Keep your eyes out for more information!
Order Your Trees and Shrubs for Planting this Spring!
  • Tree and shrub seedlings orders are being accepted. Orders are due March 4.
  • Trees for Rural Roads applications (for free trees) are due March 31 - available only in the Municipality of Clarington and Municipality of Port Hope.
  • The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority is looking for properties with over 2.5 acres of land that could be planted with trees. Funding may be available to the landowner to offset the cost of tree planting.
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Family Fun on Easter Weekend @ GRCA's Maple Syrup Day 

Through site tours, demonstrations, stories and games, learn all about the sweet tradition of syrup production. Let the kids create crafts and have their faces painted while you enjoy live music and a pancake feast in the Great Hall at the Ganaraska Forest Centre (GFC). Event starts at 10:00am and ends at 1:00pm on Saturday March 26th 2016.

Tickets can be purchased at the Gatehouse upon entry to GFC grounds. $12/adult & $6/child (16 & under).
Keeping You Up-to-Date on Flooding in the Region 
Flooding is becoming a year-round possibility with the mild and rainy winter weather that has affected the Ganaraska Region lately. Traditionally, GRCA staff would anticipate high volumes of runoff during the spring snowmelt season but this year has seen much less snow on the ground so far. It makes sense to think about the possibility of flooding whenever heavy rains are forecast including during these mild winters. GRCA staff are working year round to identify the conditions that could result in flooding and provide advance warning through our flood messaging system to municipal staff and residents that may be impacted.
Flood Monitoring Network
The GRCA Flood Monitoring Network includes a number of automated monitoring stations with a variety of instrumentation for monitoring watershed conditions. These stations are accessed remotely to view and download data to a desktop at the administration office.
  1. 17 Stream gauges - recording water levels and flows
  2. 11 Rain gauges - recording depth of rainfall
  3. 2 snow gauges - recording snow depth on the ground and as it falls
  4. 6 snow survey sites - measure depth and water content of snowpack
  5. Weather forecasts - provides valuable information for flood forecasts
Flood Messages
Flood forecasts are communicated using a system of flood messaging that includes three different types of messages depending on the severity of the anticipated flooding.
WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT : General notices of potential flooding or other conditions that pose a safety risk. There are two kinds of statements:
* Water Safety indicates that high flows, unsafe banks, melting ice or other factors could be dangerous for users such as anglers, boaters, swimmers, children or pets. Flooding is not expected.
* Flood Outlook gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high wind or other conditions that could lead to high runoff, cause ice jams, lakeshore flooding or erosion.
FLOOD WATCH: Notifies that the potential for flooding exists within specific watercourses and municipalities. Municipalities, emergency services and individual landowners in flood-prone areas should prepare.
FLOOD WARNING : Flooding is imminent or already occurring in specific watercourses or municipalities. Municipalities and individuals should take action to deal with flood conditions. This may include road closures and evacuations.
These messages are posted to the GRCA website , and sent to newspapers, radio and television stations, as well as municipal staff, school boards and emergency response agencies. If you would like more information about flooding, please contact Mike Smith, Water Resource Technician at (905) 885-8173.
Should flooding occur, the first response is up to individual homeowners . If the flood is beyond the capacity of the homeowner, municipalities may activate their emergency response plan.
27th Annual OFAH/GFC Conservation Dinner: April 9th

This annually sold out event is one you do not want to miss! A fun evening including excellent food, exciting live and silent auctions, raffles, door prizes and good company - all in support of the outdoor education program at the Ganaraska Forest Centre. Tickets on sale now!
Fee Increases for the Ganaraska Forest

As of May 1st, 2016 several types of membership fees for use of the Ganaraska Forest will be increasing. There will be no increases to day pass fees and all youth fees will remain unchanged. Non-motorized memberships and motorized passenger memberships will increase from $70 to $75. Skiing memberships will increase from $60 to $70 and motorized use memberships will increase from $150 to $175. The increase in fees will help offset the increased costs of managing and maintaining the forest for recreational use.
It's Coming... 2016 Nature Nuts Summer Camp Schedule has Been Set!

Mark your calendars for 7 weeks of outdoor fun with Ganaraska Forest Centre staff at the GRCA's Nature Nuts Summer Camp.

July 4th: Leaders in Training Week
July 11th: CSI Week
July 18th: Surviving the Elements Week
July 25th: Rockin' Reptiles & Amazin' Amphibians Week
August 8th: Birds of Prey Week
August 15th: Amazing Race Week
August 29th: Crafty by Nature Week

Keep your eyes on our site! Registrations will open soon.  
February is Love Month, and We Know What That Means!

It's engagement season! According to WeddingWire, 40% of all engagements occur between November and February. Were you or someone you know recently engaged? The Ganaraska Forest Centre is the place for your special day! Call today to book a facility tour.