At Trent University we envision a sustainable and inspiring campus community,
thoughtfully integrating the natural and built environments, with vibrant places to
learn, live, innovate, and be active.
A Blueprint for Sustainable Planning
Trent University is embarking on a review and update of the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan – the strategic overview for the protection, stewardship, care, and use of Trent’s Symons Campus. The Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan will assist the University to achieve its vision of a ‘sustainable and inspiring campus community, thoughtfully integrating the natural and built environments, with vibrant spaces to learn, innovate, be active and live’. The Plan update takes an ‘ecosystem’ approach and brings the Nature Areas into one guiding land use and conservation plan. 

Phase 1 of this two-phase initiative is underway now, and is focused on understanding and mapping the natural, cultural and archaeological features and functions existing within the campus lands, such as the location, type and status of wetlands and woodlands, species, habitats and areas of significance to First Nations. 
Learn about the process, and share insights on updates to the Nature Areas Stewardship Plan - Phase 1 of the Trent Lands & Nature Areas Plan update.
Community Input Sessions:
March 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Great Hall, Champlain College
Open to Trent & Peterborough community

March 6, 2019, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Great Hall, Champlain College
Open to Trent students, faculty and staff

Indigenous Sharing Meeting:
March 14, 2019, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Gathering Space, First Peoples House of Learning, Enwayaang Building
Open to all First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, faculty and staff, and all Indigenous people in Nogojiwanong
Social PinPoint
Share your insights, ideas and thoughts about Trent's campus right from your smartphone. Social PinPoint lets you drop a pin on your favourite places, significant natural features and areas for enhancements. Start sharing your insights now.
A key input to the plan is mapping natural features and recording the biodiversity on our lands. Share your nature sightings to help support our understanding of site-specific information, and the occurrence and abundance of flora and fauna at Trent. 
We want to hear from you! Email and share your research on Trent's Symons campus, or questions and comments about the Plan update.
Stay Informed
Contribute to the update of the Trent Nature Areas Plan, and mapping of natural and cultural features on our campus.
Conversations and walks with Elders and Knowledge Holders to incorporate Indigenous Traditional Knowledge.
Field Studies
  • Winter Mammal Transects
  • Nocturnal Owl Survey
  • Fall Vegetation Survey
  • A Land Blessing, led by Michi Saagiig Elders, was held in the Fall as the first step in the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan update.
  • Trent students got hands-on during the winter mammal tracking and nocturnal owl surveys.
Trent has partnered with experts in environmental study, indigenous and community engagement, and land-use planning and design to help complete the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan.
Melissa Tonge ‘97, M.Sc.
Project Manager, Ecology
North-South Environmental Inc.
An expert in wildlife sciences and terrestrial ecology, this Trent University grad has managed projects involving pollinators to polar bears. With a passion for biodiversity and planning, Melissa is responsible for leading environmental studies and supporting Indigenous Traditional Knowledge gathering on Trent Lands.
Planning for the Future
Since the 1964 Trent University Master Plan, land use planning has helped to protect, enhance and support our natural setting, teaching and research, the student experience, our academic reputation and the surrounding communities.
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