May 2019
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.
Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan summer activities
Phase 1 of the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan has 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, and areas of significance to First Nations.

We've heard feedback through online tools, input sessions, campus and community pop-up stations, and focus group meetings. Over the summer months, the consultant team is reviewing all information, ideas and comments received to-date. We'll report back on what we heard in Phase 1 in the Fall.

Work is still underway! Spring/summer Giikendamowin Akin learning from the land walks with Elders and Traditional Knowledge Holders, Spring/Summer field studies, and Stage 2 archaeological studies are continuing.
Share Your Thoughts
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.
Undergrad students use Trent lands to understand impacts of land-use changes
Two Trent University students will be conducting research on Trent land this summer as part of an experiential learning project, to investigate if and how farmed land can be returned to a natural wetland state.

Shannon Farmer, third-year Environmental and Resource Science, and Edward Smith, second- year Environmental Science and Economics, became involved with the project through the Society of Ecological Restoration, Trent University Chapter (SERTU).
Partners in nature: Camp Kawartha and Trent University working together to get students outside
Camp Kawartha is excited to be working with Trent University to explore ways to make Trent's campus more nature-rich and sustainable for students and the community at large Read Jacob Rodenburg's article on the Peterborough Examiner's website.
Weighing in on Trent Lands Plan
Trent University hosted a pop-up Trent Lands information exhibit Saturday morning at the Peterborough Regional Farmers' Market in Peterborough Square. Read more on .
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.
Jim Faught
Director of Community Engagement
LURA Consulting
Jim has facilitated hundreds of community engagement programs, encouraging stakeholders to work together to achieve visionary strategic plans. He has played a key role in designing and implementing community plans, and has served on government panels on Ontario’s urban green spaces. Previously, Jim was provincial stewardship coordinator with Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and executive director of Ontario Nature.
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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