Country Fun Nature Camp
Joining Country Fun Nature Camp this summer:
Peter Okenne (Cyclone) - Camp Counselor
Kaitlyn Fortier (Chipmunk) Loving arms
Camilla Sola (Cactus) - Community Networker and lifeguard
Sofia Vargas (Tulip) – Camp C ounselor

Summer is heating up and so is preparation for Country Fun Nature Camp !

Hosted at Tucker House in Rockland, Country Fun Nature Camp gives children aged 5-13 the chance to play outdoors, make new friends and learn about nature through exploring the environment. The staff, many of whom have been coming to camp ever since they were children, present a wide range of activities, including forest walks, nature studies, historic tours of Tucker House, pool time, crafts, eco-games and so much more. This year, Acacia (Charlie) will be returning for a third time as Camp Director!

The camp runs July 8-12 and July 15-19 at Tucker House Renewal Centre – 1731 Tucker Road, Rockland, Ontario. Camp is open to Ottawa campers as well, with bus pick-up points around the Ottawa area.
We need your help to spread the word!
Country Fun Nature Camp has been running for over 50 years and word of mouth has proven to be the most effective way new campers join us each summer. We need your help getting the word out. Please share our website and like and share our facebook page .

If you are interested in registering your kids for Country Fun Nature Camp or getting more information about camp, bus pick-up points and times, send an email to . To find out more information or to sponsor a camper, visit our website . Like us on Facebook for more updates.

"Tea at Tucker House"
We pleased to announce a new project in partnership with the Ottawa Community Foundation-- Tea at Tucker House ! We want to make our site available to diverse groups from Ottawa and beyond and that is why we are so excited to work on accessible and affordable outings with seniors in and around our community to be able to experience Tucker House.

We hosted our first group last week. They had a guided tour of the house and learned about the history of the property and the surrounding community from expert historians! And, of course, tea and goodies were served.

If you’re interested in hosting your own “ Tea at Tucker House, ” please contact our bookings manager by email at or (613)-446-2117 ext.2.
Staff News
Goodbye TJ!

This past month, we bid farewell to TJ Turenne, our Deputy Director of programs. Although TJ's time at Tucker House was short, his impact was great! He worked hard to keep programs running, built great connections through networking and spearheaded Tucker House’s new Arboretum caring for over 90 new trees and shrubs almost single-handedly !

Tucker House staff will miss TJ and his positive, hard-working attitude. We wish him all the best in his new adventures in British Columbia and can’t wait to see what he gets up to!
New Additions to the Tucker Team

Summer is the busiest time at Tucker House and we have new staff joining the team to keep operations running smoothly and to help build our organizational capacity.

Camp staff are back and working hard to prepare for a great camp season.

Corey, our new Deputy Director of Summer Programs, is working on developing and implementing a "Sustainability Boot Camp" to teach visitors and community members about how we can become effective stewards of the environment.

Laura and Leah will be working on ongoing programming as well as planning upcoming events such as the Open House, Meditation Retreats, the Halloween Party and our Green Christmas.

Corey Stewart
Deputy Director of Summer Programs

Corey is a new lawyer with a background in drama and a passion for sustainability. She will be returning to school for a research Master's in Global Sustainability and Environment Law (LL.M.) in September 2019, where she will research circular economies. She has graciously chosen to spend her summer months with the Tucker Team to help develop new programming to mobilize and educate Tucker House visitors and community members about their role in environmental preservation!
Laura McLean
Sustainability Coordinator

Laura has a long-standing passion for the environment and sustainability. After graduating from the University of Ottawa in Environmental Studies, Laura went on to spend two years living and working in Tanzania. She was responsible for raising environmental awareness among young entrepreneurs and working with small business owners to improve their health, safety and sustainability practices. Laura is excited by the opportunities available at Tucker House, including the potential for environmentally themed workshops and events.
Leah Weima
Sustainability Coordinator

Leah has a degree in Environmental Sustainability and International Development from Dalhousie University. She spent 18 months abroad in Niger, West Africa where she worked with local farmers to increase their crop yields and diversify their sources of income. She has extensive landscape experience and enjoys the challenge of transforming outdoor spaces into garden oases for people to enjoy. She also has a deep passion for gardening and is always looking for more space to grow. She looks forward to working on helping Tucker House become a welcoming, rejuvenating space for all visitors.
Nos forces et nos faiblesses

En éducation environnementale, c'est souvent difficile de mesurer notre impact. La dernière rencontre des employés de la Maison Tucker était riche en discussion par rapport à notre formule, la commercialisation de nos programmes, nos buts et objectifs et l'atteinte de ceux-ci. C'est bon de se remettre en question et je suis heureuse de travailler pour un organisme qui ose se poser des questions difficiles. C'est un bon exemple de ce que l'on fait dans notre vie quotidienne pour réduire notre impact sur l'environnement : est-ce que je pourrais éliminer tel déchet de mon quotidien? Est-ce que je peux changer ma façon de me déplacer pour réduire mon impact sur la planète?... Il faut aussi apprendre à accepter nos forces et nos faiblesses et, humblement, laisser à d'autres ce qui n'est pas pour nous. Au final, n'importe quelle action anodine peut prendre des proportions gigantesques et si elle n’inspire qu'une seule personne, c'est énorme. Nous nous devons de faire de notre mieux en tout temps. La Maison Tucker est petite par rapport à d'autres, mais elle est solide et basée sur une fondation de respect et de durabilité soutenue par des gens passionnés et ça aussi c'est énorme.

-Nathalie Mathieu
Coordinatrice de communauté Rockland

Save the Date
Upcoming Events

Stay tuned to the Tucker House Facebook & Instagram Pages. We will be posting more information about these events as we get closer to the dates!
Come on out and see what Tucker House is all about. Bring your bathing suits! All are welcome to join us for a barbecue and pool party.
A Classic Halloween themed event in partnership with Bytowne Paranormal and the Clarence-Rockland Ghostbusters!
Let's celebrate the Christmas season together at Tucker House. We will be thinking of eco-conscious ways to celebrate!
Fall Meditation Retreat
September 6-8

Tucker House hosted its first official Meditation Retreat last spring. While the weather was still cold and snowy, it was a great success. Participants enjoyed a time of physical and mental rejuvenation through daily yoga classes, meditation, peaceful workshops, and vegan meals.

If you missed out, not to worry! We will be hosting our next retreat on Sept. 6-8 . Registration is open. We have a limited number of spots available. Click here to register: . Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding this event.
Optimizing our Solar Panel Efficiency
Tucker House has a solar photovoltaic system on site. It’s actively producing clean, renewable energy that feeds into Ontario’s power grid and helps reduce the demand for other forms of less sustainable energy.

To get the most from our solar panels, they need to be pointed in the direction that will capture the most sun. As the sun is higher in the summer and lower in the winter, we need to adjust the tilt of the panels each season. Our solar panels are attached to moveable mounts, making them easy and hassle free to adjust. On June 21st (summer solstice) our staff will be undertaking this task.
Arboretum Update

After three plantings and lots of help from volunteers, we successfully planted about 90 trees in our new arboretum. These trees are all native, edible species. We will be using this area as an on-site learning space where people can learn about the role trees play in the environment and the endless resources they provide for us. We also hope this will be a space where visitors can enjoy and find spiritual and emotional rejuvenation.

There is still more work to be done. Over the next few weeks we will be adding mulch around the base of the trees to help protect these young saplings from weeds!

We want to extend a huge thank you to Tree Canada for all their help especially their financial support!
Planting over 90 edible trees!
A HUGE thank you to our Sponsors!
A field of saplings