Welcome back, Kristina Inrig!

The Tucker House Board of Directors is pleased to welcome back our past Executive Director, Kristina Inrig, who will be filling in for Diana during her maternity leave. Kristina led the organization from 2005-2010 and is currently the Executive Director of Sustainable Eastern Ontario. She will provide strong leadership during this transition time:

"I am thrilled to be back at Tucker House to support this important community organization. I wish Diana the very best on her time off and we look forward to her return!" - Kristina Inrig

Since her time at Tucker House, Kristina has supported several community organizations in the sustainability sector, obtained her Master's in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) from Carleton University, and taken a 10 month sailing trip with her husband and 4 children!
Dear Diana,

We would like to wish the best of luck to our fearless leader Diana '"Cedar" Brushey, as she enters into a new chapter in life and prepares for the arrival of her first born child. With over a decade with Maison Tucker House and the countless kids she has led through the forest and house during Country Fun Nature Camp and other programs, we know that this kid will really be a lucky one.

It’s an amazing thing to be able to watch a child learn and grow. We know you are going to be a fantastic mother!

We will miss you while you’re home with your beautiful bundle of joy. We’ll be sure to not leave a bundle of work for you when you return!
10th Annual Green Gala!
Our annual signature fundraising event was another great success. Many guests embraced this years theme of 'Once Upon a Forest' and came dressed as their favourite forest creature, even wearing pieces of trees themselves!

We would like to thank all of our donors who contributed to the evening and our silent including business from the Clarence-Rockland and Ottawa communities. This year we tried something new with our online silent auction and it was a great success!
Country Fun Nature Camp 2018

This year Tucker House's summer program, Country Fun Nature Camp, ran two weeks in July with the campers coming from Rockland all the way to Ottawa and surrounding area. We operated at FULL capacity this year! We were exceptionally grateful for the new and returning staff and volunteers. Country Fun continues to facilitate leadership opportunities for youth and young adults who work countless hours planning, creating, and learning to produce inspiring and engaging outdoor education programming for children. Some of the activities included tree ID, storytime at our new sit-spots in the forest, species identification at the creek and connections with Canada’s historical and current environmental injustices. We also had visits from The Humane Society and The Keepers who introduced us to many cool creatures and taught us about wildlife conservation and responsible pet ownership.

Without your ongoing generosity and support, this opportunity to educate, inspire and nourish future generations would not be possible.

A HUGE thank you is due to donations of supplies, time and funds. This year's donations went to keeping children cool on hot days, contributing craft and sports supplies, bus travel to and from camp, supplying snacks and subsidizing registration for those identifying a financial need.

We truly cannot thank you enough for recognizing our efforts and making an active choice to support our organization.
Arboretum
 Have you ever wondered what types of trees could also provide you with a tasty snack on a hike? Tucker House’s latest outdoor learning initiative has a treat for you! Through a Tree Canada grant, we have a plan for an edible arboretum onsite at Tucker House to educate our community on the many human uses for Indigenous trees. This fall we planted the first ten trees in a field that will eventually host nearly 100 edible trees and shrubs from 15 different species.
Want to get involved? We are looking for groups to help plant the remaining trees next Spring! Contact TJ Turenne at programs@maisontuckerhouse.ca to get involved or to make a donation to support this special project.
Eco-Ed Retreat
In September we held a hands on retreat that invited 20 teaching students from the University of Ottawa Education program to Tucker house for a weekend of learning about outdoor and environmental education. Eco-Education sessions included risky play and outdoor education with Jacqueline Whalen, a forest walk and teaching opportunities with Chad Clifford, Zero Waste Community Kitchen with our seed saving gardener Nathalie Mathieu and a immersive forest experience with Patrice Timbers. Check out our website for future events or to access our resource list.
Renovate, Replenish, Rejuvenate

Around the property, we are also happy to report the completed installation of interpretive education panels along our nature trails featuring animal sketch drawings in the style of Tucker House era naturalists and ecosystem specific information in both French and English! Special thanks to our forest technician, Patrice Timbers, for helping us achieve this milestone in the process of having our woods Forest Stewardship Council certified.



Nous sommes tellement fières de vous annoncez que nous avons installé des panneaux interprétatifs sur nos sentiers éducatifs! Avec l’aide de notre technologue en environnement forestrier, Patrice Timbers, nous essayons toujours à ameliorer nos programmes écologiques pour la communauté francophone de Clarence Rockland!
Meet the deputies!
Tucker House has hired two full-time Deputy Directors as of September 2018 thanks to a Career Launcher Clean Tech internship grant. Welcome & bienvenue to Melanie Anderson and TJ Turenne.
Melanie is a graduate of Environmental Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia where she was a member of the Green Planning committee, University Farmers Market and PGPIRG. She has just returned from two years volunteering abroad working with Crossroads International in Ghana as a Women's Agricultural Consultant and running a meal program for refugees in Greece. Originally from Ottawa, her interests in sustainable food systems and environmental protection will certainly be of use to us at Maison Tucker House!
Talk to Melanie about bookings, the eco-ed network, Tea at Tucker House and upcoming events en français and in English.

 TJ is a BC transplant who is looking forward to his first ‘real’ Canadian winter this year! He is a graduate of Commerce from the University of Victoria with a background in experiential and environmental education working with organizations such as Parks Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation. He brings to Tucker House his love of the outdoors and a passion for inspiring youth to champion sustainable living.
Talk to TJ about our Edible Arboretum project, upcoming renovations, and programming in the Prescott-Russell area en français and in English!
Join our board!
Tucker House is seeking an additional board member to join our leadership
team this winter. If you are interested in helping support this governance body of the organization which meets every two months in either Ottawa, Rockland, or by conference call, please reach out to Kristina Inrig at  partnerships@maisontuckerhouse.ca  for more information. 
Visite des écoles Francophone
Cet automne nous avons accueilli une soixantaine d’élèves pour nos programmes scolaires en français! Des élèves de la 1e à la 7e année ont participés à des ateliers et des présentations sur les écosystèmes de notre forêt et les modes de vie durables de nos ancêtres. Nous avons hâte d’accueillir les prochains groupes scolaire pour de futures journées d'apprentissage en plein air.
Volunteer with us!
We are always looking for volunteers to help maintain our historic mansion, keep up the 30 acres grounds and trails and help with programming for childrens groups! Contact us and let's get to work!
Celebrating 10 years of the NCENN!

The National Capital Environmental Nonprofit Network (NCENN) is celebrating 10 years in 2018. Tucker House originally launched this local network to support environmental organizations and it has now grown to include many groups across the region. A special fundraising capacity event with Ken Wyman was held on Thursday, November 15th to celebrate the 10 years of NCENN and to provide fundraising support to local groups. The network continues to meet most months of the year and is now administered by Sustainable Eastern Ontario, a longstanding Tucker House partner.
Book with us!
Plan your next event at Maison Tucker House and discover the wonders of our confederation era estate with 30 acre property for your and your group! From girl guides to spiritual retreat, to weddings and family events this space is sure to make any special occasion a memorable one. Speak with our bookings team today or check out our website for more information!