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Fletcher Wildlife Garden

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Ted Farnworth
Fletcher Wildlife Garden

Box 35069 Westgate PO
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1Z 1A2

E-mail: fletcher@ofnc.ca

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Men; Youth (16-18 years); Youth (11-15 years); Women; Youth (19-24 years)

The Fletcher Wildlife Garden is a long-term project of the Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club. Established in 1991, the FWG has a number of distinct habitats supporting native plants and wildlife as well as a demonstration backyard garden. We are located south of the Arboretum off Prince of Wales Drive, across from the Agriculture Museum. For more information about us and our activities, please visit our website at www.ofnc.ca/fletcher.pnp.

http://www.ofnc.ca/fletcher.php

Volunteer Opportunities

On our 6.5 hectare site we have sheds, gardens, pathways, ponds and bush  area. Planting native plants, bushes and trees make up a large part of our work, but at the same time there is always other odd jobs that need to be done. Cutting grass, removing invasive bushes, maintaining the pathways , weeding the pond, pruning bushes and trees, scything new growth areas, putting up fencing, maintain the benches & The list of jobs that comes up during the summer is never ending. We have projects that are best done by a team and other smaller things that can be done by individuals. Several groups at the Garden have a weekly work schedule, but others come and go at their convenience. We have two large sheds with a wide variety of tools that can be used to get the work done. Check our website (http://www.ofnc.ca/fletcher.php) to get a better idea of what we are doing. For more information phone messages can be left at 613-234-6767 and we can be reached by email at fletcher@ofnc.ca, but please give us at least a week to reply. NOTE: The gravel road to Fletcher Wildlife Garden is located off Prince of Wales Drive, south of the Arboretum. Look for the FWG sign opposite the parking lot for the Agriculture Museum. Currently there is no bus service along Prince of Wales.
Location: Prince of Wales Drive
Deadline: Jul 1, 2018
Interested in local plants and wildlife? Enjoy working outdoors? Fletcher Wildlife Garden is looking for volunteers to plant, weed, and remove invasive species, particularly in our “Back Yard Garden.” The BYG is intended as a demonstration site to show gardeners in Ottawa what local plants can be used to attract and support butterflies, pollinators, and birds. Work in our “Butterfly Garden” involves planting and maintaining a variety of plants that attract and sustain butterflies and other pollinators.
Enjoy working in the outdoors with friendly people starting in May. Willingness to work with a team trumps lack of experience.
All activities start at our Interpretation Centre. Volunteers should dress for the weather and the work and bring their own water. The FWG is best reached by car or bicycle, as public transit is no longer available.
Just come on out, or check our website (http://www.ofnc.ca/fletcher.php) for further information. Messages can be left at 613-234-6767 and we can be reached by email at fletcher@ofnc.ca, but please give us at least a week to reply. NOTE: The gravel road to Fletcher Wildlife Garden is located off Prince of Wales Drive, south of the Arboretum. Look for the FWG sign opposite the parking lot for the Agriculture Museum. Currently there is no bus service along Prince of Wales.
Location: Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa
Deadline: Jul 1, 2018
Many people would like to help at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden, but do not want to be tied down to a particular day and time to help out in one of our work groups. We have created a strategy that we call “work nodes” that allows you to work on your own, at your own pace. Under the guidance of one of our long-time volunteers, you will be helped to find a small area of the garden that you would like to adopt. It will then be your responsibility to take care of your node, which may require removal and control of invasive species, planting native plants / shrubs / trees, mulching to discourage unwanted plants, etc., for the entire growing season. Time commitment can vary from one afternoon a month to weekly chores — it’s up to you! Tools, instructions, advice, and feedback will be provided to assist you as you work on your node.
Location: Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa
Deadline: Jul 1, 2018
We are looking for people who would be willing to lead small groups around the Fletcher Wildlife Garden, to explain what we are doing, and how we do it. Groups range from young people to seniors. You don’t have to be a botanist, a naturalist, or an expert in pollinators to lead a group. Walks around the garden generally last about an hour, and can involve some or all of our property. Walks only happen if the weather co-operates.
We will organize an orientation walk with new leaders to give you more information on the Fletcher Garden before you start leading walks yourself.
Location: Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Prince of Wales Drive
Deadline: Jun 30, 2018
The Fletcher Wildlife Garden has four information/notice boards on the property that provide information and handouts for visitors to the Garden. The boards are showing their age, and could be better designed to survive being out all year in the sun, rain, and snow. We need someone to design and construct (with assistance from other volunteers) new information/notice boards. Someone who likes to take on small projects, who has a basic workshop and tools would be ideal for this job. There are no deadlines, so the work schedule is very flexible.
Location: Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Prince of Wales Drive
Deadline: Jun 29, 2018