In-Person Program

In-Person Program

Please note – Special content listed on the Virtual Program will be made available to all participants on Howspace following the event

Here is the map to go with the program.YCAS_2022_May_Aquatarium Event Planning Map with Speakers




9:30 - 10:00


Let us know you’ve arrived. Collect your giveaway bag. A name tag is in the bag! Then head on over to the Lighthouse Theatre.

10:00 - 10:30

Welcome and Introductions

10:30 - 11:15

Keynote Speakers: Maureen Buchanan and Joanne Whitfield, Little Forests Kingston 

It's all about Relationships- Little Forests and Local Action 

How can we take action locally to address the climate and biodiversity emergencies? By strengthening our own relationships with nature and each other. In Kingston we're bringing Kingstonians together to plant Little Forests using the methods pioneered by Japanese forest ecologist Akira Miyawaki. Learn how we have brought this method to Kingston and partnered with a diverse group of local communities to make Kingston a climate resilient city. 

11:15 - 11:25


Grab a snack!

11:25 - 12:30

Making Climate Connections

Explore at your own pace. Meet workshop presenters, connect with community groups and discover the Aquatarium! Keep your eyes open as you travel and try the Social Media Scavenger Hunt!

12:30 - 1:00


Buffet-style - choose what you like! Enjoy local, seasonal flavours!

Take this time to choose your interactive workshop options.

1:00 - 1:30

Youth Panel

Climate Action Plan updates.

1:30 - 2:00

Workshops Round 1

Choose 1 of 5 workshops to attend! 

Katy Alambo, Biologist, Ottawa River Keepers

Measuring Watershed Health – An Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring - Measuring water quality is a big part of what we do at Ottawa Riverkeeper. With the help of communities and citizen scientists our organization tracks several key indicators of watershed health. In this workshop you will learn how we measure water quality, what these measurements tell us about the environment, and explore actions you can take to keep our waters clean and healthy for generations to come.

Chris Dennison, Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network

Biocultural Conservation in Many Spaces - The conservation of biodiversity occurs on many different scales and is often achieved in managed spaces where conservation is not specifically intended. It is critical that conservation and biodiversity are considered within all forms of land-management. Humans are intrinsically bound to the ecosystems around them, and this fact is even more apparent in the era of climate change . In this talk, we will discuss the relevance of environments that are not formerly “protected”, but which still provide refuge for wildlife, promote biodiversity, and support important aspects of cultural and spiritual heritage.

Astrid Muschalla, Master Gardener, Rideau-1000 Islands Master Gardeners

Not all Microbes Are Bad – Uncovering the Real Dirt About Soil - Soil sustains life. True or false? It’s underfoot and we take it for granted. Just as skin protects our bodies, soil protects Earth. Though we might take it for granted, in its absence we would quickly perish. Soil is thin, fragile, a living dynamic membrane, a biomantle. It’s nurturing, breathing, cooling and purifying. Imagine our bodies without skin. Now imagine the planet without soils. Starved, thirsty, hot, dirty, we might as well live on the moon. Soil is our life support system and it’s being constantly degraded. Discover how simple it is to convert dirt into soil in this hands-on session. 

Samantha Casey

Chief Development Officer Shake Up the Establishment

The Future We Want: Radically Imagining a Better Future for All - What does a sustainable future look like to you? When you think about this future, how has your life been changed? Join Shake Up the Establishment's talk to learn more about how we can use youth climate action to radically imagine and co-create a better, more sustainable future for all. 

Aly Hoover


L&G Turtles

Ontario Turtles: A Keystone Species - Why is turtle conservation important? What would happen if turtles disappeared from Ontario ecosystems? I am excited to speak with you about our efforts at L&G Turtles - how we rescue and protect our turtle species here in Leeds and Grenville and what you can do to get involved today. 

2:00 - 2:10


Grab a snack!

2:10 - 2:40

Workshops Round 2

Choose a second workshop to attend (see above for the choices).

2:40 - 3:10

Closing Address

3:10 - 3:30