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The Workshop-in-a-Box Program

    For Shoreline Residents...

    If you're a shoreline resident and are interested in finding out about upcoming workshops in your community, search the listings in News and Events. To contact local groups in your area, go to the Contact Us page.

    By attending a workshop modeled after our Workshop-in-a-Box Program, you'll learn:
    • How to protect water quality and prevent erosion with a buffer strip of shoreline plants

    • Tips on native plants and shoreline landscaping

    • Ideas for handling shoreline erosion challenges

    • How to properly maintain your septic system

    • Tips on building and maintaining your dock

    • Helpful contacts in your area

If you know of a group which might be interested in using our Workshop-in-a-Box Program, ask them to get in touch with the Living by Water Project regional office for your area.

    For groups and agencies...

    Are you working with a group? This Program is designed to provide your group with the materials and resources you need to deliver a professional presentation about shorelines - without having to do all of the research and a lot of preparation work beforehand.

Workshop-in-a-Box is a portable tool kit which helps your group conduct an interactive workshop that meets the needs of permanent and seasonal shoreline residents in your community. You can promote action and positive behaviour change that will benefit shoreline residents - saving them time and money, protecting property values, protecting water quality and shorelines! The Program is a unique educational tool that can be used to deliver information on a peer-to-peer basis. Use it to build capacity, empower and mobilize your local group.

Cottage associations, ratepayer, stewardship and conservation groups can make use of the kit. Hosting a shoreline resident workshop in your community can strengthen and unite your group.

In designing your workshop, you can choose which topics you would like to cover and how much detail you would like to devote to each topic.

Main topics (modules) include:

  • Healthy shorelines

  • Native plants and shoreline landscaping

  • Shoreline erosion and bioengineering

  • Septic systems

  • Preventing water pollution

  • Walks and docks

Other topics may be introduced in the future; we welcome additional ideas. You can add your own topics to the local workshop.

The Box contains the following services and support materials:

  • The Workshop-in-a-Box Manual, includes information and advice on using local case study sites for hands-on experiences and how to organize and promote your workshop from start to finish.

  • Slide presentation and overheads; and an optional PowerPoint presentation

  • Facilitator's notes

  • A supporting video

  • Supporting resource books

  • A collection of brochures, extension notes, and other resource documents related to each module
  • Other Living By Water Project handouts
  • The document entitled: Community Environmental Projects: From Needs Assessment to Evaluation.
  • On the Living Edge: Your handbook for Waterfront Living (available soon in your region)
  • Leading edge conservation marketing assistance
  • Networking service to connect you with individuals and other groups

Download your copy of the Workshop-in-a-box Manual (publications)

Want more information?
Click Contact Us in the main menu to find the closest regional Living by Water Project office

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