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Shoreline Event and Activity Manual
30+ Ways to Celebrate Shorelines!
Shoreline Talks Newsletter

Welcome to the News and Events Section of our Website!

Here you’ll find news on events and activities focused on freshwater and marine shorelines. As we continue to build this data base, you’ll find exciting and useful information related to:

  • protection
  • conservation
  • restoration
  • enhancement
  • clean-up
  • education
  • hands-on learning
  • celebration

Search for news and events happening in your region and across the country by selecting the news or event menu tab on your left.

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Email us with news, events and activities, relating to the restoration and protection and restore Canada’s shorelines. Share your accomplishments, successes and challenges! Let us know about upcoming workshops, shoreline fairs, conferences, clean-up activities and special events, even announcements about new policies or legislation affecting shorelines. We may include your postings in upcoming issues of our regional Shoreline Talk newsletters!

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Shoreline Event and Activity Manual

If you’re thinking about hosting a shoreline event or activity for the first time, or if you’re an exhausted veteran and could use some new ideas, we have produced a Shoreline Event and Activity Manual (publications) to help and inspire you! This “how to” guide provides you with practical tips and ideas on how to organize, plan and implement a shoreline-related event or activity. It also helps you identify ways you can reap the benefits associated with undertaking such an initiative:

  • Help take care of a resource that is valuable to your entire community.
  • Raise awareness about your group.
  • Inspire community members to contribute, or get involved.
  • Increase group membership through increased outreach opportunities.
  • Obtain a higher return on your limited resources - more bang for your buck.
  • Create new networking opportunities.
  • Develop new community partnerships.
  • Receive media coverage and publicity.
  • Provide recognition to your members, participants and sponsors

Want to sneak a peek? Take a look at the Table of Contents

30+ Ways to Celebrate Shorelines!

Here are some fun ideas for different ways you can celebrate our connection to Canada’s shorelines. Get together with a community group, a local stewardship or conservation group, or your family and friends to plan an event or activity!

  1. Plan an activity or event linking upstream and downstream communities.
  2. Hold a Ribbon Joining Ceremony between: - communities within a watershed - provinces and territories - Canada and the US
  3. Host a native storytelling evening with dancing and drumming - discover what your local shoreline means to your First Nations neighbours.
  4. Ask an “oldtimer” - get seniors in your community to participate in a storytelling event.
  5. Put on a festival celebrating shorelines.
  6. Bring a shoreline theme into your local fall fair.
  7. Organize a parade or procession.
  8. Hold a costume making party - create a cast of shoreline characters.
  9. Put on a community play with a shoreline theme.
  10. Form a shoreline youth theatre group.
  11. Organize crafts workshops - make shoreline reed baskets, rubbed greeting cards etc.
  12. Sponsor an art exhibit.
  13. Build a floating art exhibit or sculpture.
  14. Host an information workshop about the shorelines within your watershed.
  15. Form a watershed stewardship group.
  16. Participate in a habitat restoration program .
  17. Restore a shoreline.
  18. Hold an underwater cleanup - involve your local scuba divers.
  19. Host a house and yard educational workshop - e.g. give tips on composting and making your own environmentally friendly cleaning products.
  20. Organize a plant salvage - rescue native plants from an area slated for development and replant them along a local shoreline. (Get permission and check plant suitability.)
  21. Coordinate or promote an adopt-a-shoreline program.
  22. Send out a shoreline report card - get kids to grade your local waterfront parks.
  23. Set up a shoreline viewing tank - work with a science centre or educational institution to introduce people to local water creatures (contact your local aquarium or science centre).
  24. Organize a shoreline discovery tour (contact your local naturalist club).
  25. Build a historical shoreline walk (contact your local museum or historical society).
  26. Plan an archaeological tour - visit the shorelines of the past with your local archaeological society or museum (contact your local archaeological society).
  27. Visit a shoreline industry - learn the importance of your shoreline to your community’s economy.
  28. Hold a shoreline BBQ or Native pit cook.
  29. Organize a shoreline food workshop - identify and cook foods that come from our waters and shorelines.
  30. Organize or participate in a shoreline poster competition.
  31. Organize a shoreline poetry contest.
  32. Create an educational shoreline display - throw in a quiz and a prize to motivate people to have a look through your display!
  33. Test your local water quality.
  34. Perform a “Secchi Dip in” to test water clarity in a nearby lake (contact your local lake group or DFO office).
  35. Go pond dipping for insects - bring a microscope!
  36. Host a shoreline health and awareness conference or workshop (contact your local college or university).
  37. Launch the Shoreline Ambassador Program in your community. 38. Make a commitment to caring for shorelines by participating in the Shoreline Action Challenge.