Green Connections Program for Adults 55+


About

Green Connections for adults 55+ aims to reduce social isolation and build community togetherness among older residents in Oakville, through a program of fun, nature-themed events and activities.

Participants will experience the restorative benefits of nature and learn from local experts – horticulturalists, artists, conservationists, and nature-lovers. The program offers a forum for sharing green ideas, learning new skills and taking action in the community.

Participants will:

  • Enjoy time outdoors at guided nature-based events
  • Have fun and make new social connections (in-person or virtually!)
  • Share ideas and make new nature discoveries
  • Help to create a vibrant, healthy Oakville

Join today to be part of a connected and engaged 55+ green community.

 

Activities

Green Connections for adults 55+ includes:

  • Green Tea Monthly Virtual Chats – new themes each month, with local guest speakers
  • Forest Interpretive Walks – Summer 2021
  • Nature-themed workshops in partnership with Oakville Public Library – Summer 2021
  • Pollinator garden stewardship – Spring/Summer 2021
  • Tree planting events – Fall 2021

We welcome and support the participation of underrepresented groups, and individuals of varying backgrounds and abilities in the Green Connections program.

If you have any questions about the program, please email Tory Kenny at tory.kenny@oakvillegreen.org or call us at 289-813-1568.

 

Upcoming Events

Green Tea: Ecological Gardening – June 24 at 11 am

Oakvillegreen presents Green Tea: a virtual coffee and tea chat! Green Tea is a virtual gathering held on the last Thursday of the month, part of the Green Connections for adults 55+ program. June’s theme is Ecological Gardening – a talk with Aki Tanaka – a retired engineer, climate activist, former Oakvillegreen Board member, recently a David Suzuki Butterflyway Ranger and a life-long plant lover

Join us to learn more about sustainable gardening and be inspired by Aki’s plant journey who has been transforming her yard into a beautiful diverse habitat.

To register, click here or call us at 289-813-1568.

 

Pollinator Gardening with fellow participants – June 22 and June 29, 9 am

Our goal is to have fun and make new social connections. Pollinator Garden Stewardship is a great way to lend a hand tending to our vibrant native plants, meet other participants, and enjoy the outdoors. A typical visit to a pollinator garden involves weeding, watering, and mulching. Join us!

In order to provide additional accessibility for our Green Connections participants, we will be providing:
– Instructions and assistance from an Oakvillegreen staff member
– Kneeling pads
– Tools such as shovels and gloves (disinfected after each use)
– Drinks and snacks

Due to social distancing and provincial restrictions, we must cap registration at 5 people per garden event. For your safety, we recommend you bring the following:
– Personal water bottle, hat, sunscreen, and closed-toed shoes
– If you own gardening tools such as shovels and gloves, we recommend you bring your own. If you do not own any, do not fret! We will provide clean gloves and disinfected shovels.

Register here or call us at 289-813-1568.

 

The Love of Nature: Explore the love of nature through the lens of Wildlife Photographer John Silk, in partnership with Oakville Public Library – July 15, 11 am

 

John will take you on a journey through our local urban green spaces and wetlands.  He believes the best camera is the one you have with you, and what matters more to him is the connection to the environment, to all living things that surround us and that make our world and our town a beautiful and extraordinary place!

John Silk started taking photos in a dark room when he was 12 and received his first Polaroid instant camera and he never looked back.  He loves spending time in nature and this is where he gets his inspiration.  Professionally, John has been a wildlife photographer for the past 5 years, capturing the beauty of Oakville in all seasons.

To register, click here or call us at 289-813-1568.

 

Why Native Plants Matter, in partnership with Oakville Public Library – September 27, 2 pm

Check back soon for registration details!

 

Previous Events

Green Tea: Birds in Our Urban Landscapes – May 27 at 11 am

May’s theme is Birds in Our Urban Landscapes – a talk with Enver Domingo, an Oakvillegreen Board member since 2005, an environmentalist with a remarkable passion for birds and for protecting our green spaces, a recipient of the Award from the Ontario Heritage Trust for his work in preserving the Province’s Natural Heritage. Follow-up discussion with Oakvillegreen staff on how to create bird-friendly habitats!

 

Green Tea: Magnificent Monarchs – April 29 at 11 am

April’s theme is Magnificent Monarchs with Oakville resident and butterfly conservationist Margaret Larson!