Not-So-Final Goodbyes from the EnvIR but More to Come from Our Fragile Planet!

August 11, 2018 | Janelle R

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I, Janelle Richards, am sorry to say that today is my last day as your Environmentalist in Residence! While I'm sad to leave, I want to highlight some of the really cool things that I've been up to over the last 10 weeks.

  Children playing outside Scarborough Civic Centre Branch. Photo Credit Janelle Richards
Over 10 weeks, 2 libraries, and 20 workshops, events and consultations, I was able to meet and speak with over 580 people from across the Greater Toronto Area! Together, we learned about bees, flowers, water bugs and trees. We had questions about our backyard nature and our balcony nature. We explored sidewalks and woodlots; city parks and reading gardens. We learned how to reduce our waste and how nature still has a place in the world of technology. We examined indigenous medicine and drew on natural knowledge from homes far away. We explored and looked closer, we ran and we rested under the shade of wise trees. We took time to listen and to feel the world around us and, as a result, we learned something new each day (yes, even me)!
Boy holding solitary bee home;  photo credit Janelle Richards 

What did I learn?

I learned that Toronto is a fantastic place to explore and people are eager to learn more about the world around them.

  Children learning on hike, photo credit Janelle Richards


I learned that library spaces across the city have the potential to foster some really great exploration and connection to the natural world.


Making Seed Balls!, Photo credit Janelle Richards
And I learned that as long as the Earth is spinning and there are humans hurting it, there will be work to be done. But sometimes that work is making nature bracelets to help explore colours in nature to help foster a sense of curiosity!
Nature Bracelet, Photo Credit Janelle Richards

What am I going to do now?

 I'll still be doing some great work in the parks and green spaces around the city, but mostly in the North west corner of Toronto. To me,  it's really important to continue the work of  connecting people back to nature. Keep an eye and an ear out for the good things to come!
While my time as the first ever Environmentalist in Residence is over, I'm not going too far away! I'm looking forward to attending some of the cool environmental programs coming up in the Our Fragile Planet Fall 2018 line-up!
Here are a few that are making me buzz!
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Thu Aug 30, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: City Hall
Tue Sep 11, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Thu Sep 27, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Alderwood
Wed Oct 10, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Beaches
With all that said, I will say my not-so-final goodbye! A special thank you to the staff and community at Scarborough Civic Centre Branch and Albion Branch for hosting me!  To all, remember to stay curious, ask questions and get outside!
Environmentally yours,
Janelle Richards
Environmentalist in Residence summer 2018
Janelle in sun  photo credit Janelle Richards

The Environmentalist in Residence workshops and the Our Fragile Planet program series are generously supported by the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

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