The Friends of Petrie Island are a volunteer, nonprofit group formed in 1998 to ensure that the islands are managed in an environmentally sound manner. Under an agreement with the City of Ottawa, the group maintains the walking trails and picnic area and operates the Nature Interpretive Centre, as well as providing excellent and affordable educational day programs for youth. Wednesday volunteer workdays are from April until October. New volunteers are always welcome along with impromptu clean-ups when you visit. Garbage bags are available in the centre – just tell us where you’ve cleaned up! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Membership is $10 for individuals, $25 for families. Donations are always appreciated. They can be made on the island at the Nature Centre (when it is open) or sent to the Chair of FOPI (address is at the bottom of the Membership page). Thank you for your support!
OTTAWA’S NATIVE PLANT GARDEN DAYS
Come visit Petrie Island on the weekend of June 19 – 21 for a tour of our wildflower garden.
There will be staffed hours on Friday (2-5 pm) and Sunday (11-3pm) if visitors have questions and want to know more about the native plants.
OLYMPIC SPRINT KAYAK PROGRAM
FOPI will also be partnering with the Rideau Canoe Club to run ½ day two week camps at Petrie Island where participants will have the opportunity to get involved in hands on stewardship projects as well as the Olympic sprint kayak program. The direct link for summer camps is: http://www.rideaucanoeclub.ca/home/petrie-island-summer-camp. Or call the Rideau Canoe Club: (613) 225-5546 for further information.
CONTINUING PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
- Junior Naturalist program, (ages 2 – 5), approximately 2 hours
- Youth programs (ages 7 – 12), approximately 2 hours
- Home Schoolers programs May and June
More details can be found on the Children’s Nature Program webpage. For information contact: email@example.com The Nature centre can be opened anytime during the season, (May 1 to end of Sept) for interested groups. It is normally open daily from Victoria weekend till Labour Day, 10 to 8 p.m. and on weekends from early May to Thanksgiving. Tours of the Island are available for Youth groups, Seniors, Home Schoolers – approximately ½ hour to 1 ½ hours. For inquiries re: opening up the nature centre or for arranging a tour please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will continue events such as: Jane’s Walk in May, Turtle day in June, and the self-guided Wildflower walk. Canada Day festivities also happen on the island. A new event for Petrie Island this year is the Native Plant Garden Days which will be held on the island on Friday the 19th and Sunday the 21st. Event details can be found on the Events page and will be updated when more information is available.
Visitor-contributed Photos on Website
We welcome photographs provided by visitors to Petrie Island. We can now offer to publish them on our website. Click here to visit the contributed photos page. The first album contains instructions on how to submit photos. If it all seems like too much work for you, just email your photos and we will do all the work for you.
Friends of Petrie Island Donor 2015:
17 Tristan Court – Website Link