16th Annual EcoBuzz Conference Workshops

Leadership Mosaic Mural – PEYA (Peel Environmental Youth Alliance)





It’s all in the Tree-Rings – University of Toronto Mississauga (Geography dept)

Dendrochronology (study of tree-rings) is a versatile branch of natural sciences with applications in climatology, ecology, archaeology and other disciplines. Tree-rings are a powerful natural archive for addressing research questions across a range of spatial and temporal scales, owing to the fact that they are annually resolved, long-lived (e.g., multi-century) and cover a large portion of Earth’s surface. Tree-rings reflect changes in their local environment, and they are sensitive to factors that limit biological processes such as light, soil moisture, air temperature and disturbance. In this workshop, students will use microscopes to examine a variety of tree-ring samples, and learn about the stories recorded in the rings over decades to centuries before present day.


A Year at the Lake – University of Toronto Mississauga (Geography dept)

In geography we often use models to predict how climate change will affect complex systems. In this workshop, you will experiment with an aquarium model to observe how summer heating and winter storms affect mixing in a freshwater lake. We will simulate the transition from spring to summer which warms the surface waters and then disturb the lake with wind as fall storms arrive. This hands on lab features a physical model that depicts how the thousands of lakes in Ontario respond to normal seasonal variation, and insight into how this could change with increased warming.



Launch a school waste reduction movement! – Region of Peel

Looking for support tackling waste reduction at your school? In this workshop, participants will learn about free waste reduction programs offered by the Region of Peel, and try out hands-on activities for engaging their school.


Wonderful World of Wetlands  – Credit Valley Conservation

In this workshop, participants will learn all about wetlands, including the different types of wetlands we have locally, their function and importance to the environment and human society, and why they should be protected and restored. Connections will be made to local ecosystems and case studies of local wetland creation or restoration projects carried out by Credit Valley Conservation will be discussed.
There will be a variety of interactive games and activities that get students up and out of their seats. These activities will show in a fun, hands-on manner the benefits that wetlands have to humans and our environment.

Stream to shore: Assessing the Health of Local Streams and Streamside Vegetation – EcoSpark

Ever wonder how healthy or polluted your local stream is? Find out by asking the small animals and bugs that live under the rocks and in the muck, the benthic invertebrates! In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to collect, identify and use benthic invertebrates and information about their environment to assess the health of local waterways. Discover the importance of these critters in our aquatic ecosystems and engage in citizen science projects to learn how you can take action to protect your local streams!

Change a Flat / Winter Cycling Tips and Tricks – City of Mississauga Active Transportation

Transportation accounts for approximately 32% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the City of Mississauga. Cycling for transportation is a great way to contribute towards tackling climate change. Year-round cycling is becoming more popular as cities improve their cycling networks and work to clear bike lanes and paths of snow. Learn tips and tricks to make riding in the winter easier, and learn how to change your own tire so you don’t have to worry about getting stuck with a flat.



Careers in the Environment – Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

With global interest in the environment expanding so rapidly, the market demand for professionals in the environmental sector continues to grow every year. Exploring your interests, skills, and strengths through interactive, hands-on activities, discover the many, diverse career opportunities within the environment and how you can begin to discover your perfect career.

Microplatics: Tiny But Dangerous – Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

In this activity, students will learn about what microplastics are and where they come from, their impact on humans and ecosystems, how we research microplastics, and what actions the public can take to reduce microplastic pollution. Participants will also sort through terrestrial and aquatic samples for various types of plastic debris, and examine the results with microscopes.


Understanding and Working with Complex Systems – Foundation for Student Science and Technology



Ecological and social systems are both complex systems and as such are made up of the same components and processes. Students will participate in a number of interactive games and other activities to learn about complexity. Participants will learn to recognize the basic components of any complex system. Recognizing components will improve the way you work with these systems.


.Monitoring Trees – Association for Canadian Educational Resources (ACER)

This workshop will cover why we measure trees, climate change, and the link between trees and climate change. Participants will also learn how to measure mature trees.




Stormwater in Your City – The City of Mississauga Stormwater Outreach Team




This workshop will include an informative discussion on the following topics:
-What is our stormwater system and how does it work?
-How water conservation benefits people and ecosystems
-Green infrastructure and how cities can work with natural processes
-Surface and groundwater protection
-Water quality and environmental health

Discussion will be followed by an activity where students will work together in small teams as “to provide a solution to a stormwater pollution scenario”!