17th Annual EcoBuzz Conference Workshops


Climate Change Mosaic Mural – PEYA (Peel Environmental Youth Alliance)

Participants will get creative and paint a tile to be incorporated into our climate change mosaic mural to visually answer the question “What action can you take to fight climate change?” The mural will visualize how our individual acts contribute to the larger global picture and will be unveiled at the closing ceremony of EcoBuzz!



Tree Rings: A Look Into Past Climate – University of Toronto Mississauga (Geography Dept)

Trees, like the pages in a history book, tell a story of how the world has changed around it. A new layer of wood forms on the outer surface of the tree each year, from the roots to the tips of branches. And from core samples collected from the trunks of trees, we can count the growth rings back through time, and observe changes in their width and utilize this information to interpret how environmental growing conditions have changed through the tree’s lifespan.

This workshop will provide a brief introduction to the principles of dendrochronology (the study of tree-rings) and examine tree-core samples to demonstrate how tree-rings are used to investigate past changes in climate.


Seeds of Change – Earnscliffe Senior Public School’s Eco Team

Have you ever wondered how you could make your learning space more green? Join Earnscliffe Senior Public School’s Eco Team for an interactive workshop, where you will have the chance to get your hands in some dirt and learn plenty of tricks and tips for starting a garden at your own school. Our Eco Team hopes to inspire you with their own eco journey to be the “Seed of Change” in your own community!


CliMate the Chatbot: How to Talk About Climate 101 – David Suzuki Foundation

We’ve all been at that family dinner where your uncle wants to debate about current issues and this year climate is on top of that list. Talking about the climate crisis with friends and family can be difficult and frustrating but it’s one of the best ways to build awareness and support for climate advocacy.

We can’t solve the climate crisis if we aren’t talking about it.

In this workshop we’ll practise how to talk about the climate crisis using CliMate, a facebook chatbot that coaches you through climate conversations.

You’ll learn how to have productive conversations with anyone and everyone, including your friends, family, peers and strangers – whether they’re climate advocates or climate skeptics.

The approach is based on Karin Tamerius’ Smart Politics. Drawing on expertise in social and political psychology and experience with online dialogues, she developed a five-step method to help people have difficult conversations.

After practising conversations with CliMate the chatbot, we’ll brainstorm conversation techniques / points that work best for us and ways in which we can take action in our own lives.


The Wonderful World of Wetlands – Credit Valley Conservation

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


Become a Citizen Scientist with EcoSpark! – EcoSpark

Learn how you can become a citizen scientist by engaging in environmental monitoring activities right on your school ground, your local green space, or in the nearby stream! In this interactive, hands-on workshop, you’ll learn about how EcoSpark’s Changing Currents stream health assessment protocol, and about the different citizen science activities our School Watch program has to offer, including pollinator, bird, invasive species, and precipitation monitoring!

Teachers will enjoy learning how our programming is curriculum connected, earns your school points towards EcoSchools certification. You’ll also gain access to some teaching resources that will help make citizen science a success in the classroom.

Street Design Workshop – City of Mississauga (Active Transportation)

This workshop will focus on the design of streetscapes. Participants will be engaged in hands-on design activities while learning about the how streetscapes contribute to the visual, environmental and social experience of a community.



Environmental Justice – University of Toronto Mississauga (Geography Dept)

This workshop will build an understanding of the different way environmental problems often effect different groups of people. Through a series of group activities we will explore the ways in which environmental problems (such as climate change and air pollution) impact people differently because of their ethnicity, gender, or relative wealth. Our goal is to recognize that the burden of environmental degradation is not always shared equally.


Let’s Talk EcoSchools! – Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (Peel EcoSchools)

Are you a part of an Eco Team at your school? Are you running out of ideas to engage your school and community? Or do you have an idea but is stuck on how to implement it? Gather with like-minded individuals to engage in an interactive discussion on incorporating new ideas into your school’s EcoSchools Canada program. The session will also incorporate ways you can fund your EcoSchools action projects.



Ecological Restoration with Native Plants – Kayanase

In this workshop, Kerdo will share his knowledge of restoration planting, native plants and share information on how to propagate native plants. Participants will go home with a packet of seeds to plant themselves in the Spring.

In addition, Kerdo will offer tips for how you as an individual can take action to be more environmentally friendly.




Tree Monitoring & Identification – Association for Canadian Educational Resources (ACER)

In this workshop we will discuss the benefits of trees and how that connects to the bigger issue of climate change, as well as why and how we measure them. Students will learn how to go about identifying several trees species including how to identify trees during winter.




Footprint of Fashion – Fashion Takes Action

Students will gain a deeper understanding around textile reuse and recycling, waste diversion and sustainability, and how we need to shift toward a more circular economy. In this workshop students will learn how both the making of our clothes AND how we care for them has an impact on the planet and climate change. There will be an up-cycling activity included in the workshop.


So You Think You Can Recycle? – Master of Science in Sustainability Management UofT

Students will test their knowledge about the do’s and don’ts of recycling through interactive games and activities. The workshop will highlight concepts including zero waste, microplastics, and upcycling. During the breakout activity, students will develop solutions to address plastic pollution at home and at school. The goal is to highlight the importance of proper waste management and responsible consumption as a means of combatting climate change.


Trees are Magic – City of Brampton (Parks & Forestry Dept)

Trees are one of the most magical living things on earth. Hear from an arborist who is passionate about sharing his love and knowledge of trees and how to care for them. Learn how to help the trees in your school and neighbourhood stay healthy and happy through our changing climate.



Prototyping Sustainable Transportation – City of Mississauga (Environment Division)

How do we get people out of cars? Especially for trips that could be taken by more sustainable modes – e.g. walking (under 2k), biking (under 5k), transit (within 20k). Transportation is one of the most significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the community – with single occupancy cars making up the majority of those emissions. After a brief presentation about climate change in Mississauga, we’ll be asking you to prototype solutions to answer this very question, how do we encourage people to take sustainable modes of transportation? How can students and teachers at your school set an example? Make a skit, draw, create a story board or model – it’s up to your group! Let’s move Mississauga sustainably!


Who Rules: Transformer Carbon or Human Being? – University of Toronto Mississauga (Geography Dept)

In the workshop, materials and toys will be used to construct a big picture representing the different forms of carbon on Earth. The transformation of the carbon from one form to another will be demonstrated through experiments. For example, participants will see gases (CO2) generated when acid is dropped on calcite. After showing a lit candle stops burning in a sealed container, students will be asked to think about what gas is consumed and what is created. Then they will be invited to draw/write down human activities that is similar to these processes, and put them up on the big picture. Eventually, participants will discuss about the impact of the increased CO2 concentration after measuring the pH of regular water and carbonated water.


Putting Down Roots – Forests Ontario

Have you ever wondered what kinds of trees are growing in your neighbourhood or school yard? Or why different trees thrive in different places? Join Forests Ontario in an exploration of our province’s native trees and discover what makes each forest landscape unique. In this workshop, students will learn about tree identification, get a chance to identify regionally characteristic trees, and determine where exactly these trees would thrive. With these new skills and data, students will then be challenged to map a tree planting site in a timed activity to form a mosaic of native tree species.


New & Not Improved: Invasive Species in Ontario – Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

Did you know that a typical gold fish can destroy Canadian aquatic ecosystems? In this workshop, we will learn about invasive species and why they are so dangerous to our environment and economy through dynamic activities and case studies. We will also explore what you can do in your everyday life to prevent their spread. In the end, you will understand why such a small and “harmless” fish can have damaging effects.


Climate Solutions! – Sierra Club Peel Group

Many people are worried about climate change and wondering what to do about it. There are solutions at our fingertips. We will rely on a number of resources to engage students in exploring the good ideas and best practices in our own communities in Peel and how we can support these.




Podcasting for Environmental Leadership – Ecosource

If all the world were listening, what would you say? As a youth, your voice is powerful and impactful. Learn how to use and amplify your voice to connect with your community and promote healthier environments. We’ll share tips and tricks to help you start your own podcast and cover everything from interviewing skills to equipment to marketing. You will have a chance to listen to and celebrate the launch of Plug in to Grow, a new youth-hosted podcast that explores the stories, people and drivers that are shaping local food, urban agriculture and sustainability in the Region of Peel.