#4940 Growing Beautiful - Garden Tourism in Canada
Abbey Gardens (a not-for profit charity in the process of transforming a spent gravel pit into over 300 acres of green space for their local community) is interested in researching the potential for garden tourism on their property.
This project would be focused on secondary research defining garden tourism; selecting Canadian examples of successful garden tourism; and providing a case study overview of these successful examples operate. Students will make recommendations on the feasibility of this approach to the development of the Abbey Gardens property.
#4941 Abbey Gardens Educational Interpretive Trail
Abbey Gardens (a not-for profit charity in the process of transforming a spent gravel pit into over 300 acres of green space for their local community) is looking into establishing an additional hiking/snowshoeing trail on their property.
The main focus of the students involved in this project is the research and creation of interpretive signage for the new trail for features including a small stream and wetland. Students may have the opportunity to assist in the marking of the trail early in the year in order to see these features for themselves and to experience other features that could have interpretive signage associated with them. If students have mapping expertise Abbey Gardens may also ask for assistance updating their trail map as a part of this project.
#4899 QEII Cultural Summary – Park Fire History
NOTE: This project is available for the Fall 2020 semester.
Ontario Parks' mandate is to protect significant natural and cultural resources in a system of parks and protected areas that are sustainable and provide opportunities for inspiration/ enjoyment and education now and for future generations. The objective of this project is to develop a deep understanding of Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Park’s forest fire history from the late 1800s onwards and their mitigation efforts. By investigating this history via literature reviews and interviewing historians, the student’s comprehensive summary will provide key information for the park users and stakeholders, giving them a better understanding of the park's fire ecology. This project may open the door for future research and help aid in the protection of this area natural environment.
This project is ideal for a single undergraduate student or small group of students.
#4897 An Investigation into Plastic Consumption and Alternatives for the Haliburton County Farmers Market
NOTE: This project has been matched and is no longer available.
The Haliburton County Farmers' Market Association (HCFMA) hosts 3 community farmers markets locations and have over 25 vendors involved from the months of May to October. With increasing awareness of the problems associated with the single use plastic and the recent federal government proposal to ban single use plastics by 2021, the HCFMA wishes to look for ways to minimize the plastic usage practices of vendors and customers. This project will provide an overview of the main sources of plastic usage in farmers markets locally and in Ontario and understand how to best utilize incentives for behavioral change re: plastic use, and identify challenges and limitations to plastic reduction initiatives. Students will work closely with community members, vendors and the HCFMA to find useful answers to the outstanding questions involving plastic consumption and alternatives.