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Algonquin Park Visitor Services Staff Reunion

September 6 to 8, 2019 ~ Algonquin Park

2019 Algonquin Park Visitor Services Reunion LogoThe Algonquin Park Visitor Services Program celebrates its 75th anniversary during 2019. In recognition of this milestone The Friends of Algonquin Park in cooperation with Ontario Parks is celebrating by hosting a Visitor Services Reunion for past and current staff (and immediate family members) from September 6 to 8, 2019 in Algonquin Park.

Who Should Attend?

This reunion is only for individuals who meet the criteria below.

  • Paid staff who worked in the Visitor Services Program/Natural Heritage Education Program from 1944 to the present;
  • Paid staff who have worked at the Algonquin Park Museum (1953 - 1992), the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre (1993 - present), the Pioneer Logging Exhibit (1959-1991) and Algonquin Logging Museum (1992 - present), Found Lake Staffhouse; and
  • Individuals who have been Museum Technicians, Naturalists, Trail Crew, and a host of other positions within these facilities for either The Friends of Algonquin Park or the Ontario Government.

Register Now!

Registration ButtonRegistration is now open for the 2019 Algonquin Park Visitor Services Reunion. All attendees and immediate family members need to register to attend. Entire "weekend" and "Saturday only" priced packages are available. Registration closes August 16, 2019. Click the button to register after reviewing the details below.

Reunion Agenda

Event ReminderBelow is an agenda for the 2019 Algonquin Park Visitor Services Reunion. Please check back regularly for updates to this agenda as more events are finalized. Events marked with * are selections required by participants on the registration form (see link above).

Friday, September 6, 2019
Prior to 7:00pm Setup Campsite at Kearney Lake Campground *
7:00pm - 8:00pm Arrival, Registration, and Permits at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre
8:00pm - 9:00pm Welcome and Opening Remarks including Photo Booth, Silent Auction, Snacks and Drinks (included with "weekend" registration) at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre
   
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Starting at 9:00am Registration at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre
8:00am - 9:30am Bird Walk*
9:00am - 12:00pm Canoe Outing* (participants must provide their own equipment)
10:00am - 12:00pm Algonquin Art Centre (Old Museum) Tour and Paddle Painting*
10:30am -  11:15am Algonquin For Kids Program*
10:00am - 11:30am Tree Walk*
1:00pm - 2:30pm History Walk*
1:00pm - 3:00pm So, You Think You Can Mutech? Trivia*
1:30pm - 3:30pm Bike Hike* (participants must provide their own equipment)
2:00pm - 3:30pm Beaver Pond Study*
2:00pm - 3:30pm Forest Ecology Walk*
2:00pm - 4:00pm Camboose Talk*
5:30pm - 7:00pm BBQ (included with "weekend" and "Saturday only" registration options)
7:30pm - 8:00pm The Friends of Algonquin Park's 2019 Directors Award Presentation to Howard Coneybeare
8:00pm - 8:45pm History of Natural Heritage Education in Algonquin Park
8:45pm - 9:30pm Evolution of Interpretation in Algonquin Park
9:30pm - 9:45pm Closing Remarks
   
Sunday, September 8, 2019
9:00am - 10:30am Continental Breakfast (included with "weekend" registration option)
10:30am - 11:15am Algonquin For Kids Program*
10:30am - 12:00pm Algonquin Park Visitor Centre Behind the Scenes Tour*
12:00pm Conclusion of 2019 Algonquin Park Visitor Services Reunion

Event Locations

The 2019 Visitor Services Reunion events will be held a various locations along the Highway 60 Corridor of Algonquin Park including:

Algonquin Park Visitor Centre

Visitor CentreThe Algonquin Park Visitor Centre opened in 1993 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Algonquin Provincial Park and the entire Ontario provincial park system. The Visitor Centre has world class exhibits on the Park's natural and human history, a relaxing restaurant and an excellent bookstore. A theatre presentation sums up the Park story and then takes you out to the viewing deck from where you can admire a breathtaking panorama of wild Algonquin landscape.

The Algonquin Park Visitor Centre is also the headquarters of The Friends of Algonquin Park and the Natural Heritage Education Program.

East Beach Picnic Pavilion

The East Beach Picnic Pavilion is a covered picnic facility suitable for 110 people frequently used for weddings, family reunions, business meetings, training courses, special events, and school group outings. Washroom facilities are available in the immediate vicinity.

Outdoor Theatre

Outdoor TheatreLocated south from km 35.4 of Highway 60, the Outdoor Theatre is an open air amphitheater, with bench seating for 1,000+ people, used for evening programs, special events, and Algonquin Park's famous Public Wolf Howls.

Other events will be taking place at numerous locations along Highway 60. Details will be provided upon registration in Algonquin Park.

Accommodation

Camping

Kearney Campground Highway SignCamping at Kearney Lake Campground is available for those registering for the reunion weekend. Registrants must indicate on the registration form if a campsite is required. Campsite availability is limited and is available on a first-come, first-registered basis. Additional camping opportunities exist apart from Kearney Campground (see below).

Other Accommodation Options

Camping opportunities (alongside the public) exist apart from the Kearney Lake Campground. These developed or backcountry campsites can be reserved through the centralized Ontario Parks reservation service, for an additional charge, and can be booked up to 5 months in advance. For more information see Fall in Algonquin Park. Please make you own accommodation arrangements early to avoid disappointment at this busy time of year.

Plenty of roofed accommodation is available both inside and outside Algonquin Park. Options vary but include lodges, yurts, and providers in neighbouring communities such as Whitney, Oxtongue Lake, Huntsville and beyond. See the Commercial Services section for providers by searching "accommodation" in the search box.

How You Can Help!

Call for Excursion Leaders

During the 2019 Visitor Services Reunion we are in need of volunteer field excursion leaders and assistants. If you would like to volunteer with a field excursion, please contact us.

Call for Images

If you have taken images in Algonquin Park of yourself and your coworkers and would like to share them with The Friends of Algonquin Park for use at the Visitor Services Reunion, please submit them along with your registration package, or if not attending, send them to Stacey Finch at The Friends of Algonquin Park.

Can't Make It To the Reunion?

Even if you can't make it to the reunion you are welcome to share your images and best wishes to be shared with attendees. Please send them to Stacey Finch at The Friends of Algonquin Park.

More Information

For more information about the 2019 Algonquin Park Visitor Services Reunion please contact us.


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