There’s always something going on at Ferris Provincial Park for nature lovers and families. The Friends of Ferris, with the support of volunteers within the community, bring various activities and events to the park to educate and encourage a love for nature.

Friends of Ferris Next Meeting
Monday May 27th, 2024 at 5pm
Everyone welcome
Location: Rotary Hall 179 Saskatoon Ave Campbellford

2024 Season Opening BBQ – Saturday May 11, 2024
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Come meet us at the picnic shelter and enjoy a hot dog and drink with The Friends of Ferris. There will be Ferris Park merch, you’ll be able to talk to the Friends of Ferris members, enjoy the picnic shelter and walk the Suspension bridge and trails – rain or shine.

Park fees apply. The BBQ is “pay what you want”
For more information call Christa 1-905-925-7785

Spring Nature Walk with Kristen Osbourne Ontario Parks
Saturday May 25th 9:00 am

Join Ontario Parks’ Chief Park Naturalist, Kristen Osbourne on an informative 2 hour walk.
Kristen Osborne has been a naturalist at Presqu’ile Provincial Park for 9 summers. Her summers consist of creating and presenting programs for the visitors from guided hikes, to drop-in tables and evening programs. Now the acting Chief Park Naturalist and overseeing the Discovery program at Presqu’ile, Kristen loves to share her knowledge and passion about the natural world with those around her. Come walk with her here in Ferris!
Meet at the Picnic Shelter at 9am.
This walk is hosted by the Friends, park fees apply. See you there!

Professor Pricklethorn
Saturday July 6th 1:00 pm

Mark your calendars! Coming back to Ferris Park!
Learn to see trees through the Professor’s eyes and his green-coloured lenses. You will see the environment around you in a different way. Trees are not just outdoor furniture for us to use. If we learn respect and care for the trees, then we learn they can help us and the global environment in countless ways.
Professor Pricklethorn wants to help everyone learn how to make the connection between science and everyday life by learning about the good things trees do for us every single day. Lot’s of fun and engagement!

Who exactly is Professor Pricklethorn?
Warren Hoselton, (Humber College Landscape Technology / Arboriculture Grad 1979 – 1982), from Cobourg ON,  is the former Park Supervisor on Toronto Island, for the City of Toronto.  He oversaw a unique park setting of 230 hectares that is often referred to as the jewel in the crown of Toronto’s Park System.  He is an ISA Certified Arborist (ON299) and previously an Urban Forestry Foreperson for the former Metro Toronto Municipality.  He has been serving on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Tree Fund since 2007 and is a 21 time Tour des Trees rider, raising well over 100K for tree research and education.   He also serves as the event’s educational outreach lead on the annual fund-raising tour that features his fast paced and highly animated “Professor Pricklethorn” tree presentations across North America.  He is also contracted by the Toronto District School Board and other Ontario School Boards as an “External Presenter” for his program.  He has won several awards for his work within the industry and within the community that he serves.  To his credit, his has authored 3 workbooks for children to learn more about the benefits of urban trees.   Hoselton misses no opportunity to celebrate the urban tree and its critical role aligned with our well being.

Come join us for this chance to see Professor Pricklethorn right here in Ferris Park. Free with park admission!!
Visit his website to learn more about Professor Pricklethorn

Jacob Rodenburg
August 24th at 1:00 pm

This is a registered event.
Another favourite presenter returning to Ferris Park!
Jacob has taught in the field of Outdoor Education for almost 30 years. He is currently the Executive Director of Camp Kawartha, a summer camp and outdoor education centre. He teaches part time at Trent University in environmental education. Recently Jacob co-authored an award winning book called “The Big Book of Nature Activities” with naturalist Drew Monkman.

Jacob conceived an environmental framework for children of all ages and is working with multiple stakeholders to implement this. Jacob’s Pathway to Stewardship & Kinship approach to environmental education helps provide children with the key experiences they need throughout their development in order to become future stewards.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see Jacob here at Ferris Park – free with park admission.

Weekly walking group May thru December – rain or shine!
Meet in the park, have a Ferris Guide escort you on our
weekly walks in May.  Guided walks resume in May and continue every Tuesday until December.  We meet at the east end of the Suspension Bridge at 9am and walk for about 1 hour, rain or shine.  The walks, led by a Friend of Ferris, are geared to the abilities of those participating on the day.  Each week we travel a different combination of the many, well maintained trails throughout the park.  Join us and enjoy the experience….naturally!

Please note – cancellations can happen.
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram or contact Christa 1-905-925-7785

Dry Stone Wall – our last workshop was in 2018. To view the progress of the stone wall workshops, we have videos posted here. We will not be holding any future dry stone wall workshops at this time.

Accessibility in the park – rent our DeBug All-Terrain Wheelchair to attend events or enjoy the trails!