General Information

General Information

The course will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday June 19th, 2017 and end at 4:30 p.m. on Friday June 23rd. We suggest that you arrive in North Bay on Sunday night to ensure that you are on time for the early start Monday Morning.

Adjustments may be made to agenda in the case of inclement weather, but be prepared to do field work in rain or shine.

If you have constraints on your time (ex. daycare) please let us know ahead of time so we can help you make alternative plans best as we can.

In the interest of finishing at a reasonable time each day, and in case of changes to the schedule due to changing weather conditions, please have your field equipment packed and ready to go at all times.

Preparation

To get the most out of the course we recommend familiarizing yourself with the manual ahead of time. The manuals are available online for download at https://www.ontario.ca/page/wetlands-evaluation. You will receive one printed copy of the manual at the course (your choice of Southern or Northern, as ordered by June 12).

Meals

We will be providing breakfast and lunch on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; breakfast only on Thursday (on your own for lunch), and lunch only on Friday (on your own for breakfast). Dinners will not be provided.

You are responsible for arranging all other meals and snacks yourself. The accommodations at Chancellor’s House are apartment style with kitchenettes (bring your own dishes, cookware, small appliances). There is a No Frills and a Sobey’s very close to campus should you wish to purchase groceries and prepare your own meals.

We have included a map with a few grocery stores, coffee shops and fast food restaurants nearest the campus, but there are several nice restaurants around town – the Nipissing U staff can provide recommendations for dining out.

Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved at Nipissing University (Chancellor’s House). The accommodations are apartment style, with four single bedrooms (each can be locked for storing valuables), 2 bathrooms, and a common area (lounge/kitchenette) per suite.

The kitchenettes are equipped with a fridge and range, but you must bring your own cookware, dishes, and small appliances (toaster, kettle, etc.).

Please book your room by contacting Stay At Nipissing at (705) 474-2526 ext. 4808 or stay@nipissingu.ca and let them know that you are with the OWES Course. More information on accommodations can be found by visiting http://www.nipissingu.ca/departments/events-accommodations/Pages/Accommodations.aspx.

Classrooms

Classes will take place in the classroom on the ground floor of Chancellor’s House, with the exception of the GIS lab components. Directions will be given in class to the GIS lab on the main campus. Parking passes will be made available for parking on the main campus for the GIS components of the course.

Transportation

You are responsible for your own transportation to and from Nipissing University. Directions to the university are available on their website at: http://www.nipissingu.ca/about-us/our-communities/north-bay/Pages/directions.aspx.

Follow the directions to the “Lower Residences” as our accommodations and classroom for the week are both in Chancellor’s House. See the campus map. Parking at Chancellor’s House is included with your accommodations. Parking on the main campus is not included.

If you want to set up carpooling to/from North Bay please visit http://www.groupcarpool.com/t/b9csvk If you’re looking for a ride add yourself to the “waitlist”. If you are driving and want to offer seats to others looking for a ride please add yourself as a driver.

Field Sites

Bus transportation will be provided to field sites. For reasons of liability, transport to field sites using personal vehicles is prohibited.

You will be assigned to field groups in class on Monday. Maps and directions to field sites are included in the package.

What To Bring

Equipment & Gear Checklist

  • Field notebook
  • Clipboard
  • Pencils, erasers, highlighter pens
  • Calculator
  • Ruler
  • Ziplock bags (large – for plant samples, waterproofing maps, etc.)
  • Binoculars
  • Water bottle
  • Sun hat & Sun block
  • Soil Auger (if you have one)
  • Compass and/or GPS Unit (if you have either/both)
  • Insect repellent/jacket
  • Rain gear
  • Rubber boots or other appropriate footwear **
  • Day backpack and waterproof bag (for your cell phone/camera, etc.)
  • Field guides: We recommend “Wetland Plants of Ontario” by Newmaster, Harris and Kershaw (Lone Pine) – this book is now out-of-print but you may be able to find it at local retailers or second-hand stores.

** We will get wet up to our hips at some field sites. Old sneakers, hiking boots or other old footwear & old pants/jeans are recommended for wading into wetlands. Hip‐waders or chest‐waders are not recommended as they can be too hot and difficult to move in on dry land between wetlands, and can be a safety concern if they fill with water.

For Residence Suites:

  • Dishes, utensils
  • Pots, pans, small appliances (toaster, kettle, coffee maker) if you will be cooking your own meals
  • Pillows, linens, towels are provided, but you may wish to bring your own

Gear that will be provided by Nipissing University

  • GPS
  • Soil Augers
  • Clipboards
  • Rite in the Rain field books
  • Pencils/pens
  • Copies of ‘Wetland Plants of Ontario’ plus other reference material
  • bags for specimen collection
  • First Aid Kits