Summer 2024 – Visit Norfolk’s Amazing Places

Once again, this year the Long Point Biosphere Region (LPBR) is celebrating twenty-two (22) Norfolk County sites as Amazing Places and models for sustainable tourism. 

With support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Government of Ontario, three new  Amazing Places were identified in 2022 through a  project involving stakeholder consultations, local meetings and other initiatives. The project also grouped the local Amazing Places under themed itineraries as one-day packages for families, couples, and all residents and visitors to learn, explore, and have fun.

The list of locations are highlighted under Amazing Places – and check out the suggested GoAmazing itineraries.

Explore the Biosphere with Lessons in your Backpack

Designed to help teachers and engage school children, the Long Point Biosphere Region’s Lessons in a Backpack can be a fun tool for anyone looking to learn and connect with nature.

The lesson packages, though tailored for students from grades 1 to 8,  contain information and challenges that will help families and all individuals draw more from their outdoor experiences in the region.

Each lesson is linked to the unique natural environment of the Long Point Biosphere Region.

This project was supported with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Government of Ontario and with help from our friends in the Georgian Bay Biosphere

Also check out our Naturehood Video series on ways to learn and enjoy life in this special place.

“Uplifting and Inspiring”

Biosphere Film Premiere and celebration open to the public

(For release – October 10, 2023)  “A Priority Place”, a new full-length documentary film on efforts to preserve biodiversity and build sustainable communities in Norfolk County and the Long Point Biosphere Region, will premiere on Friday November 10, 2023 at Capitol 33 in Delhi.  A cocktail reception and presentation will introduce the film which celebrates the region’s 5th anniversary as a federally designated “Priority Place.”

In 2018,  the Long Point/Walsingham Forest area was picked by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) as the first “Priority Place” in Ontario.  The designation made the region eligible for special  funding and support under the Pan-Canadian Approach to Transforming Species at Risk Conservation.   The documentary film showcases the resulting conservation work and collaborations involving a host of government and non-government organizations.

“The enthusiasm, commitment, and impact of the people featured in the film really gives you hope that we can preserve and foster our very special place in the world,” said Tom Via, Chair of the Long Point Biosphere Region. “It’s truly uplifting and inspiring.”

Already recognized as a UNESCO World Biosphere, our region gained the Priority Place designation in recognition of its status as a unique stretch of Carolinian Forest, home to many endangered species, and an area in which organizations work together in restoration, road mortality mitigation, invasive species eradication, and nature education.

“The film really is a celebration of passionate people and the local conservation community, “ said Cynthia Brink, manager of the film project. “It’s quite moving.”

The film’s producer Gregg McLachlan from WorkCabin Creative, an award-winning journalist and conservationist, will introduce the documentary at the premiere event.

“In my work, I have seen many impressive conservation projects and committed people around the world,” McLachlan said. “But few can match the combination of enthusiasm, collaborative efforts, and impact of those featured in this film.”

A limited number of tickets to the event ($50 per person – 6:30 PM Reception –  7:00 PM film showing) is being made available to the general public as well as Biosphere partners and supporters.  Proceeds will fund the Long Point Biosphere public outreach and student education programs.

For more information see: “Invitation to Celebrate” at www.longpointbiosphere.com

Contact: dick@longpointbiopshere.com

Invitation to Celebrate





Biodiversity in the Long Point Biosphere Region  and 5 Years as a “Priority Place”

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 Local Premiere of Documentary  “A Priority Place”

Friday – November 10th – 2023

6:00 PM Reception –  7:00 PM Film Showing – Capitol 33 –  93 King Street –  Delhi, Ontario

$50 per person (Finger foods, drink ticket, and film) – CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS (LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE)

Funds go to support Long Point Biosphere public outreach and student education programs 

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Proceeds support the Long Point World Biosphere –  Student Education and Outreach Programs

Introduction by Award-winning Journalist, Conservationist, and Filmmaker

Gregg McLachlan

 Founder WorkCabin Creative

Five years ago,  our region was picked as the 1st Priority Place in Ontario for support under the Pan-Canadian Approach to Transforming Species at Risk Conservation.  A new, full-length documentary film, “A Priority Place,” showcases the resulting conservation and public education work in the Long Point Biosphere Region. It is being shown locally for the first time to honour our supporters and celebrate our collective achievements.

2023 Conference


11th Annual
Research and Conservation Conference

Keynote: Coastal Geoscientist Peter Zusek

This year’s topics include:

Global decline in insect biomass, Spatial Ecology of Coyotes in Long Point region,  watershed modelling and phosphorus loading of Big Creek, Flower Fly field data, tall grass butterfly recovery, context-specific road ecology, Jefferson Salamander breeding habitats, Long Point causeway bridge.




Event Date:

3 November 2023

Event Time:

8:30 am to

  • 4:30 pm
Event Location:

Port Dover Community Centre

801 Saint George St.
Port Dover,


As one of Canada’s 19 Biosphere Reserves designated by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Long Point Biosphere provides support for research, monitoring, education and information exchange related to local, national and global issues of conservation and development.

This year’s research and conservation conference is, once again, an excellent opportunity for academic and student researchers, government agencies, members of NGO’s and the public to take part in an exchange of ideas related to local environmental sustainability and conservation. Being one of Canadas Priority Places we look forward to showcasing a broad range of research topics and themes within the Long Point Region Watershed.

Ticket cost: $45.00 (Lucheon included)

($30 for Students)


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Chances to Influence, Learn, and Celebrate

Members and supporters of the Long Point Biosphere Region (LPBR) had three exciting opportunities to enhance their involvement in and contributions to the Biosphere in the coming weeks.  They offered fun and informative ways to influence our work as well as to learn and celebrate achievements.

On Wednesday October 25, 2023, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM (Registration at 6:PM), the LPBR held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Port Dover Community Centre.  The AGM was open to everyone, but members were able to vote on specific administrative and policy issues.  The AGM is also a chance for the Board to answer questions about recent and planned initiatives such as those highlighted in our recent newsletter.

Just over a month later, we held the 2023 Long Point Biosphere Research and Conservation Conference, the 11th annual such gathering. The Conference took place Friday 3 November 2023 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm also at the Port Dover Community Centre.  .

Then the following week, we held the Premiere of the new full-length documentary film “A Priority Place” and a Celebration of Biodiversity in Norfolk County: November 10th – 2023 6:30 PM  – $50 per person – Reception – 7:00 PM Film Showing – Capitol 33, Delhi. Funds raised through this event will go to Long Point Biosphere Student Education and Outreach Programs

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