What’s in our water? Watch our volunteers dive in!

If you’d like to learn more about the Seabin project, or how you could help out, visit our Seabins page! You can also contact Inspector Seabin directly at!

July being International Plastic Free month is a great opportunity to reflect upon the impacts of plastic waste.

Three Seabins have recently been installed in Fathom Five National Marine Park, and they have the ability to capture 1.4 tons of debris per season. In addition to removing garbage, the data from Seabin monitoring will provide crucial information on how clean the marine park’s waters are, and what types of garbage are most common. Check out our first deep dive of the season!

You, too, can help reduce plastic pollution. When possible, replace single-use plastics with reusable items. Bring a reusable water bottle to the park and fill it up at the water refill station at the Head of Trails (Campground Office, Visitor Centre). Next time you’re in downtown Tobermory, check out Inspector Seabin at the dock by the Nor’light and sneak a peak at the Seabin at work.

If you’re interested in volunteering with the Seabin monitoring program as a citizen scientist, email
#PlasticFreeJuly #ConservationInAction

Do you know how much plastic waste Canadians throw away each year, or how little of that was actually recycled? How many plastic check out bags do you think are used each year? A hint: A LOT. When thinking about our alternative options, experts say we should consider the full life cycle of whatever option we choose to use – What’s the best alternative to a single-use plastic bag? It depends.

Single-Use Plastic Bags and Their Alternatives: Recommendations From Life Cycle Assessments [PDF]

Did you know this month is Plastic Free July?

Data shows that Canadians use billions of single-use plastic products per year. Things like grocery bags, cutlery, stir sticks and more. It’s easier than you think to be part of the solution! Read how one woman has started changing her habits little bits at a time, and how you could too!

It’s Plastic Free July. Reuse, refill, rinse and repeat

On May 9, 2022, the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula Council approved the Climate Change Action Plan prepared by the citizen advisory committee. This is a great step forward! While there are lots of climate change plans out there, this one is very succinct and focused on very doable, measurable actions that the Municipality and local citizens can take. The Committee will continue its work, adding to the plan over time and encouraging action.
NBP Climate Action Plan – Summary Report
NBP Climate Action Plan – Technical Report

SOK is hiring!

Sources of Knowledge is hiring an Administrator on a part-time basis (variable hours) for an on-going term. This individual would provide clerical and administrative support to the Board of Directors including managing the budget, preparing financial statements, organizing board meetings, and playing a key role in the annual Forums. Please send your resume, or any questions, to


SAVE THE DATE! The Sources of Knowledge Board had decided to postpone this year’s spring Forum due to the rise in covid-19 spread in our community. We’ve made some adjustments and will be holding it in the fall instead! Scheduled for October 28 – 30, we hope to have many of the same speakers joining us and look forward to welcoming everyone back.

Stay tuned for more details, which will be posted as they become available!

The Sources of Knowledge Forum is intended to demonstrate how research in Bruce Peninsula National Park, Fathom Five National Marine Park, the surrounding community, and beyond can contribute to knowledge and understanding of the Saugeen-Bruce Peninsula.

In an effort to further the Sources of Knowledge goal to encourage and enable youth to be stewards of this remarkable place, we also administer an annual Student Bursary Award in partnership with Parks Canada. This bursary program has allowed us to help local students finance their post-secondary education, in areas of conservation and related themes, to work toward a prospective career with Parks Canada.

Our SoK Talk initiative aims to provide ongoing opportunities, outside of the Forum, to share knowledge on a wide variety of special interest topics. Subjects from the past, present, and future that help propagate continuous learning and understanding of the Peninsula and its people.

We acknowledge that SoK operates on the Territory of the Anishinabek Nation: The People of the Three Fires known as Ojibway, Odawa, and Pottawatomie Nations. And we further give thanks to the Chippewas of Saugeen, and the Chippewas of Nawash, known collectively as the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, as the traditional keepers of this land.

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