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Green Scene — Healthy Tips for GREAT Lunches

Green Scene

Written by Zoë and Edie McIntosh

Sick of making lunches yet?

This week we are going to give you some healthy tips for GREAT lunches! Hopefully you have your stainless steel or at least reusable containers (not plastic baggies or plastic wrap) and stainless steel water bottles.

Here are some of our favourite lunch foods:

  • Chopped up veggies and dip or hummus for protein

  • Salad - but don’t put the dressing on at home because the salad gets soggy! Yuck! Some of our favourite salads include green salad, kale salad, chickpea salad, caesar salad, bean salad, potato salad, pasta salad… many yummy salads!

  • Leftovers are another favourite - whatever your family loves to eat just make extra so that they can have it again for lunch (homemade pizza, rice, pasta, meat (roast, steak, chicken etc…) made into sandwiches the next day (tempeh or tofu for our vegetarian and vegan friends)

  • Cheese and crackers - a classic, add some cut apple slices too!

  • Nachos and salsa or hummus and pretzels

Be sure to also eat at least one serving of fruit each day - we like it when the fruit is chopped up with a drop of lemon to keep it from going brown before we get to it and sent with a fork from home - but NO plastic forks please!

We have also decided to just drink water for lunches to cut out the juice box and straw, which cuts down on litter in lunches.

Bookmark some recipes for homemade, healthy granola bars, cookies, and muffins - we try to do some baking on the weekends to make lunches easier.

Another tip is to make a dinner plan for the weeknights so that you have all your ingredients and can plan to use healthy dinner leftovers for lunches!

Thanks, we hope this makes packing lunches easier!

Zoë and Edie

Back to School - Green Ideas

Green Scene with Zoë and Edie


Many families are getting ready to go back to school this week, and so we thought that it is a good time for everyone to do some thinking about back to school habits.


Have a clothing swap with your friends, that way everyone gets a new outfit without buying anything new!

If you do decide to buy your clothes new, look into the company that sells the clothes that you are buying - you might be surprised by what you discover (and NOT in a good way!)

Buy local or Canadian-made goods, stocked by your local shops here in town, or check out the Salvation Army for second-hand name-brand clothes.

Ask yourself: do I really need new clothes?

Backpacks and Supplies:

Only get a new backpack if your old one is wrecked, you truly do NOT need a new one each year. Same goes for your lunch pail!

You KNOW the teachers are all getting organized and that every class has pencils, markers, and pencil crayons, so you really do not need anything like that to be ready for back to school.

New pencil case? Nope don’t need that either!

If you MUST buy something for start up, buy your class paper straws to help get rid of plastic straws!


This is one place we can ALL do better and it is not that hard!

A stainless steel (or at least reusable plastic) water bottle is the perfect place to start! This is where we can make a big difference refusing single use plastics.

Stainless steel containers are the BEST, but we know they are expensive so in order to not use any plastic baggies and plastic wrap please go for the reusable plastic containers for lunches unless you can afford the stainless steel

Kids, you can PAY ATTENTION when you are being reminded about the recycling and composting rules at your school so that YOU can do a good job! Join your school Environmental Club (WHAT?! There isn’t one?? START one at your school)! No composting program? Bring your compostables home. No recycling? No way, that's just not true.

In the next issue of Green Scene we will be giving some healthy lunch ideas for anyone packing a lunch! 

Zoë and Edie McIntosh

Green Scene — Get Outside, Get Involved

Written by Zoë and Edie McIntosh

This week we want to provide you with some options to get outside, get involved, and maybe learn a little more about nature... here are some awesome options right near us!

The Maryboro Lodge - The Fenelon Museum

There is free yoga in the park on Mondays at 9:00 am, knitting on the veranda on Tuesdays at 9:30 am, on Wednesdays at 11:00 am there are outdoor sketching classes and the Afternoon Tea from 1:30 until 4:00 pm (the Afternoon Tea is the only thing that is not free, only $5.00 for tea and 2 scones), Thursdays at 10:00 am is Outdoor Activities, and on Saturday there is the Settler’s School in the one-room schoolhouse beginning at noon. You can also help harvest the Community Garden and learn more about gardening on Mondays at 10:00 am. The garden is a great and relaxing place to spend time outside!

For more information go to

Gaaming Nature Centre

Located just outside of Bobcaygeon is another amazing option so close to home! "Gaaming" is Ojibwa meaning “at the shore.” At this center, there are hiking trails, bird watching, wetlands conservation projects, a Native species nursery, and a discovery shack to explore and discover nature. There are also summer day camps for kids and new this year is a Forest School opening in September. So COOL!

For more information go to

Ken Reid Park / Kawartha Conservation Area


Ken Reid park is between Fenelon Falls and Lindsay. On this area of 272 acres of land, there are maintained trails for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. There is bird watching and even a floating boardwalk winding through the provincially significant MacLaren Creek Wetland. There are picnic shelters, a playground structure, and an off-leash dog park. Kawartha Conservation also runs environmental programs for all grade levels for schools. There is a Parent and Tot Exploring Nature Program on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 am on August 16, 23 and 30th. For kids aged four and up there are day camps, too!

For more information go to

There are lots of ways to be active and get outside! Let’s not forget the amazing rail trail. Our family walks, runs, and bikes to town on the trail all the time! There are lots of ways to get involved and be part of our outdoor and environmentally active community. Some volunteer options include: the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society who plant and maintain many of the beautiful gardens around town including the community garden at the museum, and the Garnet Graham Park “goose poo crew” also needs help to keep the beach open to enjoy the water. Contact if you have a few hours to spare once a week to help keep our beach clean.

It takes all of us to make Fenelon great! Let’s all get outside, learn something every day and volunteer our time to make a difference!

Zoë and Edie

Bee Cities and Bee Schools

Written by Zoë and Edie McIntosh

Welcome back to the Green Scene! In this issue we are going to discuss pollinators and what our community is already doing to support them. Did you know that the City of Kawartha Lakes is a Bee City? Our school, Langton P.S. became a Bee School this year through the hard work of our Green Team. You might be wondering what it means to be a Bee City or Bee School.

Bee City Canada’s mission is to “inspire cities, towns, First Nations, schools, businesses and other organizations to take action to protect pollinators.” The City of Kawartha Lakes Bee City team is working on an exciting project that is aiming to turn part of the landfill in Fenelon Falls that is not being used any more into a pollinator habitat. Isn’t that amazing?! 

At Langton P.S. we built 6 raised bed gardens, one is a pollinator garden. We also made and then threw seed balls with native plants into the field beside our school. We have also made insect hotels to help our pollinators.
At the Maryboro Museum in Fenelon Falls the Horticultural Society has created a butterfly garden, as well as vegetable gardens. The food from the gardens is donated to the local food bank.

Whether you are a homeowner, a businesses owner, or a community group you can do your part to protect pollinators. At our house we have made a butterfly/pollinator garden where we planted flowers that are native to this area. Remember that you don't need lots of land, all you need is a pot and some seeds! Most importantly, PLEASE do not use pesticides ever! Without pollinators we will not have any food….which is pretty important, don’t you think?

If you want more information about becoming an official Bee supporter, you can go to to find out more! You can also read about all the cities, schools and businesses and what they are doing including City of Kawartha Lakes and Langton P.S.

Thanks for reading!

Zoe and Edie

Green Scene - July 12th, 2018

Written by Zoë and Edie McIntosh

Dear Fenelon Falls Family,

The Green Scene will now be written by US! My name is Edie, I am nine years old, I am going to be in grade four in the fall and I want to be a photographer/artist. My name is Zoe and I am 11 years old, I am going to be going into grade six in the fall and I want to be an environmental activist when I’m older. And we are sisters. 

We are writing these articles because we LOVE Fenelon Falls and the Earth and we know you do too! We have learned through our Green Team, the environmental club that we started at our school with some friends (Sophie Kaloudis and Sofia Entzin-Telford) that every little bit helps and that we can all make a difference.

In this issue, we have made a list of VERY easy things that we can ALL do that will make a difference. Please join our family and the Green Team in doing the right thing, we know you really want to and you just have to try!

Some easy changes you can make:

  1. Use reusable water bottles instead of single-use water bottles.
  2. Always say “No Straw Please” when eating out (did you know that The Perch, The Cow and Sow, and Murphy's already stopped putting a straw in every drink? Now you can only have one if you ask - awesome!)
  3. Eat at the above places and let others know that you are choosing to eat there because of their stance on straws.
  4. Use paper plates, bowls, cups, and always say NO to styrofoam. 
  5. Use ONLY lake safe soaps! If you are not sure which ones are safe, go and visit Julia Taylor at the Country Cupboard in town and she will help you out (she uses compostable spoons and paper for her famous frozen yogurt, has jars for your shopping and no plastic bags - bring your own or she will supply you with one - amazing!)
  6. ALWAYS take your reusable shopping bags with you to the store - say NO to single-use plastic bags!
  7. Put your produce in your cart - you don’t need that little plastic bag - really you don’t!
  8. Lug your mug - instead of taking out cups!
  9. Recycle - remember if you don’t clean it, it ends up in the landfill, and put all loose plastics into one bag or it also ends up in the landfill (thanks for the information Julia Taylor!)
  10. Hang your clothes on the line to dry.
  11. Consider using your canoe, kayak, or paddleboard instead of your motorized vehicles.
  12. Walk, bike or jog instead of driving your car.
  13. DO NOT use pesticides on your grass or plants especially if you live on the waterfront because the pesticides will all go into the water.  
  14. Think about the packaging of the food you packaging is best!
  15. If you have a small yard consider a push lawn mower or battery operated mower instead of a gasoline powered lawn mower.

More Green Ideas in the next issue!

Love from Zoë and Edie