Clean up the Grove!

Event Details

April 28th, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Gillies Grove (Arnprior), Ontario
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

Celebrate Earth Day and help us give back to Gillies Grove! Garbage, such as bottles, fast food containers, organic waste and other trash has accumulated on the Gillies Grove property and can pose a threat to the plants and animals that live there. Join us for a morning of picking up trash, exploring the property and learning about this stunning old growth forest.

Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving or catching a ride) please click here. There’s also a wait list feature if there’s no car listed yet where you’re traveling from. Happy travels!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Gillies Grove (Arnprior)

Nestled within the community of Arnprior, Gillies Grove is an excellent example of one of Ontario’s remaining old-growth forests, with some trees more than 65 cm in diameter and over 150 years old!

Old growth forests help with climate change adaptation by providing a refuge for migrating animals and plants as temperatures fluctuate. As well, forests are able to store significant amount of carbon in its soil and trees.

The area contains some of the province’s tallest white pine trees and supports species like the endangered butternut tree and special-concern eastern wood-pewee. Not only does the area provides important habitat for wildlife, but it’s open to the public for the community’s enjoyment!

What you will be doing

You will join NCC staff to leisurely walk the trails and roadside around the old-growth Gillies Grove forest to pick up garbage. Physical activity will include walking over both flat and uneven terrain, bending and picking up/carrying small items.

Why you will love it

While seemingly unglamourous, garbage removal is a top priority for NCC and the immediate results of this work is rewarding. Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to learn about this special forest community, understand more about why habitats like this are at risk, and what we can do to help protect and conserve them.


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Please Note

This event will proceed rain or shine, so please dress for the conditions. Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Work gloves if available
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Snacks
  • Necessary medication
  • Sunscreen