Eviction Notice: Garlic Mustard 2

Event Details

October 13th, 2017, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Happy Valley Forest, Schomberg, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Happy Valley Forest is a beautiful upland mature deciduous forest, located on the Oak Ridges Moraine. One of the major threats to the forest ecosystem health are invasive species. One invasive species that we will be targeting is garlic mustard. It was introduced to North America as an edible herb, but has been shown to quickly out-compete native plants. One of the best methods of control is persistent pulling. Come help us rid the forest of this nasty invader. The more conservation volunteers to help, the better!

We will also be making garlic mustard pesto to taste!

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About Happy Valley Forest, Schomberg

Happy Valley Forest is one of the largest remaining tracts of upland deciduous forest on the Oak Ridges Moraine. It is located about one hour northwest of Toronto. This 1560-acre (631 hectare) area supports more than 110 breeding birds, including wood thrush and Canada warbler, and is an outstanding example of mature sugar maple and beech upland forests, characteristic of the moraine.

What you will be doing

At this event, we will be controlling garlic mustard, an invasive plant species, which has become well established throughout southern Ontario, including on NCC lands. We will talk about how to identify garlic mustard and then we will hand pull the plants before they are able to flower and produce more seeds next summer. Physical activity will likely involve a hike on hilly terrain, and bending and crouching.

Why you will love it

You will love this because Happy Valley Forest is a large beautiful mature upland deciduous forest, rare in southern Ontario. Your stewardship efforts will help to keep the forest healthy and thriving with native species. And we will be using some of the garlic mustard we pull to make garlic mustard pesto!


Contact Jenna Siu: jenna.siu@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

The terrain in Happy Valley Forest consists of hills and valleys. Be prepared to potentially hike up and down hills. Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration. *New in 2017* Attend two NCC Conservation Volunteer events in 2017, and at your second event, you will receive this awesome NCC buff. It’s great for protection from the sun, bugs, cold, rain, and dare we say it’s also great for looking fabulous in the field!

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
Water and snacks will be provided

NCC would like to thank Box of Crayons for their generous support.

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:

  • Close-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medications