Eviction Notice: Garlic Mustard – Part 1 – Cancelled

Event Details

April 20th, 2018, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Happy Valley Forest, Schomberg, Ontario
Habitat Restoration


Winter has yet to leave Happy Valley Forest! The ground has not yet thawed, and the hard soil will prevent us from effectively removing the garlic mustard roots. Please consider joining the Eviction Notice Part 2, 3 or 4 events – hopefully spring will be here soon!

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. Garlic mustard is a biennial plant that can quickly outcompete 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 have an opportunity to taste homemade garlic mustard pesto!

Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving, or catching a ride) please click here and add your car, or join a car. 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 Happy Valley Forest, Schomberg

The Happy Valley Forest is one of the largest remaining intact upland deciduous forest on Canada’s Oak Ridges Moraine. Located in King Township, just northwest of the Greater Toronto Area, this 1,560-acre (631-hectare) area supports more than 110 breeding bird species, and is an outstanding example of the mature sugar maple and beech upland forests that are characteristic of the Moraine. The area also holds special cultural significance, given its association with the Toronto Carrying-place, a historic portage and travel route.

What you will be doing

At this event, you 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 produce seeds this summer. Physical activity will likely involve a hike on hilly terrain, bending, crouching and carrying bags of pulled garlic mustard.

Why you will love it

You will love this event because you will be spending time in a large beautiful mature upland deciduous forest. Your stewardship efforts will help to keep the forest healthy and thriving with native species.


Contact Jenna Siu: jenna.siu@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

Be prepared to hike over hilly terrain. Hiking may vary from 500m-2km to work site.

Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

Moderate fitness level required
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:

  • Close-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
  • Gardening gloves
  • Trowels, if desired (NCC will provide these as well)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch