Eviction Notice: Garlic Mustard – Part 7

Event Details

October 17th, 2018, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Happy Valley Forest, Schomberg, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Happy Valley Forest is a beautiful mature deciduous forest, located on the Oak Ridges Moraine. It is known for towering trees, winding trails, a spectacular trillium display in the spring and colourful fall foliage.  Unfortunately, there is an invader creeping across the forest understory, and we need your help to control it!

Garlic mustard is an invasive biennial plant that can quickly outcompete native plants. One of the best methods of control is persistent pulling. Luckily, garlic mustard leaves are edible and we will sample a recipe at the event!

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. Happy travels!

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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

Get hands on in the fight against garlic mustard, an invasive plant species that has become well established throughout southern Ontario. You'll learn how to identify garlic mustard and how to hand pull the plants. Physical activity will involve hiking in hilly terrain, bending and crouching.

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. You'll also get a taste (literally) for invasive species control by sampling a garlic mustard recipe. You will also love learning all about the bats of Happy Valley Forest on the interpretive hike to the work site!

Questions?

Contact Jenna Siu, Conservation Biology Coordinator: jenna.siu@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

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

Clothes
  • Closed-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of warm clothing
  • Sun hat
  • Toque
  • Raingear
Camping Gear
  • Gardening gloves and trowels (NCC will also have some available)
Miscellaneous
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medications