Eviction Notice: Garlic Mustard

Event Details

May 22nd, 2019, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Happy Valley Forest, Schomberg, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Come help us rid Happy Valley Forest of a nasty invader, garlic mustard! Garlic mustard is an invasive plant that can quickly out-compete native plants. One of the best methods to control this species is persistent pulling. Spend the day enjoying the beauty of this mature forest, and reward yourself with a snack of tasty homemade garlic mustard pesto!

If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving, or catching a ride) please click here. Happy travels!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

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

You will control garlic mustard, an invasive plant species that has become well established throughout southern Ontario. We will teach you how to identify garlic mustard and then we will hand pull the plants. Physical activity will involve hiking in hilly terrain, bending and crouching.

Why you will love it

You will be spending the day in a beautiful mature deciduous forest surrounded by towering trees, a spectacular trillium display and spring birdsong. Your stewardship efforts will help to keep the forest healthy and thriving with native species.

Questions?

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

Please Note

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

Clothes
  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
Tools
  • Gardening gloves (optional)
  • Trowel (optional)
Miscellaneous
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Any necessary medication