Hello (diversity), Goodbye (Phragmites)

Event Details

June 28th, 2018, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Minesing Wetlands - McKinnon Road, Barrie, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) have been working hard to protect Minesing Wetlands from Phragmites (a.k.a Common Reed), a highly invasive wetland plant that crowds out native species and destroys habitat for wildlife such as turtles and insects. After years of hard work, we’ve successfully removed a large patch and we need your help to restore native biodiversity by planting native species. Help us welcome diversity back to the wetland!

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More Information

About Minesing Wetlands – McKinnon Road, Barrie

Minesing Wetlands, located 20 kilometres west of Barrie, is one of the largest (9,330 hectares) and least disturbed wetlands in southern Ontario. This rare marsh, swamp and fen complex has been recognized as a key area for wetland conservation by the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Since 1974, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and its partners have protected close to 10,000 acres (4,047 hectares) of significant habitat in Minesing Wetlands. The wetland is home to many nationally listed species at risk, including turtles, reptiles and amphibians and wide-ranging mammals such as moose, fisher, American black bear and Canadian lynx. Minesing Wetlands is also home to one of the largest and oldest great blue heron colonies in Ontario.

What you will be doing

At this event we will be planting native wetland plants and shrubs and spreading a native seed mix over 1 acre of wetland. The planting site is a short distance from the road but the terrain will be extremely muddy and wet. We will carry in planting materials (trowels, shovels, plants, etc.) and any personal items you might need. Work will include trudging through mud, bending and digging. The Minesing Wetlands live up to their name, so be prepared to get wet and muddy!

Why you will love it

There are few things as satisfying as planting native plants and shrubs. By the end of the event, the wetland area will be one its way to providing restored biodiversity and habitat for wildlife including pollinator species.


Contact Brittany Hope: Brittany.hope@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

This event will proceed rain or shine, please dress appropriately for the weather.
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
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 (rubber boots recommended)
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
  • Work gloves
  • Hip or chest waders (optional, if you have them)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch