Homesteading Happy Valley Style: Cleaning house and setting up the fences

Event Details

August 23rd, 2016, 9:30 AM - 3:10 PM

Happy Valley Forest - Glen Echo Property, Ontario
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

Glen Echo, a recent edition to the Happy Valley Forest block, had multiple structures located throughout the property. NCC needs your help removing debris left over from the removal of small cabins to encourage native plants and animals to inhabit the area. You will also assist with the installation of a fence along the boundary to prevent trespassing and highlight the property boundary. To access this site we will be hiking through the Happy Valley Forest and we’ll stop to see some of the biggest trees on the Glen Echo Property.

Getting there: A charter bus will pick participants up from Audi Canada’s office in the morning to bring you to the event, and return to the office in the afternoon. If you will be driving to the site, please consider carpooling, as parking is limited

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About Happy Valley Forest – Glen Echo Property

The Happy Valley Forest is one of the largest remaining intact upland deciduous forests on Canada’s Oak Ridges Moraine. Located in King Township, just northwest of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), 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 characteristic of the moraine. Development and human impact are one of the biggest threats to the Happy Valley Forest. NCC continues to acquire, conserve and protect quality habitat.

What you will be doing

Join NCC in removing and disposing of cabin structure debris on our recently acquired Glen Echo property. Removing this material will provide more habitat for native species as well as prevent accidents to local recreational users. Also, assist NCC with the installation of a fence to prevent trespassing on the property and visit some of the property’s big, beautiful trees.

Why you will love it

What could be more satisfying than restoring a property to its natural state by clearing out old rubbish? You’ll be directly helping the native plants and animals on this property by creating more natural space for them to thrive. You will also get to hang with (and hug if you wish) some great big trees.


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Please Note

Volunteers will be asked to remove garbage materials which may include objects such as glass, nails and wood. Safety equipment will be provided as needed. Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration

People of all fitness levels can participate
Out house/ bearbox
Transportation to property provided by NCC
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

NCC would like to thank Audi Canada for their continued 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
  • Rain gear
  • Work gloves
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch