Marianne Girling Nature Reserve Field Naturalist Tour and Property Clean-Up

Event Details

April 5th, 2020, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Marianne Girling Nature Reserve, Ontario
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

In light of the current situation around the COVID-19 virus, and in an abundance of caution, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is postponing this and all other volunteer events until at least April 30.


The Essex County Field Naturalists assisted with the acquisition of the Marianne Girling Nature Reserve in 2019.  Members of the club are invited to the property on April 5th from 1 – 4 pm to walk the natural areas with Karen Alexander to learn about the history of the property and some preliminary restoration ideas. This event is doubling as our first stewardship project to remove trash and larger debris, so we are asking those who are able to assist to lend a hand with a property clean-up.

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here, to add your car or join a ride going to the event. Happy carpooling!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Marianne Girling Nature Reserve

The Marianne Girling Nature Reserve is situated in the headwaters of Cedar Creek and includes portions of the Cedar Creek Provincially Significant Wetland Complex.  The area is home to species at risk such as barn swallow, Eastern foxsnake, monarch, and short-eared owl.  While much of the landscape has been used for generations of farming, the Marianne Girling Nature Reserve is an uncommon naturalized gem that contains important wildlife habitat.

What you will be doing

Participants will enjoy a walk (3 – 5 km over uneven terrain) around the new Marianne Girling Nature Reserve, while removing scattered litter items. Some items are partially buried and vegetation management may be required to loosen items from where they lay. Lifting heavy items may be required. Scattered items include things like ladders, pallets, deteriorating hoses, fence rolls, plastic and metal chairs, rusting animal traps, plastic cups, bottles, cans.

Why you will love it

Removing litter from a nature reserve is deeply satisfying and you will get to see the rewards of your work immediately! Loading up a pick-up truck with trash removed from a natural area is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Be on the lookout for the early signs of spring!


Contact Karen Alexander:

Please Note

Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration. We’d like if 2-3 participants can bring their own wheel barrow to collect large litter items. Please contact Karen Alexander if you are able to bring one. NCC will bring a few pruners, wire cutters, and spades. If you are able to bring these items as well, please let Karen know.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
We need you to bring some tools
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
  • Rain Gear, Work gloves
  • Wheel barrow (if you have one)
  • Work gloves
  • Wire cutters, Pruners, Spades
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch