Meadows for Monarchs

Event Details

May 16th, 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Goulding West (Orangeville), Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Goulding West is comprised of mixed forests, streams and old hay fields. Native flowers are slowly making a comeback in these altered fields however the diversity of plants is still low. There is plenty of milkweed for endangered Monarchs to lay their eggs on, and by adding a diversity of native plants, Monarchs and other native pollinators will have a variety of nectar sources as well!

Join us for a day in the field and help plant native plugs to enhance the meadow for Monarchs.

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 Goulding West (Orangeville)

This 78 acre (32 ha.) property is located just 14 km east of Orangeville and 4 km directly north of the Glen Haffy Conservation Park. It’s made up of a mix of upland forests, streams, wetlands and open meadows, making for a diverse range of habitats that host species such as the snapping turtle, bobolink, white-tailed deer, spring peeper and endangered monarch butterfly.

The Goulding West property was generously donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada in 1992 by Mr. Robert J. Goulding.

What you will be doing

At this event you will help plant native plugs (herbaceous plant seedlings) across ~15 acres of an old hay field to restore pollinator habitat. Physical activity will include walking about 600 m over very hilly terrain to the work site, bending, crouching and digging.

Why you will love it

You will spend the day outdoors being active with other nature enthusiasts. Your stewardship efforts will help enhance the habitat for endangered Monarch butterflies as well as other native pollinators.

Questions?

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

Please Note

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

We would like to thank Earth Rangers for their generous support of this event!
Earth Rangers

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
  • Work gloves (if you have them)
Miscellaneous
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medication
  • Sun screen