Mission: Impatiens III

Event Details

July 16th, 2016, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Graham Property (Wingham), Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to remove the invasive Himalayan balsam from the banks of the Maitland River. Mission success will ensure the protection of native flora and fauna, including species at-risk groove-stem indian-plantain.

Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving, or catching a ride) please click here and add your car, or join a car. There’s also a wait list feature if there’s no car listed yet where you’re traveling from. Happy travels!

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About Graham Property (Wingham)

This 30.5 hectare (75 ac.) property lies on the east side of the upper Maitland River, about 15 km southwest of Wingham. Made up of mixed forests, meadow wetlands and the Maitland River Valley (a 150 km long corridor that provides connected habitat for both plants and animals along the river), the area provides habitat for species such as the eastern wood-pewee, western chorus frog and the endangered monarch butterfly.

What you will be doing

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help NCC remove invasive Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) from the banks of the Maitland River. Your mode of attack will include clipping and pulling. No previous experience is required, but ninja skills are useful as the seed pods can explode when disturbed, scattering the seeds up to seven meters!

Why you will love it

What could be more satisfying than spending the day beside the beautiful Maitland River as you work to protect the native species calling it’s shoreline home? By the end of the day we’ll see the difference we’ve made!


Contact Jennifer McCarter: ontario@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

NCC will provide work or gardening gloves, but please bring your own if you have them. Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

People of all fitness levels can participate
Running water and flush toilets
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
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Gardening gloves
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch