Oxley Wildflower Planting

Event Details

June 22nd, 2016, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oxley Poison Sumac Swamp, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Help NCC biologists ensure that our beautiful native plants have space to flourish in a recently restored habitat at the Oxley Poison Sumac Swamp. Over the past few years, we have been removing garlic mustard from a meadow on the west edge of the property.  We will be planting native species in this restored area, to help them establish and to discourage re-invasion of the area by garlic mustard.

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 Oxley Poison Sumac Swamp

The Oxley Poison Sumac Swamp is a 62 Ha (157 Ac) property in NCC’s Essex Forests and Wetlands Natural Area in the southern portion of the Carolinian zone in Ontario.  The property boasts the only Poison Sumac-Dogwood swamp in the region as well as and rare plants and animals such as Swamp Birch, Large Twayblade, Barn Swallow and Eastern Mole.

What you will be doing

You will help plant native species in a restoration area, to help them establish and discourage re-invasion of the area by garlic mustard. No previous experience is required.

Why you will love it

What could be better than participating in a restoration in progress? By the end of the day you’ll be able to see the results of your hardwork in the meadow of newly planted native species!


Contact Jennifer McCarter: ontario@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

There are no poison sumac plants in the work area. Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
Water and snacks will be provided

NCC would like to thank the Essex Region Conservation Authority for providing the plants for this event and for all their help with the Oxley Poison Sumac Swamp restoration.

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 or work gloves
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Snacks