Paddle and Plant! Part 1

Event Details

May 24th, 2019, 9:15 AM - 3:30 PM

Minesing Wetlands - Minesing Bird Tower, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Calling all wetland enthusiasts! Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) for a wet and wild day of paddling and planting trees in the internationally significant Minesing Wetlands.

Over the past 60 years, 42% of the forest cover in the Minesing Wetlands has been lost due to changing land use, tree disease and severe storms. We need your help to restore this significant habitat by planting trees.

We’ll travel by canoe down the Mad River to reach our tree planting site within the wetlands. It’s guaranteed to be a satisfying, adventurous and muddy day!

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 Minesing Wetlands – Minesing Bird Tower

Minesing Wetlands, located 20 kilometres west of Barrie, is one of the largest (9,330 hectares) and least disturbed wetlands in southern Ontario. This rare marsh, swamp and fen complex has been recognized as a key area for wetland conservation by the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Since 1974, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and its partners have protected close to 10,000 acres (4,047 hectares) of significant habitat in Minesing Wetlands. The wetland is home to many nationally listed species at risk, including turtles, reptiles and amphibians and wide-ranging mammals such as moose, fisher, American black bear and Canadian lynx.

What you will be doing

You will be planting native trees and shrubs along the Mad River. You will paddle 1 km downstream to the planting site at the start of the day and 1 km back upstream at the end of the day. We will bring the tree planting materials and personal items in the canoes. Work will include paddling, bending and digging. The Minesing Wetlands live up to their name, so be prepared to get wet and muddy!

Why you will love it

There are few things as satisfying as planting trees. By the end of the event, the river’s edge will be on its way to providing new native habitat for wildlife, water retention and soil stabilization. This event will provide an opportunity to explore the interior of the Minesing Wetlands, which is a hot-spot for waterfowl and wetland birds.


Contact Brittany Hope, Coordinator, Conservation Biology:

Please Note

This event will proceed rain or shine, so please dress for the conditions and bring a change of dry clothes. This event is suitable for ages 14 and up.
NCC and NVCA will provide gloves as well as extra snacks and water. We can provide 4 canoes for participants to use, but additional canoes are welcome. Please contact Brittany Hope ( if you are able to bring a canoe that you don’t mind getting dirty. Because we will be paddling in and out of the work site as a group, so all participants must stay for the full duration of the event.
There will be no on-site washroom facilities at this event; hand sanitizer and toilet paper will be available for those wishing to use “nature’s facilities”.

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:

  • Rain boots
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Full change of dry clothes in a water-tight bag
  • Canoe (with boating safety gear) if you have one
  • Chest waders (if you have them)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medication
  • Sunscreen