De-phrag Frontenac!

Event Details

July 18th, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Hawkridge (near Gananoque), Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Join our efforts to reduce invasive Phragmites populations on our Hawkridge property, located in the Frontenac Arch! You’ll be helping to manually remove this aggressive wetland grass, preventing further spread of the species and allowing for native vegetation to flourish once again.

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here. Happy carpooling!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Hawkridge (near Gananoque)

This 260 acre (105 ha.) property is based in the Frontenac Arch Natural Area, located 52 km northeast of Kingston, 28 km north of Gananoque, and 2 km northwest of Brier Hill. The area features mature, mixed deciduous forests with small areas of wetlands that host species such as spotted salamander, North American river otter and the endangered Blanding’s turtle. Almost the entire property lies within the Oak Bay Regionally Significant Area of Natural and Scientific Interest, defined by its rocky ridges and diverse forests and wetlands.

What you will be doing

Invasive Phragmites crowds out native plants, provides poor habitat and food sources for wildlife and alters the soil chemistry. This extremely invasive plant has been damaging Ontario’s beaches and wetlands for decades. Enough is enough! You will help combat this grass by manually removing it. Physical activity will include walking over both flat and uneven terrain, bending, cutting, and picking up/carrying small items.

Why you will love it

Get some hands-on conservation experience, learn all about invasive species and enjoy a day out at our beautiful Hawkridge property! Your work help create healthier wetlands, providing easier movement for turtle species, nesting sites for birds and allowing native plants to reclaim lost habitat.


Contact Megan Quinn, Coordinator, Conservation Biology:

Please Note

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
All tools will be provided by NCC
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:

  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Work gloves (if you have them)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Any necessary medications