Planting for Pollinators!

Event Details

June 7th, 2019, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Southern Norfolk Sand Plain - Upper Big Creek Block, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Monarch butterflies are a familiar sight in many gardens and natural spaces, but their numbers have dropped significantly and are now considered a species at risk. NCC is restoring 28 ha of habitat for Monarchs and other native pollinators in the Southern Norfolk Sand Plain Natural Area. Come out and help plant milkweed and other wildflowers that these beautiful butterflies rely on to reproduce, and contribute to habitat restoration in action!

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here to add your car or join a ride going to the event. Happy carpooling!

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More Information

About Southern Norfolk Sand Plain – Upper Big Creek Block

The Southern Norfolk Sand Plain Natural Area is within the Carolinian Canada Life Zone and supports many rare habitats, including Carolinian forest, Provincially Significant Wetlands, long stretches of ravines and floodplains, and globally rare coastal dunes and sand beaches. This zone provides habitat for 25% of Canada’s endangered species including the Hooded warbler, Cerulean warbler, Blanding’s turtle, Kentucky coffee tree and American badger.  The Upper Big Creek Block is primarily sand plain forest, with a portion of provincially significant wetlands connected to a Big Creek tributary.

What you will be doing

You will help plant milkweed seedlings and other wildflowers to create habitat for native butterflies, including monarchs, and native bees. Activity includes walking in a relatively flat field and bending and crouching to plant seedlings.

Why you will love it

You will learn about local native wildflowers and pollinator biology from NCC staff and contribute to creating native pollinator habitat! Backus Woods trails are nearby – finish the day off with a hike in beautiful older growth Carolinian Forest!


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Please Note

Event will proceed rain or shine. We may get a bit muddy so please wear old clothes and boots you don’t mind getting dirty.
Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

People of all fitness levels can participate
Carpooling can be arranged
We need you to bring some tools
Water and snacks will be provided

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

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
  • Please bring gardening/work gloves and extra shovels and trowels if you have them!
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medication