Plugs for the Prairie 2

Event Details

September 17th, 2016, 10:00 AM - 2:15 PM

Barr Property, Warkworth, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Historically, the Rice Lake Plains were dominated by prairie and savanna which covered at least 42,500 acres (17,200 ha).  Today, less than 1% of the prairie and savanna habitat exists in the Rice Lake Plains and throughout Ontario. Help give this globally rare habitat a comeback by helping NCC plant native prairie species plugs on the Rice Lake Plains.

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About Barr Property, Warkworth

The Rice Lake Plains are the found in the eastern-most segment of the Oak Ridges Moraine, south of Rice Lake. This area contains some of the largest examples of kame moraine forests, prairies and savannahs in Ontario. Historically the Rice Lake Plains were dominated by prairie and savannah which covered at least 42,500 acres (17,200 ha).  Black oak savannah and tallgrass prairie vegetation communities, which were once common in southern Ontario, have now been ranked as globally rare and are classified as critically endangered in many U.S. states. Less than 3% of the original extent of these habitats remains in Ontario, which is why their restoration is critical.

What you will be doing

Restoring the now rare tallgrass prairie habitats is one of the most urgent actions that NCC is currently undertaking in the Rice Lake Plains Natural Area. At this event we will be planting native tallgrass prairie species to help restore and expand the tallgrass prairie cover in the Rice Lake Plains.

Why you will love it

In addition to being able to contribute to the restoration of Ontario’s rare tallgrass prairie habitat, you can participate in a tour of the property to experience all that the Rice Lake Plains Natural Area has to offer.


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Please Note

NCC will provide work gloves and trowels for plug planting, but you may 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
Out house/ bearbox
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
  • Raingear
  • Garden or work gloves
  • Garden trowel
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch