Plugs for the Prairies: Barr

Event Details

August 16th, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Barr Property, Warkworth, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Help restore native prairie habitat to the Rice Lake Plains! Historically, the area was dominated by massive black and white oak, thriving switchgrass and big bluestem, and a diverse range of wildflowers. Today, these natural environments are badly fragmented and overgrown with non-native species. Give this globally rare habitat an edge on its competition by planting native vegetation on our Barr property.

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More Information

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

We will be planting native tall grass prairie species to help restore and extend their cover in the Rice Lake Plains. We will walk approximately 1.5 km over variable terrain to reach the planting site. Planting will involve bending and using trowels to dig holes for the seedlings.

Why you will love it

In addition to restoring some of Ontario’s natural spaces, you can participate in a tour of the property to experience all that this unique landscape has to offer.


Contact Val Deziel, Coordinator, Conservation Biology:

Please Note

Be prepared to hike 1 km over variable terrain.
The event will proceed rain or shine, please dress appropriately for the weather.
Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

Moderate fitness level required
Out house/ bearbox
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
  • Light layers of clothing
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Work gloves (optional)
  • Trowels (optional)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Any necessary medications