Plugs for the Prairies: Van Hove 1

Event Details

May 28th, 2018, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Van Hove Evens Property, Warkworth, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Help restore rare prairie habitat to the Rice Lake Plains! Historically, the Rice Lake Plains were covered with tallgrass prairies and oak savannah, which were dominated by massive black and white oak, grasses like big bluestem and switchgrass thrived and a diverse range of wildflowers blossomed. Today, the oak savanna and tallgrass prairie of the Rice Lake Plains are badly fragmented and overgrown with non-native species. Help give this globally rare habitat a comeback by planting native prairie species plugs on our Van Hove property.

Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving, or catching a ride) please click here and add your car, or join a car. There’s also a wait list feature if there’s no car listed yet where you’re traveling from. Happy travels!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Van Hove Evens Property, Warkworth

The Rice Lake Plains are 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

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. We will walk approximately 0.2 km over flat 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 contributing 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

Be prepared to hike 0.2 km over flat terrain. This 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:

  • Close-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
  • Work gloves and trowels, if you have them
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch