Plugs for the Prairies with Parkbus ActiveDays

Event Details

May 26th, 2019, 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM

Hazel Bird Nature Reserve, Baltimore, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Help restore rare prairie habitat to the Rice Lake Plains! Historically, this area was covered with tall grass prairies and oak savannah, which were dominated by massive black and white oak, grasses like big bluestem and switchgrass and a diversity of wildflowers. Today, the Rice Lake Plains are badly fragmented and overgrown with non-native species. Give this globally rare habitat a comeback by helping NCC plant native prairie species plugs on our Hazel Bird Nature Reserve!

This event is being hosted through Parkbus’s ActiveDays program.

**SPOTS ARE STILL AVAILABLE! Please visit the ActiveDays website to register.**

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Hazel Bird Nature Reserve, Baltimore

NCC’s Hazel Bird Nature Reserve is found within the Rice Lake Plains Natural Area, which is located in Central Ontario on the Oak Ridges Moraine. The Rice Lake Plains Natural Area contains some of the largest tracts of kame moraine forest, tallgrass prairie and savannah ecosystems in Ontario, including globally significant black oak savannah. The prairie and savannah ecosystems are of particular conservation concern as most of their representation in Ontario and North America has been lost. The Hazel Bird Nature Reserve  also provides significant habitat for species at risk including grassland birds and the Monarch butterfly.

What you will be doing

At this event we will be planting native tall grass prairie species to help restore and expand the tall grass prairie 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. We will also be removing the invasive Scotch Pine tree using hand tools such as loppers and hand saws.

Why you will love it

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


Contact Laura Robson, Conservation Coordinator:

Please Note

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
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 and trowels, if you have them
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medication