Return of the Swamp Forest

Event Details

May 11th, 2018, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Patrick W.E. Hodgson Property, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) for a wet and wild day of planting trees on the Patrick Hodgson Nature Reserve in the internationally significant Minesing Wetlands. Over the past 60 years, 42% of the forest cover in the Minesing Wetlands has been lost to changing land use, tree disease and severe storms, and we need your help to restore this significant habitat.  Once grown, these trees will provide habitat to forest birds and other wildlife, shade and cool the river, stabilize the riverbanks and reduce erosion.

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 Patrick W.E. Hodgson Property

The Patrick W.E. Hodgson Property is 43 hectares located in the southeast corner of the Minesing Wetlands. Much of the property is and has been historically used as farmland, apart from the 20% that remains natural habitat. Restoration efforts (tree planting, meadow enhancement, etc.) will increase biodiversity to the property and habitat connectivity to the surrounding area, which will benefit a number of important species that inhabit this special place. The Minesing Wetlands complex is one of the largest (9,330 hectares) and least disturbed wetlands in southern Ontario. Since 1974, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and its partners have protected close to 10,000 acres (4,047 hectares) of significant habitat in Minesing Wetlands. This rare marsh, swamp, fen and river habitat is home to many nationally listed species at risk, including turtles, reptiles and amphibians and wide-ranging mammals such as moose, fisher, American black bear and Canadian lynx.


What you will be doing

We will be planting over 500 native trees and shrubs to restore an old field and buffer a stream on the Patrick Hodgson Nature Reserve. There will be a 700 m hike over a field with uneven terrain to reach the planting site. We will carry in tree planting materials (shovels, trees, etc.) and personal items you will need for the day to the site, and work will include bending and digging. The Minesing Wetlands live up to their name, so be prepared to get wet and muddy!

Why you will love it

There are few things as satisfying as planting trees. By the end of the event, the field will be on its way to providing new native habitat for wildlife, water retention and soil stabilization.


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Please Note

This event will proceed rain or shine, so please dress for the conditions: rubber boots, long pants, comfortable clothing you don’t mind getting dirty, a hat, and a change of dry clothes. This event is suitable for ages 14 and up.
NCC and NVCA will provide gloves as well as extra snacks and water. There will be no on-site washroom facilities at this event. No previous experience is required.
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:

  • Rain boots
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
  • Full change of dry clothes
  • Work gloves (if you have them)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch