Rooting for Conservation – Part 2

Event Details

September 29th, 2018, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Happy Valley Forest - Oak Ridges Trail (Schomberg), Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Happy Valley Forest is a large, beautiful, mature deciduous forest, located on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Help us increase the forest cover by joining us for a day of tree planting in an area that was previously dominated by invasive black locust trees!

By volunteering, you’ll help increase the native forest cover in the Humber watershed, which provides habitat for species at risk such as the wood thrush, eastern wood pewee, Acadian flycatcher and cerulean warbler.

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 are departing from. Happy travels!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Happy Valley Forest – Oak Ridges Trail (Schomberg)

Happy Valley Forest is one of the largest remaining tracts of upland deciduous forest on the Oak Ridges Moraine. It is located about one hour northwest of Toronto. This 1560-acre (631 hectare) area supports more than 110 breeding birds and is an outstanding example of mature sugar maple and beech upland forests, characteristic of the Moraine.

What you will be doing

At this event, you will be helping to restore a former invasive black locust plantation by planting native trees. With support from NCC staff, you'll learn the proper techniques for planting trees, and also have the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of native species.

Why you will love it

You will love this event because you will be spending time in a large beautiful mature upland deciduous forest. Your stewardship efforts will help increase forest cover that provides habitat for our native species.


Contact Jenna Siu, Coordinator, Conservation Biology:

Please Note

Physical activity will involve hiking 1-2 km over hilly terrain, bending, crouching, carrying trees, and digging holes using shovels.

Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
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-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
  • Gardening gloves
  • Shovels (if you have one you'd like to bring)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medications