Rooting for Conservation – University of Guelph Field Day

Event Details

September 28th, 2018, 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Happy Valley Forest, Schomberg, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Happy Valley Forest is a large, beautiful, upland mature deciduous forest, located on the Oak Ridges Moraine. One of the major threats to the forest ecosystem health are invasive species. Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) for a day of forest restoration work, including planting trees and tackling invasive species such as garlic mustard and invasive shrubs!

By joining forces, you can help improve the health of the interior forest in the Humber watershed, which provides habitat for species at risk such as the wood thrush, eastern wood pewee, Acadian flycatcher and cerulean warbler.

For those who require transportation from the University of Guelph please contact Heather Pollock ( to make arrangements. Seats are limited.

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Happy Valley Forest, 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, including wood thrush and Canada warbler, and is an outstanding example of mature sugar maple and beech upland forests, characteristic of the moraine.

What you will be doing

You will help restore an area that was previously an invasive black locust plantation by planting native trees and removing invasive species. You'll have the opportunity to learn about tree planting and the benefits of native species. You will also help to remove invasive garlic mustard by hand-pulling first year plants. Invasive shrubs will be controlled using loppers and the minimal application of herbicide under supervision by licenced NCC staff.

Why you will love it

Escape the city and spend a day in a large beautiful mature upland deciduous forest! Your stewardship efforts will help increase forest cover that provides habitat for our native species. You will also have the opportunity to speak with NCC’s biologists and interns directly about career opportunities in the conservation field.


Contact Jenna Siu:

Please Note

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

Additional event details will be provided after registration.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
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
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medications