Stakes for Salamanders

Event Details

April 25th, 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Happy Valley Forest, Schomberg, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Happy Valley Forest is a beautiful upland mature deciduous forest located on the Oak Ridges Moraine. It is well known for soaring tree canopies, spring trillium displays and abundant salamander populations. NCC has recently undertaken a major erosion mitigation project to improve the health of one of our vernal (spring) pools, which provides important habitat to salamanders. The last step in completing this phase of the project is to revegetate the area this spring.

Join us for a day to help plant live stakes (shrubs) and spread seed to help stabilize the area and restore salamander habitat.

Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving or catching a ride) please click here. 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 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

At this event, you will help revegetate an area that has recently undergone construction to mitigate erosion down a hillside and silt accumulation in a vernal pool. Specifically, you will be helping to plant live stakes (shrub cuttings) and spread native seed throughout the impacted area. Physical activity will include bending and pounding.

Why you will love it

You will spend the day in a large beautiful mature upland deciduous forest with volunteers who share your love of nature. Not to mention your stewardship efforts will help restore salamander habitat.


Contact Jenna Siu, Coordinator, Conservation Biology:

Please Note

Be prepared to hike about 600m to the work site and work in very hilly terrain.
This event will proceed rain or shine, so please dress for the conditions.
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-toe footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of warm clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Work gloves (if you have them)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Any necessary medication