Tallgrass Harvest Hoedown and Restoration – OLG

Event Details

September 24th, 2016, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Van Hove Evens Property, Warkworth, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Gather together, harvest seeds, plant some native species and help with restoration at NCC’s Van Hove Evens Property. While you’re at it you can hoedown some knowledge from event leaders and NCC prairie experts. Together, we’ll work to restore globally rare tallgrass prairie and savannah habitats throughout the Rice Lake Plains Natural area.

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!

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About Van Hove Evens Property, Warkworth

The Rice Lake Plains are found in the eastern-most segment of the Oak Ridges Moraine, south of Rice Lake. This area contains some of the largest examples of kame moraine forests, prairies and savannahs in Ontario. Historically the Rice Lake Plains were dominated by prairie and savannah which covered at least 42,500 acres (17,200 ha). Black oak savannah and tallgrass prairie vegetation communities, which were once common in southern Ontario, have now been ranked as globally rare and are classified as critically endangered in many U.S. states. Less than 3% of the original extent of these habitats remains in Ontario, which is why their restoration is critical.

What you will be doing

At this event you will help restore globally rare tallgrass prairie and savanna habitat by gathering native tallgrass prairie seeds.

Why you will love it

Spend the day in a globally rare habitat, contributing first-hand to its restoration! You will also have a chance to learn about the rare species that use these sites, including amazing reptiles and declining grassland bird species that, like you, just can’t get enough of Rice Lake Plains’ open prairie habitat!


Contact Jennifer McCarter: ontario@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

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

People of all fitness levels can participate
Out house/ bearbox
Carpooling can be arranged
Water and snacks will be provided

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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:

  • Close-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch