TELUS Day of Giving – The (Buck)thorn in our Sides

Event Details

June 1st, 2017, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Gillies Grove (Arnprior), Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada as we work to remove a thorn in our side – invasive Glossy False Buckthorn that is! Glossy False Buckthorn is an aggressive non-native species that is outcompeting native vegetation at Gillies Grove. By signing up for this event, you can help improve habitat in one of the last remaining old-growth forests in Southern Ontario while getting a workout at the same time!

Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteer (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 Gillies Grove (Arnprior)

Nestled within the community of Arnprior, Gillies Grove is an excellent example of one of Ontario’s remaining old-growth forests, with some trees more than 65 cm in diameter and over 150 years old!

Old growth forests help with climate change adaptation by providing a refuge for migrating animals and plants as temperatures fluctuate. As well, forests are able to store significant amount of carbon in its soil and trees.

The area contains some of the province’s tallest white pine trees and supports species like the endangered butternut tree and special-concern eastern wood-pewee. Not only does the area provides important habitat for wildlife, but it’s open to the public for the community’s enjoyment!

What you will be doing

During this event, you’ll contribute to conservation efforts by removing Glossy False Buckthorn. These shrubs spread quickly to occupy much of the understory, pushing out native species.

Why you will love it

Not only will you escape the office and enjoy a day outside, you'll also be directly supporting local conservation by removing these shrubs and making space for native plants to thrive!


Contact Brenda Van Sleeuwen:

Please Note

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:

  • 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
  • Any necessary medications