Past Events in 2017
April 14 2017 Hawkwatch, Beamer Memorial Park, Grimsby
With the nice weather we had over the Easter long weekend the turn out for the event was more than in the past. We were excited to see the number of local nature groups, organizations, and citizens that came out to enjoy the weather and all the exciting activities, stations, and displays.
April 21 2017 Earth Day Expo, St.Catharines Farmers Market
Another well-attended event by citizens from the urban environment and local schools. The expo had 8 workshops for attendees to enjoy and learn about the importance of composting, recycling, and energy & water conservation. Read more here.
April 28 2017 Arbor Day
With help from Niagara Falls Staff, Lions Club Members, and Niagara Falls schools in attendance, 40 native trees (from Land Care Niagara’s Re-Leaf nursery) were planted at Chippawa Lions Park. This event was hosted by the City of Niagara Falls who partnered with The Park in the City Committee.
May 9 – 12 2017 NPCA’s Children’s Water Festival
Land Care Niagara was excited to lead a station at the Niagara Children’s Water Festival. The station was “Simply Tremendous” (also the stations name), which saw over 350 students from 8 different schools ranging from grades 2 to grade 5. Students visiting the station were able to experience first hand the importance of forest and the role they play in the water cycle.
June 11 2017 Butterfly Festival at Stevensville Conservation Area
We were excited to see the number of local nature groups, organizations, and citizens that came out to enjoy the weather and all the exciting activities, stations, and displays. On one of the nature walks participants got a close up look at some monarch butterfly eggs!
July 15 2017 Volunteer Day
We would like to thank the students from Niagara College International Community Links Program who helped us. We were able to create 23 bee blocks, 6 bee reeds, American Water-willow (AWW) stewardship information packages, and other educational outreach packages.
July 17 2017 Landowner Outreach Campaign
A door-to-door campaign was undertaken by LCN staff to spread awareness of the American Water-willow (AWW) as well as to invite landowners in the area to our event the following week. We spoke with 21 citizens and provided them with the AWW outreach package. Outreach packages consisted of an American Water Willow Stewardship Guide, an invitation to the outreach event, LCN brochure, Caring for Nature in Niagara: Landowner Action in Carolinian Canada leaflet, and a species at risk postcard. Some individuals showed interest in putting up a sign on the edge of their property, which will inform canoeists and kayakers of the presence of American Water-willow in the area.
July 28 2017 American Water-willow Community Outreach Event
The event was held at the Chippewa Boat Ramp Park with the intent on spreading awareness about the American Water-willow (AWW) and our work with the species over the last 3 years. We hope everyone enjoyed the morning learning about our work with the AWW, other species at risk in the area, what landowners can to to help this species and the importance of supporting a healthy shoreline. Attendee’s were able to grab a bee reed and a flowering plant (we hope the pollinator’s on your property enjoy!)
July 30 2017 Mulch Day in our Re-Leaf Tree Nursery (Vineland)
Thanks again to the students from Niagara College International Community Links Program and two of our board members who came out to help us spread mulch in the nursery, weed inside tree pots and create 35 bee reeds!
September 12 2017 Volunteer Day
Camp Wetaskiwin Scouts volunteered with Walker Industries to create 9 bee blocks from the help of LCN. It was a great evening with 25 scouts and 5 staff from Walker Industries. We would like to thank them again for all their help, we know the bee’s appreciate it too!
September 13 2017 Volunteer Day
As part of their Community Day’s 3 volunteers from Walker Industries came out to Land Care’s Nursery and helped spread mulch. We would like to thank them for all their help! Their work will help the young trees in the nursery for years to come as the mulch will help keep the weeds at bay and help insulate the pots for the winter months.
September 21 – 23 2017 Wainfleet Fair
This fair was well attended from both local citizens as well as local schools. LCN shared an event table with Donna Cridland and Niagara Restoration Council with various outreach information on tree planting programs and pollinator garden information.
Left to right: Olivia G. (LCN), Donna C. Allison G. (NRC)
October 21 2017 Pumpkin Festival
Our LCN mascot, Joad the Toad, attended Heartland Forest’s Pumpkin Festival which saw 7,000 attendees this year!
November 14 2017 Tree Planting Event in St. Catharines
LCN and Friends of Walkers Creek hosted a tree planting event with the help of City of St.Catharines to plant 10 native trees in Walkers Creek Trail. We had tremendous help from students from Governor Simcoe High school, Prince Philip Elementary school and Friends of Walkers Creek in making another tree planting event such a great success!
One of ten trees planted in Walker Creek trail.
November 26 2017 Last Tree Planted of 2017
This was the date of the last tree planted by LCN of the year! The tree planted was a species at risk, Common Hop Tree, on a private Lake Erie waterfront property after some sand dune restoration grass planting with Bert Miller Nature Club and Seedlings for Change.
Volunteers and landowners planting a Common Hop Tree