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Fifth Annual Halton Forest Festival at Rattlesnake Point teaches local students about trees and forests

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The fifth annual Halton Forest Festival wrapped up a successful event yesterday with the last of four educational days. The educational days took place October 13, 14, 17 and 18 at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area with 1,400 grades 6 and 7 students participating, as well as more than 300 volunteers, including high school students who helped deliver the activities.

The Forest Festival education event presented 26 different activities to complement in-class learning for the students with curriculum-linked outdoor, experiential education. The activities covered six themes, Biodiversity and Species at Risk; Climate Change; Forest Ecosystems and Interactions; Forest Resources; Stewardship and Conservation; and Urban Forestry. The activity could have students learn about the unique challenges and threats our urban trees face (limited space, soil construction, construction), learn about different invasive species like emerald ash borer, or take a hike along the Niagara Escarpment to understand more about its formation.

“On behalf of the Conservation Halton Board and Staff, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Halton Forest Festival and made it a success. One of the great aspects of the festival is the high school students who do an excellent job of presenting the activities and ensure the grade 6 and 7 students have a great day of learning,” said John Vice, Conservation Halton Chair. “The Halton Forest Festival helps foster a sense of the importance of trees and forests in our young people, creating future environmental stewards.”

The Halton Forest Festival also featured a Public Day on Sunday, October 2 during the first weekend of Conservation Halton’s popular Fall into Nature Festival. The Public Days featured children’s activities, bird house building, a cross cut saw demonstration, reptiles at risk, archery, as well as guided hikes through the amazing forest at Rattlesnake Point. To find more information on what happened at the Forest Festival Public Day, including all the activities, visit www.haltonforestfestival.ca/publicday.

The Halton Forest Festival is pleased to have Cogeco and Halton Region as Old-Growth Level sponsors, with David Schaeffer Engineering Limited, Mattamy Homes and Town of Oakville as Forest Level sponsors. The festival is made possible by the generous support of all our sponsors and funders. You can click here to see a full list of 2016 Forest Festival community supporters.

The Halton Forest Festival is intended to inspire youth to become good land stewards by building relationships with the natural world. It will also promote the benefits of forests to human and environmental health, as well as reinforce the importance of forests to our ecosystem. More information is available at the Forest Festival website.