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Second Annual Halton Forest Festival at Rattlesnake Point will teach local students about trees and forests

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After a successful launch in 2012, the Halton Forest Festival is back for a second year and will kick off on Tuesday, October 8. The educational portion will take place from October 8 to 10 at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area with 1,200 grade 6 and 7 students participating, as well as more than 250 volunteers, including high school students who will help deliver the activities.

Everyone is invited to attend the Halton Forest Festival Public Day on Saturday, October 19 during the second weekend of Conservation Halton’s popular Fall into Nature Festival.

The Forest Festival education event presents activities to complement in-class learning with curriculum-linked outdoor, experiential education for students. The activities cover 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 digging in the soil to learn how its layers are created, or taking a hike along the Niagara Escarpment to understand more about its formation.

“The Halton Forest Festival will teach students in a beautiful outdoor classroom about the local forest ecosystems and the value of the trees and animals that live within them. Students attending the Halton Forest Festival will spend the day immersed in the scenic landscape at Rattlesnake Point. Students are guided each day through six of the 28 curriculum-linked interactive activity centres which will encourage fun learning and environmental conservation of a precious resource, our forests!” said Hassaan Basit, Director of Communications for Conservation Halton.

The Halton Forest Festival Public Day on Saturday, October 19 offers a full day of activities. Spend the day outside, watch a lumberjack show, participate in our children’s activities, build your own bird house, try your hand at archery, or take an informative hike through the amazing forest at Rattlesnake Point and learn a little about what makes it so important and special. To find more information on the Forest Festival Public Day, including all the activities, visit www.haltonforestfestival.ca/publicday.

The Halton Forest Festival is supported by a multi-year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario and for more information on the Foundation, please visit the website at, www.otf.ca.

The Halton Forest Festival is also pleased to have Cogeco Cable and Halton Region as Old-Growth Forest Level sponsors. The festival includes five levels of sponsorship and more information can be found at www.haltonforestfestival.ca/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, www.haltonforestfestival.ca.