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

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The sixth edition of the Halton Forest Festival wrapped up a successful event yesterday with the last of four educational days. The educational days took place October 12, 13, 16 and 17 at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area with 1,400 grades 6 and 7 students participating, as well as more than 250 volunteers, including high school students who helped deliver the activities.

The Forest Festival education event presented 28 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 activities could have students learn about the unique challenges and threats our urban trees face (limited space, soil compaction, dry conditions), learn about different invasive species like emerald ash borer, or take a hike along the Niagara Escarpment to understand more about its formation.

The Halton Forest Festival also featured a Public Day on Saturday, October 14 during the second weekend of Conservation Halton’s popular Fall into Nature Festival. The Public Day hosted children’s activities, bird nest box and native bee nest box building, a cross cut saw demonstration, archery, children’s tree climb, 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 aims to teach children and the community about trees and forests and the incredible environmental benefits they provide, including cleaning the air we breathe, purifying water and providing habitat for wildlife. Rattlesnake Point is a tremendous place to hold the festival and for people to connect with nature,” said Hassaan Basit, Conservation Halton Chief Administrative Officer. “On behalf of the Conservation Halton Board and Staff, I would like to thank the organizers, staff, volunteers and supporters who contributed to the Halton Forest Festival’s success.”

The Halton Forest Festival is pleased to have Cogeco and Halton Region as Old-Growth Level sponsors. The festival is made possible by the generous support of all our sponsors and funders. You can see a full list of our community supporters at www.haltonforestfestival.ca/supporters/2017-supporters.

The Halton Forest Festival is intended to inspire youth to become good land stewards by building relationships with the natural world. It promotes the benefits of forests to human and environmental health, and reinforces the importance of forests to our ecosystem. More information is available at the Forest Festival website, www.haltonforestfestival.ca.