The third annual Halton Forest Festival wrapped up a successful event on Thursday with the last of four Education Days. The education portion took place from Monday, October 6 to Thursday, October 9 at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area with nearly 1,400 grade 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 24 different activities to complement in-class learning with curriculum-linked outdoor, experiential education for students. 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 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.
“On behalf of the Conservation Halton Board and Staff, I would like to thank all the organizations who supported the Halton Forest Festival and helped ensure its success. We also appreciate the volunteers who contributed their time and energy, particularly the high school students who did an excellent job of presenting the activities,” said John Vice, Conservation Halton Chair. “The Halton Forest Festival is an important part of our suite of outdoor education programs which teach between 60,000 and 70,000 students a year about nature.”
The Halton Forest Festival also featured two Public Days, which were on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5 during the first weekend of Conservation Halton’s popular Fall into Nature Festival. The Public Days featured a lumberjack show, children’s activities, bird house building, archery, as well as guided hikes through the amazing forest at Rattlesnake Point.
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, for more information on the Foundation please visit their website.
The Halton Forest Festival is also pleased to have Cogeco Cable, David Schaeffer Engineering Limited and Halton Region as Old-Growth Forest Level sponsors. The festival includes five levels of sponsorship and more information can be found on the Forest Festival supporters page.
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.