The fourth annual Halton Forest Festival wrapped up a successful event earlier this week with the last of four educational days. The educational portion took place October 15, 16, 19 and 20 at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area with 1,200 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 26 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.
“Thank you to all our partners who supported the Halton Forest Festival, our municipal partners, businesses, activity presenters and the community. We also want to thank all the volunteers who participated in the Festival, particularly the high school students who who are the face of the festival presenting the activities to the elementary students,” said Ken Phillips, Conservation Halton Chief Administrative Officer. “Conservation Halton is proud of all its outdoor education programs, including the Halton Forest Festival, which teaches between 60,000 and 70,000 students a year about nature.”
The Halton Forest Festival also featured a Public Day on Sunday, October 4 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, children’s tree climbing, archery, as well as guided hikes through the amazing forest at Rattlesnake Point. More than 1,800 people visited Rattlesnake Point on the public day. To find more information on the Forest Festival Public Days, including all the activities, visit the Forest Festival Public Day webpage.
The Halton Forest Festival is pleased to have Cogeco Cable, Enbridge Pipelines Inc. and Halton Region as Old-Growth Level sponsors. The festival has five levels of sponsorship and more information can be found on the Forest Festival sponsorship webpage.
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.