With Father’s Day fast approaching, families will be scouring local shops looking for the perfect gift for Dad. With all the frenzied shopping, don’t forget to spend some quality time with Dad to remind him how much he’s appreciated. Planting trees is a great way to connect with nature and each other. Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is hosting two community tree planting events in Halton Hills, the perfect activity to share with Dad.
The first, at Willow Park Ecology Centre (WPEC), takes place Saturday June 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will help plant trees, remove invasive plants and maintain trails and gardens. WPEC is located off Mary Street on Hwy. 7 in Norval, west of Brampton and east of Georgetown.
The second, at Fairy Lake in Acton, takes place Saturday June 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will help plant trees around the lake to beautify the landscape, improve air quality and provide habitat for local wildlife. Festivities also include wild birds on site, games and activities, and a special Father’s Day treat.
A poll conducted in 2010 showed that 80 per cent of Canadian fathers only wanted “quality time with their families” for Father’s Day. A comparable poll of American fathers uncovered gifts they absolutely did not want to receive: ties, “World’s Best Dad” shirts, mugs, dress shirts, and homemade crafts.
“Tree planting is a great way to share a beautiful weekend morning with Dad,” said Mike Puddister, Director of Restoration and Stewardship for CVC. “It’s an opportunity for families to step outside, appreciate nature and share a fun and constructive activity together.”
These events are suitable for all ages and are an opportunity for students to earn community service hours while learning about ecology. No planting experience is needed. CVC staff will provide tree planting demonstrations.
Participants should dress for the weather, and wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Shovels and gloves are provided but extras would be helpful. Light refreshments and snacks will be offered after the tree planting.
For more information, contact Lindsey Jennings, Assistant Program Coordinator of Community Outreach for CVC at 905-670-1615 ext. 445 or [email protected].
CVC’s Dave Beaton, Manager of Community Outreach, planting trees. Photo by Shaima Al-Khalili.
Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for almost 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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