Events at a Glance

October 2018

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Nature Photography Workshop

 7:00pm - 9:00pm       Redchurch Cafe + Gallery (68 King St. E., Hamilton)
What is your favourite place to see local wildlife? This workshop celebrates local photography and gives you a glimpse into some of the wildlife you will see on the trails. Learn about Southern Ontario birds and get some tips on photographing them.
You can purchase drinks or food at the cafe to enjoy during the workshop.
  • Thursday, October 4, 2018; 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • RedChurch Cafe and Gallery (68 King St. E. Hamilton- in the Gore Park block).
  • Contact Steve Watts at BARC (905.527.7111) for more information
  • Event hosted by BARC


Kerncliff Park Clean-up

 9:00am - 11:00am      Kerncliff Park, 2198 Kerns Rd, Burlington, ON L7P 1P8.
Burlington Field and Stream Rescue Team and Friends of Kerncliff our hosting a clean-up for their 25th event!  They are also joining with Erin Mallon, from Cootes to Escarpment Ecopark  System for this special clean-up event. The focus of this event will be on removing garbage and invasive species.  They  will happily be providing refreshments for all your hard work!
Meet under the pavilion at the lower parking lot, and bring rubber boots!
  •   Saturday, October 6, 2018; 9:00am - 11:00am
  • Kerncliff Park,  2198 Kerns Rd, Burlington, ON L7P 1P8
  • Contact for more information
  • Event hosted Friends of Kerncliff  and Field and Steam Rescue
13 OCT

Not your Normal Nature Hike

 10:00am - 12:00pm      Corktown Park
    Join Environment Hamilton's Lynda Lukasik and guests for a leisurely Saturday morning hike along the Niagara Escarpment - starting from Corktown Park in downtown Hamilton. While you enjoy the beautiful fall colours, Lynda will talk about the importance of protecting the Niagara Escarpment - a critical element of Ontario's Greenbelt - as it relates to urban Hamilton. Conversation topics will include: effective urban growth planning - including 'gentle density' like laneway house, building inclusive urban neighbourhoods that include eco-friendly and affordable housing options, and improving urban quality of life. 

This free hike will be travelling on an accessible route.
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018; 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Corktown Park. (Corktown Park is a large park encircled by Ferguson Ave S and Forest Avenue, Hamilton.)
  • Contact Lynda at or at (905) 549-0900 for more information.
  • Event hosted by Environment Hamilton


Turtle Walks

See Below          1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1
  BARC has teamed up with Turtle of Cootes, a working group of OPIRG Mcmaster, to lead free educational walks for McMaster students and the surrounding community. Join our volunteers to discuss the importance of wetlands, learn about our fascinating local turtles, and learn about the threats turtles face and how we can help. We might get lucky and even seen a turtle!

This walk is through McMaster campus; starting outside the University Student Center in front of Mills Library, and finishing by parking lot P. The walk takes approximately 1 hour and is just under 1km long.
Walks are being held:
 Sunday, Oct. 14 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM with Acacia
Monday, Oct. 15 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM with Ellie
Saturday Oct. 20 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM with Ellie
Sunday Nov. 4 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM with  Acacia
  • Sunday Oct. 14, - Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018; 1:00pm  or 6:00pm
  • McMaster University Student Center, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton view map
  • Contact Christine Bowen at BARC (905.527.7111) for more information
  • Event hosted by BARC and Turtles of Cootes
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20 OCT

Valens Hardwood Swamp Hike

 1:00pm - 2:30pm      Valens Conservation Area
  Bruce Mackenzie, Director of the Hamilton Naturalists Club’s Bird Study Group will be leading the group through a rarely visited hardwood swamp in the western section of the Valens Lake Conservation Area. It is an interesting piece of the Beverly Swamp complex with southern and northern characteristics. The area could be somewhat wet so rubber boots are recommended.

Meet at the Valens Lake Conservation Area at the Powell Pavilion parking area.

*The normal admission fee to the conservation area is not in effect for participants of this hike. Thanks to Hamilton Conservation Authority!*
  • Saturday, October 20, 2018; 1:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Valens Conservation Area, 1691 Regional Road 97, Flamborough,  N1R 5S7 
  • Contact Bruce at for more information
  • Event hosted by Hamilton Naturalist Club
20 OCT

Community Tree Planting 

 10:00am - 1:00pm      Heritage Green Sports Park, 447 1st Rd W, Stoney Creek
  Join the City of Hamilton’s Forestry + Horticulture division, Environment Hamilton and Hamilton Naturalists’ Club for a community tree planting event! Rain or shine, this family friendly event will be happening! Bring a shovel and gloves if you can.
  • Saturday, October 20, 2018; 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Heritage Green Sports Park, 447 1st Rd W,  Stoney Creek, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Event hosted by Environment Hamilton
27 OCT

Princess Point Shoreline Cleanup 

 9:00am - 12:00pm      Princess Point
Help Royal Botanical Gardens clean up the shoreline at princess point!
Bring water, wear closed toed shoes, and dress for the weather.  
  • Saturday, October 27th, 2018; 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Princess Point canoe launch, located at the end of Longwood Road North, Hamilton.
  • Contact Andrea Court ( for more information
28 OCT

Sustainability Day at Mcmaster

 11:00am - 2:00pm       McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1
Do you want to help restore plant biodiversity in your community?
The Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System and various partners are looking for students and community members to help remove invasive plant species and re-plant native wildflowers, trees and shrubs in the creek floodplain. A free catered lunch,  hot chocolate and door prizes will be provided after the event.
On the day of the event meet in the Mary Keyes Lobby on McMaster Campus
Register for the event here and feel free to share with your friends, family members, and coworkers! 
  • Sunday Ocotober 28; 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Mary Keys Lobby, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1
  • Event hosted by Cootes to Escarpment Ecopark

24, 25
29, 30 OCT

LID Workshops

    CCIW Office, 867 Lakeshore Rd, Burlington
  As part of their commitment to reducing phosphorus and sediment loads into Hamilton Harbour, the HHRAP is hosting four LID courses in Burlington in October. They are being put on through the STEP program and are being subsidized, so they are only $100/course.
Courses and Dates
October 24: Low Impact Development Treatment Train Tool Workshop 
October 25: Advanced LID Design: Bioretention Facilities Workshop 
October 29: Critical Processes for the Construction of Low Impact Development Stormwater Management 
October 30  Practical Guidance on Inspecting and Maintaining Low Impact Development/Green Stormwater Infrastructure