EVENTS

Events at a Glance


July and August

 
3 JULY

Smokey Hollow Guided Hike

 6:30pm - 8:00pm      Smokey Hollow Waterfall
  In partnership with Hamilton Naturalist Club, were leading walk along Grindstone Creek. We will discuss the importance of keeping our waters clean and protected as creeks run into the Hamilton Harbour, how our creeks have changed, and what you can find in these natural areas.

Please note the hike will finish with a short walk on the shoulder of Waterdown Road.

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  • Wednesday July 3rd, 2019; 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Smokey Hollow Waterfall, 80 Mill St S, Hamilton, ON L0R 2H0 view map
  • Contact Christine Bowen at BARC (905.527.7111) or cbowen@hamiltonharbour.ca 
  • Event hosted by Bay Area Restoration Council

4 JULY

Turtle Talk

 7:00pm - 9:00pm      The Pale Blue Dot
  Have you ever been curious about what a turtle shell is made of? Have you ever wondered about the “turtle crossing” signs you see along some roads? Get the answers to these questions at Bay Area Restoration Councils free, family friendly Turtle Talk! Join us at the Pale Blue Dot, where after a brief introduction to our local turtles, you can hear from our special guests about the threats turtles face, turtle research, and how you can help!

*Coloring pages and word searches will be provided for children
 
 Event is possible due, in part, to UNA Green Spaces grant. 
  • Thursday, July 4th,  2019; 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • The Pale Blue Dot, 240 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2L3 
  • Contact Christine Bowen at BARC (905.527.7111) or cbowen@hamiltonharbour.ca
  • Event hosted by Bay Area Restoration Council and The Pale Blue Dot
 
14 JULY

Shoreline Cleanup: Waterfront Trail

10:00am - 12:00pm      200 Harbour Front Dr., Hamilton, Ontario L8L 1M5
  On July 13th 2019, the Bay Area Restoration Council is hosting a shoreline cleanup! All volunteers will be meeting at BARC’s kiosk (to the left of Bayfront Park’s boat launch) at 10 AM. If you are interested in volunteering for the cleanup, please contact Melanie at: m.hutchinson.rodgers@gmail.com. We will provide all the tools and materials for the cleanup (including gloves).
  • Saturday, July 14; 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Bayfront Park, 200 Harbour Front Dr., Hamilton view map
JULY 20 - AUG 1

Volunteer Invasive Marsh Pulls

Various           Cootes Paradise Marsh, specific location to be determined
  We, with Royal Botanical Garden, are once again looking for volunteers to help get rid of invasive species in cootes paradise! Enjoy the scenery, spot a bird, and make new friends while you get down and dirty while preparing sites for future marsh plantings. Our 2019 Marsh Volunteer Invasive Pulls will run on:

Saturday, July 20: 9:00am- 11:30am
Thursday, July 25: 6:00pm- 8:00pm *New Evening Planting Option*
Thursday, August 1: 9:00am- 11:30am

As space is limited, please note that you can only register for one date. Registration is done on a first come, first serve basis. Please register by emailing Christine at cbowen@hamiltonharbour.ca. Be sure to quote "Marsh Invasive pulls 2019 Registration" in the subject line of your email. Please indicate the date you wish to attend (and alternative dates if applicable). As chest waders are recommended, please also state your shoe size so that BARC may be able to provide waders for you. (DISCLAIMER: waders may be a few sizes too big.)

A BARC staff member will reply within a few business days to confirm your space and provide more details about the meeting location and what to bring.

Due to the nature and location of the  sites, these events are not suitable for children. You must be at least 16 years old to participate (an adult will need to sign a waiver for you if you are under the age of 18). Sites are located in the marsh and a certain level of physical fitness is required. Please be aware that we are walking into a natural environment – you will get wet and dirty and leeches occasionally make an appearance. It is messy but rewarding work!
  • Cootes Paradise Marsh or Grindestone Marsh 
  • Contact Christine Bowen at cbowen@hamiltonhabour.ca or (905.527.7111) to register
  • Event hosted by Bay Area Restoration Council with Royal Botanical Gardens
JULY 20-29

Summer Bayfront Park Introduction Tours

 2:30pm - 3:25pm       Bayfront Park, Hamilton, ON 
  Take an accessible stroll around part of Bayfront Park with our summer intern! In this introductory tour learn about local animals, environmental issues, and restoration efforts. Please meet at our kiosk, which is located under the pergola by the waterfront trail, to the left of the boat launch.

Tours are offered at 2:30pm the following dates:
Saturday July 20th
Monday July 22nd
Friday July 26th
Saturday July 27th
Monday July 29th
  • As listed above 
  • 200 Harbour Front Dr,, Hamilton, Ontario L8L 1M5 
  • Contact BARC (905.527.7111) for more information




24 JULY

Kerncliff Park Guided Hike

 6:30pm - 8:00pm      Kerncliff park, Burlington
  With Hamilton Naturalist Club, we continue to explore trails within out watershed! As we walk along the escarpment we will discuss how it has shaped our landscape and influences our water, the importance of forest in our water cycle, vernal ponds, and various restoration efforts.

Please note there are some steep hills and rocky, uneven terrain.
  • Wednesday July 24th; 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Kerncliff Park, 2198 Kerns Road Burlington   
  • Contact  BARC at  (905.527.7111) for more information
  • Event hosted by Bay Area Restoration Council

September

Early SEPT

2019 Volunteer Marsh Plantings

Various Times         Cootes Paradise Marsh
  *Registration Required*

Now that water levels are down, we are happy to invite you to come volunteer with us to help replant Cootes Paradise! Enjoy the scenery, spot a bird, and make new friends while you get down and dirty with the cattails. Our 2019 Marsh Volunteer Planting Program will run on:

Wednesday Sept. 4: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday Sept. 7: 9:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday Sept. 11: 9:00am- 12:00pm
Sunday Sept. 15: 9:00am to 12:00pm 

Registration is done on a first come, first serve basis. Please register by emailing Christine at cbowen@hamiltonharbour.ca. Be sure to quote "Marsh Plantings 2019 Registration" in the subject line of your email. Please indicate the date you wish to attend (and alternative dates if applicable). As chest waders are recommended, please also state your shoe size so that BARC may be able to provide waders for you. (DISCLAIMER: waders may be a few sizes too big.)

A BARC staff member will reply within a few business days to confirm your space and provide more details about the meeting location and what to bring.

Due to the nature and location of the planting sites, these events are not suitable for children. You must be at least 16 years old to participate (and an adult will need to sign a waiver for you if you are under the age of 18). Planting sites are located in the marsh and a certain level of physical fitness is required. Please be aware that we are walking into a natural environment – you will get wet and dirty and leeches occasionally make an appearance. It is messy but rewarding work!
  • Various Dates- see above description. 
  • Cootes Paradise Marsh
  • Contact Christine Bowen at BARC (905.527.7111) or cbowen@hamiltonharbour.ca 

22 SEP

Local Bio-blitz

 9:00am - 3:00pm       Royal Botanical Gardens Arboretum
 
Hosted by Royal Botanical Gardens and Cootes to Escarpment Eco-park.

The lands and waters of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System are a Canadian biodiversity hotspot. Join an enthusiastic team of EcoPark System partners, expert naturalists, and the public for our third annual Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System BioBlitz and help us document the biodiversity in the area.

Become a citizen scientist for the day and join local experts on a guided hike to identify plants and wildlife on d Saturday. While there, check out the Native Plant Sale and visit community groups (Like BARC) showcasing important native species and wildlife. Local plant vendors will be there selling native plant species for you to take home

More information available here.

October 

 
SEP- OCT

Volunteer Opportunity: Stream of Dreams Assistant

Various          Local Schools
  We are running the Stream of Dreams educational program at two local schools (Yorkview Elementary and Strathcona Elementary) this fall. We are looking for volunteers to assist in the art room where students will be painting wooden fish for a community mural, and for hanging this fish on the fence. In the art room, volunteers will help keep that paint stations ready and neat, provide instructions to participants, and sorting the completed fish while getting to chat with the children about what they learned. For fish hanging, volunteers will use plies to twist the metal fence ties that hold the fish up, and assist in varnishing the fish with a protective coat.

Dates and times are as follows:
Sept. 30: 10:30am to 12:30pm (Art room)
Oct. 1: 10:30am to 12:30pm (Art room)
Oct. 2: 10:45am to 12:15pm (Hanging Fish)
Oct. 15: 11:15am to 1:15pm and/or 1:45pm to 3:15pm (Art room)
Oct. 16: 11:15am to 1:15pm (Art room)
Oct. 17: 10:00pm to 1:00pm (Hanging Fish)

*As this is at a school, a vulnerable sector screening is required.*

To volunteer, or for more information, please email Christine at cbowen@hamiltonharbour.ca. or phone her at 905-527-7111. 
 
6  OCT

Bruce Trail Day

 10:00am - 2:00pm      Cityview Park Burlington, 2500 Kerns Road, Burlington, ON
  Join us the Bruce Trail Day. Visit our booth to learn about how forests and escarpment influence our water. Visit other booths to learn about The Bruce Trail Conservancy and other local groups and all the hard work they do. Join a free hike! Hikes leave at 10 am, 11 am, noon and 1 pm. Prizes for each of the four #hikes.  We are leading the 11 am hike ! wAll welcome, family friendly!
  • Sunday October 6, 2019; 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Cityview Park Burlington, 2500 Kerns Road, Burlington ON 
  • For more information please contact Bron at brontreg@cogeco.ca of the Bruce Trail Conservatory
  • Event hosted by Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club

November

 
2 NOV

Grindstone Marsh Dump Clean-out

 10:00am- 2:00pm          Grindstone Marsh, Burlington
  Come join us, F&S and RBG with this rope clean up in grindstone marsh! A team, of hopefully 40 volunteers, will be assisting us in collecting the garbage at the base of the ravine and using ropes, pull it up the ravine wall.

To register and get more information, please email Christine at cbowen@hamiltonharbour.ca

Age 8+
  • Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 (Rain date of  November 9); 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Grindstone Marsh, Burlington
  • Contact Christine Bowen at cbowen@hamiltonharbour.ca or BARC (905.527.7111)
  • Event hosted with Royal Botanical gardens and Field and Stream Rescue