Events at a Glance

July- Aug. 

2021 Marsh Plantings

 9:00am - 12:00pm       Cootes Paradise
  We, with Royal Botanical Gardens, are once again looking for volunteers to help replant Cootes Paradise marsh! Enjoy the scenery, spot a bird, and make new friends while you get down and dirty with the cattails on:
Thursday, July 15th
Sunday, July 18th- Full
Sunday, August 8th- Full
Thursday, August 12th

Registration is done on a first come, first serve basis. (If registration has filled, or its past the deadline to sign-up, feel free to email us at and we will see what we can do!) One you have registered on eventbrite, a few business days prior to the event you will receive a confirmation email from BARC staff with:
Waivers for you to print and bring completed.
The specific site location and what to bring.
A request for your shoe size as we provide rubber boots, hip waders, or chest waders depending on site requirements.
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. (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 as Listed
  • Cootes Paradise- Specific location will be emailed to you
  • Contact for more information
  • Event hosted in conjunction with Royal Botanical Gardens
July- Aug.

2021 Community Science: Testing the Waters

Various          Bayfront Park
Join Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC) staff at their kiosk at Bayfront Park on select Sundays afternoons, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings for water testing. There you can sign out your water testing kit and see a demonstration on how to use the different equipment. (ID is required when you sign out a kit.) You will measure parameters like dissolved oxygen and phosphorus in the water. Then, using a map, visit test sites along the waterfront trail!
( Age 10+. If under 16, an adult must remain present at all times. If under 18, an adult will need to sign out the kit on your behalf. ) 
  • Contact for more information.
July- Aug. 

Intro to  Water Quality!

 12:30pm - 4:00pm       Bayfront Park

Drop in and visit us at our kiosk at Bayfront Park to learn about water quality and water testing ( Age 10+). Try your hand at water testing, and/or join us for a tour about water quality at 2pm!

For a younger audience, enjoy a story walk from Hamilton Public Library set-up along the trial!  
We will be there the following Sundays: July 11th, July 25th, August 1st, and August 15th.
  • Bayfront Park, 200 Harbour Front Dr, Hamilton, ON L8L 1C8 
  • Contact Christine at for more information


Water and Wildlife Afternoons

 1:00pm - 3:00pm      Bayfront Park

Join us for an afternoon of Friday fun!
1) Stop by our kiosk to chat abut local wildlife and water issues. (Kiosk is located along waterfront trail, to the left (west) of the boat launch.)
2) Go for a walk to view the story walk from Hamilton Public Library.
3) Join us at 2pm for a tour around Bayfront Park! Meet at our Kiosk.   

  • Fridays from July 9th - Friday, August 20th; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Bayfront Park, 200 Harbour Front Dr, Hamilton, ON L8L 1C8
July - Aug. 

Children's Wildlife Education Programming

 Select Monday Afternoons        Virtual
Join us, as part of Hamilton Public Libraries Summer Reading Program, to learn about our local turtles and frogs!
Turtle Crossing on  Monday July 5th and Monday August 9th
 Learn about native turtles, their wetland adaptations and how they are important part of the ecosystem. Explore how you and local organizations can help minimize threats of human activity and invasive species for our local turtles.
Ribbit on Monday July 19th and Monday August 23rd
 Learn how to identify local frogs and about their unique characteristics, such as their jumping power. Participate in a frog orchestra and discuss how we can help minimize the threats amphibians face.
  • Select Monday Afternoons 
  • Virtual: Register through Hamilton Public Library.
  • Contact for more information
  • Event hosted by Hamilton Public Library
1/14 AUG

Summer Shoreline Clean-ups

 9:00am - 11:00am      Bayfront Park and Pier 4 Park
It's water quality month, so lets improve our water quality! Join us for a shoreline clean-up that we can work together to get all those coffee cups, wrappers, and cigarette butts before the end up in our water! Join us on:
Sunday August 1st at Bayfront Park (200 harbourfront drive). Please meet us at our kiosk located under the Pergola along the waterfront trail. It's to the left (east) of the boat launch. Look for Juliet in a Blue BARC shirt.

Saturday August 14th at Pier 4 Park (64 Leander Dr). Please meet us by the entrance to the Beach. Look for Juliet in a Blue BARC shirt.

We will provide gloves, garbage bags, and a few grabbers for those who need them! Please bring/ wear closed toed shoes, sunscreen, and a reusable water bottle.
In order for us to know how many gloves and bags to bring, please register using the eventbrite link below.
  • Sunday August 1st and Saturday August 14th, 2021; 9:00am - 11:00am
  • Bayfront Park and Pier 4 Park (Date specific)
  • Contact our intern Juliet at with questions or concerns
AUG 5&19

Summer Escarpment Tour

 7:00pm - 9:00pm      00-710 Mountain Brow Blvd, Hamilton, ON L8T 5A9
  Join our intern for a tour to learn about the natural history behind Hamilton’s many waterfalls and escarpment, and how we can help protect our natural heritage. This moderate hike covers 3.7km in a loop passing Albion falls and Buttermilk Falls.
Please register on eventbrite as space is limited.

Meet Juliet, in a blue BARC Shirt, at the Escarpment Rail Trail Parking lot!
  • Saturday, September 12 - Monday, September 14, 2015; 8:00am - 10:00am

  • view map
  • Contact Juliet with questions: