What’s on around Halton: July-August 2012

Spend a dark night with us and learn more about your local bats

This summer, get up close and personal with some of Ontario’s most fragile and interesting creatures at MountsbergConservation Area’s An Evening With The Bats program. If you have ever wanted to learn more about these fascinating nocturnal insectivores, this is your opportunity to take part in fun and educational programming.

There are two program offerings to cater to both families and nature-minded adults. A family evening event is happening on Saturday, July 28 and Saturday, August 11, with bat-themed crafts, a puppet show, and a bat-themed story. For those who have a more scientific interest in bats, there are adult evenings on Friday, July 27 and Friday, August 10. All programs run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., and include an opportunity to explore the Royal Ontario Museum’s fantastic travelling display: The Bats of Ontario.

Pre-registration is required; pricing information and registration for all four An Evening with the Bats programs can be found by clicking here.

Our parks can fulfill your summer recreational wishes

Conservation Halton’s parks have a wide array of recreational activities, events and programs for you to get outside and soak up the summer. We can meet most recreational wishes as you can bike, hike, boat, picnic, camp, fish and swim at our conservation areas.

Kelso Conservation Area is the destination of choice for those looking to spend some time on the beach or take a swim to cool off. You can also rent kayaks, paddle boats and canoes to take a tour of the lake. There are picnic tables throughout Kelso, as well as picnic shelters available to rent for company and family picnics, as well as group camping sites if you want to spend the night. Kelso’s trails offer a variety of options and levels of difficulty for mountain bikers and hikers to enjoy the majestic Niagara Escarpment.

This summer Crawford Lake and Mountsberg Conservation Areas are offering a full schedule of programs seven days a week until September 3. Crawford Lake is celebrating the Season of the Three Sisters with storytelling in the longhouse, guided hikes, simulated archaeology digs and more. Mountsberg’s summer programming features its resident birds of prey at the Raptor Centre and a visit from theRoyalOntarioMuseum’s Bats of Ontario travelling exhibit.

If you’re looking to get lost in the woods (not literally), and escape the city, explore the enchanted forests of Hilton Falls Conservation Area by foot or on two wheels. Follow the trail to Hilton   Falls and marvel at the beauty of a 10 metre waterfall that cascades over the Niagara Escarpment and the mysterious mill ruins that surround it. Our friends at Conservation Ontario recently took a trip to Hilton Falls and wrote about their visit to Hilton Falls, and posted some photos on their Facebook page from their visit to Hilton Falls.

Rattesnake Point Conservation Area is in a picturesque setting along the Niagara Escarpment with incredible views of the area. You can extend your visit by enjoying a picnic in the grassy meadows or with an overnight stay at one of Rattlesnake’s group campsites. Mount Nemo Conservation Area has one of the best cliff ecosystems onOntario’s Niagara Escarpment, with connections to theBruceTrail. Rich green ferns blanket limestone boulders scattered among old growth forests that are alive with wildlife.

Looking to enjoy some quiet time? Want to stop and enjoy the view? Seeking adventure on the trails? Spending some time with your family and friends? Our parks are waiting for you. For more information on Conservation Halton recreational activities and programs, go to the Halton Parks website.

Pollinators can help your garden

In Conservation Halton’s blog, Focus on Conservation, guest blogger Brenda Van Ryswyk, explains why pollinators are “the bee’s knees!”

A pollinator, or in the simplest definition, an insect that carries pollen from one flower to another is also your neatest neighbour. Our native bees make up 70 per cent of our pollinators and they don’t usually travel far from their nesting site. This means all the visiting bees in your garden are most likely local.

Any flower that produces pollen and nectar will be beneficial to local pollinators and can provide them food. Flowering Kale, a foodie favourite, can become extremely busy with small native bees. Click here to read the rest of the blog on Pollinators in your garden.

Ways of the Woods almost full for July and there is a new Raptor Camp week for August

Our Ways of the Woods Day Camp is almost full for July! If you want to know why, check out veteran camp counsellor Cameron Smith’s take on why the WOW experience rocks! Spaces are still available in August for your child to learn canoeing, caving, survival skills and archery.

If Birds of Prey are of more interest, we have added Raptor Camp spaces to the week for August 6 to 10 to please all the budding bird enthusiasts. Click here for more information on Ways of the Woods and to register, or call 905-854-2276 for details.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

If you want to get social with Conservation Halton you can do so by liking us on Facebook, or following us on Twitter.

On the Conservation Halton social media pages you can see post photos of butterflies migrating through the watershed, articles on environmental topics and other items we think you may find interesting or thought-provoking. On the Conservation Halton Facebook page and Conservation Halton Twitter feed, we will post releases, organizational info, partner updates, alerts, environmental stewardship initiatives and CH Foundation news.

The Halton Parks social media pages are your recreation destination! Mountain bike races, summer camp, picnicking, rock climbing, caving, hiking, birding and everything in between can be found on the Halton Parks Facebook page and Halton Parks Twitter page.

If you count, or want to count, Chomper, Bean, Quincy, Pawgwashiing Migizi, Maverick, Scout and John amongst your friends, you’ll want to like the Mountsberg Raptor Centre Facebook page.

Upcoming Events

For a complete listing of all the events happening in Conservation Halton’s parks, visit the events calendar on the Conservation Halton website. Please note some events require advance registration and fees. We hope you can join us. Here is a list of some other upcoming summer events.

Kelso Weekly Mountain Bike Series – The weekly MTB race series is back for 2012 with races beginning on May 22 and running every Tuesday until the Finale Event on August 28.

Family Outdoor Movie Nights – Friday night movies under the stars return to Kelso starting August 10. Here’s a look at the four shows: The Muppets on August 10, Rio on August 17, Big Miracle on August 24, and The Lorax on August 31.

50 things to do before you’re 12This new program takes place atMountsberg on Sunday, August 19 and will encourage children and their families to take part in activities that many of us will remember doing as kids.

Spirit Sings at Crawford Lake – the annual Sprit Sings event offers a magical evening of traditional First Nations teachings, games and foods on Sunday, August 19.


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One response to “What’s on around Halton: July-August 2012

  1. We love hiking in Halton – it’s amazing all of the wonderful places to visit in your own backyard!


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