Into the Woods for Learning at Halton Forest Festival

By: Sasha Benevides, Festival Coordinator

Forest Festival

“Let Nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth

We’re pretty sure the famous English poet didn’t have the Halton Forest Festival in mind when he wrote those words. But we think if he came to the festival he would agree that’s what happens.

Conservation Halton staged its third annual Halton Forest Festival at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area from October 6 to 9. The four day Educational event saw 1,325 Grade 6 and 7 students immerse themselves in the beautiful landscape of Rattlesnake Point. And we mean immersed, as all 24 activities took place in a spectacular outdoor classroom with the students surrounded by trees, forests and the picturesque Niagara Escarpment!

Forest Festival 2014 outdoor classroom

All activities complement in-class learning with curriculum-linked outdoor, experiential education that covers one of six festival themes, Biodiversity and Species at Risk; Climate Change; Forest Ecosystems and Interactions; Forest Resources; Stewardship and Conservation; and Urban Forestry.

Students could be digging in the soil to learn how its layers are created, or taking a hike along the Niagara Escarpment to understand more about its formation.

The Halton Forest Festival also featured two Public Days, which were on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5 during the first weekend of Conservation Halton’s popular Fall into Nature Festival.

The Public Days featured a lumberjack show, children’s activities, bird house building, archery, as well as guided hikes through the amazing forest at Rattlesnake Point. To find more information on the Forest Festival Public Days, including all the activities, visit

Forest Festival 2014 tree climbing

The Halton Forest Festival is supported by a multi-year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario and for more information on the Foundation, please visit the website at,

The Halton Forest Festival also receives support from businesses and organizations in the community. The organizing committee would like to thank the following:

Old-Growth  – Cogeco, David Schaefer Engineering, Halton Region

Forest  – Mattamy Homes

Tree  – Aird & Berlis LLP, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Town of Halton Hills, Hydro One, Town of Oakville, Stantec, Thomson Rogers


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