By: Norm Miller, Manager Communications Services
The fourth annual Halton Forest Festival took place in October and reached more than 3,000 people between the four education days and the public day. The festival aims to inspire youth and engage the community about the benefits and importance of our local trees and forests.
The educational portion took place October 15, 16, 19 and 20 at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area with 1,200 grade 6 and 7 students participating, as well as more than 300 volunteers, including high school students who helped deliver the activities.
The Forest Festival education event presented 26 different activities to complement in-class learning with curriculum-linked outdoor, experiential education for students. The activities covered six themes, Biodiversity and Species at Risk; Climate Change; Forest Ecosystems and Interactions; Forest Resources; Stewardship and Conservation; and Urban Forestry.
The Halton Forest Festival also featured a Public Day on Sunday, October 4 during the first weekend of Conservation Halton’s popular Fall into Nature Festival. The Public Days featured children’s activities, bird house building, a cross cut saw demonstration, children’s tree climbing, archery, as well as guided hikes through the amazing forest at Rattlesnake Point. More than 1,800 people visited Rattlesnake Point on the public day. To find more information on the Forest Festival Public Days, including all the activities, visit www.haltonforestfestival.ca/publicday.
The Halton Forest Festival would not be possible without the support of many partner organizations in the community who contribute money and/or resources. We would like to thank the following organizations who were Old Growth and Tree Level:
The Festival wishes to acknowledge the following organizations at the Tree Level:
Aird & Berlis LLP, Baker & McKenzie, Borden Ladner Gervais, Town of Halton Hills, Hicks Morley, Hydro One, Town of Oakville, Thomson Rogers and Union Gas. The festival has five levels of sponsorship and more information can be found at www.haltonforestfestival.ca/supporters.
Conservation Halton is a leader in outdoor environmental education with between 50,000 and 70,000 students of all ages participating in programs like the Halton Forest Festival. More information is available at the Forest Festival website, www.haltonforestfestival.ca.