Cootes to Escarpment Fall Festival
Become an EcoPark Explorer! Learn from experts the basics of plant identification, birding, and backyard biodiversity. Take what you learn on a self-guided hike and stop by the EcoPark System pop-up booth for a family-friendly activity!
These events will be held between September 14th and October 3rd, 2021.
About the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System:
The Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System is a collaboration among government and not-for-profit agencies that collectively protect nearly 2,200 ha of open space and nature sanctuary between Cootes Paradise Marsh, Hamilton Harbour, and the Niagara Escarpment. Since 2007 the collaboration has evolved as a voluntary park alliance in which the participating agencies own and manage their lands individually but collaborate on areas of mutual
interest. Partners include the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Conservation Halton, Halton Region, City of Hamilton, Hamilton Conservation Authority, Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, City of Burlington, McMaster University, and the Royal Botanical Gardens.
The Cootes to Escarpment Fall Festival 2021 is a series of workshops and weekend pop-up booths. Events are scheduled between Tuesday, September 14th and Sunday, October 3rd.
Registration is required for the workshops. Attend all three to earn an EcoPark Explorer t-shirt:
• Plant ID Basics (Sept 14th or 16th from 6:00 to 7:30pm): Learn plant ID basics with Royal Botanical Gardens Herbarium Curator and Field Botanist Nadia Cavallin and the best local hiking spots from the Bruce Trail Conservancy Manager of Conservation and Trail, Adam Brylowski.
• Birding 101 (Sept 21st or 23rd from 6:00 to 7:30pm): The Hamilton Naturalists’ Club Bird Study Group Director, Jackson Hudecki and Bruce Trail Conservancy Landowner Stewardship
Coordinator and Ecologist, Mara McHaffie, will be talking birding basics and wildlife hotspots.
• Backyard Biodiversity (Sept 28th or 30th from 6:00 to 7:30pm): Join Conservation Halton Landowner Outreach Technician, Erin Mallon, and Hamilton Conservation Authority Watershed Stewardship Technician, Jeff Stock, as they talk about the things you can do in your own backyard to support local biodiversity.
Saturday Sept 18th, 25th and Oct 3rd:
- Experts are organizing a pop-up booth and activity at three surprise EcoPark System locations. Come out for a self-guided tour and opportunity to test what you have learned in nature. Locations will be announced at the workshops and on Ecopark System social media.