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Guided Nature Walks Set at the Highland Creek Community this Summer

Jun 14, 2011

Media Advisory

Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) and their partners invite the community to several free community events this summer to explore the Highland Creek Watershed.

The Highland Watershed is located in the largely urbanized landscape of Scarborough.  TRCA, with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and its partners, is working in areas in the Highland to help residents take action to green their neighbourhoods and address key issues that impact the area, including urban stormwater runoff and the loss of natural features.  By actively engaging homeowners, apartment residents, school groups, college students, and other special interest groups, the Highland Creek Neighbourhood Greening Project will build communities that are informed about local environmental issues and promote individual action at home, school, in parks, and other sites around their neighbourhoods. The three neighbourhoods are: Milliken Park, Cedarbrook Park and Morningside Park.

Partners include City of Toronto, Acorn Canada, Toronto Chinese for Ecological Living, Centennial College, East Scarborough Storefront and The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto.

Summer Walks

Come out for a walk to learn more about your local park and creeks, meet your neighbours and beat the heat under the trees. All walks are held in the Highland Watershed and will highlight the modern and historic pressures that the creek experiences, efforts underway to address stormwater impacts, to enhance the natural environment, and what we can do at home and in our neighourhoods to reduce our footprint and save money at the same time!

Milliken Park:

Milliken Neighborhood Water Walk June 16, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Meet at the Milliken Park Community Centre. 4325 McCowan Road. The walks will be held in English, and in Cantonese with Mandarin translation

Go on a "Water Walk" through Milliken Park to explore the pond and forest and environmental restoration efforts underway. Follow the path of water through the Milliken neighbourhood, learn about current stormwater management efforts, history of the neighbourhood and what we can do at home and in our neighbourhoods to conserve water and save money!  In partnership with Toronto Chinese for Ecological Living (TCEL).

Cedarbrook Park:

Walk with Wildlife July 13, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Meet at the Cedarbrook Community Centre, 91 Eastpark Blvd.

Get to know the critters that live in your neighbourhood. You've probably heard of squirrels, but what about meadow voles or star nosed moles? Come out to learn about some of the 'un'usual suspects in Cedarbrook Park. In partnership with ACORN Canada.

Life on a Leaf, August 3, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Cedarbrook Park, meet at the Cedarbrook Community Centre, 91 Eastpark, Blvd.

Take an up close look at the insects and other little critters that lunch on leaves in this exploratory walk through Cedarbrook Park. In partnership with ACORN Canada.

Morningside Park

Morningside Park Interpretive Nature Walk, July 21, 5 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Morningside Park, meet at the East Scarborough Storefront, 4040 Lawrence Ave East

Explore the history of human use of the Highland, from first nations to urban development, and projects underway to reconnect residents in the area to the natural environment.  Get to know the extensive trail network through Morningside Park and learn about fish, floods and local food!  The walk will begin after the East Scarborough Festival Market.  Meet us there! In partnership with East Scarborough Storefront.

To register for any of these events, please go to www.trcastewardshipevents.ca

With more than 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. TRCA's vision is for the Living City - a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca

 

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