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Mill Pond Splash Event Increases Understanding and Appreciation of Local Environment

May 25, 2012


Media Advisory


For the 14th year, the Mill Pond Splash Eco-Festival will be raising awareness and celebrating the Don River, which flows from the headwaters in Vaughan and Richmond Hill down to the Toronto harbourfront and into Lake Ontario. Hosted by the Toronto and Region Conservation, the Town of Richmond Hill, the Don Watershed Regeneration Council, and the Richmond Hill Naturalists, the Mill Pond Festival is a fun family event where attendees will learn more about the natural heritage of the Don River and how to get involved in local environmental stewardship activities.

Festival goers will enjoy an afternoon of fun activities including native wildlife shows by Muskoka Wildlife and Sciensational Sssnakes, as well as a variety of hands on activities where kids and adults alike can learn about their local environment, including tree planting, wildlife habitat building, arts and crafts activities and much more. The event will also feature a musical performance by Envirodrum, which plays instruments made of recycled materials.

The event will be supplied with electricity by Bullfrogpower, a company which provides100% green, clean, renewable energy for Canadian consumers. For each watt used by the Mill Pond Splash Event, Bullfrogpower will donate an equal amount of carbon-free electricity to the Ontario power grid.

This project was made possible through the Walmart-Evergreen Green Grants Program, and the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. Additional in-kind sponsors to Mill Pond Splash include Enbridge, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Starbucks, Owl Kids, Miller Compost, Tim Horton's, Rogers TV, Horse Drawn Events, Toronto Zoo, York Region, and the Black Creek Conservation Project of Toronto (BCCP)


WHEN: Sunday, June 3, 2012; 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


12:45 p.m. - Official Ceremony with Master of Ceremonies Adele Freeman, Director, Watershed Management, Toronto and Region Conservation, followed by a live native wildlife show by Muskoka Wildlife.


1:45 p.m. - EnviroDrum will perform on the main stage using all recycled products in a fun, high energy musical performance followed by a hands-on workshop where children will build their own musical instruments out of recycled materials.


3:00 p.m.  - Learn all about worms and vermicomposting through the 'Organic Magic With Worms!' demonstration by Cathy's Crawly Composters.


3:45 p.m.  - Live native wildlife show by Sciensational Sssnakes!!


Throughout the event - Build a toad abode for your backyard; lend a hand to protect Mill Pond's natural heritage by helping to plant trees; catch a ride from the hospital grounds to the event grounds on the horse-drawn carriage ride supplied by Horse Drawn Events; run, roll, laugh, and play as you learn about the watershed through children's games and activities including the Amazing Eco-race; come face to face with native mammals, reptiles, and birds of prey from southern Ontario; and visit environmental groups to discover how to get involved in stewardship projects in your community.


For a full list of activities please visit


WHERE: Mill Pond Park, Richmond Hill

  • At the intersection of Mill Street and Trench Street
  • West of Yonge Street, north of Major MacKenzie Drive West
  • Free Parking at York Central Hospital, east lot


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




David Svaluto

Toronto and Region Conservation

Tel: 416-660-0638




Rowena Calpito

Toronto and Region Conservation

Tel: 416-661-6600 Ext. 5632



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