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Spring into Summer at the Richmond Hill Mill Pond Splash Eco-Festival

Jun 02, 2010

(Toronto - June 2, 2010)  With 150 trees being planted, 200 bird boxes and many butterfly kits being given away, the Richmond Hill Mill Pond Splash Don River Eco-Festival is a spring ritual for York Region residents to help them understand, enjoy and look after their natural environment.  More than a thousand guests and 24 exhibitors are anticipated throughout the day at this year's 12th annual eco-festival. 

This community event features a variety of activities that will enhance people's appreciation of native wildlife, raise public awareness of watershed-based environmental issues and promote conservation-oriented lifestyles.  From live environmentally themed children's music by the Funky Mamas, to eco-friendly gardening tips that will save you time, effort and water; there is something for every member of the family.

Try your luck with a rubber duck race, watch the beautiful ceremonial butterfly release and take a look at the park through a naturalist's eyes! Other fun, family activities include: live native wildlife exhibits, guided nature walks, an electrofishing demo, live musical entertainment, a charity BBQ by Lions Club of Central Richmond Hill and a variety of other lunch and snack options.  For a full list of activities please visit

The Mill Pond Splash is a joint initiative of Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), the Town of Richmond Hill, the Richmond Hill Field Naturalists and the Don Watershed Regeneration Council.


WHAT: The Richmond Hill Mill Pond Splash Don River Eco-Festival

WHEN: Sunday, June 6, 2010; 12:00 p.m. -  4:30 p.m.

12:45 p.m. - Official Ceremony and Butterfly Release.

1:15 and 3:00 p.m. - Live Wildlife Shows:  Muskoka Wildlife and Reptilia will showcase an array of live native wildlife to enhance peoples' appreciation of native animals and to help restore their local habitats.  The Toronto Zoo will be featuring their touch tables to promote native wildlife education and conservation.

2:00 p.m. - Childrens' Entertainment: Funky Mamas performs on the main stage with a dozen instruments and a unique assortment of environmentally themed original and traditional tunes.

Throughout the event - Electrofishing Demonstrations:  This increasingly common scientific survey method is used to sample fish populations to determine abundance, density and species composition.

WHO: Mr. Reza Moridi, MPP, Mayor David Barrow, Deputy Mayor Brenda Hogg, Councillor Godwin Chan, Councillor Arnie Warner and Councillor Lynn Foster will be attending the Official Ceremony.

Representatives Zanita Lukezich and Alix Aylen from Evergreen and Cherie Weiss from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TDFEF) are confirmed sponsors of this year's Splash eco-festival.

WHERE: Mill Pond Park, Richmond Hill

  • At the intersection of Mill Street and Trench Street
  • West of Yonge, north of Major MacKenzie
  • 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





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