Governor Simcoe Students Help Plant Native Plants

On October 21, students from Governor Simcoe High School environmental group, led by Jocelyn Black and teacher Joanne, joined the Friends to plant native shrubs and wildflowers in the prairie area of the park. Councillor Mike Britton (centre) also took part in the planting, and on this his first visit, he said he had learned a lot about park history and goals. The Friends and the student group  hope to have an ongoing partnership that gives the students volunteer hours, and promotes native species in our community.
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City Donates 20 Bur Oaks to the Park

On November 16, the City of St. Catharines, with help from interested community members, will plant 20 Bur Oak trees in the Park. Anyone in the community is invited to help.These trees were left after the October community tree giveaway event, and will now beautify our nature park. Bur Oaks are a significant native tree, providing food and habitat for birds and mammals. Several will be planted in the Learning Area near the entrance from Lakeshore Rd. and others in the edge and woods areas. Why not take a stroll through the park this fall to enjoy the trees and
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New Studies on the Forest and Water Bodies!

2 teams of students from Niagara College, under the leadership of Josh Diamond, acting Chair of the Friends, have completed studies on the forest, and on the water bodies at the park. This is the first time that such inventories have been done, and will provide vital data to create a baseline for understanding the characteristics and health of these parts of the park. For a summary of the study findings, please see the latest issue, #18 of the Pin Oak newsletter. Congratulations and thanks to Josh and his team!  
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Thank You TD Environment Fund for New Sign!

Thanks to the generous support of TD Friends of the Environment, we have replaced the damaged amphibian wetland sign with a  new one more resistant to vandalism. !  The new location, just outside the forest by the first path heading east, is more visible so will be less tempting to graffiti artists. Also thanks to Harris Signs of St. Catharines for the great graphics on the sign. The wetland is dry now after a long hot summer, but will be wet and vibrant next spring with frogs, toads and marsh plants. Irises, reeds, and grasses were planted in November by students from Niagara
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Thanks to TD Friends of Environment

Thanks to another grant from TD Friends of the Environment, for 2015, we were able to remove invasive plants and replant an acre of prairie into native grasses and wildflowers. We also replanted an area in the southeast corner with Carolinian trees and shrubs. This area used to flood, and the City improved the drainage in 2013. We are pleased to establish more habitat for bees, butterflies, and birds.   
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TD FEF Grant Enables Rejuvenation of Wildflower Garden and Former Bike Jump

The Friends were excited to receive a $3000 grant from TD Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation in May 2014. We value and appreciate the ongoing support of TD FEF over the years for many important projects at the park. In 2014, this grant supported the rejuvenation of a historic garden on Lakeshore Rd., and the restoration of a former mountain bike jump area of the forest. In the 1930’s, the Lakeshore Rd. location was the site of a large garden and pond maintained by the St. Lawrence Seaway. The new Malcolmson Eco-Park depended on volunteer work which was
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