Earth Day 2016

We are looking forward to Earth Day 2016, which will be on Saturday April 23, 8 am. – noon. Mark you calendars now!
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Summer Blooms at the Park

As you drive along Lakeshore Rd. in front of the park, the blooms of the wildflowers in the semi-circle demonstration garden showcase the beauty of wild plants. The Black Eyed Susans, Purple coneflowers and Beardtongue show lovely colour, and provide pollen and food for native bees and butterflies. The prairie area is alive with the buzzing of bees and other native insects in late summer. The section where we removed poplars in April and replanted wildflowers and grasses, has filled in well. Take a stroll through the park and enjoy this paradise of native plants and insects.!
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Community Walk Thru the Park

It was a warm sunny day on June 4, to take members of the public for a walk through the park. One of the Friends led, and explained the history of the park.  The participants walked the entire circuit around the park in 1.5 hr, and heard descriptions of the prairie, forest, and wetland plants and wildlife that they saw. A wood thrush and a cardinal were spotted, the drumming of a woodpecker was heard, and the group were awed by the tall tulip and cottonwood trees. They were very interested in the historic glass greenhouse too.  The participants emphasized that
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TD Friends of the Environment Grant for 2015 Projects

TD Friends of the Environment Grant Supports Prairie Planting The prairie area at Malcolmson Eco-Park is a unique example of a vanishing southern Ontario ecosystem. With the help of a grant from TD Friends of the environment for 2015, and some energetic volunteers, a section of the prairie   has been cleared of invasive poplars and replanted with prairie grasses and wildflowers. If you walk there in late July or August, there will be bees, butterflies and birds feeding from the many blooms and seedheads! TD Friends of the Environment Grant Replants Forest Area Thanks to the grant from TD Friends
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Great Community Participation on Earth Day 2015

    A Great Earth Day for the Community! April 26 was a cool but sunny day, as people arrived for our annual native plant sale.  Many plants were taken home for garden planting, but there are still some lovely wildflowers, trees and shrubs available for our May 9 sale:  butterflyweed, milkweed, cardinal flower, sunflowers, Jack in the Pulpit, serviceberry, dogwood, nannyberry to name a few.  Mother’s Day Plant Sale, Sat. May 9, 8 am. To noon at the park !             Also, the public is invited to help plant wildflowers and shrubs !  Members of the Bruce Trail club,
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Exciting Projects for Earth Day

The Friends are excited about the projects that are planned for this year’s Earth day celebration on April 25 !  We have applied for a grant from TD Friends of the Environment to help fund these: We are replanting part of the prairie where invasive poplars have been removed. The new plants will include prairie grasses like Big and Little Bluestem, and Indian Grass; also wildflowers like milkweed and butterflyweed. We are also replanting an area of the woods in the southeast corner of the park, where a drainage project was completed last summer to prevent standing water .  Carolinian
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Upcoming Earth Day Event! Prairie is Ready

News Flash – The Friends just held a successful burn of the prairie area last Saturday. Fire is the natural way that invasive plants are destroyed, seeds are dispersed, ash fertilizes the soil for the prairie plants to grow. Its looking a bit blackened still, but in a few weeks will be green again. We are planting more wildflowers and grasses on Earth Day, April 25. Come out and join us!
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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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Earth Day

Join us on Saturday, April 25, 2015 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for our Annual Earth Day Event Bring your gloves and enthusiasm !
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