We’re 20! July 14 Event

Come celebrate with us on Saturday, July 14th!! 

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On Saturday, July 14 at 12:00 pm, Willow Park Ecology Centre will welcome friends, neighbours, colleagues, partners to celebrate 20 years of ecosystem-based habitat restoration and public education.

IIMG_89255x7t’s been a wonderful 20 years of hands-on community engagement and educational programs that have involved people of all ages in enjoying local nature – and learning how to take care of it.

Our anniversary celebration is a public open house – everyone is welcome!

IMG_9648We invite you to join us for a wildlife show, a history and vision presentation, nature tours, a community-oriented workshop, and kids’ activities.  There’ll be music and art, refreshments, cake, displays, an update on our successful Hungry Hollow Collaborative, and advice to neighbours and home-owners on landscaping for climate-friendly, eco-friendly properties.

FloodedTrailer.Car.Fence.S.CunninghamHow did we come to be here?

It’s hard to imagine that 20 years ago Willow Park Norval was a small trailer park village with neatly mowed lawns. Unfortunately it was prone to flooding, and Credit Valley Conservation decided that it should be used for other purposes.

The Town of Halton Hills leased this unique site at the confluence of the Credit River and Silver Creek, and it became part of a Hungry Hollow Management Plan for all of the preserved ravine lands in Georgetown.  Over time, it’s become a hub for nature education and leadership in partnering for conservation within the Hungry Hollow ravine.

how we got hereCreating an ecology centre on this lovely 5-acre site was the brainstorm of the Town Environmental Advisory Committee (TEAC). They envisioned a public outdoor education centre for North Halton, to teach people about ecology, native species and land stewardship. The committee members drew up a park design plan, secured funding, and went to work on the site. They transformed the green lawns into a mix of habitat areas with trails, a pavilion and a wetland viewing platform to provide access for visitors and education programs.

It’s a wonderful place!

Picture2Today the park is a mix of green woods, flowering meadows, and watery and water-side homes to many native species of plants and animals. Over 20 years, thousands of families, school kids, volunteers, corporate teams and outdoor enthusiasts have benefited from – and contributed to – the Ecology Centre’s many opportunities for engagement with local nature.

kids at pondBuilding an ecologically-aware, sustainable society is a priority for our generation.  At Willow Park Ecology Centre we teach people about biodiversity (nature’s amazing variety of life), stewardship (taking care of natural spaces), local food, water conservation and climate-friendly practices.

We hope you’ll come out on Saturday, July 14 between noon and 5:00 pm to learn more about us and our work, to celebrate nature – and to have some fun!

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– Tunde Otto, Park Manager and Program Director, Willow Park Ecology Centre