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Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

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Climate Change Guided Hikes 

Hike with us as we explore the local impacts of climate change.

Climate change is happening, and we're already seeing the impacts all around us. Our experts will lead the way on these fun, free and informative guided-hiking experiences that look at the local impacts of climate change and what we can do to make a difference. 

Join us for one or all five of our guided hikes:

Hike Details

Earth Day Hike

New Date: Saturday, June 12 from 10 am - 11:30am
Location: Scanlon Creek Conservation Area, Bradford West Gwillimbury

The earth's climate has changed throughout history. We'll introduce climate change and how it is affecting us right now, here in the Lake Simcoe Watershed. Learn how to use technology to enhance your hiking experience!

Discussion Topics:

  • Introduction to climate change and the global causes
  • How to use tech for hiking (Avenza maps, iNaturalist)
  • Local Climate Projections
  • Local Climate Pressures​​

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Forests of the Future

Date: May 29 from 10 am - 11:30am
Location: Scanlon Creek Conservation Area, Bradford West Gwillimbury

Our forests are already changing in response to climate change. “Spruce" up your tree identification skills and learn what you can expect to see in our forests 30 years from now.

Discussion Topics:

  • Changes in Forestry practices due to Climate Change
  • Invasive Species
  • Phenology - how it is affected by climate change
  • Carbon sequestration by trees
  • Tree ID using tech

Registration opens April 29. Registration closes at noon on Friday, May 28.

Go with t​he Flow

Date: June 19 from 10 am - 11:30am
Location: Sheppard's Bush Conservation Area, Aurora 

Learn about our H20. With changing temperatures and weather patterns, we expect to see changes in the water cycle in our watershed. Learn more about how sensitive our water systems are and see firsthand how our scientists are working to restore our waterways.

Discussion Topics:

  • What is a watershed?
  • Changes in water quality, quantity and the impacts from Climate Change
  • Climate change projections for Lake Simcoe and what this means
  • Overview of stream monitoring technology and flood reporting

Registration opens May 19. Registration closes at 12pm on Friday, June 18.

Nature Knows Best

Date: September 18 from 10 am - 11:30am
Location: Rogers Reservoir Conservation Area, East Gwillimbury

Admire our meadow restoration in progress and the new wetland ecosystems at the Rogers Reservoir Conservation Area. Learn about how these projects sequester carbon and are proven solutions in mitigating climate change.

Discussion Topics:

  • Restoration/Historic problems
  • Meadow and grassland ecosystems
  • Carbon sequestration in wetlands and in soil
  • Active transportation
  • Community science projects using tech

Registration opens August 18. Registration closes at 12pm on Friday, September 17.

Nature Nurtures

Date: October 16 from 10 am - 11:30am
Location: Scanlon Creek Conservation Area, Bradford West Gwillimbury

Nature plays an important role in human health. Learn about how climate change and human health are linked, and explore how nature and your local greenspaces can be used to enhance your overall wellness and wellbeing.

Discussion Topics:

  • The connection between human health and ecosystem health
  • Ticks, Giant Hogweed, Mosquito borne illnesses
  • Forest Bathing Sampler & eco​health case studies from other parts of the world
  • Reframing our concern around climate change… we do not need to stop climate change to protect the earth, we need to stop it to protect ourselves

Registration opens September 16. Registration closes at noon on Friday, October 15.

Cost: 

Free - there is no cost to attend these hikes! 

Additional Information:

  • Hikes will only run if the local health unit is under "Red Control" or better.​
  • Hikes are suitable for ages 12+, however, all ages are welcome to join.
  • Hiking distance is approximately 2km. Hikes are best suited to people in moderate physical condition. Re-useable water bottles and supportive footwear with rugged soles are strongly recommended.
  • This program is open to children, youth, adults and seniors. Hike information is designed for an audience of 12 years old and up, however all ages are welcome to join.
  • Space is limited, register early to avoid disappointment.​