June 2, 2012: Shining Tree Woods, Norfolk County, ON Ongoing Field Trips

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Join NANPS in a series of special working excursions to our own Shining Tree Woods in Norfolk County Ontario.  Next trips:  April 13, 2012  and May 2012 (exact date TBA)  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join the contact list for this or future trips. Carpooling will be arranged.  Don't forget to sign up for a very special excursion to survey and engage in restoration activities at Shining Tree Woods on Saturday, June 2, 2012.  Charter bus or self drive options available. 
$15 includes, the excursion, a Shining Tree Woods Workshop on May 5, 2012,
refreshments, supper & a tour of the St Williams Nursery & Ecology Centre
Inquire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Shining Tree Woods in the springtime offers a wide assortment of ferns, sedges, forbs, shrubs and saplings.  The understorey is so thick and distractions so numerous that getting lost is a real possibility.  Trees downed in the heavy windstorms of 2011 have opened up fresh glades inducing new growth and inviting you in to investigate. 

Our last formal excursion to this gorgeous forest took place in 2004 and space on that tour quickly sold out.  Register early to avoid missing out!

This time, we’re making the experience even more accessible.  The price of admission has dropped to only $15!  Participants will be led in small groups to different sections of the forest and introduced to vegetation mapping techniques, bird watching, orienteering and other conservation activities.  Our goal is to clear remaining patches of garlic mustard before it can drop seed by challenging everyone to pull 3 bags of this forest killing invasive species (it should only take a few minutes out of the day!)

After an interesting and educational few hours, we finish up with supper and a tour of Ontario’s largest native plant nursery, the newly privatized St Williams tree nursery.

Our fully-equipped coach will depart from the Wilson subway station at 8 am arriving at the woods at 11 am where we will be joined by local field naturalists.  Anticipated return time 8:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be provided, but please pack a picnic lunch and dress appropriately for the weather.  Long sleeves and pants are essential in the woods.  Garbage bags and a limited supply of gardening gloves will be provided for the pulling portion of the days activities.

Participants will be credited with 3 volunteer hours for each full bag of garlic mustard they remove from the forest and 2 hours for every 20 species they’re able to map.  

Please help NANPS fulfill our goal of 400 volunteer hours during this trip!
Can’t join us?  You can still help with financial support for each bag of garlic mustard removed.  Send your pledge to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 In 2011 45 bags of garlic mustard were removed.