Volunteer with shovel (Photo by NCC)

Volunteer with shovel (Photo by NCC)

Clean up the Grove

Join us to manually remove invasive species that are threatening Gillies Grove, and help clean up the trails.

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April 20, 2024

Arnprior, Ontario

Gillies Grove Nature Reserve, Ontario 

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

We will be manually removing invasive plant species and garbage that are threatening the sensitive ecosystem at Gillies Grove Nature Reserve. Many of these invasive species, including periwinkle, lily-of-the-valley and Japanese-spurge have been introduced by organic waste being dumped in the forest. Physical activity will include walking approximately three kilometres on uneven terrain, bending, lifting and twisting. Lower impact activities will be accommodated upon request. 

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Fitness Toilet
Moderate fitness level required. There are no toilets on site.
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Tools Food
All tools will be provided by NCC. Water and snacks will be provided.

Equipment checklist

  • sturdy closed-toe shoes you don’t mind getting muddy 
  • layers of long clothing (long-sleeved shirt, long pants, sweater)
  • work or gardening gloves
  • hat with a brim 
  • raincoat and rain pants (just in case)
  • water bottle 
  • lunch/snacks
  • sunscreen/bug spray 
  • any necessary medications 
  • optional: binoculars, garden trowel

Please note

Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration. Please look for three emails with event information: one will be sent immediately after registration (scroll to the bottom of the email for the participant package); a reminder will be sent one week; and the last will be sent one day before the event. The emails may get filtered into your spam or junk folders. If you do not receive the correspondence with the event details, please contact on.volunteers@natureconservancy.ca.

No previous experience is required. This event will proceed rain or shine, so please dress for the conditions: rubber boots, or shoes you don’t mind getting wet or dirty, long layers of comfortable clothing you don’t mind getting dirty, a hat and a change of dry clothes (just in case).

To allow us to plan for a safe, successful and enjoyable day in the field together, all participants must register in advance of the event. As space is limited and spots fill up fast, register today to confirm your attendance.


Please email on.volunteers@natureconservancy.ca.

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Funding provided by Environment and Climate Change Canada