Wideview, SK; Photo by Michael Bell

Wideview, SK; Photo by Michael Bell

Deck the Halls

Join us in the Napanee Plain to turn invasive shrubs into holiday décor!

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December 3, 2022

Napanee Plain Alvar, Ontario

Napanee, Ontario (GPS coordinates: 44.351418°N, -76.895242°W)

9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Participants will spend the day on the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Napanee Plain Alvar Nature Reserve cutting small eastern red-cedar trees and manually pulling smaller seedlings that are crowding out this open habitat. You can even select one eastern red-cedar to cut and take home as your Christmas tree! Once we are finished, we will use branches from these shrubs to make festive wreaths! Physical activity will include hiking approximately one kilometre over uneven terrain, and bending, lopping, sawing, pulling and hauling motions.

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Fitness Toilet
Moderate fitness level is 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 boots you don’t mind getting muddy
  • layers of long, warm clothing (long-sleeved shirt, long pants, thermal layers, sweater, winter coat)
  • loppers, saws and pruners (if you have them, and please label them)
  • toque and gloves
  • water bottle
  • lunch/snacks
  • sunscreen/bug spray
  • any necessary medications

Please note

Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration. Please look for three emails with event information; they will be sent immediately after registration (scroll to the bottom of the email for the participant package), then reminders one week, and then 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: winter boots or warm rubber boots, long layers of comfortable clothing, jacket and snowpants 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 for more information.

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