The Friends of the Niagara Glen group will be holding their second annual “Earth Day at the Glen” event on Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Event highlights will feature a guided hike into the Niagara Glen at 11 a.m. focusing on wildflowers, and the planting of trees in honour of Earth Day.
All are welcome to join the group at the park entrance to the Niagara Glen, near the top of the access stairs, where there will be specific displays on wildflowers and geocaching. The Niagara Parks Commission, the Niagara Parks Police, the Niagara Falls Nature Club, Ontario Access Coalition, Leave No Trace and Scouts Canada will also have displays and representatives on hand to answer questions.
The goal of this event is to raise awareness about the environment, nature, and sustainable activities in our communities promoting environmental stewardship and a love for the great outdoors. Those planning to spend the afternoon at the Niagara Glen are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch and refillable water bottles.
The Niagara Glen is an undeniable treasure trove of natural beauty. The rugged terrain masks a much more sensitive side that needs our help. Approximately 490 species of vulnerable plants and animals call the Glen home, and an unprecedented number of them are listed as either “at risk” or “rare” in the province, one of the largest concentrations anywhere in Ontario.
New members are always welcome to join the Friends of Niagara Parks, Niagara Glen group. Their mission is to be a self-sustaining and motivated not-for-profit community initiative that promotes land stewardship ethics, educational experiences, and sustainable outdoor recreation practices along the Niagara River corridor reserve, in concert with the mandate, mission, and vision of The Niagara Parks Commission.
The group envisions an ecologically sensitive Park area kept for future generations by increasing environmental awareness and stewardship practices through community involvement. In order to facilitate this vision, the Friends of the Niagara Glen foresee an ongoing active presence within the Park through volunteer efforts.