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York Regional Forest Walks and Events

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Spending time in nature can relieve stress and improve your memory performance and attention span. Join us on a free guided walk to experience the beauty of the York Regional Forest.

Registration Information

Registration opens one month before each event. Register online or call 1-877-464-9675. Click on each event to view the full details.  Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. 

Events are designed for people who have never been to the York Regional Forest. If you have attended a monthly walk before, please spread the word about these exciting events and join us at a festival or special event.

How to Prepare for Your Visit

Please wear appropriate clothing to suit the season. Dressing in layers is recommended. Events are held snow, rain or shine.

Wearing insect repellent, closed-toed footwear, light coloured long-sleeved shirts and long pants, tucked into your socks is recommended. Poison ivy is common in all forests.


2019 SPECIAL EVENTS

Trees & Shrubs of the Moraine

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hollidge Tract, 16389 Hwy. 48, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

Even before the leaves come out, there are tricks to identifying the various trees and shrubs in our local forests. These giants of the forests have unique stories to tell. Perfect for beginners or intermediate naturalists looking for a chance to learn how to identify species and learn a few interesting facts. Join the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust and York Region for an evening of exploration and discovery.

Registration required. For more information or to register please call 905-853-3171 x33 or visit The Oak Ridges Moraine website.

Birds, Butterflies and Pollinators

Tuesday, June 18 | 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The world of bugs is fascinating. There are a lot of fun things to learn about the world of bees, butterflies and other bugs, including the iconic Monarch butterfly. Join us and take a close up look at the world of bugs. Learn about what you can do in your neighbourhood to protect our important pollinators.  Registration required.

Forest Photography

Thursday, August 8 | 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the forest and capture iconic scenes of one of our most scenic forests, including a fabulous sunset! Basic photography lesson included.  Please bring your camera. Registration required.

Tree ID Workshop for Beginners

Tuesday, September 24 | 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Celebrate National Forest Week by learning how to identify Ontario trees and shrubs.  Spend time practicing and testing your plant identification skills during this hands-on session.  Registration required. For ages twelve and up.


2019 MONTHLY FOREST WALKS AND EVENTS

Stories of the Forest

Saturday, March 23
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (ages six and up) or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ages 16 and up)

Enjoy listening to the stories of the forest while taking a guided stroll. Learn how to look at the forest to see signs of its rich history. Registration required.


Introduction to the York Regional Forest

Saturday, April 13 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Are you new to the York Regional Forest and not sure where to start? Join us on a leisurely guided walk to learn about the forest, its marked trails and tips for exploring on your own. Registration required.


Community Tree Planting Festival

Saturday, May 11 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate spring by planting trees! Planting demonstrations will be provided. Get your face painted. Take home a tree seedling and a pollinator friendly plant. Register for a guided walk to learn about the history of the forest. Bring your work gloves and shovel. Open to all. Registration required for guided walk.


Tree Talk

Saturday, June 8
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (ages 16 and up) or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ages six and up)

Learn how to identify trees, which trees provide the best shade, which trees protect you from winter winds and unique fun facts about our local trees. Registration required.


Explore the Tallgrass Prairie

Tuesday, July 23 | 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (ages 16 and up)
Thursday, July 25 | 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (ages six and up)

Take a guided tour through a tallgrass prairie to see and learn about the plants, insects, and birds that live there. Discover easy ways to encourage biodiversity in your own neighbourhood. Registration required.


Introduction to Bats

Friday, August 23 (ages 16 and up) | 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, August 24 (ages six and up) | 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Learn about Ontario bats while enjoying a guided walk over rolling hills. Look for acrobatic flying bats swooping through the air. Registration required.


National Forest Week Festival

Saturday, September 21 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kick off National Forest Week by spending time in the forest. Enjoy a variety of events including wagon rides, face painting, guided walks and much more. Take home a tree seedling and pollinator friendly plant. Open to all. Registration required for guided walks.


Forest Folklore

Saturday, October 26 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dress up in your best Halloween costume and explore the forest while listening to magical stories and folklore. Registration required.


It’s for the Birds!

Saturday, November 2 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Bring your grandchildren and discover different birds that visit or live in the York Regional Forest. Build a bird box or bird feeder to take home (bird box kits supplied). Registration required.


Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 14 | 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and learn about the traditions of bells and Christmas trees. Make a holiday decoration to take home. Enjoy a self-guided walk. Bring a non-perishable food donation for a local food bank. Registration required.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring my dog to a forest walk or event?

You can bring your dog to an event, however we ask that the dog is leashed at all times. The event leader may ask at any time for the dog to be removed from the event if he or she is misbehaving or is making other participants uncomfortable.

Will a forest walk or event be cancelled due to rain?

Take a Walk in the Forest Events run rain or shine. Events have been and can be cancelled in the case of adverse weather conditions, such as very strong winds, severe thunderstorms or icy trails.

Will I be contacted if a forest walk or event is cancelled?

Yes. The event leader will make his or her best efforts to contact everybody on the registration list (using the contact information provided upon registration) in the event of a cancellation.

Will a forest walk or event be rescheduled if it is cancelled?

Rescheduling events is considered on a case by case basis and is communicated to participants directly.

Are York Regional Forest Trails wheelchair accessible?

York Region maintains three trails accessible to wheelchairs and other assistive devices in the Hollidge Tract, North Tract and Hall Tract.


Forest Event Feedback Survey

If you have been to a recent York Regional Forest event, please submit feedback using the online form.




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