Discover Your Creek Day at Lion’s Valley Park on September 26th was a great success, thanks to sunny skies, a great volunteer team, wonderful activity leaders and enthusiastic visitors!
Thanks goes especially to:
- Town of Oakville, Parks and Open Space Department
- Andrea from Conservation Halton
- Heather from Halton Green Screens
- Tiffany and Bernie from Fairy DogMother Adventures
- Patricia from STREETdog ARTstudio
- Cathy from Oakville Horticultural Society
- Wonderful volunteers for this event: Odessa, Jack, Geoff & Anwar
- Community supporters: Oakville Blueprinting, Oakville Jiu Jiu Seniors Association
Oakvillegreen also gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Oakville Environmental Fund at the Oakville Community Foundation, a registered charitable public foundation serving the Oakville Community (www.theocf.org).
There are few things that I enjoy more than spending time exploring the outdoors with my kids. These are some of the few remaining places where children can still have unstructured play and free exploration, while building a strong sense of belonging and respect for nature. Few places can teach us so much about correlations and interactions in nature as creeks do, because you can experience forest and aquatic ecosystems in the same spot.
You do not need a lot to have a great day, some of our favorite activities are:
-Catching and releasing aquatic animals (you only need a net and a container to hold your critters while you check them out)
-Craft boat race (use recyclables to create a boat and let it race down the creek)
-Floating down the river in inner tubes or boards
-Building sand castles or rock structures
-Enjoying a picnic by the water
You can find more outdoor activities for kids on the Nature Conservancy Nature Rocks website. Click here.
As Oakville residents, we are very lucky to have patches of urban forest, natural areas and creeks within walking distance from every home. Take advantage of these opportunities and get out and explore with your family and friends. You can find a complete list of trails via the Town of Oakville. Click here to visit their website.
~ Beatriz (OCA Tree and Education Program Coordinator)
Exploring Oakville’s urban creeks and valley trails this weekend?
Bring along your camera!
Oakvillegreen invites you to participate in our first ever Discover Your Creek Photo Contest! Share your discoveries in Oakville’s urban creeks and valley lands and have a chance to win great prizes.
UPDATE: Prizes include two tickets for Toronto Maple Leafs verses Winnipeg Jets (November 4, 2015) from The Ian Martin Group, a $100 Henry’s gift card, and a $60 gift card for a 16×20” print from Oakville Blueprinting.
HOW TO ENTER:
1. Take a photo in one of Oakville’s urban river valleys, creeks or valley land trails.
3. Tell family and friends to “Like” your photo when it is posted on Oakvillegreen’s Facebook page. (Note: our judges will take number of “Likes” into consideration when determining our winners, so enter early and share).
Please read the Full Contest Rules before entering. Email only digital photos (250 KB to max 5MB). Up to three entries per person. All entries due October 5th, 2015.