Launched in June 2015, with the support of the Oakville Community Foundation, the Discover Your Creek project aims to engage the community in learning about our urban creeks, exploring them, and ultimately fostering community appreciation and stewardship of urban creeks and valley lands.
Why Creeks?: Oakville’s creeks and urban river valleys are so unique! They are the gateway to the natural areas we use for recreation, learning about nature and to connect with neighbours. These important natural areas in our ever-growing urban area also contribute to better air quality and water quality, as well as quality of life. Unfortunately, urban creeks are facing decline from invasive species, loss of buffer vegetation, a lack of stewardship and a general lack of appreciation of their value. We think appreciating our urban river valleys and taking action to protect and enhance them begins with discovery!
You can read more about the motivation for this project here.
Discover more about Oakville’s Urban Creeks at these pages:
- FOURTEEN MILE CREEK: SMALL CREEK BIG HEART
- WHAT’S A CREEK WORTH?
- URBAN CREEK CHALLENGES!
- ADVENTURE AT FOURTEEN MILE CREEK
- SIXTEEN MILE CREEK: HEART OF THE HALTON REGION
- CHALLENGES ON A GROWING LANDSCAPE
- ADVENTURE AT SIXTEEN MILE CREEK
See photos from our 3rd ‘Tour de Trees’ with Cycle Oakville where we discovered beautiful Sixteen Mile Creek.
Want to get out and explore an urban creek with your family but not sure where to start? Get some tips on where to go and what to do from our Education Program Coordinator, Beatriz, here.
Learn more about our 2015 Discover Your Creek Photo Contest here. Our stunning Discover Your Creek photos are posted here. Thanks to all that entered our contest and to our photo contest supporters: The Ian Martin Group, Oakville Blueprinting, and the Oakville Community Foundation for donating our amazing contest prizes.
Find our about how your school or community group can Discover Your Creek with hands-on watershed workshops and creek nature hikes here.
Several corporate volunteer groups also helped us plant and mulch trees at creek-side locations as part of the Discover Your Creek project. These teams enjoyed working outdoors and also learning that these local riparian areas protect our neighbourhoods from the impacts of stormwater and address flooding!
See highlights from “Discover Your Creek Day 2015” at Lion’s Valley Park on September 26th here.
The day included a kid’s watercolor workshop, a tree planting, seed bomb making workshop, DogVenture training, creek critter catching in the creek and a guided hike!
The Discover Your Creek project would not have been possible without 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) and our many community partners and supporters.