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Cootes to Escarpment Fall Festival 2021

Accessible Event Online Third Party Event

Date & Time:

September 14, 2021 - October 3, 2021


Location Varies


Courses and Programs, Online, Third Party Event


2+ Hours


Pre-Registration Required, Ticketed Event

Event Description

Become an EcoPark Explorer! Learn from experts the basics of plant identification, birding, and backyard biodiversity. Take what you learn on a self-guided hike and stop by the EcoPark System pop-up booth for a family friendly activity!

The festival will be a hybrid of virtual workshops and pop-up booths in Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System partner owned properties.

  • Plant ID Basics
    September 14 or 16 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
    Learn plant ID basics with Royal Botanical Gardens Herbarium Curator and Field Botanist Nadia Cavallin and the best local hiking spots from the Bruce Trail Conservancy Manager of Conservation and Trail, Adam Brylowski.
  • Birding 101
    September 21 or 23 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
    The Hamilton Naturalists’ Club Bird Study Group Director, Jackson Hudecki and Bruce Trail Conservancy Landowner Stewardship Coordinator and Ecologist, Mara McHaffie, will be talking birding basics and wildlife hotspots.
  • Backyard Biodiversity
    September 28 or 30 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
    Join Conservation Halton Landowner Outreach Technician, Erin Mallon, and Hamilton Conservation Authority Watershed Stewardship Technician, Jeff Stock, as they talk about the things you can do in your own backyard to support local biodiversity.

Pop-up Booths
Saturday September 18, 25 and October 3
Experts are organizing a pop-up booth and activity at three surprise EcoPark System locations. Come out for a self guided tour and opportunity to test what you have learned in nature. Locations will be announced at the workshops and on Ecopark System social media.


Registration is required for the workshops. Participants who attend all three workshops and go on a self-guided hike will earn an “EcoPark Explorer” t-shirt and pin.

If you would like more information about the event, please contact the Cootes to Escarpment Fall Festival Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Ms. Chelsea Braley a

About the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System:

The Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System is a collaboration among government and not-for-profit agencies that collectively protect nearly 2,200 ha of open space and nature sanctuary between Cootes Paradise Marsh, Hamilton Harbour, and the Niagara Escarpment. Since 2007 the collaboration has evolved as a voluntary park alliance in which the participating agencies own and manage their lands individually but collaborate on areas of mutual interest. Partners include the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Conservation Halton, Halton Region, City of Hamilton, Hamilton Conservation Authority, Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, City of Burlington, McMaster University, and the Royal Botanical Gardens.