Wetland Discovery Day

Saturday, September 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Hendrie Park

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Learn About Local Wetlands

Join us at Hendrie Park for a fun-filled day celebrating our wonderful wetlands! Explore Grindstone Marsh, participate in family-friendly activities and tours, and have a close encounter with some wetland wildlife. This event is presented in partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada and TD-FEF.

*All times and programs subject to change

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Included in Your General Admission or Membership

This festival and its activities are part of your general admission for the day, and free to RBG members. Admission provides access to all garden areas for the day so be sure to give yourself enough time to see it all!


Featured Guests

11 a.m. to
4 p.m.

Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada works with communities across Canada to protect wetlands and waterfowl for generations to come. Drop by and learn how Ducks Unlimited Canada conserves and protects Canada’s wetlands for waterfowl, wildlife, and people.

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11 a.m. to
3 p.m.

Speaking of Wildlife

Get up and close to a few of our wild wetland neighbours. Visit these friendly creatures to learn more about their place in the ecosystem!


Scheduled Presentations and Guided Walks

11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

Wetland Wonders Walk

Join an Interpreter on a guided walk to learn about the diverse plants and animals that call wetlands home.

12, 2, and 3 p.m.

Pond Dipping Adventure

Grab one of our nets and discover the tiny creatures living underneath the surface of a wetland with one of our Interpreters.


Drop in and Discover

11 a.m. to
4 p.m.

Cootes Paradise: Hear All About It

Drop in to learn how people have shaped Cootes Paradise Marsh over time.

11 a.m. to
4 p.m.

Wetland Micro-Safari

We all know we can’t live without water, but what is life like inside of a drop of water? Explore the tiny creatures that live in the water and in the important role they play!

11 a.m. to
4 p.m.

Discover the Fishway

Explore the slippery and finned friends that come through our grates into Cootes Paradise Marsh.

11 a.m. to
4 p.m.

Meet the Researcher: Discover Wetland Plants

Meet one of RBG's Biologists and learn about some of the most important features of a wetland ecosystem.

11 a.m. to
4 p.m.

Meet the Researcher: Discover Turtles

Chat with some of RBG’s Biologists to learn about turtle conservation in RBG’s wetlands.

11 a.m. to
4 p.m.

Bay Area Restoration Council

Learn how to design your own rain garden to protect local waterways and attract birds and butterflies to your home.

11 a.m. to
4 p.m.

Hamilton Watershed Stewardship Program, Hamilton Conservation Authority

Discover environmentally-friendly ways to care for your property and maintain its health for future generations.

11 a.m. to
4 p.m.

Kids Zone

Try out some froggy games and more in the Kids Zone!


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Visit our events page for more information or view the full calendar.

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