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Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System BioBlitz and Plant Sale

Friday September 20 and Saturdya September 21, 2019

The lands and waters of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System are a Canadian biodiversity hotspot. Join an enthusiastic team of EcoPark System partners, expert naturalists, and the public for our third annual Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System BioBlitz and help us document the biodiversity in the area.

Become a citizen scientist for the day and join local experts on a guided hike to identify plants and wildlife on Friday, September 20th and Saturday, September 21st, 2019.

Already an expert? Be a part of the 24-hour BioBlitz on Friday, September 20th, 2019.

New for 2019: Saturday’s Plant Sale and Public Pavilion. Chat with community groups about their work, learn about important native wildlife, and visit local plant vendors to purchase native plants.

BioBlitz FAQ

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This is a free event. Registration is required for guided hikes. Parking charges apply for non-permit holders.

Directions & Parking

All hikes will begin at Royal Botanical Garden’s Arboretum (16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton, L0R 2H9). If your hike takes place off-site, you will meet your hike leaders at the Arboretum before driving to the hike location. You must provide your own transportation. The Plants Sale is at the Arboretum as well.

RBG Members have access to free parking at the Arboretum. Non-RBG members will be required to pay for parking at one of the on-site meters. You are responsible for your own transportation between the Arboretum and hikes that take place at Princess Point and Rock Chapel.

RBG’s Arboretum is not accessible by public transit at this time.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your hike to check-in. Drop-in participation may be allowed if space is available.

Food & Beverages

Tea Amo Travelling Tea Trailer will be on-site at the Arboretum from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with hot tea, iced tea, and dainty treats available to purchase.

We recommend bringing a picnic lunch to enjoy in the Arboretum. Please plan to pack-out any waste. Limited table spaces will be available.

Native Plant Sale

The Native Plant Sale will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Arboretum. Not all vendors accept cards, so bring cash.

Pets & Service Animals

With the exception of service dogs, dogs/cats/animals are not permitted on the guided hikes. Dogs are permitted at the Native Plant Sale and Public Pavilion, but must remain leashed at all times.

Inclement Weather

This event is rain or shine. However, in the event of severe inclement weather RBG staff may cancel the guided hikes.


Much of this event takes place on grassy areas. The guided hikes take place along the hiking trails, which are quite uneven in places and can include long hills and slopes.