Carolinian Forest Festival Public Day
For immediate release
St. Thomas – On Saturday, October 8, 2016 everyone is invited to step into nature at the Carolinian Forest Festival Public Day at the Jaffa Environmental Education Centre. The Public Day is an outdoor festival providing the community with a chance to experience free wildlife demonstrations, archery, guided hikes and hands-on activities that showcase the importance of the Carolinian Life Zone.
“We opened to the public last year for the first time and over 500 people turned out,” says Betsy McClure, festival coordinator. “It’s a fantastic way to spend time with family on the Thanksgiving weekend. And it’s free!”
Originally designed for grade six and seven students through school field trips, the festival’s committee saw value in extending the program to the community. The Public Day offers attendees a chance to try their hand at archery, watch a birds of prey show, hold a snake, explore Jaffa’s Carolinian Life Zone Exhibit Room, take a hike in Springwater forest or participate in hands-on activities from the Festival. All of the activities illustrate the importance of the Carolinian Life Zone, forest ecosystems, species at risk, stewardship and conservation, and climate change.
The Public Day is entirely self-funded and is generously supported by MNR’s Species at Risk Stewardship Fund, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and many other community organizations and businesses.
Jaffa Environmental Education Centre
48346 John Wise Line
Aylmer, ON N5H 2R4
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
FREE (there will be food available for purchase on site)
Rain or shine!
For more information please contact:
Carolinian Forest Festival Coordinator