Calling all nature enthusiasts, bird watchers, conservation land lovers, and ecological tourists:  mark your calendars for the second annual Rouge Valley Eco Exploration Event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on June 5th, 2010. Here are some of the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre’s exciting highlights of the event including great contests:

  • learn why is there only one population of the endangered redside dace left in Toronto, and learn why they are only found in Rouge Park
  • see the only known bluebird habitat within the City of Toronto and find out why you can only find them here
  • learn about the plants invading our woodlots and what risk they pose to our natural ecosystems and humans
  • join Citizen Scientists and Rouge Valley Foundation to explore the Rouge and learn about the local flora and fauna from experts including Citizen Scientists, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Ontario Vernal Pools Association, and Rouge Park to name a few
  • either make your way through the Eco Stations on your own or join one of  the two guided hikes; each Eco Station and the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre will be open from10 am – 3 pm for you to explore
  • Henry’s will also be offering a Nature Photography walk from 1pm to 2pm and try out a variety of DSLRs and lenses that will take your nature photography to a whole new level. Be sure to check out the Canon and Nikon 300mm f/2.8 IS USM lenses. Please sign up at the Henry’s tent if you are interested in participating in this walk
  • a great line up of live entertainment
  • a BBQ at the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre from 11:30-1:30 or until supplies run out where assorted burgers, hot dogs, snacks and beverages can be purchased
  • kids  can take part in our Eco Station Challenge and WIN a Rouge Valley Eco Exploration Explorer’s Backpack Prize
  • visit the Henry’s tent in front of the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre where you can pick up your Henry’s goodie bag and an entry into the Rouge Valley Eco Exploration Photography Contest with your $10 donation to the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre

And last but not least, for the Rouge Valley Eco Exploration Photography Contest, submit your photo from the Rouge Valley Eco Exploration for a chance to WIN one of 3 prizes from Henry’s!

First Place: Nikon Action 8×40 EX waterproof binoculars

Second Place: Amnova/Dynatran SB 3226 Photo Case

Third Place: $100.00 Henry’s School of Imaging Gift Card

Judging takes place at 3pm. All photos must be received by 2:45pm in order to be eligible.

The Rouge Valley Eco Station Experts will discuss the following topics:

  • bees
  • dragonflies
  • geology
  • plants
  • fish
  • benthic invertebrates
  • rouge park
  • bats and mammals
  • birds
  • vernal pools
  • trees

Here is the Rouge Valley Eco Exploration Event info:
Date: Saturday, June 5th, 2010
Event Time: 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Location: Rouge Valley Conservation Centre, 1749 Meadowvale Road, Toronto, ON
Admission: Suggested donation of $10 per person to the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre

For more info about Rouge Valley Eco Exploration Eco Station maps, trail length, guided hikes, and entertainment please visit:

http://www.rvcc.ca/Rouge_Valley_Eco_Exploration_Event.html

2 Responses to “You Can Be a Winning Eco-Tourist at the Rouge Valley Eco Exploration Event”

  1. Darla says:

    Plan on attending the nature/photo walk at 1pm on June 5th.

  2. editor says:

    Enjoy and have a great time!

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