National Forest Week – List of Events

Let’s show our candidates how much we care about tree! The National Forest Week is the opportunity for Ottawa citizens to plan an event around trees and greenspaces, and to show every candidate that they are a real issue for these elections. It’s not too late to register YOUR event (see below). Here are events that people have registered to date:

Sunday, September 23

Name of event: Tree Fest Ottawa.

Time of event: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ward 17 – Capital Ward.

Location: Brewer Park, near the pond. Click here for the location details.

Description: Free event. Nature + Art + Community. All welcome. Activities for all ages. Local politicians will be on hand. Special event at 1:45 features activists from Tree Action Now and Ecology Ottawa.

Website and Facebook links.

Contact: Christine Earnshaw, treefestottawa@gmail.com.

Sunday, September 23

Name of event: SOS Carlington! Walk with Friends of Carlington Hill

Time of event: 3:30 p.m.

Ward 15 – Kitchissippi.

Location:  Meet at the Morisset Avenue gates of Carlington Hill (Moriset and Caldwell). The walk will include some very steep terrain. Wear sturdy shoes! Bring a camera and share your photos with your friends and neighbours, and at the Friends of Carlington Hill Facebook page. Click here for the location details.

Description:  SOS Carlington! Ottawa’s trees are facing some of the toughest conditions ever: extreme weather events, invasive species, and human activity are all having a negative impact on our urban forests. You can do something about it! Join Friends of Carlington Hill for a walk through the Carlington Woods, one of Ottawa’s environmentally protected zones, and learn what trees do for you every day, and how you can return the favour.

Facebook link.   

Contact: contact organizers via Facebook.

Tuesday, September 25

Name of event:  Forest Therapy Walk sponsored by Friends of the Carp Hills.

Time of event:  10 a.m. to noon.

Ward 5 – West Carleton-March.

Location: Meet at the trail head for the Crazy Horse Trail on March Road. Wear sturdy footwear and clothing to protect yourself from mosquito and tick bites. Click here for the location details.

Description:  Come to a guided walk by certified Forest Therapy Guide, Andrea Prazmowski. Over the course of this gentle 2.5 hour exploration, Andrea will invite us to deepen our connection to the forest and nature. Refreshed and calmed by the forest, we will end with snacks and tea. Cost for this fundraising walk is $20. Please reserve your spot and pay for the walk in advance at Eventbrite.

Facebook link.

Contact: Maureen Rae, info@carphills.com.

Wednesday, September 26 (National Tree day)

Name of event: Grade 3 students plant 3 trees on National Tree Day.

Time of event: 1:15 p.m.

Ward 15 – Kitchissippi.

Location: St. George Catholic Elementary School.

Description: On National Tree Day, join in the fun as 3 classes of Grade 3 students plant 3 trees in a wooded area across the street from their school. Teachers and students will help plant the saplings. Since 2012, we’ve had a tradition in Champlain Park neighbourhood of planting trees with young people to celebrate National Tree Day. This year, we’re inviting local municipal candidates to take part in this activity.

Website link.

Contact: Debra Huron debra@debrahuron.com.

Thursday, September 27

Name of event: Canadian premiere screening of Healing Forests film.

Time of event:  7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m..

Ward 13 – Rideau-Rockliffe.

Location: Nectar Centre, 255 MacKay Street, Ottawa. Click here for the location details.

Description: Free! Film screening: India’s Healing Forests, by Nitin Das. This 50-minute documentary will have its first public showing in Canada during National Forest Week. 

Canada is a country blessed with forests. Likewise, India is a country of breathtaking natural beauty combined with a wealth of ancient knowledge about connecting with nature to create a more meaningful life. New science, as well as ancient wisdom from many cultures, is telling us that the environment we live in is linked to our health. This film points to how the environment affects us. It alters us. It is not separate from us. Ottawa is blessed with many mature trees. They create an urban canopy that we can learn about and connect to. Come to see the film and share your views in a short discussion.

Website and Facebook links.

Contact: Robyn Lim robynrlim@gmail.com.