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  • Don Valley Brickworks Park
    Don Valley Brick Works Park is one of the City of Toronto's most valued natural environment parks. Created and managed by the City of Toronto, this internationally significant public park is located directly north of the Evergreen Brick Works building complex in the heart of the Lower Don River watershed. The remarkable transformation of this former quarry site into a nature sanctuary highlights the City of Toronto's dedication to healthy and diverse ecosystems. Topics such as adaptive management, habitat diversity, ecosystem restoration, user circulation and impact mitigation strategies, invasive species management, educational interpretation, and volunteer engagement will all be discussed on the tour of the park.
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  • Bruce Mills CA
    A conservation area with an interesting mix of traditional conservation area programming (picnics, trails, maple syrup festival) with a modern community partnership programming (York Region Safety Village, BMX bike park, YMCA camp pool, Whitchurch-Stouffville soccer fields, golf driving range).
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  • Bob Hunter Memorial Park (Rouge National Urban Park)
    Canada's first national park in an urban area has a history long before Parks Canada was involved – local advocacy, provincial land ownership and transfers, TRCA securement management, municipal management. Rouge National Urban Park is truly a unique model in our national system of protected areas and Parks Canada is working with its key partners to protect the park’s important natural, cultural and agricultural resources. This field trip will begin with an introductory presentation by the park’s senior planner at the Cedar Grove Community Centre in Markham (7667 14th Avenue, L6B 7A8) and then we’ll head out to the Bob Hunter Memorial area of the park, located at 7277 14th Ave. in Markham. This area of the urban park includes a system of trails that take you through old agriculture fields that are being restored, ravine forests along Little Rouge Creek, heritage farm structures and active farms.
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  • Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve
    This Reserve includes lands that were acquired by the Province of Ontario (Infrastructure Ontario) in exchange for developable lands in the Seaton Community in Pickering. The Oak Ridges Area has numerous kettle lakes, and is considered Toronto's Lake District. In the early 2000s, the Province transferred management of the Provincial lands (Oak Ridges Corridor Park) to TRCA. TRCA also has a conglomerate of lands in the area (Oak Ridges Corridor Park East Lands). Together, they are managed as the Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve. The Reserve includes Bathurst Glen Golf Course, a 16 km trail network of shared use trails, heritage homes, a TRCA office/education facility. The site has numerous restoration sites and forested areas, and is home to Jefferson Salamander (Species at Risk).
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  • Corktown Common
    The design and construction of Corktown Common was managed by Waterfront Toronto in close collaboration with the City of Toronto. At 6.8 ha, it is one of the largest new parks in the City in recent years. Construction of the underlying Flood Protection Landform began in 2007, and the park was mostly complete in 2012. Constructed on derelict and abandoned post-industrial lands adjacent to the Lower Don River, Corktown Common is now the centrepiece of the West Don Lands neighbourhood. The park was purposefully designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates to create a diverse and rich ecology, providing unique habitats within the city, including a marsh, woodlands and urban prairie entirely constructed on the former brownfields site. Topics such as constructing a landscape where there are no existing on-site horticultural resources, sustainable water management and the challenges of implementing an Integrated Plant Health Management program will be discussed.
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  • Darlington Provincial Park
    The park features a Provincially Significant Wetland at McLaughlin Bay. A shoreline restoration project is on-going and the beach hosted piping plovers last year. This park is also important to employees of the nearby GM factory, who use it for break and lunch hours and who sometimes volunteer to help with park projects, such as building fish cribs for the shoreline restoration work.
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