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Tour of St. Ignatius Old Growth Forest Project
May 6, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
We will meet at entrance to the project at 53 Cross Creek Blvd
The tour will be led by the very knowledgeable and engaging manager of the project, Martin Tamblyn.
The Old-Growth Forest Project is an initiative of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre. Situated just outside the northern edge of the City of Guelph, this 93-acre nature sanctuary of trails, forests, meadows, wetlands and waterways is protected forever by a Conservation Easement with the Ontario Farmland Trust. With the help of local students and community volunteers, it is the Project’s goal to restore and protect these diverse ecological communities and to assist the regeneration of retired farmland, from old-field meadow to old-growth forest. The project has a 500-year vision.
During your visit we will look at the importance and uses of native plants in our teaching garden and hear about community-assisted regeneration of meadows and forests. After lunch at the beautiful timber-framed picnic pavilion for those interested we will take a short forest hike along the banks of the Speed River.