Go Wild Grow Wild – we grew bigger and wilder! | Carolinian Canada

Go Wild Grow Wild – we grew bigger and wilder!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Another great event on the books for Go Wild Grow Wild. The venue was jam packed with 90 exhibitors, including 31 new partnerships, 5 workshop areas with 24 speakers including David Lee, a.k.a the Passionate Paddler, Lorraine Johnson and Jody Allair from Bird Studies Canada. Over 3,200 adventurers, gardeners, nature lovers, green living folks and families experienced Go Wild Grow Wild thanks to the support of 75 volunteers and 30 sponsors and partners. We look forward to building on the success of the 3 years for April 7, 2018 scheduled expo!


This year GWGW had another amazing response from the community with over 75 volunteers. Lead by our amazing volunteer coordinator Veronica Sferrazza, a volunteer herself, an incredible team was organized. Community members, college students, and in the largest numbers, high school students from Catholic Central High School and Saunders Secondary School. We are so lucky to have Veronica leading this amazing team who delivered incredible service to our attendees!

In-Kind Support: Raffle and 7 Day Countdown

To spread the word about GWGW, we had a 7 day contest. Facebookers were invited to share information from their favourite thing about GWGW Expo 2016 to their favourite hiking place in Carolinian Canada. Each posting got them entered into a contest. Thank you to our contributors:

  • Authors: Lorraine Johnson, David G. Ferguson, Heather Holm, Jan Everett
  • Ontario Parks
  • Wild Birds Unlimited (London)
  • Columbia
  • MEC (London)
  • and Kettle Creek Conservation Authority.

We also had our first fundraising raffle! It was a great success thanks to:

  • MEC (London)
  • Sail (Cambridge)
  • Pelee Wings and Nature Store
  • Columbia (London)
  • Ontario Parks
  • and Long Point Eco Adventures.

Our Partners

This year we had 30 program partners and sponsors support Go Wild Grow Wild. We are very grateful for their support.

A partnership with the City of London brought another welcomed theme to the expo, Green Living. The City of London helped bring this theme to the forefront with an area filled with interactive and informative displays on how to green your home and community. They complemented this with bringing the Thirst Mobile (a water bottle re-filling station), and a workshop for homeowners on tips on conserving energy and water, information on incentives and other resources to help homeowners take money saving actions.

We look forward on building this theme with the City of London for Expo 2018!

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