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Expo Features 2019

Here are some of the best features of Expo 2019!

Relax in the Forest Therapy Garden, a harmonious example of how wildlife gardens with native plants can beautify small spaces and support healthy neighbourhoods.

BE BRAVE and experience an epic adventure on our climbing wall with Junction Climbing Centre.

MEET Rocco the Bald Eagle or Shadow the Black Rat snake, the longest snake species found in Canada or chat with one of the many outdoor gurus to help plan your next adventure or summer holiday!

RAPTOR SHOW- Join James Cowan, of Raptor Conservancy of Canada for a live bird of prey show! An entertaining and educational presentation with live, free-flying birds of prey! Watch out, there may just be some birds flying overhead!

EXPLORE THE ZONE – Meet up with our National park, Ontario parks, Conservation Authorities, and businesses like Long Point Eco-Adventures. Find best places for your next summer adventure – camping, hiking, biking or getting out on the open water!

Toronto Zoo Native Bat Conservation Program

Toby Thorne, Toronto Zoo

Bats are a fascinating, yet often overlooked, part of our natural ecosystem. In this talk we will learn some surprising facts about bats, and dispel some of the myths and fears that surround them. We will also talk about the bats of Ontario, how they are at risk and what we can do to help them. Along with a picture packed presentation, there will be bat related children's crafts and games.

Toby caught his first bat at the age of 11 and has never looked back. He spent his teenage years chasing and learning about bats in the UK before moving to Ontario for a master's researching bats with renowned bat expert Dr. Brock Fenton. Since completing his master’s he has continued to work with bats in Ontario, most recently working on the Native Bat Conservation Program at the Toronto Zoo

Workshops - Learn and Grow

Go Wild With Great Workshops!

With a dozen expert-led workshops, hands-on activities, 100+ exhibitors and more, there's always so much to learn, see and do!

This year is growing into our best year yet, you don't want to miss this!

To view the schedule, click here.

Small Steps to Sustainability: Urban Ecological Gardening Gabor Sass, Small Steps Studio
From toxic algae to micro-plastics, Lake Erie Guardians are stepping up! Raj Gill, Canadian Freshwater Alliance
The Urban Beaver Brandon Williamson, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
Zero Waste 101: How to live plastic-free Heenal Rajani, Reimagine Co.
Connecting with Indigenous Culture through Paddling Jay Bailey & Garth Pottruff, Grand River Rafting
Connecting to Nature: Forest Bathing Ben Porchuk, G.I.F.T
Growing healthy, climate-smart landscapes on urban and rural properties with Landowner Leaders Karolyn Pickett, Carolinian Canada
Growing Native Edible Plants in a Permaculture System Shantree Kacera, The Living Centre
Indigenous land-sustainability practices: A method for thriving Mkomose (Andrew Judge, PhD), Conestoga College
Attracting Pollinators with Native Plants Karin Davidson-Taylor, Pollination Guelph
Mix and Match: Native Plant Combinations for Beauty and Function Lorraine Johnson, Author